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Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera - DMC-FZ100K

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14.1 Megapixels/ 24x Optical Zoom/ 4x Digital Zoom/ 25MM Ultra Wide-Angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens/ Full HD Movie Recording/ 3.0" Free Angle TFT Screen LCD Display/ 0.20" Color Viewfinder/ ID-Security Li-Ion Battery Pack/ External Flash/ Black Finish
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Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera - DMCFZ100K

Ultimate Hybrid Digital Compact Camera DMC-FZ100 with Full HD Movie

Offering Active, Creative Photo and Movie with Powerful 24x Optical Zoom and Hi-Speed Response

*35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm

The DMC-FZ100, packs a powerful optical zoom and creative options including full HD movie recording capability. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in the DMC-FZ100 extends its optical zoom range from 25mm at wide end and 24x to 600mm*. Also the newly developed 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor lets the FZ100 record high quality 1920x1080 full HD movie smooth at 60i. Together with a host of options, unlimited expression is now easily available with FZ100. The high speed MOS sensor realizes the industrys fastest level of burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 fps with mechanical shutter and even 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel recording mode**. It also enables the camera to record high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size, to capture the motion of a subject the naked eye cannot see.

*Equivalent to 35mm camera: 25-600mm. **In the high speed burst shooting at 60 fps, the picture size is 3.5-megapixel(16:9), 3-megapixel(3:2), 2.5-megapixel(4:3) or 2-megapixel(1:1)

25mm Ultra Wide-Angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens with Powerful 24x Optical Zoom for Ultimate Versatility in Both Photo and Movie Recording

The FZ100 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent:25-600mm). Comprising 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly compact body while passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and color bleeding at tele end. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the FZ100 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 24x optical can virtually extend to 32x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 50.6x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large MOS sensor to bring subjects even closer.

Newly Developed 14.1-Megapixel MOS Sensor Pursuing Even Higher Level in Resolution, Sensitivity and Speed

To realize the 1920x1080 full HD movie recording with high image quality, the new 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor is developed for DMC-FZ100. For the effective concentration of light, the newly developed sensor adopts microfabrication technology to achieve even higher sensitivity. With an advanced micro light tube structure, both color mixture and signal loss are prevented. The result is that the photo and movie shot at any sensitivity from low to high have outstanding clearness.

The high speed digital signal output technology integrated in the DMC-GH1 is applied also to the DMC-FZ100 realizing the high speed consecutive shooting and full HD movie recording. It lets the DMC-FZ100 shoot 11 fps in 14-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Even higher speed burst shooting is available with DMC-FZ100 if electronic shutter is used 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel*. It also enables the camera to record Full HD 60i smooth movie. In addition, the high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size is another advantage of the sensor which captures the motion of a subject. The frame rate, AF setting and the recording resolution can be easily selected according to the movement of the subject with a dedicated button on the top of the camera.

Photos shot with the burst shooting are automatically organized and it is easy to play them back later either in the camera or on PC using the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.2 HD Edition.

Despite its outstanding performance, the high performance MOS sensor contributes to energy efficiency extending the battery life up to 410 shots (CIPA) per a single charge.

*In the high speed burst shooting at 60 fps, the picture size is 3.5-megapixel(16:9), 3-megapixel(3:2), 2.5-megapixel(4:3) or 2-megapixel(1:1)

1920x1080 60i Full HD Movie Recording in the AVCHD format

The LUMIX DMC-FZ100 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful full-HD movies. In addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-FZ100 can record high-resolution full-HD 1920 x 1080 60i movies in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264)* format. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG and excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray players. A special, separate button on the top lets the user instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without any having to make any extra settings.

The powerful 24x optical zoom is available in movie recording with the mechanism designed to minimize the noise of auto focusing or zooming. With DMC-FZ100, there are always two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes high-quality photos or movies. The user can simply choose the one that saves precious memories most beautifully.

The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in movie recording. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Face Detection, and Intelligent Scene Selector also support shooting beautiful movie with ease. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality. The Intelligent Exposure that also optimizes the exposure to prevent over/under exposure part from occurring.

