Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Review

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Review posted 12/21/2010

Quick Take
Pros
  • Solid build quality
  • Very good quality 14-megapixel photos
  • Smaller prints possible from ISO 800 and 1600 images
  • Full 1080i and 720p videos with excellent quality for a digicam
  • Incredible Burst rates
  • Video recording button works in any shooting mode
  • Stereo sound with an external MIC input
  • Excellent quality from iAuto shooting mode
  • Full control with manual mode and manual focus
  • Hot Shoe for external accessories
  • SDXC compatible
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Lens hood blocks edges of images at wide end of zoom
  • Flash is not powerful enough for the lens range
  • Large for a compact camera, even for a super-zoom camera
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is a powerful super-zoom camera featuring a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor and huge 24x optical zoom lens. With excellent image quality and performance, it has a lot to offer for the entire family. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
FZ100_slant.jpg Panasonic's latest FZ-series super-zoom, the LUMIX DMC-FZ100 is their new Top-of-the-line camera in this popular category of powerful digicams. This is Panasonic's first FZ series model to feature a Live MOS image sensor, which allows for full 1080p high definition video recording and burst mode shooting at up to 11 frames per second at full resolution or up to 60fps at 2.5-megapixels; thanks in part to a mechanical shutter mechanism. When reviewing the specifications of this model, you can see that Panasonic has carried over many technologies from their G-series Micro Four-Thirds models; like My Color mode for example.

The FZ100 is the true replacement to the ever popular DMC-FZ50 from back in 2007, and boasts features like a free angle 3.0" LCD screen, Face Recognition, Power O.I.S. system and a fast F2.8-5.2 24x optical zoom lens with a broad field of view (25-600mm equivalent). The LUMIX DMC-FZ100 comes in a finished black frame and is slightly larger than recent FZ series models.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ100 key features include:
  • 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.33-inch Live MOS image sensor
  • Leica DC-Vario-Elmart 24x optical zoom lens covers 25-600mm in 35mm equivalence
  • Fast maximum aperture range of F2.8 (wide) - F5.2 (telephoto)
  • POWER O.I.S., optical image stabilization system
  • ISO 100-1600 (up to 6400 high sensitivity)
  • Rotating 3.0-inch TFT LCD screen with 460K pixels
  • 1080i HD video capture (AVCHD format)
  • Face Recognition
  • High Speed video capture
  • High Speed burst shooting
  • Intelligent Auto mode
  • My Color mode offers Creative filters (Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic and High Dynamic B&W)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • A/V, USB 2.0, HDMI outputs
  • Stereo Microphone with Dolby┬« Digital Stereo Creator
  • Microphone port for optional external microphones
  • Powered by a Li-ion battery pack (rated up to 410 shots per charge)
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ100 is available in black for a suggested retail price of $499.95 US. See our buy box below for the best online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • Lumix FZ100 Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap String
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Hood
  • Operating Instructions


Additional Views

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