None of the 14-megapixel cameras we've tested has been a particularly fast performer, and the FX150 falls in the middle of its class. With a slide of the power switch, the FX150 is ready to shoot in 1.9 seconds. Focusing and shooting in good light takes 0.8 second and 1 second in less optimal conditions, both on the high side relative to its peers. Its shot-to-shot time is 2.4 seconds in JPEG and 2.5 seconds in raw. Turning on the flash adds 0.6 second to the time. The camera averaged 1.2 frames per second in CNET Labs' tests. It didn't feel quite as slow as the numbers suggest while I shot with it, however.
As mentioned earlier, the FX150 does have a 720p HD movie capture mode. The results look really good in comparison with other HD-capable compacts we've tested. However, its optical zoom is crippled while recording.
While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 doesn't offer much for shooters seeking manual controls, it isn't overly complicated to operate and provides a very satisfying point-and-shoot experience with plenty of features for experimentation.
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