Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Summary
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.
|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|
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Panasonic DMC-FZ100 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|14 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 80-1600|
|24X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-60s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.20" Built-in EVF 200K Pixels||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|11 FPS Drive, 15 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Stereo audio input|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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