Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: DMC-FZ35K
- Bottom Line:
- A better-than-average megazoom choice, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 delivers standout video capabilities and an excellent manual feature set. Still, it suffers from a lot of the same drawbacks as its competitors, including weak photo quality.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $599.99
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 10/07/2009
- Released on: 08/15/2009
The good: Useful 27mm wide-angle zoom; excellent image stabilization; full selection of manual and automatic exposure controls; very good 720p movie capture with operational zoom and manual controls; relatively fast.
The bad: Noise and compression artifacts in JPEG photos; no hotshoe.
The bottom line: A better-than-average megazoom choice, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 delivers standout video capabilities and an excellent manual feature set. Still, it suffers from a lot of the same drawbacks as its competitors, including weak photo quality.
Surprisingly Fantastic Camera!
by WilliamNYC on April 26, 2011
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 ...
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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28 out of 29 users found this user opinion helpful.
A Delightful Upgrade from the simple Point-and-Shoot.
by countdimo on December 13, 2009
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 ...
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.
18 out of 27 users found this user opinion helpful.
Unbelievably good all 'round camera!
by rjullrich on October 4, 2009
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 ...
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!
15 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
Does just about everything I want it to & does it well
by jhogle on October 12, 2009
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 ...
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.
18 out of 28 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beautiful image quality; good quality video clips
by SherAtBeach on September 18, 2009
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 ...
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.
14 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
YES works with 64-bit
by janedoooe on February 1, 2010
Pros: All the good things people have said. Quality lens, customizable, face tracking, face recognition up to 3 people, stary night mode, light, battery pack last long time, HD movies.
Cons: Screen doesn?t flip out and close (but the screen has clear thick hard plastic over it so add screen protector for scratches and all is good).
Summary: 64-bit SUPORT. All software installs fine despite any warning pop up. Panasonic drivers, that are ONLY for viewing RAW same as you would a jpeg in the explorer, the installer ...
Summary: 64-bit SUPORT. All software installs fine despite any warning pop up. Panasonic drivers, that are ONLY for viewing RAW same as you would a jpeg in the explorer, the installer is not 64-bit compatible... BUT there is a free 3rd party Codec pack that will install the Panasonic drivers for viewing RAW on Vista and Windows 7 64-bit ( fastpictureviewer.com/codecs ) My OS is Win 7 64-bit.
I had trouble with AVCHD video playing but it turned out my own drivers were corrupt for AVCHD. So I went and install k-lite codec pack from filehippo Use a class 6 or class 10 SDHC card for faster pictures and HD video. 4GB fills too fast.
Accessories i have tried with FZ35: 46mm filter kit, DMW-LA3 lens adapter . Macro filter kit 55mm. Lens cap fits on 55mm macro lenses. Don?t use step up ring for 46mm area. See Advanced Features Manual page 190-192 (service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/DMCFZ35-ADV.PDF ) Here is address to Panasonic accessory parts for size reference. ( panasonic.net/avc/lumix/compact/fz35_fz38/optional_accessories.html ) Light diffuser or bounce you can make (even out of a bubble bag), so cool, see examples here ( home.comcast.net/~dougsmit/bounceflashtoys.html )
I tried the Canon SX20 and took it back the same day. Hated it! Took over 100 pictures at a party and 95% were grainy, over saturated, or to soft with ghosting and SX20 doesn?t support adding filters. Must use a pop on 3rd party adapter.
My kids practiced mid-air kicks off chairs while I took shots in iA mode. WOW, what a camera. Great fun. My 4 year old Panasonic DMC-LZ5 is still working great and the FZ35 is a welcome addition to my home.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic for Trips
by yoinks on October 9, 2009
Pros: Fast, Nice Zoom, Good Quality, Versatile, Great Image Stabilization in Windy Conditions
Cons: No Optical Viewfinder
Summary: I am the guy who puts it on automatic and clicks away (no skills). I recently bought this camera for a trip to Yellowstone. I am incredibly pleased w/ the ...
Summary: I am the guy who puts it on automatic and clicks away (no skills). I recently bought this camera for a trip to Yellowstone. I am incredibly pleased w/ the pictures I got - terrific shots of wildlife (coyotes, pronghorns, mule deer, elk, bison, eagles, etc) and phenomenal scenery.
The camera was quick from turning it on to the first shot to the next shot. I didn't feel like I missed any opportunities. The zoom was especially nice for the wildlife. Some of them look dangerously close in the pics.
I find myself reaching for the camera much more often because it's so quick and takes such nice pics. My dog doesn't care for it, but it's her fault for looking so darn cute all the time.
I couldn't be more pleased w/ this camera.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Amazingly good in all situations
by MarcMedios on January 13, 2010
Pros: - Amazing lens in quality and zoom
- Minimal shutter lag
- Easy menus
- Very customizable
- Macro capabilities
- Very adaptable
- Small and light
Cons: - The electronic viewfinder is not that great and the little lever to adapt it keeps moving a bit
- The lens cap thing is a pain in the ass
Summary: My fifth Lumix. I also own a TZ5 which I am keeping as it is really small. The FZ35 is amazing: very well rounded lens, fast acting, fast reacting and ...