The movies also come with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, to offer highly realistic sound to the movie. For more creative sound recording, an optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1) is available. And a Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind.

*Full-HD (1920 x 1080) movies are recorded at 60i . HD (1280 x 720) movies are output and recorded by the image sensor at 60p

Redesigned Venus Engine FHD with Even Higher Signal Processing Performance

For the image processor, the new Venus Engine FHD is incorporated that features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities. By separating chromatic noise from luminance noise and applying the optimal noise reduction to each, you can capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. The Venus Engine FHD also provides precisely selective noise reduction to the chromatic noise without affecting the border of colors which is judged from the brightness level of a pixel. The Intelligent Resolution technology is another feature of the Venus Engine FHD. With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction system of the Venus Engine FHD is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording. The Intelligent Resolution technology also realizes Intelligent Zoom, which virtually extends the optical zoom ratio to its approx. 1.3x equivalent maintaining the picture quality even combining the digital zoom. Details of an image in high sensitivity recording tend to be lost in the noise reduction process; however, the Intelligent Resolution works to keep them. Linking smoothly with the MOS sensor, the Venus Engine FHD processes a large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record high resolution consecutive shots and full HD movie recording.

At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine FHD achieves a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.008 second and the camera's quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus).

Specifications:

  • Camera Effective Pixels 14.1 Megapixels MOS
  • Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-inch / 15.1 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
  • Aperture F2.8 - 5.2 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8 (W) / F5.2 - 8 (T)) (F2.8 - 11 (W) / F5.2 - 11 (T) in movie recording)
  • Optical Zoom 24x
  • Digital Zoom 1 4x(Max. 96.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 202 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
  • Focal Length f=4.5-108mm (25-600mm in 35mm equiv.) (31-735mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
  • Lens
    • LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
    • 14 elements in 10 groups
    • (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces / 3 ED Lenses)
  • Optical Image Stabilizer 2
    • Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
    • Photo & Movie
  • Conversion Lens Compatibility Yes
  • Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity Macro AF / MF / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
  • Focus Range Display Yes
  • AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
  • Focus Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Jog Dial and cursor key button), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
  • AF Assist Lamp Yes
  • ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
  • White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Flash/Halogen/Color Temperature/ White Set 1 / 2
  • White Balance Note (Selectable at Normal Portrait,Soft Skin,Creative Portrait,Normal Sports,Creative Sports,Objects Close-up,Creative Close-up,Baby,Pet,High Sensitivity,Hi-Speed Burst,Panorama Assist,Photo Frame mode)
  • White Balance Adjustment 2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias
  • Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE Mode)
  • Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV
  • Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
  • Auto Bracketing (AE) +/- 1/3 EV ~3EV step, 3 frames
  • Light Metering System Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
  • Face Detection Photo & Movie
  • Still Image Scene Mode Panorama Assist, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Photo Frame, High Speed Movie
  • Movie Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, High Sensitivity, Panning, Aerial, High Speed Movie
  • Movie Scene Mode Note (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
  • Advanced Scene Mode
    • Portrait:Normal,SoftSkin,Outdoor,Indoor,Creative
    • Scenery:Normal,Nature,Architecture,Creative Sports:Normal,Outdoor,Indoor,Creative
    • Night Portrait:NightPortrait,NightScenery,Illuminations,Creative
    • Close-up:Flower/Food/Objects/Creative
  • Shutter Interval approx. 0.4 sec
  • Self Timer 2sec / 10sec / 10sec[3 pictures]
  • Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, OFF
  • Picture Adjustment
    • Contrast +2steps
    • Sharpness +2steps
    • Saturation +2steps
    • Noise Reduction +2steps
    • (can be adjusted in Film Mode)
  • Image Quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
  • 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4320x3240(14M) / 3648x2736(10M) / 3072x2304(7M) / 2560x1920(5M) / 2048X1536(3M)/ 640X480(0.3M)
  • 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4320x2880 (12.5M) / 3648x2432 (9M) / 3072x2048 (6M) / 2560x1712 (4.5M) / 2048x1360 (2.5M) / 640x424 (0.3M)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4320x2432 (10.5M) / 3648x2056 (7.5M) / 3072x1728 (5.5M) / 2560x1440 (3.5M) / 1920x1080 (2M) / 640x360 (0.2M)
