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Panasonic DMC-FX01S 6MP Compact Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)
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- Features a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens with a combined zoom power of 14.4x -- 3.6x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
- Mega Optical Image Stabilization features "anti-blur" to keep photos clear and blur-free
- Mega Burst feature takes up to 8 consecutive shots
- 2.5-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD; playback mode offers 25- or 9-thumbnail displays
- Included lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 320 shots between charges
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||207,000|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, (800/1600 with limitations)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 1 x 2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.35 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||102 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,816|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6.4 MP|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1.55 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 320 x 240, 30/10 fps|
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01S 6MP Compact Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom features a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens that delivers outstanding, crisp six megapixel images. With a combined zoom power of 14.4x -- 3.6x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom -- and a burst shooting mode that allows you to take up to 8 images at 2 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-FX01S offers professional quality features and performance.
An auto-focus system, built-in flash mode and automatic red-eye reduction takes the guess-work out of your photography. Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 per second to 8 seconds, with a special "starry sky mode" that allows you to keep the shutter open in increments of 15 seconds up to 60 seconds. A 2.5-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD makes viewing your shots easy in all lighting conditions, and the camera offers 25- or 9-thumbnail display playback mode. A slot is included for secure digital (SD) cards. The camera runs on an included lithium-ion battery pack, which provides up to 320 shots between charges.
What's in the Box
DMC-FX01S digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, battery carrying case, SD memory card (16 MB), AV cable, USB cable, and strap.
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My first digital cam was a Nikon Coolpix 880, which had great manual features and excellent imaging/color. Only problem was the 3.2mp resolution and the fact that I might as well carry around a brick. I bought a Canon SD450 and took it to Panama. I was really disappointed. Generally, Canon photos are sharp with great color. The camera had washed out colors and was susceptible to some serious blur. My friend and I agreed that our girlfriends' Canon A400's (possibly the best 3.2mp camera for novices) took much better photos than this one. Some of the photos actually looked as if they were taken on a video camera. The battery life was tolerable (about 140 pics) but I decided to take it back and get the Panasonic.
The DMC-FK01K takes the best digital photos I've seen outside SLRs. The colors captured by this camera will make your jaw drop. It's that good. I'm surprised at the number of photos I've taken which make me feel like a good photographer. The stabilization feature helps out a lot with blur, but it won't fix everything. The video taken with this thing is incredible and will give you almost 20 minutes of 840 pixel-wide resolution (albeit mono audio) video with great detail on a 2GB high-speed SD card. My friend bought one on the same day as me and told me his is taking some incredible photos in Las Vegas right now. Knowing how this camera does its job, I would have been willing to pay $450 for it.
Rather than do a long, drawn-out diatribe, I'll just list all the fantasic things about this camera, plus a couple of MINOR drawbacks. I have always liked Panasonic products and this is the best one I've seen so far. Prepare to buy lots of fast memory (up to 2GB) - it will be worth it.
1. Incredible picture quality, particularly colors, with great definition. 3.6X optical zoom makes a big difference, compared with 3.0X.
2. Wide-angle Leica lens is great. 3:2 and 16:9 picture modes take great photos and make you see your prospective photos much differently.
3. Stabilization prevents most blurred photos (read up on how sophisticated this feature is at leica.com via panasonic.com link).
4. Very small - less than 1/2" wider than the Canon SD450. The screen sticks out a bit, so you will a screen protector.
5. Beautiful design - the flat black body with silver/chrome trim looks very cool, like an old camera.
6. Outstanding battery life. I've taken almost 100 photos and some video, and the battery still shows full. People are reporting almost 300 photos before recharging.
7. Great widescreen (mono sound) video - 2GB SD card gives up to 20 minutes at highest resolution, 30fps.
8. Enough near-manual modes to do what is needed (if you buy a small tripod for nightshots - the only way to take night photos, the pictures will turn out amazing).
9. Gorgeous LCD screen with a daylight feature and a great mode which allows you to see the screen when you hold it above your head.
1. Image stabilization is not perfect all the time, but is certainly much better than not having it. Helps a lot with video.
2. You can't zoom while you're taking video, so you need to know your shots and anticipate edits.
3. Make sure you're careful of the power switch when putting it in your pocket.
Move over, Canon.
Pictures are sharp and focused, no matter what light I took them in. It has such a variety of settings for all sorts of occasions that I take quality photos at EVERY setting. The stabilizing feature works PERFECTLY. I thought a friend had ruined a photo by moving the camera the second after he pressed the shutter, but the picture came out crystal clear!
I was very impressed that Amazon shipped me a new product that was MADE IN JAPAN -- and you know that Japan makes quality electronic products. It was a very professional and comprehensive package, I just LOVE this camera!
I researched extensively and decided on the Panasonic Lumix FX01. As a bonus, it came in pink....my wife's favorite color.
This camera has some great features like the image stabilizer and 28mm wide angle view. It's also a compact camera (like the SD200) which is a requirement for my wife. A majority of the reviewers liked the camera...for its size, you get some amazing features. For me, the biggest selling point was the wide angle lens (a Leica lens) and 6 megapixels.
When I got the camera, it was fancy looking....All metal construction with a large screen on the back. The menus are easy to use, and there's a simple mode for those that just want to point and click.
I am meticulous about comparing and testing, so I put the SD200, FX01, and my personal Sony DSC-V1 side by side and took over 100 pictures inside with flash and outside in sunlight.
I expected the FX01 to have amazing pictures, but I was actually disappointed. Some of the shots looked slightly out of focus compared to the other cameras' shots.
We take mostly inside shots of our kids with the flash on, and the FX01 did mediocre compared to the other cameras. I noticed the pictures got very dark when I used the zoom. The SD200 had some noticeable noise in some shots, but the FX01 was not much better and was worse at times. My Sony V1 did the best, but this was more of a comparison with the compact cameras.
Pitting the SD200 vs the FX01, I looked for good picture quality....and these cameras rated about the same to me. I looked for sharpness and good focus, and the FX01 just didn't impress me. Of the 100 shots, SOME of the FX01 pictures were better (skin tone and detail), but more were slightly out of focus and dark. Even with all the fancy features of the FX01, I did not feel completely satisfied that it was a better camera than the SD200 because of the image quality....so I'm returning the FX01 today.
I give it 3 stars for its great set of features but only average image quality for indoor shots with flash. I wanted very badly to like this camera, but after all the testing I finally had to admit that it's not a better replacement to our SD200.