Pros Ease of use, picture quality, zoom and extra zoom, HD movie, and stereo sound (the movies look and sound clear and crisp on my HD TV! It's lightweight and perfect for sports, landscapes, events, close up and macro work, long lens telephoto shots, and port
Cons (all minor) No eyepiece boot for EVF, lens cap interferes with zoom, tripod mount interferes with battery/memory door when in use. Only 10 sec. max on the built in timer.
Summary As a serious amateur, I've been fortunate enough to own and use a number of digital cameras including Panasonic, Pentax, Nikon, Olympus and Canon. All have had their strong points and I'm not a brand loyalist by any means, but after a couple of weeks, I must say I absolutely love this camera.
My first impressions were ones of pleasant shock. The camera seemed smaller than in the pictures and if it seemed smaller, it seemed doubly more so in terms of weight. It feels very light but very solid. It has well balanced feel. It Powers up very fast. It takes about as fast as you can bring the camera up to your face - amongst the best of the point and shoots. Controls are easy to use and I like the mini joystick for making on the fly adjustments in manual and scene modes. The menus are fairly well laid out although some items I had to resort to the manual to find their location for the first time.
The iA or Intelligent Auto function gave consistently above par picture quality, although I was always able to tweak it better myself (this could have been as much preference as anything). The AVCHD and HD movies worked absolutely flawless with my Transcend 16 GB SDHC Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]. (NOTE:Make sure you lowlevel format these SDHC cards a COUPLE of times BEFORE first use). I do wish that you could use the normal shutter release instead of the dedicated movie button on the back face when in movie mode. I kept forgetting and tried to stop the movies using the shutter button instead of the record button. Minor nuisance, but will be overcome as I get my brain wrapped around the change in button locations.
The battery worked well past 300 stills and about 35 clips, so I am very pleased with it with the LCD display being used for most of the shots. I purchase another spare battery; Lenmar DLP006 Lithium-ion Digital Camera/Camcorder Battery Equivalent to the Panasonic CGR-S006A Battery, it appears to be working about as well as the original Panasonic (a great buy). The EVF or Electronic View Finder was very handy, although most of the overlaid information is very hard to distinguish in the small EVF. I CAN'T BELIEVE PANASONIC DIDN'T INCLUDE A RUBBER BOOT FOR THE EVF! Please someone, anyone, make it as an accessory.
The EZ or Extra Zoom function is quite handy. Using this feature, you can shoot at lower resolutions and get more effective zooming power out of the camera...over 30x and it works very well. The LCD screen is clear and crisp, but its performance in high ambient light is about average. Thank goodness for the electronic view finder mentioned above.
Image stabilization is the absolute best amongst my camera collection and is especially noticeable in low light and full zoom. I was pleasantly surprised how well I could take indoor pictures at night with a simple tweak of the exposure. Far better than any of my other point and shoots, although nowhere near my SLR.
The standard 3picture burst mode was fairly standard and unimpressive, but the 10pics per second for speed priority and 6 pics per second in image priority burst mode worked well for catching difficult shots like geese landing on the water and children jumping out of swings, but I still wish the resolution and picture quality was better in these modes. Still, for a point and shoot, it's ability to catch the fast action is at the top of it's class.
The lens cap interferes with zoom, but the camera will kindly remind you that you have left it on with a 17,000 volt discharge...just kidding...it will tell you on the LCD screen.
Enjoy this camera! I sure am!
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Pros - PRICE
- Image Quality
- Superb Zoom and Stability Control.
- HD Video Recording
Cons - None so far
Summary After seeing the review by our analyst, Lori, I must say that it certainly does not do any justice to the Panasonic Lumix FZ35, in fact, I find it misleading to people who want to buy a quality camera at a very affordable price.
Indeed, if compared to DSLR cameras, this beauty has some what strong capabilities, but indeed cannot reproduce the image quality that professional cameras can. Thus a comparison between them would be unfair and inappropriate.
The FZ35 is targeted for that particular customer, who had fun already with the small point-and-shoot camera and is looking for something better, but seem rather overwhelmed by the extensive features of a DSLR's. If this is your dilemma, then look no further, the Panasonic Lumix FZ35 will be a delightful upgrade from the simple point-and-shoot, while at the same time, getting your feet wet into the domain of Semi-DSLR photography.
Even though, this review could seem at times harsh with this camera, I feel that given a closer look and comparing it to other models in its own category, like the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, or the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1, you will find the Panasonic Lumix FZ35 less clunky and much better in the stability control and image quality.
Overall, if what you are looking to do, is to take beautiful photos and not professional quality photos that only $900+ DSLR's cameras can take, then you wont go wrong in purchasing this camera.
I encourage you to see other reviews and see the overall consensus of what other customers who bought this camera have to say about it. Most likely you will find only but accolades and compliments of this gem of camera.
Pros This camera has a tremendous zoom range and keeps its sharpness throughout. The controls are so intuitive that I did not even need the book. Having an optical viewfinder, (with diopter control), is the key to everything for composition and details.
Cons Not that it's a necessity, but a small rubber eyecup over the viewfinder would be nice. Also, an indicator that the battery is nearly exhausted would be helpful. It just shuts down without warning.
Summary I have studied and searched for the "right" camera for myself, (a "retired" professional photographer), and this camera has just what I've been looking for. The sharpness and detail of photos, along with an amazing "anti-shake" stabilizer, allows a very broad range of photographic composition. Also, the "AI", or automatic intellegence setting works extremely well with complicated lighting situations. Using the night scene/illumination setting, I captured some amazing fireworks shots - with no calculations necessary! The combination of Panasonic Lumix quality name, and Leica's amazing high quality lens, makes for a terrific pairing. I love it!
Pros The quality of its 18x zoom and its image quality are very good. The record rate & picture-to-picture are fast. Nice controls layout. I particularly like the separate AF, video, and discard buttons. It can shoot JPG, RAW, or both. Eyepiece & L
Cons Lacks a flip-out LCD display. Zoom rate could be a little faster. Has some trouble focusing on "infinite" distance images without edges (found that out shooting the Blue Angels last week).
Summary I bought the FZ35 in August 2009 and used this for about 1500 pictures on a 3-week trip to England and Scotland. It handled an amazingrange of light conditions from bright sun to the dark interiors of cathedrals without flash. I liked being able to easily change my focusing points and the ability to choose pinpoint or multiple fields for accurate exposure control.
I carry a camera on my hip all of the time, and the compact, very light FZ35 is easy to pull out, remove lens cap, turn on, zoom, and focus with one hand.
The HD light (720 line) video was easy to use and produced excellent images. I selected this camera based on its other features and quality, not its video capability, but the 720-line video is a nice extra.
Another advantage is that the camera accepts standard filters (46mm).
Note: I bought this camera for my own use after comparing many super-zoom alternatives, and I am not paid by anyone for my opinion.
Pros The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 produces crisp, stunningly beautiful photos. The video clips are also very good.
Cons The electronic viewfinder is difficult to use due to its design; a soft silicon or rubber viewfinder cap/cover would have been nice.
Summary This is an excellent superzoom camera. It is lightweight and easy to carry. The controls are intuitive and easy to use, even for a beginner. The photos are quite crisp and vividly, stunningly beautiful. The video clips are also a good quality. This is a good overall digital camera packed with good features. The camera has good ease of use. This camera produces excellent photos with beautiful image quality. The video clips are smooth and of good quality as well. This is a very impressive superzoom camera.