|The appearance of the Panasonic LUMIX FX150 is typical for an FX design camera. If you are familiar with the LUMIX cameras, you will be able to spot them from a mile away. The design has been pushed far, and in my opinion it is successful. The camera has a solid feel to it and is nicely finished. The attractively curved lines of the housing and the material used leave an impression of quality. The material used on the front and side feels quite smooth. The topside of the camera, where the fingers are placed, feels kind of rough. Besides adding to the neat appearance of the camera, the silver-colored plate on the topside also has a function; it supports the grip.|
|Panasonic LUMIX FX150 camera design
The front of the Panasonic FX150 looks trim. A large round ring is placed around the optical zoom lens carrying MEGA O.I.S. / 28 mm on it in striking red letters; an important feat of arms of the Panasonic LUMIX camera series. To complete it, LEICA was mentioned as supplier of the 3.6x zoom lens, a brand name that rings a bell for many. The sides of the camera are nicely curved backwards. The right hand side (viewed from the back), contains several interfaces, among which the USB port and A/V output, which are neatly covered by an also curved lid.
Command dial of the Panasonic LUMIX FX150
The topside of the LUMIX camera has a limited amount of three buttons, among which the combined zoom/shutter release button. And also on the back of the camera, the amount of buttons is kept to a minimum, which makes it quite structured.
|The famous command dial with the main programs stubbornly hides half underneath the top side of the camera. It's a fine spot, although it makes reading the command dial a bit difficult. For instance, it is not clear which way to rotate the dial in order to activate a certain program.
Multicontrol button & Tripod connection
Although the buttons are small in size, operation is fine, without a problem. What does annoy however, and not only on this type of LUMIX, are the blank pictograms on the silver colored multicontrol button. You can hardly read them in badly lit situations; this needs improvement. And finally, we come to the bottom of the camera with a universal tripod connection in one corner and the compartment to store a memory card and battery in the other corner.