Summary: My fifth Lumix. I also own a TZ5 which I am keeping as it is really small. The FZ35 is amazing: very well rounded lens, fast acting, fast reacting and super customizable. I love carrying it around, it fits in my Tumi bag and Tumi backpacks really well. The quality of the lens is incredible. You need to invest a bit of time in seeing what settings work well for you, though, as it absolutely customizable.
It is a 100%, definite, no doubts, no regrets buy.
I also own a Canon DSLR, by the way
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Zoom, quality concerns overall
by looptoot on March 10, 2010
Pros: Simple menu, printed out very thorough manual. No red eye issues, decent macro
Cons: Froze completely, short battery life, some blur during action shots, auto focus could be slow, burst sports mode was impressive
Summary: I would have kept this camera but on the sixth day of owning it it froze in full zoom. I could do nothing, finally had to remove the battery and ...
Summary: I would have kept this camera but on the sixth day of owning it it froze in full zoom. I could do nothing, finally had to remove the battery and re-insert and it slowly shut down. It was a fully charged battery. NO clue what happened. The zoom is loud, the focus is oddly loud. Some pics were wonderful, but not enough to exchange for the same model. I ended up going with the panasonic fz35. No problems so far!NOOOO, this review was for the new NIKON P100!!!! Please tell me how to delete this post??!!!! I absolutely LOVE my new Panasonic pz35. Oh dear lord...
Updated on Mar 10, 2010
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Superb performance, esp for the money.
by sestes53 on December 17, 2009
Pros: Great zoom, light weight, best overall performance in natural light. Full and easy to use manual controls. Excellent image stabilization. Great battery life.
Cons: Cluttered settings wheel, too many options writ too small. Good and convenient flash, but low light performance has too many artifacts. Tricky to learn spot focus.
Summary: For the money this is a great buy for the intermediate shooter who doesn't want spend for a dslr and several lens. The light weight and reasonable size makes ...
Summary: For the money this is a great buy for the intermediate shooter who doesn't want spend for a dslr and several lens. The light weight and reasonable size makes it easy to have with you. Works well for my use in nature photography.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: DMC-FZ35K
- Description: The FZ35 records HD movies with 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. It uses the AVCHD Lite format (MPEG-4/H.264) to achieve higher image quality while storing less data than the conventional motion JPEG. Plus, the FZ35 is equipped with an HDMI output terminal for direct transmission of digital image and sound signals. You can adjust the aperture and shutter speed any way you like. This mode gives you a wider range of expressive possibilities to explore in your movie making. Enjoy high-speed 1.2-second start-ups, AF speeds of approximately 0.3 second, and up to five consecutive shots at 2.3 frames per second with full resolution. You can also take up to 470 photos with a single battery charge (CIPA). This comfortable level of performance lets you capture even the most fleeting shutter chances.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Black
- Resolution 12.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 12,700,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.33"
- Optical Zoom 18 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical (POWER O.I.S.)
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 11
- Digital Video Format QuickTime,
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO auto (1600-6400),
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Candle,
- Special Effects Cool,
Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 60 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
- Type Leica 18 x x Zoom lens - 4.8 mm - 86.4 mm - F/2.8-4.4
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 27 - 486 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 11.8 in
- Macro Focus Range 0.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 8 groups / 11 elements
- Features Aspherical lens,
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation,
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 28 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 10 frames per second,
6 frames per second,
2.3 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Scene Detection Technology,
In-camera red-eye removal,
Automatic face tracking technology,
Resizing an image,
Cropping an image,
RGB primary color filter,
Motion Detection Technology,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
Face Detection AF/AE,
Highlight point display,
Camera orientation detection,
Built-in help guide,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Electronic
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.2 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 201,600 pixels
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x DC power input,
1 x HDMI output
- Software Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0,
ArcSoft Panorama Maker,
Drivers & Utilities,
SILKYPIX Developer Studio,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 710 mAh ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- RAM Installed 40 MB
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 4000 x 3000,
JPEG 4000 x 2672,
JPEG 4000 x 2248,
JPEG 3264 x 2448,
JPEG 3264 x 2176,
JPEG 3264 x 1840,
JPEG 2560 x 1920,
JPEG 2560 x 1712,
JPEG 2560 x 1440,
JPEG 2048 x 1536,
JPEG 2048 x 1360,
JPEG 1920 x 1080,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 640 x 480
- Video Capture MPEG - 640 x 480,
MPEG - 320 x 240,
MPEG - 848 x 480,
AVCHD Lite - 1280 x 720,
MPEG - 1280 x 720
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.6 in
- Depth 3.5 in
- Height 3 in
- Weight 12.9 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F