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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £359
inc VAT

Packed with impressive features but photo quality has regressed


1/2.33in 14.0-megapixel sensor, 24.0x zoom (25-600mm equivalent), 540g

The FZ100 is Panasonic’s most ambitious ultra-zoom camera to date. Not content with the slew of awards its previous FZ-series models have earned at Expert Reviews and elsewhere, this one takes on all challengers in virtually every department. It records video at 1080p resolution, takes photos at 11fps and has a 24x zoom lens, an articulated screen and a hotshoe for an external flash or microphone.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 top

The price has rocketed, too. Its predecessor, the Lumix FZ38, cost around £260 at launch but the new model weighs in at around £350.

Performance is where the biggest improvements lie. The FZ38 was no slouch in normal use, capturing a shot every 1.3 seconds, but the 2fps continuous mode was limited to just three frames at the top quality setting and was unavailable in RAW mode. The FZ100’s performance is in a different league, and even outpaces most consumer SLRs. Shot-to-shot time was just 0.8 seconds, while continuous mode ran at 10.8fps and lasted for 15 shots for JPEGs and 11 for RAW.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 front

Various other continuous modes are available, such as 5fps with autofocus and 60fps for 60 frames at 2.7 megapixels – a feat made possible by the use of CMOS rather than CCD sensor technology. With ultra-zoom cameras specialising in sports and nature photography, this kind of performance is extremely welcome.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 14.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.33in
Viewfinder electronic (201,600 pixels)
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 460,000 pixels
Articulated screen Yes
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 24.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 25-600mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,320×3,240
Maximum movie resolution 1920×1080
Movie frame rate at max quality 25fps
File formats JPEG, RAW; AVCHD, QuickTime (MJPEG)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 40MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 410 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, mini HDMI, microphone, remote
HDMI output resolution 1080i, 720p, 576p
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables, lens hood
Weight 540g
Size 81x124x95mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £359

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed 60 to 1/2,000 seconds
Aperture range f/2.8-8 (wide), f/5.2-8 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/- 3EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual, custom
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 1cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer

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