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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Summary

14 Megapixels14 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Assessment

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is an ultra-zoom with an impressive ultra-wide angle 24X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25-600mm. This advanced ultra-zoom has all photographic controls expected from a prosumer model: full-manual controls, spot metering, custom white-balance with dual-axis fine-tuning, manual focus, plus exposure and white-balance bracketing. It is build around a high-speed CMOS sensor which gives it full HD video capabilities and up to 11 FPS continuous drive at full-resolution. The FZ100 also has full manual controls over video-recording, something that is extremely rare among such cameras.

Clearly, the versatility of this feature set is great and the FZ100 has a reasonable amount of external controls to use these efficiently. The true downside of this digital camera is sub-par image quality which makes limits the usable ISO range to 100 and 200. On the other hand, the FZ100 is above average in terms of speed, particularly for autofocus.

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PROS CONS
Excellent white-balance Image noise at all ISO
Low optical distortion Prone to overexposure
Generally remains responsive Strong softness above ISO 200
Fast autofocus speed Poor color accuracy
Quick shutter lag Poor focus in low-light
Awesome LCD visibility Slow shot-to-shot speed
Quite good usability Tiny EVF
Above average battery-life Play button too flush
Delay recording video
Visible interlacing during video playback
Flimsy LCD hinge
AverageAverage Average

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By Neocamera on 2011-08-08

Panasonic DMC-FZ100 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

14 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 80-1600
24X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
11 FPS Drive, 15 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 230K PixelsStereo audio input
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
Internal Memory
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