  • 1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3232x3232 (10.5M) / 2736x2736 (7.5M) / 2304x2304 (5.5M) / 1920x1920 (3.5M) / 1536x1536 (2.5M)/ 480x480 (0.2M)
  • Motion Picture Recording 4:3 VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
  • Motion Picture Recording 16:9 WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
  • Motion Picture Recording HD Movie
    • 1920x1080 pixels,NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60i (AVCHD, FSH: 17Mbps / FH:13Mbps)
    • 1280x720 pixels,NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p (AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps) / 30fps (Motion JPEG)
  • Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
  • Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
  • Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)
  • Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
  • External Flash Yes
  • Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (201.6K Pixels equiv.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
  • LCD Monitor 3.0" Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
  • Film Mode Standard / Dynamic / Nature /Smooth / Vibrant / Nostalgic / Standard B&W / Dynamic B&W / Smooth B&W / My Film 1, 2 / Multi Film *Works for movie recording
  • Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
  • OSD Language English, Spanish
  • Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
  • Interface AV Output (NTSC), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed
  • Viera Link Yes
  • Power
    • ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included)
    • AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
  • Battery Life 3 410 pictures (CIPA Standard)
  • Built-in-Flash
    • Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off,Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
    • 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
  • Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.2 HD Edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, QuickTime, Adobe Reader
  • Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens hood Lens cap, Lens cap string
  • 2-Speed Zoom Yes
  • Max Auto ISO Setting Yes
  • Quick Menu Yes
  • Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 11 frames/sec Max. 15 images High-speed Burst Shooting: max. 60 frames/sec (recorded in 2.5M for 4:3, 3M for 3:2, 3.5M for 16:9, 2M for 1:1)
  • Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)
  • Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
  • Orientation Detector Yes
  • Additional Playback Mode Yes (AVCHD / Motion JPEG)
  • Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
  • Show Histogram Yes
  • Show Highlights Yes
  • Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
  • Resize/Trim/Aspect Conv./Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
  • Cut Animation Yes
  • PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
  • AVCHD / AVCHD Lite REC NTSC One-Touch Movie Button Yes
  • Movie REC Guide Yes
  • Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes
  • Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode Max. 5 images (Standard mode)
  • Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] approx.110 min (FSH), 130 min (SH) MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] approx. 160 min
  • Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] approx.60 min (FSH), 70 min (SH) MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] approx.90 min
  • My Color Mode Expressive /Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / High Dynamic / Dynamic Art / Dynamic B&W / Silhouette / Pinhole / Film Grain / Custom / Happy (only in iA mode)
    • *For movie recording
  • Intelligent ISO Control Photo
  • Face Recognition Photo
  • Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
  • File Format
    • Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3)
    • Motion picture: AVCHD, QuickTime Motion JPEG
  • Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Creative Movie mode, My Color mode, Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close-up mode, Scene mode, Custom
  • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
  • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 28.4x (4:3 / 10M), 33.8x (4:3 / 7M), 40.5x (4:3 / 5M), 50.6x (under 3M)
  • Shutter Speed
    • Still: 60 - 1/2000 sec
    • Movie Mode : 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Movie mode)
    • Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
  • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
  • Mode Switch [Playback] button
  • Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / Yes
  • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
  • Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
  • Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
  • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
  • Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
  • Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes
  • Built-in-Memory Approx. 40MB
  • Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Yes
  • Power 4 ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)
  • Touch Panel No
  • Intelligent Zoom 32x
  • AF Tracking Photo
  • Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo & Movie
  • Video Divide Yes
  • Motion Deblur mode Yes
  • Face Recognition Edit Yes
  • HDMI output
    • Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p
    • Audio: Stereo

