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Panasonic Lumix FX01
Panasonic Lumix FX01

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Panasonic Lumix FX01

Editor's Review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 is one of the world's smallest cameras with a 28mm wide angle lens, and with a price tag under $250, you can't go wrong here. The FX01's wide angle lens allows for larger photographs, whether they are wide, panoramic landscapes, or large clumps of your friends. It's a fairly good looking camera, with a nice 2.5 inch LCD and clean silver finish. Casual users should take a closer look.

Specifications

  • 6 megapixels
  • 3.6x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • ISO 80-1600
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD/MMC card storage
  • Part Number: DMC-FX01W
  • UPC: 037988985418
  • Release Date: Mar 03, 2006

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Panasonic Lumix FX01 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix FX01 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (Jeff Linnert — 04/18/2008)

This little camera is just great: image clarity, battery life . . . has worked flawlessly and beyond expectations.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Cari — 09/22/2007)

I love this camera. I have actually gotten some very good shots out of it. It does better than lots of more expensive cameras in the same arena. I do have a few gripes but it is a great camera for the money

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb (Bob Molly — 07/12/2007)

I have owned this camera for just over a year and find it pretty close to flawless. The power up speed and battery life are particularly impressive, and the pictures are great. Fantastic value.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera Lock Up (Ruth Green — 06/05/2007)

After only 8 months, my Panasonic Lumix FX01 camera locked up and had what they call battery drain. I took it to a camera shop and they would not even look at it because Panasonic does not sell parts to the public. You have to send the camera back to a Panasonic Center at a cost of $102 to see what is wrong with the camera. Even though the camera took great pictures, I would never purchase another Panasonic camera or recommend the camera to any of my family or friends.

  • 5.0 out of 5
awesome (Erik — 04/22/2007)

Great camera good lookin small stylish camera can not beat this camera for the money and quality

  • 5.0 out of 5
best value (jose luis mata — 04/13/2007)

Excelent camera all around!
My only concern is indoor pictures. But If you learn to play with the ISO, you will get good pictures

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best ever!!!!!! (Mendaka — 03/09/2007)

It's great, This camara is worth for the money. All the above reviews are correct. Very compact, yet fully loaded.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera.... easily broken (Corinne — 02/15/2007)

I had this camera for about two weeks and I brought it to a friend's house. I had stuck it in my front pocket of my jeans. When I took out my camera, the whole screen had a gash in it.

Other than that, I love the camera, it still works, so I'm not going to buy a new one until it stops working.

Overall, great camera-good quality, long battery life, good shots.... but it scratches very easily.

  • 4.0 out of 5
handy cam...nice (soren pedersen — 01/06/2007)

im not pro, but consider my selves as a amatur with some skill.... i have owend a Konica Minolta Dymax D5 for a long time and fun of it, but because of the size i needet a nice pocket cam, after been reading a lot of reviews i decided thisone...

Pro:

size fit into my jacket ....nize
starting at 28 mm good for group pic mostly start at 35 mm
easy to use
baterylife good.... not exelent
ok at low light
ok level of manual settings.. iso ect
Leica lens good and sharp pictures
video mode works just fine

Cons:
screen is not protectet easy to scratch

auto focus lamp just sucks, no idear why its there, works faster and better without

no view finder

software not to any good at all...

Over all...

i like it as my no2 cam, do not reget my purchase at all, has just given me more fun and pic to share with the world...

can recomende this one...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not Too Bad (Jerome — 01/02/2007)

This camera shot a fantastic picture during the day time, very clear and the fresh color, but not so well when shot in the dark place(i would prefer Sony because the ISO light are really bright enough), i don't know why, may be i am not a professional photographer, cause i just put the ISO light in the AUTO mode all the time. But overall it is great and a lot of my friend were so in love of this camera when they saw that i owned one. Lovely TFT LCD screen which display a good picture. Short Movie Mode are fabulous too, cause the mic function is so good that you can record the movie sound from few meters away from the camera. And worth to mention, the camera doesn't use much power, a fully charge battery enough for 2 day heavy use. Should go for it

