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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 review

£449 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 4 out of 10

The 14.1Mp Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100's 24x optical zoom (equivalent to 25-600mm) may be 'modest' when compared to some of the latest megazoom cameras, but this DSLR ticks all the boxes for attendant features.

The 14.1Mp Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100's 24x optical zoom (equivalent to 25-600mm) may be 'modest' when compared to some of the latest megazoom cameras, but this DSLR ticks all the boxes for attendant features.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 offers image-stabilised Leica optics, 1920x1080 Full HD movies in AVCHD format with one-touch record. You also get switch-selected auto and manual focus, a hotshoe for an external flash unit and a built-in stereo microphone.

Bettering its Nikon and Fujifilm competitors, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 boasts a free-angle, 3in, 460k dot resolution LCD screen. This means it doesn't just tilt up or down, it can be flipped out at right angles and folded screen-in to the body for protection. There’s also an electronic viewfinder for framing and reviewing shots.

Powering up in around two seconds, the dSLR-style camera feels chunky and well built. We did, however, notice the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100's lens rattling around in its housing when transporting the camera. Given the fairly high asking price, this was disappointing. Another niggle was the position of the dedicated Record button. This useful button enables you to jump to shooting video in an instant, but would have been better placed under the thumb on the backplate. Instead it's squeezed awkwardly between the shutter release and burst mode buttons on the top plate.

Full-resolution photos are committed to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100's memory in two to three seconds, which is average for its class. So too is the time the lens takes to move through its entire range: another three seconds. That it does this near silently is a bonus, as is the fact that the zoom can be utilised when recording video clips as well as stills.

Picture quality is as consistent as we'd expect from a Lumix model, producing colours with real 'pop' straight out of the camera. As with Panasonic's G-series hybrid cameras, film simulation modes make a reappearance. This allows you to alter the look and mood of shots within the camera rather than in a photo editor later.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is a solid contender, but not a winner given its inflated price.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 167 reviews
24x optical zoom, 26-600mm equivalent
14.1 megapixels
max photo resolution: 1,920x1,080 pixels
display: Tilting 3in, 460k dots
ISO 100 to 1600 (expandable to 6400 in High Sensitivity mode)
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
31.2MB internal capacity, SD, SDHC or Eye-Fi card
124.3x81.2x95.2mm
540g with Battery and SD Memory Card
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It's not cheap and has a plastic feel, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100's video record button is awkwardly positioned. But the broad focal range is ideal for landscapes, close-ups and everything in between. Offering full HD video and stereo sound, with a zoom accessible for movies, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 offers excellent picture quality with vibrant colours.

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