Product Type: Panasonic digital cameras
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 Digital Camera
Member Name: Tarapea
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 Digital Camera
Advantages: Easy to hold, wonderful in low light settings, great auto setting but lots on offer for experts
Disadvantages: Flimsy battery door, plastic-y build
There is nothing more confusing than shopping for a camera. At least, in my opinion. I hope this review helps you decide whether to opt for this little Lumix or not!
Lets start with the technical bits:
Camera Effective Pixels: 16.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter: 1/2.33-inch / 16.6 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture: F3.3 - 5.9/ 2-Step (F3.3 - 10 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))
Optical Zoom: 8x
Focal Length: f=5-40mm (28-224mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 10.1x (4:3 / 10M), 14.4x (4:3 / 5M), 18x(4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom: 10x
Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
Optical Image Stabiliser: MEGA O.I.S.
Focusing Area: Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity, Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture: Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display: Yes
AF Assist Lamp: Yes
Focus: Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF (Always On), AF Tracking
AF Metering: Face / AF Tracking / 11 pt / 1pt
Shutter Speed: Still, approx. 8 - 1/1600 sec, Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval: Approx. 1.1 sec
Unlimited consecutive shooting: 1.5 frames/sec
Motion Picture Recording
4:3: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9: HD Movie 1280x720 pixels, 24fps (Motion JPEG)
Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation: Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple
ISO Sensitivity: I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600, High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording: 4:3, 4608x3456(16M) / 3648x2736(10M EZ) / 2560x1920(5M EZ) / 2048X1536(3M EZ) / 640X480(0.3M EZ)
3:2, 4608 x 3072 (14M)
16:9: 4608 x 2592 (12M)
Composition Guide line: Yes (1 pattern)
Auto Review: 1sec, 2sec, Hold, Off
Easy Zoom: Yes
Macro Zoom: Yes
Orientation Detector: Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen: Yes
Self Timer: 2sec / 10sec
Calendar Display: Yes
Playback Motion Picture: Yes
Slideshow Mode: All / Category / Favorites
Travel Date / World Time: Yes / Yes
LCD Monitor: 6.7cm (2.7") TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots)
Field of View: approx. 100%
Built-in-Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Recording Media: Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory: approx. 70MB
Microphone / Speaker: Mono / Yes
Interface: AV Output (PAL), USB2.0 High speed
Power: Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660mAh) (Included)
Battery life (approx.): 250 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Now that's out of the way, lets talk user friendliness.
I'm technically minded when it comes to computers and phones, but a bit of an all round novice when it comes to cameras - basically, I was after a simple point and shoot compact with great auto settings. Being able to work well in low light conditions was a must too. The Panasonic Lumix FS35 ticks all those boxes for me.
Those in the know say that a Leica lens is the best you can get. I can't vouch for that, but I can see that this camera offers superb picture quality.
The build of it is a little chunkier than most of today's compacts, which are usually much slighter. However, I actually prefer this - it's much easier to hold, without getting your fingers in the way of the flash! It does have quite a plastic-y feel to it though, and the battery door is pretty flimsy.
It starts up very swiftly, and there's no waiting around after you've taken a picture, as with other cameras i've tried. Infact, before opting for this I made a terrible mistake in buying a little Nikon Coolpix. It felt cheap and flimsy, the flash was far too bright even when the settings were tweaked, picture quality was relatively poor, and terrible in lower light settings.. An all round damp squib. In constrast, the Lumix offers everything i need. It has a great wealth of individual settings to play with, perfect for both novice (*raises hand sheepishly*) and expert and yet at the same time, the auto setting is more than adequate at capturing the perfect snapshot. The Macro setting is brilliant, i've yet to experienced a blurred photo, and even in pitch darkness i still get a brilliant picture to show off at the end of it.
The quality of this camera just speaks for itself, I will never buy anything but a Panasonic camera.
Summary: If you're looking for a simple point and shoot camera that works in indoor settings - this is it!
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