The lens cover acts as a power switch, but there's a hard switch on top, too. The FP series features Panasonic's Venus Engine IV processor, which provides improved performance over earlier models and against much of the ultracompact competition. According to Panasonic, shutter lag times of 0.006 second for the FP3 and 0.007 second for the FP1. Of course, you'll have to add that to the AF speed, which Panasonic didn't release, but was pretty quick in the previous FP model I tested, the FP8. Both FP models have a start-up time of approximately 0.97 second.
At CES 2010, Panasonic launched a new line of midrange cameras, the FH series. It replaces the FS series in the company's Lumix camera lineup. The top of line is the 14-megapixel FH20, which features an 8x zoom lens in a compact body. The 14-megapixel Lumix FH3 and 12-megapixel FH1 fill out the series and feature 5x optical zoom lenses. All three models can record 720p HD-quality video and feature Panasonic's Venus Engine IV image processor that promises to boost AF and shutter lag speeds.
The controls are standard Lumix. the iA button on top lets you quickly enter Panasonic's reliable Intelligent Auto mode. There's no dedicated movie button, though you can use this to quickly switch back and forth between its Movie mode (or another mode if you want)and iA mode.