Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Last Updated (16 August’11):
- Review by ITReviews

Panasonic DMC-FZ100 is a 14.1 MP Digital Camera features 24x Optical (35mm equivalent: 25 – 600mm) Image Stabilized Zoom, ISO 100-6400, 1920×1080 60i Full HD Movie Recording in the AVCHD format, Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Photo & Movie, and 3.0″ Free Angle TFT LCD Display. The camera measures (W x H x D) 124.3 x 81.2 x 95.2 mm/(4.89 x 3.20 x 3.74 inch) and weighs 540g (1.19 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic DMC-FZ100 Reviews

ITReviews reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“A quick camera to wake up, the DMC-FZ100 sports an incredibly easy to use interface that’s complemented by a logical, intuitive physical design and controls – and its picture aren’t bad, either. With a tripod, we managed some pin-sharp photos, dressed in natural colour tones, even at maximum zoom. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ100 is a powerful compact super-zoom camera that is packed with impressive features and controls. With excellent image quality, performance and high-speed burst and video shooting, there is nothing that this camera struggles with. “
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“The good: Outstanding feature set and shooting options; fast shooting performance. The bad: Menu system can get confusing; JPEG photo quality tanks at ISO 400. The bottom line: As long as you’re willing to work with raw image files, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is one of the best full-size megazooms you can get.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“We’d like to reiterate that using the Panasonic FZ100 is a whole lot of fun, and if you’re only producing small images, you’re probably going to be happy, but for the rest of the enthusiasts who love the FZ series, image quality is low enough that unless you’re only uploading images to the Web or shooting at 4×6, you’re going to be disappointed. This may be the first Panasonic long zoom to not earn a Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“If you can live with the FZ100′s image quality though (or are happy to tweak the settings), it’s undoubtedly a very impressive camera, and don’t forget while the MOS sensor is responsible for these problems, it’s also the technology behind the 1080i video and very quick burst shooting. Sadly you still can’t have it all. The choice is yours, but make sure you understand the FZ100′s limitations before buying on specification alone. We can recommended it, but with reservations. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“On paper the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is impressive—14MP, a 24x wide-angle zoom, up to 11 fps, AVCHD videos. Sounds cool, right? Too bad the image and video quality doesn’t measure up—especially with a hefty list price. You can do a lot better.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ100 offers just about everything I would expect from this type of camera. It has a slight edge over its rivals at the time of writing this review. If you are in the market for an advanced and powerful compact digital camera then buy this camera. Recommended. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraHQ reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“As far as superzooms go, this is among the best, if not the best one we’ve seen, all things considered. It’s a well-built camera and the performance is top-notch. Anyone could pick this up and snap away in auto mode, but discovering all the high-end capabilities is where the fun lies, and that’s even a straightforward thanks to an intuitive layout and menu system. The image quality is quite good too, the best in its class this year from what I’ve seen…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Wired reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“WIRED 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. TIRED Poor image quality above ISO400. Electronic viewfinder is a throwaway afterthought. Expensive.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“The Panasonic FZ100 is an impressive camera, with superior build quality, excellent handling, fast performance and a range of features better than almost anything else on the market. If you’re looking for an all-purpose camera with high-quality full HD video it’s worth considering, but less-than-stellar still image quality and limited battery duration are causes for concern.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“The Panasonic FZ100 is only just worth its four stars. The poor quality of the photos it produces at sensitivities above 400 ISO is a real disappointment, despite the much-hyped new sensor. It’s a good job its other qualities, like a rotating screen, 1080i video mode and powerful, stabilised zoom lens are more attractive.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“Powering up in around two seconds, this DSLR-styled camera feels chunky and well built when gripped in the palm… Picture quality is as consistent as we’d expect from a Lumix model, producing colours with real pop straight out of the camera. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-lint reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“Though we were impressed with the FZ100′s performance across a wide range of subject matter and its warm and flattering colours, we did occasionally struggle to get definitively sharp results at maximum telephoto when shooting handheld, which the camera lends itself to. It is possible with perseverance though…”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“Thanks to a combination of highly effective optical image stabilisation (Panasonic’s Power O.I.S.) and the additional steady framing offered by using the electronic viewfinder (EVF), shots can be captured sharply throughout the full zoom range. Image quality is reasonable though a little grainy throughout the entire ISO range, but not significantly problematic for day-to-day shooting, while Full HD movie is of a good quality.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 dealt very well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The pop-up flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate exposure. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowing you to capture plenty of light. Anti-shake is a feature that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Panasonic DMC-FZ100 User Reviews

Powerful camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“Image quality in most cases is very good to excellent. It’s not going to be great in low light … from my experience you need a DSLR for that, and even they can struggle. The zoom is quick and smooth to operate. IQ at 24X is very good, to my eye, and I have been shooting for 30 years. The autofocus is by far the best I’ve seen on a non-Dslr. Video is excellent. The burst capabilities at 14 MP are remarkable.” – By Fla47

