Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
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New and improved only means cheaper, less quality and less user friendly
10 August 2012
Summary: I loved the FZ 35 and the FZ 50...but there are a few features missing from this camera and I did not research them well enough...First there is no "O" ring for the manual focus..there is manual focus but with a very inconvenient toggle switch instead of a "O" ring. That I do not like at all. second, Panasonic ought to be ashamed for not including a paper manual....it is inconvenient to have to go to a PDF file on line..
Excerpt: Its a very light and conenient for travelling if you dont want to lug around 600+grs of toysaround you days and weeks. Pretty sharp images and fastAF since the lens are made from legendary LEICA. Get it if you can if you are after good image and low light videos Problems: Can be a bit tricky with scenes selections and other modes.
Seeing is believing, FZ35-FZ100 Comparison: REVISITED
Simon Sharpe, Amazon
31 March 2011
Summary: I enjoyed this camera for the 36 hours I have used it. Like another reviewer, I really wanted to like it. I have enjoyed the FZ18, the FZ28, and the FZ35. I bought this based on my good previous experience with the FZ series. After taking pictures under identical conditions (indoors, ISI200, manual exp) with my old FZ35 and the new FZ100, I can report that the 35 has better image quality. The images on the 100 are significantly, visibly noisier.
Summary: The main reason I am disappointed is because I am comparing it to my first digital camera. I loved it but I think it spoiled me. It is the Canon PowerShot g-7. It still works good but 3 out of every 10 photos come out unfocused. It takes a second or 2 longer to focus than this one. It has a great build quality compare to this one. The controls are all in thumb reach. The display is smaller but looks real.
Pros: Looks nice, large display, quick zoom, responsive, great quality pics if you adjust things each time.
Cons: Display is so fake and silly looking. Can't just hook it to the computer and import pictures. You have to turn it on, open the display, and pick between usb or print bridge. Can't just set it to usb default. The camera itself is very cheap feeling. The controls are somewhat awkward. The display is somewhat annoying to open but no big deal. But the worst thing of all is the automatic setting. You can not get a great picture with it period! I don't understand why it got...
Summary: I have tried the SX30 at a store, the housing feels cheaper than the FZ100 and the focus makes a weird noise. I have sold my FZ100 and as of now I can only recommend staying away from those super zoom cameras until they improve in quality. I might try again in 2011 when the next generations of super zoom cameras will be released. The concept of them is great but there are to many but's and they need some serious improvements.
Pros: I have owned 4 or 5 Canon digital cameras and thought I would try this Panasonic over the Canon SX30. What I wanted was super zoom and great video quality. If that is all you want this is a superb camera and I give 5 starts to the video quality and video setting. I love how the camera looks, a cool sexy gadget :)
Cons: Picture quality is awful. Of course I am a little spoiled with picture quality since I am a Canon camera user but this Panasonic is a joke. I've tried different custom settings recommended by other FZ100 owners, but the the picture quality is still bad. It performs best in bright light, but even then I was not satisfied with the picture quality. Low light and indoor pictures you can absolutely forget. Macro however seems to work fine.
Not sure it's worth the effort, but can be quite good
18 November 2010
Summary: On paper this is GREAT camera. I'm no pro, so take my review with it's grain of salt. I tried using this camera for 3 weeks, took hundreds (thousands maybe?) of pics and video, but the percentage of shots worth keeping remained low. I've been on all the forums and review sites, I've seen that this camera IS capable of amazing image quality and composition. IT JUST REQUIRES TOO MUCH work.
Summary: I was so excited about this newest camera from Panasonic. I have loved each new version as it came out. I expected this time would be no different. I've had it several days but after some testing it will be going back tomorrow. I took six groups of photos with similiar settings - macro, indoor, landscape, - using the FZ100, FZ35, ZS7. I showed them to my husband without him knowing which was which, and the results are interesting.
Summary: The camera provides excellent images and the HD movie is a quality addition on this highly specified digital camera. However,I have only given it a 3 star rating because, having owned ot for less than 1 month, I have to report that the signage/markings on the 4 rear mounted function cursors has all but worn away. The camera is presently away at Panasonic UKs' authorised repairers.