Product Type: Panasonic digital cameras
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Pretty good camera for the size and price...compact lovers must have.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35
Advantages: Great wideangle, panoramic shots, fairly good battery life, good zoom, robust
Disadvantages: Macro stopped working early, hard to tell when battery is fully charged, bright lights confuse it
When my last camera was sent hurtling down a mountainside on my last climb (and in the process losing all of the photos from the last weeks climb) , I was forced to look for another to accompany me on my next trip.
I had done some extensive research trying to find the aforementioned camera so I knew what I wanted.
I knew I wanted something that was light, digital, obviously and small enough to fit into my pocket. So a digital compact basically. I also knew that more specifically I was looking for something with an extremely wide lens capacity and good zoom/ mega pixel capacities as I mostly like taking shots of landscapes or things that are far away, bearing in mind my hobbies.
I also knew that I wanted something relatively inexpensive,around £100 and a camera from a reputable company. I did some online research and settled on the Panasonic lumix. It has a great lens, one of those lens that is developed by a great company like Panasonic and not one of those bespoke lens houses that they try and sucker you in with. The wideangle is very impressive great for my being able to get shots of mountain ranges. It was also by Panasonic, a reputable company with years of experience in making cameras, and as part of its Lumix range I knew it would be of higher quality. It was also, importantly £130 from Amazon.
This camera comes with all the usuals, a 8 times optical zoom capacity that is very fluid, 16.1 megapixel definition, 3 inch screen,macro shot capability for different types of interesting close up shots (although this function broke on my camera after a few short days, see critisisms) flash and face recognition, exposure settings, a short memory capacity to carry out short films, and different camara settings for taking pictures of profile, landscapes, through glass, pets and sporting shots etc.
It also has internal phone memory which can store a couple of hundred photo`s in an emergency and an SD card input. Power-source wise, the battery is easy to charge, but runs out after a couple of hours.
The phone is light, small enough to fit into a back pocket and relatively easy to use, but those who have not had a digital compact before may find some of the technical stuff difficult to navigate through, I sometimes get lost and I have had the camera a little while now.
critisisms: As I mentioned before the Macro shot capacity just stopped working very shortly after I purchased it, I couldnt be bother to return it as I dont take these shots anyway. The camera sometimes finds it hard to turn itself onto night mode if your at a concert where there are single flashing, bright lights, it sorts of tries to reboot over and over, its only happened twice but it is not a regular thing. Lastly the battery life is a bit limited and it cannot tell you when it is fully charged, you just have to charge it for a while just to be sure.
The camera comes with instruction manual, a CD-rom for loading pictures, using Panasonic`s own software suite, a charging USB lead, an AC point charger for the USB lead (this has come in handy when I have been away without my PC, and seperate bags for batteries , wires etc. It does not come with a carry case though.
Summary: It was a shame that a basic function failed so early, but it is robust
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