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The DMC-FS35 features a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens. The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of pe...

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Review of "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35"

published 31/10/2011 | Brownie_Queen
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Excellent
Pro Easy to use, takes good photos, fast flash
Cons Not necessarily one for the pros
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"Point, shoot, zoom and capture the moment"

We purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 in early September, after our Canon Ixus started making strange noises. We didn’t spend a huge amount of time researching the camera – we considered a couple of alternatives such as upgrading to the latest version of the Canon Ixus (which we had been happy with until its untimely demise) – but the main deciding factor behind our purchase was that friends had a previous version of the Panasonic Lumix and were very happy with it. We were also attracted by some of the features promised by the Panasonic Lumix FS35, namely the 16.1 megapixel resolution, the 8x optical zoom, the optical image stabilizer and the Leica lens.

Appearance


Visually, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 is a lovely camera. It is black with a large silver lens on the front. Once switched on the lens pops out and extends / retracts depending on the level of zoom that you require.The back has a very large LCD screen (2.7 inches) which makes it easy both to line up a photograph ahead of capturing the shot and to view the results afterwards. I really like the LCD screen as it brings up sharp images and it is easy to ‘zoom’ in while viewing the photographs to check for the kind of facial expressions which make you want to delete a photo before you upload it. I feel that it is a very stylish model which manages to look good while feeling a bit more like a ‘traditional’ camera that some of the smaller digital models. The flash is a thin light along the top of the camera to the left of the lens and is positioned in a location that makes it difficult to accidentally block it with your finger.

Basic Performance


Essentially, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 is a point and shoot digital camera, although it is a mid-range model which possesses a few additional features. My basic requirements from a camera are that it is simple to use, takes good clear photographs, has an effective flash and can cope with relatively fast moving subjects (essential with two small children who don’t tend to stay still for long) and this camera definitely fulfils all of those criteria. Image sharpness is very good on this camera – it is particularly good when shooting outside in good light and the definition of facial features is excellent. When taking photos inside, the flash is effective and warms up quickly, enabling you to capture those special moments without having to wait an age for the flash to work. In terms of image quality, I feel that the flash works well to illuminate subjects in the foreground, but it won’t necessarily provide the same quality to background images. As most of my indoor shots tend to be of people, rather than views, this doesn’t matter to me.

The camera has several different modes – the easiest, and the one that I use most, is ‘Intelligent Auto’ . This is where the camera attempts to predict what type of photograph you are going to take and adapts its settings accordingly to ensure that it has the optimum settings for the shot. To be completely honest, I don’t really understand how it does this, but I have been very satisfied with the results so far. The battery life of the camera is very good – we have taken a lot of photos in the two months since we bought the camera and have only had to charge it up once. Charging the battery is a very straightforward process as you simply remove the battery from the camera, slot it into the charger and plug the charger into the mains.

Additional Features


Zoom
- The camera has an 8x optical zoom feature which I have found creates clear, sharp photos. There is also the possibility of zooming still further, up to 18x but this involves reducing the resolution right down to 3MP – I have not felt the need to do this. Using the normal zoom is very simple as you simply flick the dial on the top of the camera until you reach the ideal level of zoom. I have found that this captures my subjects well, and enables me to take pictures of the kids when they don’t know I’m photographing them – ideal for capturing their ‘real’ expressions instead of the ‘cheese’ faces that they employ when a camera is pointed at their faces.
Modes
- There are several modes on this camera in addition to the ‘Intelligent Auto’ mode outlined above. ‘Scene Mode’ has a range of pre-set settings including ‘Transform Mode’ which enables you to capture an image with the effect of stretching or slimming, a ‘Portrait’ mode to enable you to enhance skin tone in photographs, a ‘Sports Mode’ which uses a faster shutter speed to improve your chances of capturing that sporting success and settings for ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Snow’. ‘Motion Picture’ mode allows you to shoot home movies with audio. I haven’t had the chance to really play around with the modes, other than several family shots using the ‘Portrait Mode’. I think if you are into your photography then these could be an exciting addition but, for me, I’m happy sticking with the tried and tested method of ‘point and shoot’ (with the added help from the ‘Intelligent Auto’) – besides, the kids don’t stay still long enough for me to be messing around with the settings.
Lumix Image Uploader
- This makes it easier to share photos with friends and family. According to the blurb, all you have to do is mark the photos you want to share with a tick and connect the camera to a PC. You can then follow the simple instructions to upload your photos, allowing you to add comment and notify your friends via e-mail . Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube for movies. I haven’t actually tried this yet – I have put photos from the camera on to Facebook but have done it the old-fashioned way.