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 4.89"
  • Height: 3.20"
  • Depth: 3.74"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1.09 lbs
  • Shipping: 3 lbs
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TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels14.1 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)3.2"
Width (inches)4.89"
Depth (inches)3.74"
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Lengthf=4.5-108mm
Focus ModesNormal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Jog Dial and cursor key button), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.0"
LCD TypeFree Angle TFT Screen LCD
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2 sec., 10 sec.
Shutter SpeedStill: 60 - 1/2000 sec, Movie Mode : 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec, Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
Storage MediaBuilt-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Power SourceID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)
White BalanceAuto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Flash/Halogen/Color Temperature/ White Set 1 / 2
  

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Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera
 
4.0

(based on 18 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Convenient (8)
  • Exceeded expectations (8)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

  • Did not meet expectations (6)
  • Poor documentation (5)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great in good light - low light often difficult

    After 3 months I've shot 20,000 pics later and counting. I'm using the FZ100 for great zoom and wide angle shots. Problem is, when the sun heads towards those "golden...Read complete review

    After 3 months I've shot 20,000 pics later and counting. I'm using the FZ100 for great zoom and wide angle shots. Problem is, when the sun heads towards those "golden hours" of light, the camera becomes fickle. I tend to stay with the full Manual setting, loose all add on "auto" adjustments, and make sure to stay away from anything above ISO 200. The results are often stunning, I find a cheap monopod a must except in full daylight. A good tripod is even better. RAW mode is excellent too, but mainly in twilight settings (dawn/dusk). The RAW processing software is sophisticated for a bundled app though it has some serious limitations. The standard tendency with this kind of sensitive program is to overuse its functions that include a good set of noise reduction tools along with standard things such as "sharpen", "contrast', etc . This takes a lot of practice in my experience. Its worst results come in the form of orange and blue spotting in dark or blue sky area patterns. Long shutter time does help, but for outdoor shooting, that's not always the best way to proceed. I've experimented a LOT with both the Focus and metering modes before going beyond, say, 1/4 second exposure in twilight with RAW. Manual Focus has some drawbacks and don't forget which auto focus mode you're using. There's standard and Macro. Macro does a good job but its very easy to forget about it if a sudden distance shot presents itself. (That's just as much my problem, granted). Biggest disappointment - the "Sports" preset. Its only good under very strong lighting. Even then, its "stop action" abilities are often mediocre. I dislike what it does with higher ISO's than 400. Because this IS a camera that cries to be used for action shots, I've found I-Auto and Program work better than Sports - they're faster to respond too. The FZ100 does shoot fast 99% of the time; shutter lag time is almost never a factor. I wish the software for the JPG shots was not so mickey mouse. It's a bit too cute for my tastes and doesn't do much of anything (the video editing offers a "delete section" mode, but without anything other than a butt cross fade). The person buying this camera will already understand about loading digi photos onto a computer. Why the need for a "Wizard"? Ugh. One can't even delete a bad photo when viewing it at full size - you have to judge by the thumbnail version and can't make it bigger. People with Photoshop or similar software should use it. T These quibbles aside, the FZ 100 has turned in some astonishing photos. The flash does a good job if not pushed too hard. . Video in its HD mode can be impressive. I wish all camera makers would offer a version of their good cameras minus the video and its added expense. At least that would give us still shooters a choice of a dedicated version and for less money! Still, I'm very glad to own the FZ100. It occasionally blows away cameras that cost 10 times as much.

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    On paper this is GREAT ...

    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...Read complete review

    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. yes, it's a little more fully featured, but at heart, it's still supposed to be a point and shoot. The work and technique required to get nice pics out of this thing borders, and in many cases suprasses what you'll be doing at professional level with DSLR's. In my case, I still have a FZ35, and I was actually getting this for the video features primarily, so i was willing to accept slightly lower IQ then the FZ35.. but at the end of the day, the disparity in image quality, and the advanced knowledge and expertise required to tease decent photos out of this thing was too much, so I'm returning it. if most of what ur doing is outside stills iso100 (maybe200), and relatively low motion daylight videos, you'll be very happy with this camera. Yes the burst mode is nice, but it aint worth jack if it just takes 100 bad pics in the blink of an eye. i'd rather SLOWLY take a few good ones.. but like i said. if you know ur stuff, you will be able to get amazing shots of this thing, but you will work for it

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    5.0

    not perfect,but love it

    By 

    from southeast Mass.

