Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
29 September 2011
Summary: 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.
Pros: Excellent white-balance, Low optical distortion, Generally remains responsive, Fast autofocus speed, Quick shutter lag, Awesome LCD visibility, Quite good usability, Above average battery-life
Cons: Image noise at all ISO, Prone to overexposure, Strong softness above ISO 200, Poor color accuracy, Poor focus in low-light, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Tiny EVF, Play button too flush, Delay recording video, Visible interlacing during video playback, Flimsy LCD hinge
Panasonic FZ100 – the perfect camera for the beginner and amateur photographers
21 June 2011
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix FZ100 is a wonderful camera that is worth the money, and is currently the best choice when it comes to prosumer cameras – few others can match its picture quality and flexibility.
Summary: The FZ100 is the true replacement to the ever popular DMC-FZ50 from back in 2007, and boasts features like a free angle 3.0" LCD screen, Face Recognition, Power O.I.S. system and a fast F2.8-5.2 24x optical zoom lens with a broad field of view (25-600mm equivalent).
Pros: Solid build quality, Very good quality 14-megapixel photos, Smaller prints possible from ISO 800 and 1600 images, Full 1080i and 720p videos with excellent quality for a digicam, Incredible Burst rates, Video recording button works in any shooting mode, Stereo sound with an external MIC input, Ex...
Cons: Lens hood blocks edges of images at wide end of zoom, Flash is not powerful enough for the lens range, Large for a compact camera, even for a super-zoom camera
Excerpt: Straight up this camera ticks most of my boxes! A swinging LCD screen IMHO is a must and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 has a beauty: 7.6cm, with a high res count of 460,000 pixels; it rotates 180 degrees horizontally and 270 vertically.
Excerpt: HD video capability on cameras is as common as trashy political ads on TV. Most digicams capture 720p clips, but several new ones take Full HD movies such as the just-released 14-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100. Does this get us to the point we can put our old high-def camcorders on Craigslist?
Pros: 24x wide-angle zoom, High burst rates, AVCHD video
Cons: Underwhelming video and picture quality, Not worth $499
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FZ100 is the highly anticipated successor to the best-selling Lumix FZ38 / FZ35 - or to be more accurate one of two successors, the other being the more affordable FZ45 / FZ40.
Pros: 24x optical zoom with effective stabilisation., Very fast burst shooting modes., Articulated 3in / 460k pixel screen., 1080i HD video with microphone input., Flash hotshoe., RAW recording.
Cons: Soft image quality using default settings., Poor high ISO performance., Need to tweak the processing for best results.
Excerpt: From the box to your hand to snapping away with the Lumix FZ100, the latest feature-laden compact superzoom from Panasonic, you get the impression you’re handling a camera that means business.
Pros: Mode wheel has very distinct indents so the camera doesn’t accidentally switch modes. Li-Ion battery rather than AAs. Stereo microphone. Nimble RAW shooting.
Cons: Poor image quality above ISO400. Electronic viewfinder is a throwaway afterthought. Expensive.
Summary: The Panasonic FZ100 certainly doesn’t come cheap. A variety of online retailers offer it for £420, though many others are asking as much as £480 – easily enough to purchase an entry-level DSLR, Micro System Camera or other such set up.
Pros: 25-600mm lens capacity, good optical image stabilisation
Cons: Expensive, no eye-level sensor for EVF/LCD switching, image quality fairly grainy, lack of sharpness at longest telephoto