Panasonic DMC-FZ35 12.1 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

July 27, 2009 : Successor to the multiple award winning DMC-FZ28, Panasonic is pleased to introduce the Alumni DMC-FZ38 (aka DMC-FZ35 in US) digital still camera, featuring an AVCHD Elite high-definition movie recording capability combined with powerful 27mm wide angle 18x optical zoom high quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens*1. Joining Panasonic's highly regarded FZ series of cameras that pack a high-powered zoom and a host of creative options including manual operation into a compact body, the FZ38 also boasts an upgraded O.I.S(Optical Image Stabiliser) the newly named POWER O.I.S. and ultra high-speed AF together with other enhanced features that boost user fun and convenience.

Hybrid Superzoom
The demand for digital cameras that can record higher-quality movie has grown in step with the trend toward larger HDTV screens and new technologies of movie recording. Now, in addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-FZ38 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite*2. It features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The FZ38 also features Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful motion images with outstanding stereo sound. A single model that performs admirably as both a camera and camcorder, while achieving smooth, easy operation in both modes.

The DMC-FZ38 packages a 27mm wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with F2.8 brightness and powerful 18x optical zoom*1 together with a 12.1-megapixel CCD into a compact body. Taking advantage of the versatile 27mm wide angle powerful 18x optical zoom lens, the FZ38 allows users to record both photo and movie with exceptional creative freedom. The lens unit comprises of 11 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and 2 ED lenses. Notably 2 ED lenses minimize the chromatic aberration that is likely to occur in telephoto images. This set of lenses secure picture quality high enough to pass Leica's stringent standards and delivers exceptional optical performance.

The super-powerful 18x zoom lens makes it easy to pull in subjects from far away or to take dramatic close-ups. For an added boost, zoom power can be increased to 35.2x with the Extra Optical Zoom function*3. The 27mm wide-angle feature is ideal for both broad landscapes and tight indoor shots, letting photographers capture a wider view. The 12.1-megapixel resolution allows photos to be greatly enlarged while still retaining outstanding detail, or edited by trimming and enlarging parts of the photo to print.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ35 Camera Reviews Roundup


PhotoReview - Aug 19 2009
"One of the most impressive features of the sample camera was its image stabilisation system, which enabled us to use shutter speeds as slow as 1/2 second with the camera hand-held. Admittedly two thirds of shots taken with such a slow shutter speed were blurred; but having the remaining 30% sharp and usable was quite satisfying. Unfortunately, shooting movi..." More »
Not Rated
TrustedReview - Jul 28 2009
"What is rather puzzling is the lack of a long-period continuous shooting mode. Instead the FZ38 has a simple 3fps high-speed burst mode, which takes three, five or ten frames depending on the image size. In other words, in the full 12MP size that most people will want to use, it only takes three shots. This mode is not available when shooting in Raw + JPEG...." More »
100out of 100
PhotographyBLOG - Jul 28 2009
"We're a little disappointed that Panasonic haven't extended the reach of the 18x zoom lens to match its main rivals, but the 27-486mm focal length is still a very versatile one, especially given the addition of the slightly more effective Power OIS anti-shake system that reduces the overall number of blurry shots. Other key improvements worthy of mention in..." More »
90out of 100

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User Review of the camera - Panasonic DMC-FZ35