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Exceeded expectations

    Cons

    • Poor Documentation

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

      replaces my fz-8. love the long zoom,ability to zoom while taking video. overall picture quality excellent below iso 400. even with image stabilization would reccomend a tripod when using long zoom. lens hood nice but has a tendency to come loose.

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      1.0

      Don't buy it

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      from Undisclosed

      Pros

      • Inexpensive

      Cons

      • Did not meet expectations
      • Difficult to use

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        Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

        I returned it - not worth it wish they would build a new version more like the FZ35

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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bad Lens Hood design, Good Value

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        from Undisclosed

        Pros

        • good performance for the pirce
        • nice wide and long range lens

        Cons

        • battery not available locally
        • Poor Documentation

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

          Extended lens hood falls off and a joke compared with my old 28 which has a set screw. Hard time finding an extra battery

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          (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great in good light - low light often difficult

          By 

          from New York City

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Convenient
          • Easy to use
          • Exceeded expectations
          • Excellent Macro Shots
          • Inexpensive
          • Light Weight
          • quick responding even at 14mp
          • terrific lenses

          Cons

          • digital zoom above x32 not good
          • leave off i-exposure to prevent iso's 160 etc.
          • not good in very low light
          • Poor Documentation

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            Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

            After 3 months I've shot 20,000 pics later and counting. I'm using the FZ100 for great zoom and wide angle shots. Problem is, when the sun heads towards those "golden hours" of light, the camera becomes fickle. I tend to stay with the full Manual setting, loose all add on "auto" adjustments, and make sure to stay away from anything above ISO 200. The results are often stunning, I find a cheap monopod a must except in full daylight. A good tripod is even better. RAW mode is excellent too, but mainly in twilight settings (dawn/dusk). The RAW processing software is sophisticated for a bundled app though it has some serious limitations. The standard tendency with this kind of sensitive program is to overuse its functions that include a good set of noise reduction tools along with standard things such as "sharpen", "contrast', etc . This takes a lot of practice in my experience. Its worst results come in the form of orange and blue spotting in dark or blue sky area patterns. Long shutter time does help, but for outdoor shooting, that's not always the best way to proceed. I've experimented a LOT with both the Focus and metering modes before going beyond, say, 1/4 second exposure in twilight with RAW. Manual Focus has some drawbacks and don't forget which auto focus mode you're using. There's standard and Macro. Macro does a good job but its very easy to forget about it if a sudden distance shot presents itself. (That's just as much my problem, granted). Biggest disappointment - the "Sports" preset. Its only good under very strong lighting. Even then, its "stop action" abilities are often mediocre. I dislike what it does with higher ISO's than 400. Because this IS a camera that cries to be used for action shots, I've found I-Auto and Program work better than Sports - they're faster to respond too. The FZ100 does shoot fast 99% of the time; shutter lag time is almost never a factor. I wish the software for the JPG shots was not so mickey mouse. It's a bit too cute for my tastes and doesn't do much of anything (the video editing offers a "delete section" mode, but without anything other than a butt cross fade). The person buying this camera will already understand about loading digi photos onto a computer. Why the need for a "Wizard"? Ugh. One can't even delete a bad photo when viewing it at full size - you have to judge by the thumbnail version and can't make it bigger. People with Photoshop or similar software should use it. T These quibbles aside, the FZ 100 has turned in some astonishing photos. The flash does a good job if not pushed too hard. . Video in its HD mode can be impressive. I wish all camera makers would offer a version of their good cameras minus the video and its added expense. At least that would give us still shooters a choice of a dedicated version and for less money! Still, I'm very glad to own the FZ100. It occasionally blows away cameras that cost 10 times as much.