Price


The RRP for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 is £199.99 although it is currently available on Amazon for £107. We have the black version but it is also available in blue, red and purple. I feel that it is worth the money at the full RRP but is a bargain at the current Amazon price.

Final Thoughts


I have been really pleased with the performance of this camera and the quality of the photographs that I have captured on it, and I would definitely recommend it. Like all digital point and shoot cameras, it is not necessarily one for the professionals, or those who take their photography seriously, but if you want a camera that will capture the highs and lows of family life then this is a great product. I am giving it the full five stars because I enjoy using it so much and I have been so happy with the results.

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Product Information : Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35

Manufacturer's product description

The DMC-FS35 features a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens. The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 8x optical zoom lens gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals with 16.1-megapixel resolution that you can't get close. The extra optical zoom extends this 8x zoom ratio to powerful 18x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.

Product Details

Long Name: Lumix DMC-FS35 / DMC-FH25

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Digital Zoom: 4 x

LCD Display Size: 2.7

Product type: Digital Compact Camera, Digital camera - compact

Video Input / Digital Video Format: QuickTime Motion JPEG

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 16.1

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 8

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Product Description: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35EG-V - digital camera

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Lens System: Leica 8 x zoom lens - 5 - 40 mm - f/3.3-5.9

Image Stabiliser: Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 660 mAh ( included )

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Sensor Resolution: 16.1 Megapixel, 16.0 Megapixel

Image Processor: Venus Engine VI

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Weight: 135 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.9 cm x 2.8 cm x 5.7 cm

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Colour: Silver, Violet, Black, Blue, Red

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Internal Storage: 70 MB

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 60 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, cloudy, daylight, shade

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia, Vivid, natural, Happy

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, party/indoor, night portrait, self-portrait, PET, scenery, food, fireworks, panorama assist, night scene, sports mode, sunset, candle, beach, transform, snow, high sensitivity, starry sky, soft skin, baby1, baby2, photo frame, aerial photo, hi-speed burst, film grain, flash-burst, pin hole, high dynamic

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 135 g

Height: 5.7 cm

Depth: 2.8 cm

Width: 9.9 cm

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 660 mAh ( included )

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Battery charger, hand strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 70 MB

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Storage: JPEG 4608 x 3456 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4608 x 3072 ¦ JPEG 4608 x 2592

Video Capture: QuickTime - 1280 x 720 - 24 fps ¦ QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 30 fps

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Internal Storage: 70 MB

Lens System

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Features: Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 9 elements

Macro Focus Range: 5cm

Type: Leica 8 x zoom lens - 5 - 40 mm - f/3.3-5.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 224mm

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Additional Features

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, date/time stamp, DPOF support, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an image, Scene Detection Technology, Face Detection AF/AE, 720p HD movie recording, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Resolution Technology, face detection, built-in help guide, YouTube capture mode, Exif Print support, Motion Detection Technology, automatic display brightness adjustment, Subject Detection technology, auto backlight compensation, Intelligent Auto (iA)

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.4 frames per second, 4.4 frames per second (3MPix)

Display

Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Apple QuickTime, Adobe Reader, Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

General

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Digital Video Format: QuickTime, MJPEG

Optical Zoom: 8 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Processor: Venus Engine VI

Image Stabiliser: Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 11

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

MPN: DMC-FS35EB-S, DMC-FS35EG-V, DMC-FS35EG-K, DMC-FS35EG-A, DMC-FS35EG-S, DMC-FS35EG-R, DMC-FS35EB-A, DMC-FS35 VIOLET, DMC-FS35EB-R, DMC-FS35EB-K

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.33"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 16,100,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 16,600,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 16.1 Megapixel, 16.0 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Silver, Violet, Black, Blue, Red

Face Detection: Face Detection AF/AE

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.6 m - 5.8 m, 0.6 m - 5.8 m ( wide lens ) ¦ 1 m - 3.2 m ( tele lens )

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Features: AF illuminator

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