Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35


Review posted 7/10/2008

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The Lumix DMC-FX35 is the newest addition to Panasonic's popular line of super-slim FX-Series digital cameras (as of 7/2008), and offers their first-ever 25mm ultra-wide-lens. This models includes 10.1 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom, Panasonic's Advanced Intelligent Auto mode, a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens offering f2.8 brightness and the new fourth-generation Venus Engine image processor.

To achieve a 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens in the slim design of the FX35, Panasonic developed a new unevenly thick concave meniscus EA (Extra high refractive index Aspherical) lens. Working closely with Leica to meet their strict standards on lenses, the LUMIX FX35's lens compromises of seven elements in six groups, including four aspherical lenses with six aspherical surfaces.

The Advanced Intelligent Auto mode expands Panasonic's system of intuitive technologies with the addition of Intelligent Exposure and Digital Red-eye Correction. Consisting of seven advanced and intuitive technologies, with Advanced Intelligent Auto mode, the consumer is able to rely on the advanced technologies happening automatically, without them changing any settings, thus taking high-quality photos is easy and effortless. The Intelligent Auto mode on the FX35 includes:

  • Intelligent Exposure - With this new feature, photos will no longer be under- or over-exposed. Instead, the FX35, instantly analyze the framed image and adjusts the brightness in areas that are too dark because of dim lighting, backlighting or the use of the flash. The camera will automatically adjust the brightness accordingly.
  • Digital Red-eye Correction- This feature helps to eliminate the red-eye problem that sometimes results when taking flash shots at the night. Incorporated into the camera, the built-in flash emits a small preliminary flash before the main flash, detects red-eye and will digitally correct it.
  • MEGA O.I.S. - Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.
  • Intelligent ISO - With Intelligent ISO, the FX35 can determine if the photo subject is moving and change the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.
  • Intelligent Scene Selector - Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and will automatically select the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode. This intuitive technology, helps the consumer use the most common scene modes that are built into the camera, but often go unused, without making any manual adjustments.
  • Face Detection - Face Detection detects faces anywhere in the frame, even if they are moving, and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp. Panasonic's Face Detection detects up to 15 faces.
  • Quick AF - The Quick AF (auto focus) system starts focus on the subject by just pointing the camera to the subject, thus minimizing the AF time.

As stated above, the FX35 features a fourth-generation high-performance image processing LSI, the Venus Engine IV. The Venus Engine IV produces higher-quality digital photos, as compared to the Venus Engine III predecessor, with an advanced signal processing system that produces a quick response time. The shutter lag is as short as 0.005 second, making it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. In burst shooting mode, the DMC-FX35 can snap 2.5 shots per second at full resolution (up to 5 frames). Also, in High-Speed Burst shooting mode, it fires an incredible 6 shots-per-second (at 2M resoltuion), plus unlimited consecutive shooting, which lets the consumer snap photos until the memory card is full.

The FX35 is also capable of recording 720p High Definition motion pictures and 1920 x 1080 pixel High Definition-ready photos that perfectly fit a wide-screen (16:9) HDTV. Panasonic VIERA Plasma or LCD HDTVs that have an integrated SD Memory Card slot, so viewing still images is simple as inserting the SD card. In addition, with the newly added HD component output capability, consumers can enjoy watching still and motion images in stunning HD quality taken by simply taking the DMC-FX35 and connecting the camera via an optional component cable (DMW-HDC2).


Major DMC-FX35 Features:

  • 10-megapixel imager with 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • 4x Leica zoom lens, equivalent to 25-100mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to prevent camera shake and blurring
  • 9-point AF system with Face detection technology
  • 2.5-inch TFT color LCD with High Angle mode and 100% frame coverage
  • Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture (Program), Movie and 23 scene modes
  • ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600; High Sensitivity Mode (1600 - 6400)
  • 2.5fps Burst mode (Max 4 JPEG Fine images)
  • QuickTime movies 30fps or 10fps at 640x480/320x240
  • Wide aspect movie mode offers video at 848x480 (30/10fps) or 720p HD video at 1280x720 (30/15fps)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • 27MB of internal flash memory
  • Card slot supports SD/SDHC/MMC card storage
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 is available silver, black and blue with an MSRP of US$349.95. The camera kit includes: battery charger, battery pack, battery carrying case, AV & USB cables, hand strap, and software CD-ROM.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35

The DMC-FX35 compared in size to a standard CD disc.