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            5.0

            The Best Ever

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            from California mountains and valleys

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Convenient
            • Durable
            • Easy to use
            • Exceeded expectations
            • Inexpensive

            Cons

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                Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                I've done photography for years and I find that Panasonic has outstanding products - this is another example. Easy to use, more than enough options to satisfy any conditions, The zoom capabilities allows me to photograph houses at least one mile away, enabling me to count the number of window panes... Can't ask for any better except maybe a built in tripod, w/remote control and a moveable screen. I got more than my monies worth. Thanks Panasonic! D. Cappy

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                5.0

                Great Ultra zoom camera

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                from Minnesota

                Pros

                • can take additional lens attachments.
                • Compact
                • Exceeded expectations
                • Inexpensive

                Cons

                • extra batteries are expensive

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                  Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                  This is the fourth ultra zoom Panasonic digital camera that I have owned and it easily tops them all. I am out in nature every day taking photos with friends. At first some with Dslr's doubted the quality of photos from a point and shoot but after I started posting my photos on Flickr and other places it made believers of them. I use a 1.7x tele-conversion lens with this and when the zoom is set to 32 I get over 50x optical zoom. Some reviewers have complained about the quality of pictures in low light but I use the intelligent iso setting and that helps a lot. I have a number of friends who are planning to buy one of these cameras. It has so many features such as 220 speed video, adjustable lcd screen and high speed burst that you would be hard put to find something it can't do. I just say get one in your hands and try it. I've read that some professional photographers find this the camera of choice when they don't want to take their big DSLR cameras and lenses on vacation. That was the selling point for me. The only down side is that additional batteries are expensive. I bought some knockoffs and they work but you can't see the levels of power left so I use them only as a backup.

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                  5.0

                  Keeps getting better with use

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                  from St Petersburg, FL

                  Pros

                  • auto focus burst mode
                  • Durable
                  • Exceeded expectations
                  • focus captures birds in flight

                  Cons

                  • 100 is the lowest iso selection

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                    Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                    I volunteer at a park/preserve doing trail work and guide tours. This camera is always attached to my side so I can capture nature shots when I encounter them. I take macros of butterflies and burst of birds in flight. I use the camera daily and it takes a few hits during my day, so it is built well. The shots I take keep getting better and better. The camera is the same, but my understanding of what it can and can't do and how to use the settings is getting better. I hardly use the digital zoom (usually grainy shots with digital zoom, but isn't that a problem with all cameras?) except to document or help ID distant subjects. I have the ISO set to 100 to get the best clarity. I love the burst modes and the quick focus. It isn't a SLR or an instamatic. So don't think it will replace your SLR or be as easy to use as an instamatic,

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                    5.0

                    best

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                    from malaysia ,kuala lumpur

                    Pros

                    • Easy to use

                    Cons

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                        Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                        is good ....good... nice..... nice....

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                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By 

                        from Upper Michigan

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Convenient
                        • Exceeded expectations

                        Cons

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                            Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                            This is a great camera. Once you spend some time with it and learn it's tricks you'll find it takes incredible pictures. The ability to shoot multiple frames per second is a great bonus and the zoom is fantastic. I love this camera and love not having to change lenses like a DSLR as this is much lighter and easier to use. The only down fall is low light conditions can be tricky but with time even quality low light photos are doable but I would recommend an external flash.

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                            3.0

                            On paper this is GREAT ...

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                            from Undisclosed

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                            • Did not meet expectations

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                              Comments about Panasonic 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                              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. yes, it's a little more fully featured, but at heart, it's still supposed to be a point and shoot. The work and technique required to get nice pics out of this thing borders, and in many cases suprasses what you'll be doing at professional level with DSLR's. In my case, I still have a FZ35, and I was actually getting this for the video features primarily, so i was willing to accept slightly lower IQ then the FZ35.. but at the end of the day, the disparity in image quality, and the advanced knowledge and expertise required to tease decent photos out of this thing was too much, so I'm returning it. if most of what ur doing is outside stills iso100 (maybe200), and relatively low motion daylight videos, you'll be very happy with this camera. Yes the burst mode is nice, but it aint worth jack if it just takes 100 bad pics in the blink of an eye. i'd rather SLOWLY take a few good ones.. but like i said. if you know ur stuff, you will be able to get amazing shots of this thing, but you will work for it

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