Very good ‘Super-Zoom’. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“If the FZ100 was 10 MP, it would probably produce excellent images instead of just good. With that being said, the FZ100′s results still are good, and from what I’ve seen from the other 20+X Zoom cameras, it still beats them. If you’re not expecting DSLR results, and aren’t obsessed with “pixel peeping”, than I recommend the DMC-FZ100. If you’re thinking of upgrading from the FZ35 like I did, you’ll have to ask yourself if the 24x wider zoom and other improvements are worth sacrificing some image quality..” – By D. Hentze

A Camera That Meets My Needs! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have had my FZ100 for about 4 days now. I really haven’t had a long enough period to become a real smooth operator yet. In the time that I have spent exploring a few of the many features, I have been quite impressed. I started out with using just the iA mode. Venturing out from there mostly in the “P” mode, I have explored: The optical zoom vs. extend optical zoom – amazing range/clarity, Using with my neck mounted mini tripod – adds steadying effect for long zooms, The macro mode – outstanding sharpness, The multi-angle LCD and the viewfinder – adds flexibility, Using face recognition – unique feature that works…” – By J. Watts

Decent still camera, good video camera, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The results? It’s better than the Kodak. First, it successfully took shots within the Kodak’s range that the Kodak couldn’t properly focus on (clouds, stars). Second, its burst mode rocks! Ten pics in 2 seconds–one of ‘em is bound to look good. Third, its image quality (IQ) was better–and I’ve been generally happy with the Kodak’s IQ.. As a video camera, the FZ100 is very good. The zoom is slower for videos than for stills, but wow, it works well!” – By Dawn S. Miller

It`s PERFECT | Rating: ★★★★★
“Excelent camera. Actually, it’s not a camera, it’s a MACHINE. Great pictures outdoor and indoor. Usually I take pictures from animals, can’t ask them to stand still, so I set the camera on automatic ISO and “sports”, didn’t miss a good shot. Be happy to share some pictures. Took better pics than the photografers at Seaworld and San Diego Zoo, and they were using SLRs. And it’s not difficult to use. The best!” – By Claudia B. Martins

Camera totally meets my needs, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The video was excellent. I really liked being able to use the zoom function while taking video (I think I won’t be needing my video camera anymore!). I got some fantastic action shots of my dog catching a frisbee using both the 11 FPS burst mode and 5 FPS autofocus burst mode (a fabulous feature!). The camera is small and light enough to take almost anywhere and though the picture quality is not as good as a DSLR (especially in low light conditions), I am quite pleased with my decision to purchase the FZ100 and plan on keeping it.” – By V. Huang

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Panasonic DMC-FZ100 Features

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ100 features a newly-developed Leica DC Vario-ELMARIT lens with powerful 24x optical zoom. As Panasonic’s first hybrid compact digital camera with a MOS sensor, the Lumix FZ100 can record full 1080p High Definition (HD) video–giving you a powerful hybrid that can shoot video and still photos with ease and professional-like quality.

The Lumix FZ100 has an incredibly fast burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, and increases the frames per second to 60 in 3.5-megapixel recording. Additionally, the Lumix FZ100 features continuous Auto Focus up to five frames per second at full resolution for great action shots. It also features Intelligent Burst shooting. The digital camera judges the appropriate shutter speed to suppress the motion blur according to the movement of the subject, rising as high as possible, activating the high sensitivity recording.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Highlights

Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, a hallmark on all Lumix digital cameras, now includes Motion Deblur mode. By updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) users can gain the highest shutter speed possible. Combined with the outstanding brightness of the lens and the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), the Lumix FZ100 prevents any blur created from a handshake or a moving subject. The iA suite of technologies include: POWER O.I.S., Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. Panasonic’s iA is also available while shooting video.

Free-angle 3.0-inch LCD
Featuring a free-angle 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD, the Lumix FZ100 features wide-angle viewing with Face Recognition functions that automatically remembers registered faces for future recording.

Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects one of 6 Scene modes to best suit the shooting situation.

Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
The Lumix FZ100 also features Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. This high-quality stereo sound offers realistic sounds and effects to any movie. For greater sound quality, the Lumix FZ100 has a newly-created port for an optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1) and a Wind Cut function is available to drastically reduce background wind noise.

Record photos and HD video in AVCHD format
The Lumix FZ100 can record photos and HD video in AVCHD format on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

My Color mode
My Color mode, first introduced in the Lumix G Micro Systems cameras, is a special option that gives freedom to the user’s creativity. With a variety of options including new Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic and High Dynamic B&W, the My Color mode makes it easy to create innovative images and videos using new intensive color, brightness and saturation levels.

Additional Features

* Bundled Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.2 HD Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos. Videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader, while also letting the user create a 360-degree rotation panorama file in .MOV files. The software is compatible with the Windows 7.
* Happy Mode An option in iA that optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make both photos and movies more vivid and true to the color of the scene you memorized.

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2010-10-21 00:26:57

Preview of my FZ100 =>


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