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sweet little plaything! (Katie Jett — 12/12/2006)

I am a semi-professional photographer shooting with Canon DLSRs. I wanted something light and small I could carry with me all the time to sate my photolust without risking my bulkier work camera and to spare me always ahving to heft it around. My pick after some research was the Lumix FX01. Picked it on holiday sale for under $200 and LOVE it. It offers me a great deal of the control I desire as a seasoned photographer but lets me play - I carry it with me almost all the time and can pull it out inconspicously at any time to catch a fun or fleeting image. Lens is lovely. Matte black finish is very sexy and the camera is weighty for its size - feels small but substantial. Very happy with the images off of it. Having a great time with it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Loved it, broke it, buying another one (Paul — 12/11/2006)

Experience level: Point and shooter who occasionally will try some of the fancier settings, takes lots of videos.

I had this camera for about four months, and the autofocus stopped working. I bought an extended warranty with it to, so I was no bothered at all by that happening - am getting the newer FX50 to replace it. Only reason why is the slightly bigger screen - very nice for reviewing photos and videos.

As for videos, since we bought it we have stopped using our camcorder. This takes GREAT video, very easy to see and hear. Love the pictures, was supprised when one photo that had a seals head peaking out of the water at a distance could be zoomed in so close that I could see its nostrels! Was nothing but impressed.

Pros: Everything I wanted in a camera
Con: Easy to accidentally flip the power switch on while it's in your pocket.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pocket Magic (Bill Harrington — 11/30/2006)

I shot pictures for a living in the 70s and 80s with Nikon F3s, Hasselblad,RB67 & more and figured that after a lot of study and hard work I was pretty good. (had a few runs on the board so that helped) Man, if I could have had my Lumix FX-01 back then I would have cleaned up big time! (As long as could have given the magazines the output on 120 roll film) It is a constant joy to use. So easy to carry, starts up in a flash, fabulous lense. My wish list for it would be a larger sensor, 24mm equivalent wide angle and RAW files. Think I might buy it's 10meg big brother too! This little camera, and mine is sleek silver, but I lust after a Black one has totally re-ignited my joy in image making. Now if I could just figure out the technical bits......

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfection? (Neil — 10/30/2006)

I could go on for ages but instead I'll tell you the other cameras I have used or owned; Nikon D200, Fuji S2 pro, Canon S70, Casio EX750, Canon G2, etc. None of these I kept long, I was never truly satisfied with the handling or the results. The Panasonic will be staying in my pocket for a long time to come, the results defy it's price and certainly size and it is a joy to hold and use. I ordered it without realising there was no optical finder but it really made no difference, I realised I never used it anyway. The 28mm lens makes a world of difference but you don't appreciate this until you have used it, 35mm is ok but 38mm (the norm) is pretty useless if you are in a tight space.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Impressed (Stephen K — 10/29/2006)

When eating a gastronomic delight we only know how good it is by comparing it to other meals we've eaten. This analogy is most pertinent when relating to Panasonic's FX01. The camera has to be compared with what is generally available in the market place.

Firstly the build quality is truly superb. I've recently looked carefully at most of the Sony range which in terms of build quality is the FX01's nearest competitor. Fuji is way down on the build quality league.

The reason we buy any camera is to take photos, the reason we don't all rush out to buy Nikon's beautiful D200 is cost. So compromise continues, but lets be realistic, for a price tag of less than '190 there is very little on the market to compare to the FX01's features. The Leica lens produces a constant barrage of high quality images making the most if the 6 million little sensors hidden in the metal case. The shutter lag I've experienced with most compact digital camera does not seem to be present with the FX01.

