Product Type: Panasonic digital cameras
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
Member Name: cooney352
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
Advantages: Compact, powerful and bursting with functionality
Disadvantages: Cannot change the lens
I bought this camera for use in my month travelling across Europe the summer just gone. I wanted something better than a point and shoot but my budget couldn't stretch to a full blown SLR so after much deliberation i opted for the hybrid. All i can say is WOW! I am a beginner when it comes to photography but even i noticed the functional capability of the FZ45. The lens is made by a well known and prestigious company Leica so quality is guaranteed.
The camera itself has many different programs on the dial which i had to spend a good two days of playing around with the camera to really appreciate. It has a 24x optical zoom and then on top of that the intelligent zoom kicks in and brings it to 32x. This will produce a 14.1 Megapixel photograph which can then be zoomed in on further to incredible detail; enough to see a piece of pollen on a leaf from standing 15ft away. It is versatile in many different light settings as well as still or moving shots. Once the menu is opened for the settings, nearly anything can be changed to exactly how you want it for instance ISO, face recognition/detection etc.
It also takes HD quality movies as well which are accompanied by a powerful microphone that is very sensitive to noise.
Hardware-wise the camera has a 3inch screen on the back and a pop-up flash which can get a bit annoying sometimes and feels quite flimsy. The big downside to this camera i feel is that the lens cannot be removed so if it gets scratched then you will have to buy a new camera... This is not good news and so as i was on a budget i bought a UV filter for 5 pounds to attach onto the front of the lens to prevent any scratching. This also makes it easier to clean. You can buy lenses to attach onto the existing lens however these, like all lenses, are expensive. I think this is the main thing which differentiates this hybrid from the full blown SLR cameras.
Back on to the plus side, the camera is small enough to carry round on your person without being too much of a hassle and quick to turn on when taking the photos. If you feel as though you will be taking lots of moving shots and you want the biggest file format RAW, then i would highly recommend splashing out on a good class 10 SDHC memory card as this will be able to handle the shots. If you get anything lower then you will find a lag when trying to take the second or third fast shot and the moment will have gone as i experienced with my cheap £17 memory card.
All in all this is a brilliant camera for anyone looking to bridge the gap between the point and shoot and the SLR but feels that they don't know enough about photography to be able to utilise the camera fully. The camera will do the work for you, and if you want to explore photography then the camera will let you do that too but at your own pace.
Summary: A great camera
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