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Lumix DMC-FX35 Specifications

Camera Type Stylish Compact
KEY FEATURES .
Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )
Optical Zoom 4x
Image Sensor 1/2.33", 10.7 Total Megapixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4.8x for 7 Mega, 5.7x for 5 Mega, 7.1x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5.7x for 4.5 Mega, 7.1x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5.7x for 3.5 Mega, 7.1x for 2 Mega
Digital Zoom 1 4x
(Max. 16.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 28.4x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Length f=4.4-17.6mm (35mm Equiv.: 25-100mm)
Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens
Aperture Range Wide: F2.8 / F8.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.6 / F8 (2 steps)
PERFORMANCE FEATURES .
Conversion Lens Compatibility No
Focusing Area Normal: 50cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard : wide 5cm/Tele 50cm - infinity
AF Metering Face / 1-point/ 1-point high speed/ 3-point high speed/ 9-point/ Spot
Focus Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto /100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode : Auto(1600 - 6400) )
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / White Balance Adjustment (+10steps, except for auto set) (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, and Highspeed Burst mode)
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (at Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE) +/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Dedicated Button/Mode Switch Dedicated Button: Macro
Mode Switch: Shooting, Playback
Shooting Mode (Mode Dial)/Rec. Mode Dial: Normal Picture, Motion Picture, Intelligent AUTO, Clipboard
Scene Modes SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby 1&2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet, Hi-Speed Burst)
Advanced Scene Mode No
Shutter Speed/Shutter System 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Auto Review 1sec, 3sec, Zoom, Hold
Review No
Picture Adjustment No
Color Effect Mode No
Color Mode Standard/Vivid/Cool/Warm/Natural/Black & White/Sepia
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF Corresponding
Image with audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)+ QuickTime
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Image Quality Fine/Standard
RECORDING IMAGE SIZE (Pixels) .
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3648 x 2736
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3648 x 2432
3072 x 2048
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3648 x 2056
3072 x 1728
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio) 640 x 480, 320 x 240
30 fps, 10fps
Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio) 848 x 480 - 30 fps, 10 fps
HD: 1280 x 720 - 30fps, 15fps
CONVENIENCE FEATURES .
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 7 images (Standard mode), Max 4 images (Fine Mode)
High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 10 frames/sec (recorded in 2M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting 2 Yes
Intelligent Exposure Yes
Digital Red Eye Correction Yes
Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume/Motion Zoom No/No/No
Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds
Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds
Real-time Histograms Yes
Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)
Built-in Memory approx. 27MB
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Auto Angle Detection Yes
Flip Animation No
Travel Date/World Time Yes/Yes
Title Edit Yes
Text Stamp/Date Stamp Yes/Yes
STANDARD FEATURES .
Built-in Flash Type/Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.6 - 6.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 3.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
External Flash No
Viewfinder No
LCD Monitor 2.5" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (230K dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High angle mode
Playback Mode 30 & 12-thumbnail display, calendar display, zoomed playback (16x max.), Playback of favorite pictures, Category Playback, Slide show, image rotation, Resizing, trimming, protection, aspect conv. DPOF print setting, Still pictures from animation
OSD Language English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Recording Media Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
MultiMediaCard
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes
Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB
Direct Print PictBridge
Color Silver
Power Supply Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1000 mAh)(Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Optional)
Battery Life 3 Up to 300 pictures (CIPA Standard)
ACCESSORIES .
Included Software PhotofunStudio -viewer-, ArcSoft® MediaImpression™, ArcSoft® Panorama Maker™, QuickTime, Adobe Reader, USB Driver
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Carrying Case, AV & USB Cables, Strap, CD-ROM
SPECIFICATIONS .
Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.04'' x 3.73'' x 0.87''
Weight 0.28 lbs

Footnotes

1.   As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases.

2.   Number of shots may vary depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression. The consecutive shooting speed varies depending on the memory card or the built-in memory.

3.   Shooting conditions: 73.4°F with 50% humidity;LCD On; Using an SD Memory Card; Starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; Shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; Changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; Temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature. For DMC-LC1: Shooting once every 30 seconds, flash in operation for every shot, 77°F(25°C) ambient temperature.

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)




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