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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62 review

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Price when reviewed : £270
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Not much different to last year's FZ48, but that's no bad thing. A solid all-rounder at a great price

The FZ62 is the successor to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48, which was one of our favourite ultra-zoom cameras of 2011. We were particularly impressed that Panasonic had moved from 14 megapixels in the earlier FZ45 to 12 megapixels in the FZ48, as this delivered a significant drop in noise levels.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

This wisdom has sadly escaped Panasonic this time around. While the pricier Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 sticks with a 12-megapixel sensor, the FZ62’s resolution has been hiked up to 16 megapixels. This doesn’t bode well for noise levels, although the move from a CCD to what Panasonic calls a High Sensitivity MOS sensor might redress the balance – more on this below.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Continuous performance is up from 3.7fps on the FZ48 to 10fps, but this isn’t entirely good news either. Whereas the older model could capture seven shots in a burst, the FZ62 only managed three. An alternative 5fps mode is more useful, not least because the camera can refocus between each shot. This mode only lasted for three frames at 5fps but then continued at 1.7fps rather than stopping. It’s not exactly a blistering turn of speed but we appreciate that live view was available while shooting. Elsewhere, performance was excellent, with just one second to switch on and shoot, and 0.7 seconds between shots.

Most other features remain as they were on the FZ48. The 3in screen is reasonably sharp but isn’t articulated, and the low-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF) isn’t much fun to use. Higher quality EVFs are starting to appear in ultra-zoom cameras, but only in pricier models such as the FZ200 and Fujifilm X-S1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

The power switch has been moved to a lever beside the mode dial, which makes room for a dedicated button to access continuous mode settings. The buttons on the back have been tweaked, too, with a new white balance control. There are no less than four buttons dedicated to focus control: one for moving the autofocus point, an auto/macro/manual focus button, another for AF/AE lock and yet another for single or continuous autofocus. If that seems like overkill, the latter two can be reassigned, perhaps to access metering mode and AE bracketing. In short, this is an excellent camera for people who like hands-on control.

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Basic Specifications

Sensor effective megapixels15.9 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33in
Viewfinderelectronic (202,000 pixels)
Viewfinder magnification, coverage100%
LCD screen size3.0in
LCD screen resolution460,000 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom24.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent25-600mm
Image stabilisationoptical, lens based
Maximum image resolution4,608×3,456
File formatsJPEG; AVCHD, MP4 (AVC)


Memory slotSDXC
Mermory supplied70MB internal
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)450 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, mini HDMI
Body materialplastic
Lens mountN/A
Focal length multiplierN/A
Kit lens model nameN/A
AccessoriesUSB cable

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed4 to 1/2,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/2.8-8 (wide), f/5.2-8 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 3200
Exposure compensation+/-3 EV
White balanceauto, 5 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction, i.Dynamic,
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus1cm
Auto-focus modesmulti, felxible spot, face detect, tracking
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, panorama, HDR, 3D

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