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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01

alaTest has collected and analyzed 715 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and screen. The lens and image quality also get good feedback. The flash and low light performance get mixed opinions. Some have doubts about the manual image adjustments and memory.

portability, image quality, lens, screen, usability

shutter, viewfinder, features, memory, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01

 

The original FX7 was announced in July 2004 and went on to be one of the best-selling cameras of the year thanks to its winning combination of cool styling, compact dimensions, big screen and image-stabilized Leica lens. This, the fourth incarnation...

High resolution, clean images ; Excellent color - vivid but natural ; High quality construction, lovely design ; Highly versatile 28-102mm zoom range - smallest 28mm camera in the world ; Reliable white balance with fine tuning ; Feels fast and...

Very noisy at ISO 200-400 in low light ; Noise reduction a bit strong at lower ISO settings for our liking - especially in low light ; Results a little soft at F5.6 and over ; No manual control of shutter speed or aperture ; Occasional exposure...

In the space of a few short years Panasonic has come from nowhere to become one of the key players in the digital camera market. And it has done so not by clever marketing or particularly aggressive pricing, but by taking risks, by going off on...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 First Impressions Review

 

At PMA, Panasonic announced the release of their new Lumix DMC-FX01, which looks to add a new dimension to the point-and-shoot market with a 28-102mm wide angle zoom lens for both still and video capture that should directly compete with the recently...

Simple external and internal control structure will appeal to the beginning/casual user ; Exposure bracketing and white balance fine tune ; 28mm wide angle component to zoom lens ; MEGA Optical Image Stabilization system ; 16:9 format option for video...

Limited manual controls won't enable full photographic growth ; Poor flash/microphone placement

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 provides beginning and casual photographers the opportunity to shoot still images and video clips in not only the standard 4:3 aspect but also the 16:9 format without confronting a complicated menu system or overwhelming...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 Review

 

The Panasonic DMC-FX01 is the smallest digital camera in the world with a 28mm wide-angle digital zoom lens. The FX01 offers a 28-102mm, 3.6x zoom lens in a stylish and ultra-compact body. The...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01

 

Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new Lumix 6-megapixel, 3.6x optical zoom Panasonic DMC-FX01, as the next-generation model of the world-renowned stylish and compact Mega O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer)-equipped FX series. The Panasonic FX series...

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Panasonic DMC-FX01 (black)

 

I am a professional potographer and I write books on photography. I got this camera for my wife who is a total non-photographer. When we were on vacation she started shooting photos and when we got home I made her a bunch of 11x17 inch (A3 size) prints.

Supersharp lens

Like most small cameras the LCD monitor is hard t.o see in bright sunlight

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 (Alfisti, 27 Dec 07)

 

I bought this recently as a back up to my DSLR, I specifically wanted the lowest MP version i could find to avoid the noise issues panasonic are known for. I specifically wanted the 28mm wide angle as I find long zooms on compacts a tad useless given...

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 (perrellik, 6 May 07)

 

Very good camera. Small and comfortable.

As any Pana cam, noise is a problem

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Great little point and shoot cam

 

First of all, I am not a camera pro. I was looking for a simple point and shoot camera that takes good pictures. I am not disappointed. I am still learning all the features, but the "nimrod" setting works great for me, and am enjoying all the "things"...

Has everything I need so far.....widescreen is great

none so far except 16mb card should be 256mb

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 (Louis Diamond, 3 Mar 07)

 

This is my 3rd digital camera. Each has its strengths/shortcomings. Each has been an improvement upon the previous. What I like: 1. Form factor is terriffic, cigarette pack size, slip it in the shirt pocket. No lens cap to worry about losing. 2....

usually the person behind the camera

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 (Franco Fasanaro, 5 Feb 07)

 

Una macchinetta che fa fotografie di ottimo livello (per la sua categoria), ma che costa parecchio. Ottimi i materiali con cui è costruita e anche l'assemblaggio. Splendido il display posteriore. Mancano molte funzioni importanti e la versatilità è...

Scarsa performance, mancano parecchie funzioni e ci sono troppe limitazioni

Product Specifications

The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens on the DMC-FX01 employs an extra high refractive index aspherical lens that makes it possible to incorporate a wide 28mm zoom into its compact body. Spanning all the way from 28mm to 102mm (35mm equivalent), this lens lets you capture everything from sweeping landscapes to shots with deep rows of skyscrapers. Compared with conventional 35mm lens, the DMC-FX01's wide 28mm zoom lens makes it easier to capture an indoor group photo or architectures and sceneries with dynamic width and rich perspective. The Extended Optical Zoom function, which magnifies the image with minimal deterioration by using the center part of the high resolution CCD, boosts the zoom power to a maximum 5x. All of us have taken a shot that we thought was focused perfectly, only to have it turn out blurry. The most common cause of this is hand movement. Digital cameras are wonderfully light and compact - but for the same reason they can also be hard to hold still. Even pressing the shutter button can cause the camera to move. And most people use the LCD monitor (with arms outstretched) to frame a shot - great for getting the shot you want, but most likely adds to the likelihood of hand movement. Basically, hand movement is a real concern anytime you're taking a handheld telephoto shot, macro shot or self-portrait, or when shooting at night or in dim lighting. The answer to the hand movement problem? An advanced optical image stabilizing system that is called MEGA Optical Image Stabilization. This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate. The system is completely optical - it does not affect the CCD or image processing - so you get sharp, clear images with minimal degradation. It lets you reduce the shutter speed more than 3 steps below the conventionally accepted hand movement limit, which is calculated as 1/focal length (1 divided by the focal length). It greatly expands what you can do with a handheld digital camera. When there's not a lot of light or you're using a slow shutter speed, hand movement isn't the only potential problem. There's also "motion blur" - the blurring that can result if your subject like children or pets move even a little in low lighting. That's why Panasonic added a High Sensitivity mode that allows you to shoot at up to ISO 1600 by using the pixel-mixed readout method, effectively raising the shutter speed. It not only minimizes motion blur, it also lets you take clearer, sharper shots in dim lighting without using a flash. The picture quality is good enough for printing at the ordinary 4" x 6" (10 x 15 cm) size. With its 2.5" diagonal size and 207, 000 pixels, this high-resolution LCD monitor makes it easy to see text and small thumbnail images. The pixelmixed readout method performed by the CCD increases the brightness level of the live image on the LCD, which greatly facilitates shooting in low lighting. If it's difficult to see the display on a sunny day, simply press the Power LCD button and the display becomes about 40% brighter. The world's first developed High Angle shooting function also provides easier viewing when you're holding the camera high to shoot over the heads of people in front of you. The DMC-FX01 starts up in just 1.6 seconds - about 20% shorter than the DMC-FX9, has a release time lag as low as 0.005 seconds, and can fire off up to 8 consecutive shots at 3 frames per second in Standard mode. It also has Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, so you can keep shooting until the SD Memory Card is full. Furthermore, the 1-point high-speed AF is as fast as the DMC-FX9 to achieve outstanding focusing with speed and precision. You can shoot quickly, easily and accurately every time. Thanks to the energy-saving Venus Engine Plus and a long-lasting battery, the slim DMC-FX01 lets you take shot after shot without running out of power. It takes up to 320 shots on a single battery charge - about 18% more than the DMC-FX9.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2in
Weight:0.2lbs/4.7oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby1 / Baby2 / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scene / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FX01-S/DMC-FX01K/DMC-FX01P/DMC-FX01W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:16.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Pink/Silver/White

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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