Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 Review
Externally the FX01 is almost identical to the FX9 that preceded it, save for a few (very) minor styling details, and a slightly curvier body. The body is made from metal with a fashionable (if less than practical) chrome band wrapping the rounded sides and camera top. Despite the wider zoom range there is no difference in the overall dimensions.
The rear of the camera is dominated by a huge 2.5-inch LCD monitor, which takes up around two thirds of the surface area. It's nice to see that despite its tiny dimensions the designers have managed to retain plenty of external controls (which follow the now well established Panasonic layout), though they are inevitably a touch on the small side.
In your hand
Despite its diminutive proportions the FX01 does actually work quite well in your hand, with the textured thumb grip on the rear ensuring a fairly steady hold. We found it fairly easy to shoot single handed and still get good results. The combination of metals used give the camera a 'quality' feel, and it really is truly pocketable. It's light (155g), but well balanced. The only handling problem we found was that it's a little too easy to accidentally press the controls (changing the flash mode, for example) with your thumb when using the camera - an inevitable consequence of such a tiny body - and the clear space above the controls makes this less of an issue than it is on some competitor products. The design and size of the body and positioning of the shutter release also makes camera shake more of an issue than it would be in a larger camera, so it's a good job Panasonic included image stabilization!
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