Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38

Last update (29 March’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 is a 12.1-megapixel ultrazoom camera features 18x optical zoom (27-486mm in 35mm equivalent) with POWER O.I.S., HD movies with 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, AVCHD Lite format, ISO 80-6400, and a 2.7″ TFT Screen LCD Display. The camera measures 2.98” x 4.63” x 3.50” and it captures images in D/SDHC memory cards.

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

Expert Reviews

Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“Our indoor samples show excellent exposures of the subject with realistic colors and skin tones. In low-light situations, the camera likes to stick to ISO 400 which shows some noticeable noise when viewing them at 100%, but won’t be noticeable when having prints made.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“As a stills camera it sits towards the front of the ultra-zoom pack, while its video quality is as good as many pricier dedicated video cameras. We’re looking forward to testing Fujifilm’s promising S200EXR, but for now, the FZ38 is the best ultra-zoom camera we’ve seen.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCI reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“Overall, though, with a compact body, light weight, solid still image results and reasonable price, there’s a lot to like here.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCauthority reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“Images were natural with lots of detail, though highlights in sunny conditions were often blown out. Close-ups and zooms were pleasingly sharp, and all up this is a great camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“In our video test, Intelligent Auto did an astonishingly good job in low light. It even made test video footage look as if it had been shot in bright lighting conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“Video quality was excellent, particularly the AVCHD Lite video clips. VGA video clips also looked much better than most of the clips we’ve seen to date from small-sensor digicams. Audio quality was also very good and the wind cut filter handled outdoor recording competently, providing soundtracks with surprising clarity in moderately windy conditions..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
” the camera is a good deal, especially for travelers and people who take their cameras with them everywhere. It takes solid photos, has a quality wide-angle mega-zoom, is easy to use, and records superior movie clips.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeutralDay compares the Canon Powershot SX20 IS to Panasonic DM-FX35 and writes;
“I also tend to like the more serious look of the FZ35 over the more rounded SX20, but that’s just me. In the end, the heft and grip of the SX20, along with the flip out LCD would probably win me over, but I’ll reserve judgment till I get some further extended hands on time.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ38 is a super zoom digital camera with plenty of features for stills photography. It also has a very advanced movie mode. I found picture quality to be very impressive. The camera is also able to respond quickly to photo opportunities. Recommended”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“Image quality, too, was up to snuff. The usual caveats apply to higher ISO shooting with a digicam, with images degrading at ISO 400 and falling apart at ISO 1,600 except for 5×7 or 4×6-inch printing..”
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 is a first-rate superzoom. What it lacks in ultimate zoom length, it more than makes up for with its responsiveness, raw files and stereo, HD movie capability. Perhaps the best thing, though, is its price, since it’s significantly cheaper than its rivals.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“Should you decide the Panasonic FZ38 / FZ35’s feature-set suits you best though, you won’t be disappointed. Like its predecessor it delivers a compelling array of features for the money and easily comes Highly Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 is an impressive super zoom camera. For those of you who want a full-featured super zoom camera with elaborate movie recording features, the FZ35 should be high on your list.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“with ISO 800 on the DMC-FZ38 comparable to ISO 800 on the older FZ28, despite the increase in megapixels. I’d be happy to use ISO 100-800 for most photos, with ISO 1600 reserved for low-light situations. Having said that, image quality still isn’t in the same league as even the cheapest DSLR, especially at the higher ISO settings..”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 and writes;
“anyone else looking for a new super-zoom camera they really don’t come much better than this. Build quality, handling, features, performance, image quality and versatility are superior to any of its immediate rivals, and the excellent video quality is icing on the cake. To get anything better than this you’ll have to move up to a DSLR”
Rating: ★★★★★

User Opinions

Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 User Reviews

Excellent superzoom digital camera Rating: ★★★★★
“….I initially purchased a Canon SX20 IS digital superzoom camera. However, I was not impressed with the photo quality; the images seemed to be a bit soft and did not have the quality that I have experienced with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35. I am recommending the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 to all friends and family.” – S.Andersen

Amazing Value and Picture Quality Rating: ★★★★★
“This camera feels a little cheap as it’s lightweight with a lot of plastic; I was blown away by it’s photo quality and features. This camera could easily sell for $300 more. Very Impressed and satisfied. The HD Video Recording mode also works fantastic if you have the correct type of memory card.” – Christopher

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Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38 User Manual (PDF)

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Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Mega Pixels

Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)

Optical Zoom

Image Sensor Size

Extra Optical Zoom
22.1x (4:3 / 8M), 28.1x (4:3 / 5M), 35.2x (under 3M)

Digital Zoom 1
( Max. 72.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
(Max.140.8x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)

Focal Length
f=4.8-86.4mm (27-486mm in 35mm equiv.)

11 elements in 8 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 2 ED lenses)

Aperture Range
F2.8 – 4.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 – 8 (W) / F4.4 – 8 (T))

Built-in Flash Type/Mode
Auto, Auto/
Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.3 – 8.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 5.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)

External Flash

0.20″ Color EVF (201.6K Pixels equiv.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x

LCD Monitor
2.7″ TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots)

Field of View :
approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High-Angle LCD

Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Favorites Playback, Mode Play

OSD Language
English, Spanish

Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Stereo(Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator)


AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for N. America), HD AV Output(component), USB2.0 High, speed, DC Input


Power Supply
Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710 mAh)(Included)

AC Adaptor
(Input: 110-240V AC)(Optional)

Battery Life
470 pictures (CIPA Standard)

Movie Scene Mode
Portrait/Scenery/ Sports/Low Light/Close-up (Flower/Food/Objects/Macro)/SCN (Sunset/Party/Portrait) (Select Still Image SCN mode then press Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal mode.)

Water Proof

Dust Proof

Shock Proof

HDMI Output
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p(576p for PAL)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Motion Image (HD Movie) 1280×720,
NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p) / PAL model: 50p(CCD output is 25p)
(AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps )
/ 30fps (Motion JPEG)

Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode
Max. 5 images (Standard mode)

Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume

CCD (Image Sensor)
1/2.33-inch / 12.7 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter

Dimensions (H x W x D)
2.98” x 4.63” x 3.50”

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6 Responses to “Panasonic DMC-FZ35/FZ38”

  1. ooty says:

    I bought this camera. I love this.

  2. Jamil Sayed says:

    Nikon P-90 appears to me to be a better camera. The color of the images taken by Nikon P-90 is superior than panasonic.

  3. wumpy says:

    “The color of the images taken by Nikon P-90 is superior than panasonic.”

    While your opinion is valid I would have to say that that is one opinion.

    The panny is fantastic and I would highly recommend it!

  4. boldriks says:

    It was very hard to switch from broken Canon G7 to Lumix FZ-38. Actually macro is not the best one here. Would I recommend it? Well, depends on price you have to pay for it.

  5. Joe Smith says:

    I bought the FZ35 to supplement my DSLR. I have gotten ALOT of images that I would have missed because of having to switch lenses. It is also far more practical to lug one camera into the woods than a bag full of lenses. Each camera has its niche, but the Panasonic FZ35 is the clear winner for practicality!

  6. malena says:

    hi i am planing to buy fz35 but i am not sure about photo quality in low it blurry or fine.plz suggest me

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