Product Type: Panasonic digital cameras
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35
Member Name: Lydsabug
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35
Advantages: Easy to use, good battery life, excellent price
Disadvantages: seems too light, videos drain the battery
I hadnt initially wanted to buy this little camera, it seemed too cheap for anything that would be good and it was extremely light so I thought it may not last too long. The guy in the shop had spent a long time with us going through varius options but I knew I needed something that was easy to use, pick it up, point it, click and capture! This, I was told would do just that.
Its a little balck camera with chrome on the top and the lens and has a small display on the back to see what you are taking pictures of, as well as the viewfinder if you want to put your eye to it, no differnt than any other camera I figured. All the buttons for this camera are easy to access whilst holding the camera and if you are inclined to drop things, put the wrist strap on for added security. At around £60 this was a great buy and we took this home to start using at a party the next day.
I am impatient and tend not to read the instruction manual but really this is a must for the camera, the menu setting is on the back of the camera and you can scroll through various options to set time and date and also quality of picture, I now know that the higher the resolution the less pictures you can take, this had caused me a little concern as I believed using a 4Gb SD card was going to allow me thousands of pictures but sadly this didnt seem to be the case.
Using the same menu option on the menu button, you can set the flash for automatic, always or off and this was really handy, I set to automatic to avoid the many requests I would inevitable make to retake a shot because i had forgotten to set it. Autofocus can also be set which I love, I mean who wouldnt want that on a camera, especially wobbly handed people like me?
The viewfinder screen is pretty large for a camera at this price and this enable you to focus better regardless, I love to see and then view the pictures I have taken and check im happy before moving on to take further pictures, I often get asked by the subjects in the pic to see what I have taken. Deleting the picture is easy as you can click on it and delete or delete all pictures.
Optical zoom is something that took me a little longer to sort and I really dont know why other that you can do it slowly or if the button is pushed the other way, it goes quickly. This button sits just in front of the capture photo button and can seem a little fiddly but given the camera size, anyone with bigger hands may also find this problem. The lens will move out as soon as the camera is switched on and back for safe storage when shut off and when you adjust the zoom you have an audible sound to let you know its adjusting for you, to be fair its all very professional for a low cost camera.
Videos on the camera are also excellent quality but tend to drain the battery fairly quickly and. as you would expect, are higher on the storage of the SD card. I dont take many videos as I think people tend to accept a picture but are less accomodating of a video.
Flash is excellent and I produced some great photos even in darker light conditions, battery life decreases significantly if you are using the flash so if you are out for the evening maybe consider buying another battery so you always have a spare one charged up.
I love this little camera and am ashamed to say I doubted its ability due to the weight, its easy to use, takes lovely photos and has good battery life. Would be good as a starter for a teenager or someone like myself who wants something easy to use which does exactly what you expect.
Summary: Excellent little camera for beginner or those wanting to point and click!
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