Product Type: Panasonic digital cameras
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38
Member Name: happypanda
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38
Advantages: Good quality photos, easy to use, lots of options and setting
Disadvantages: Sometimes hard to find the setting you want
When my husband bought me this camera as a present and I was both ecstatic and overwhelmed. It looks like a professional SLR, it has hundreds of features and honestly I had no idea how to use it.
This model will set you back about £200-300, a drop in the ocean compared to a proper SLR, but still not cheap for a camera.
The camera looks like a SLR, it's big and bulky, but not too heavy. It fits nicely into your hands and looks pretty professional.
This camera has a whole slew of features.
12.1 megapixels and 18x optical zoom.
It takes HD movies and intelligent auto with face recognition
There is also many different scenes and settings to help the less experiences user out
The 2.7 TFT Screen LCD display is great for reviewing your images
Ease of Use
As overwhelming as this camera might look to the novice, it really is as simple as point and click to start. Just turned the dial to auto, press down to focus and then press to take the photo. This is plenty to take some amazing photos. The quality is fantastic, clear, concise and usually very good in composition. You can also choose a different scene, like fireworks, candlelight or pet and many many others, to really get the perfect image.
The more experienced user can play with any setting possible to compose the perfect image, to adjust for atmospheric conditions and light and to alter the appearance to create mood. There are so many options, you will never get bored of trying new things.
I love how easy it is to take a good quality picture. I don't need to really think about it, just point at my subject and click. If I want to play with all the settings I have that option too, and I have tried new things out since getting this camera. For example, recently I tried light painting using a long exposure, and I've really had fun playing with camera techniques. The camera is heavy as you'd expect, but not too heavy to carry around all day if you want to.
The zoom is brilliant, and I think you can add another lens if you want to increase zoom, but as it is, it works very well and is as easy as just moving a little switch back and forth.
To change the automatic setting, you can simply turn the dial to macro setting, or action setting in seconds and simply work from there without needing to play too much with the settings.
The LCD screen is the perfect size and works well, even in bright light and the HD movies are very high quality and better than some video cameras I have.
The battery power is fine, you can use it all day and not run out. In fact if you don't use it at all, or only a little bit, one full charge lasts weeks and weeks.
I think there are so many options that finding the right one can be difficult. Other than that I don't really have any complaints.
I'm sure there are better cameras out there, but this one is the perfect combination of high-end digital SLR and easy-to-use novice camera. I am still learning the features of this camera over 18 months later, and I suspect I will be enjoying it for many years to come.
If you want an SLR, but don't want to pay SLR prices this is a great start. In fact I can't think of anything else I could want in a camera.
Summary: Overall, I really love my camera, it is everything I could ever want in a camera.
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