When turned on the camera is up and running before you can say 'shutter lag?' ensuring that the photo you planed on taking is still there. The tiny controls on the back of the camera are one it's only shortcomings although this is due to the large LCD screen. The overall dimensions make the FX01 able to fit in the palm of your hand and the ergonomics (I hate that word) make it easy to hold and operate.

The camera boasts an x3.6 zoom, this is technically correct, but as the starting point is 28mm, x3.6 means it will get as close as most other x3.0 zoom compacts. The starting point of 28mm means that it is one of the only compact cameras that have a wide angle option.

Battery life is on a par with similar cameras, I managed to take over 380 photos on one charge (without flash).

Noise (slight blur/haze) is apparent on most of the indoor shots, the level varied slightly dependent on the lighting conditions. Even with this slight niggle the overall performance of this camera is bound to impress.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Small version of FZ-10 (Mike Nettrour — 10/27/2006)

Great camera, it was a returned model so great price also. We have a FZ-10 and while we love it. Its to big for every day use. The Lumix FX01 does almost everything it does, except the wide angle ability of the FX01 makes group photos much easier. Especially impressed with the movie mode. Much easier to use than my DVD camcorder. You will want a 1GB or maybe 2GB SD memory card. The battery lasts all day, but if you were traveling you may want an extra battery. If you combine the zoom features and are willing to lose some resolution it zooms to 10X +. Be careful with the battery/SD card door. It seems very flimsy

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera for my Daughter (Wayne Bernstein — 09/07/2006)

I did my research on this camera and glad I did. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed this camera and it takes great pictures. Very easy to use and downloading pictures to the computer was a breeze.For the price and ease, I feel like I got a winner!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Elizabeth Kwiat — 06/21/2006)

I have had this camera for about 3 weeks and love it!!! It is easy to use and makes up for all the mistakes that i make in settings. I no longer have blurred pictures even if i try. love it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Unique! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've been looking for a sub-compact camera with a 28 mm lens for over a year now, and this is the first model to fit the bill. I've had it for 4 days now and am thrilled. It fits in your shirt pocket, sets up quickly (about 1-2 seconds by my reckoning), and takes shots with no noticeable shutter lag. The zoom is also quick and quiet. The black model has a great retro look, and the body is metallic throughout and seems to be very durable. The 2.5" screen is very bright and can be adjusted appropriately for high- or low-light conditions, thus compensating for the lack of a viewfinder (which worried me at first). The documentation is excellent.

I was also considering a Canon S8, which is currently the only other compact or below with a 28 mm lens. But the Canon is much bulkier and considerably more expensive (currently over $400 to start)—it looks like you're buying the brand name here. I wasn't sure about Panasonic, but after 4 days I am confident that this little puppy is going to meet my needs and perform well.

You can now find FX 01 for under $300. Currently there is nothing close to this price with these features on the market. I enthusiastically recommend this model for anybody looking for portability, wide angle capability, a great look, excellent performance, and a low price. It doesn't get any better than this!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Gotta love the wide screen! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just bought this camera, and I am very impressed. The power switch keeps it from turning on in your pocket and the easy-to-use buttons make it simple and uncomplicated. The movie mode is convienient and very fun to use. The optical zoom maintains perfect clearity, and the additional digital zoom helps bring those far away objects a good bit closer. The protected screen was a much needed plus over the traditional LCD screens. The extra wide screen is really cool and makes group pictures a bit easier to capture. It has settings for fireworks, starry nights, and even pitch black. pictures taken in complete darkness still turn out like they would in a lighted atmosphere. The vibration sensor is great for those shots you make while you are moving around (or jumping around at a rock concert!) You get a bunch for the money you pay. with the new LEICA lens, panasonic produced a very good camera; light, easy to hold and user friendly, it is a good option for anyone who wants a great camera under $400.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Panasonic lumix (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this for my daughter. assume purse or pocket camera. controls are small and hard for large handes to operate. we also have not been able to down load to computer yet. contacting Panasonic about this.

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