Movie mode

The FX01 builds on its predecessor's VGA (640 x 480 pixel) 30 fps movie mode by adding a 16:9 widescreen mode capable of capturing 848x480 pixels at 30 frames per second (duration limited only by card capacity).

The movies are recorded in QuickTime MJPEG (.mov) format, with fairly heavy compression; they work out at around 1.3 MB/sec in 4:3 mode, meaning you can fit around 11 minutes of 640x480 / 30fps footage onto a 1GB card. Widescreen movies are a little larger (1.7 MB/s).

Overall quality is pretty good (considering the heavy compression), the only problem being the usual issue of the exposure system sometimes being caught out by rapid changes in scene brightness, but neither is any worse than competing models. Of course the image stabilization helps a great deal, avoiding excessive jerkiness when shooting hand-held. You cannot zoom in movie mode.

As with stills recording you can choose the amount of information overlaid on the live preview image (though there's no histogram). You can, however, use the AE compensation controls.
In movie mode you get a slightly more basic set of menus covering white balance, metering and focus modes.
Playback mode shows a thumbnail of the first frame in the movie. As with stills you can choose the amount of information overlaid.
Movie playback is fairly basic stuff - you get controls for playing, pausing and fast forward/rewind. Nothing fancy here.

Sample movies

848x480 pixels @ 30 fps
Duration: 6.0 secs
File size: 10.4MB

Shot at wideangle (28mm equiv.)
showing 16:9 widescreen mode

Click on the thumbnail to view the movie (caution: large file!)

640x480 pixels @ 30 fps
Duration: 5.0 secs
File size: 7.3MB

Shot at telephoto (102mm equiv.)

Click on the thumbnail to view the movie (caution: large file!)