The retail offering comes with everything you see above. From left to right: operating instructions, camera strap, software disc, AV cable, USB connection cable, battery carrying case, lithium-ion battery, battery charger and the camera itself. The included Li-ion battery is 1150 mAh with Panasonic rating the battery life at 330 images on a full charge. The 135 page operating instruction manual is split into easy-to-read sections (basic, advanced recording, advanced playback, etc.) and includes warranty information in the back.
The FX150 didn't arrive with a memory card but has approximately 50MB of space on-board. An expansion slot accepts SD, SDHC and MultiMediaCard media, although the MultiMediaCard is listed to only support still images. I will be using a 4GB SDHC card during testing.
Our FX150 arrived in the black color you see here but the unit is also available in silver should you prefer that color scheme. The front of the camera displays the Lumix series name with the "14 MEGA PIXEL" moniker below. The lens, a Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT, is offset slightly to the left with the flash above it to the right and the auto-focus assist lamp on the left side. The left side of the camera is plain with no features or functions.
Around back we find the 2.7" TFT LCD display (230k dots) centered on the left that takes up the majority of the real estate. To the right is the Mode dial, record/playback selector switch, menu navigation buttons, display button and quick menu button. Each menu navigation button is engraved and performs a different function based on what mode you have selected. The right side of the camera features the strap eyelet and a door that hides the I/O jacks.
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