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    amazon 2014-10-17 07:00
    Three Stars, 4tom
    Verified Purchase(
    Would not buy it again.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-10-03 07:00
    Five Stars, gadget addict
    Love it
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-29 07:00
    Lost and Loved and baffled about my FZ 35, virginiam mcgowan
    I bought this camera about 4 years ago, it's a dream, superb in everyway previously I had a Panasonic dmcf7 so it had a much better zoom.
    A friend came to visit and had one ,she put all her photos on my computer and I was smitten as she was---until last month when it started 'playing up" , zoom didn't zoom ,shutter went off trying to zoom, very fast, I figured probably needed a good clean which I did ,it seemed to help . Then, the setting feature was all over the place, and the 'funniest' was, it switched on all by it's self, lucky I happened to be sitting next to it and heard it, so saved the battery ,[not that I can use or need it now without the camera ] I had to take out the battery to stop it. I emailed my friend and found out that she had the same problem . so I am devastated, do they all have this fault? I would love to buy another but not game. I bought a DMC FZ 70 , still trying to work out setting and things, seems a bit complicated . [I have a SLR Olympus ,so I know how cameras work]
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-26 07:00
    Switch cheaply made!!, deadpoacher
    Verified Purchase(
    We purchased this camera in 2009. All usage and pictures have been excellent. Without any warning, when we attempted to turn it on nothing happened. Upon examining the off/on switch, we found that it had broken. The switch seems to be cheaply made. I would not recommend purchasing this item.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-07 07:00
    Four Stars, Ronald W. Mitchell
    Verified Purchase(
    Excellent camera; lightweight, smaller size, with very good lens quality.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-07 07:00
    I like it, Ronald W. Mitchell
    Verified Purchase(
    Excellent camera; lightweight, smaller size, with very good lens quality.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-07 07:00
    Great for those wanting lightweight full function camera., Craig Johnson
    Verified Purchase(
    I have bought twelve of these during the past two years for photo students. They love this camera.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-02 07:00
    Five Stars, J. Joyner
    Verified Purchase(
    Works great!
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-02 07:00
    I love it, J. Joyner
    Verified Purchase(
    Works great!
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-02 07:00
    Camera gift, JD Skipworth
    Verified Purchase(
    This was a gift to a friend. He liked it but said it was hard to hold onto at times.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-08-23 07:00
    Five Stars, Lino Medina
    Very good
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-06-06 07:00
    Amazing, Bruno
    Verified Purchase(
    the quality of this lens is fantastic. i do not believe you have to expend hundreds with canons and nikons !
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-05-29 07:00
    Beautiful Pictures!, Marty C
    Verified Purchase(
    I wanted a camera that could zoom in to grab a long shot and one that had enough pixels to produce sharp images - the FZ35 is it. This one comes with an anti-shake function that is the cherry on top! It takes great pictures for both the point-and-shoot folks and the photo-fidgets. I've had it since 2009 and taken it on two overseas vacations as well as many local shoots - thousands and thousands of pictures and I love it now as much as I did after seeing the first photos in 2009. I HIGHLY recommend this camera.
    The ZOOM: At first I didn't get the zoom, but accidentally held the joystick to the 'zoom in' side and suddenly the speck I was looking at in the distance (close to 1/4 mile away) turned into a full-sized pheasant! The zoom is amazing!
    The PIXELS: The photos the FZ35 produces are sharp enough for poster-size prints.
    The ANTI-SHAKE: Most of my pictures were fuzzy before I got the FZ35. Now I can take decent photos from a moving vehicle! OK, granted I've taken a few trees whipping by that didn't make the album, but there are several keepers in every effort.
    The DIGITAL USER'S MANUAL: I've seen a couple complaints about the manual not being printed - I must say when the shoot is on, who ever reached for the manual to see how to get a better shot? By the time you open the book, the subject is gone - unless it's a statue. Then take all the time you want! If I haven't used the camera for a while, I take a few minutes with the computer before I leave the house to go through the manual to re-familiarize myself with the features.
    The BATTERY LIFE: The batteries last a good long time. It's easy to get a spare (and I have one), but if you charge up at night, you can shoot forever. I have a spare battery because I turn off the details in the viewfinder or display and tend to forget that the camera even has a battery until the 'low battery' flashes. I like that I can use either the display or viewfinder as sometimes the sunlight makes seeing the screen hard, and the viewfinder always works. Turning off the display also saves battery power.
    The FEATURES: If you want to just use the Auto (point and shoot) feature, you don't have to worry about the settings - the camera will do it all for you, and your pictures will still come out looking like you know what you're doing! There are so many settings on the FZ35 that it fits the bill for every situation - landscape, portrait, action, night, macro, just to name a few. There are more than I can remember to list - the display can be turned on or off to show the histogram, a grid to line up the subject, the manual settings, flash... There are quick buttons for turning the most often used features on or off. One thing that I particularly like is that the viewfinder shows what the picture will actually be - it doesn't show a nicely placed subject and then the actual picture has cut off the top of someone's head because the lens is below the viewfinder. What you see is what you get.
    You'll be happy that you have this camera when you see the wonderful memories it captures. Like any worthwhile effort, PRACTICE is the key. If you want night-time shots or action shots, practice with it in a similar situation BEFORE the event.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-05-29 07:00
    Beautiful Pictures!, Marty Campbell
    Verified Purchase(
    I wanted a camera that could zoom in to grab a long shot and one that had enough pixels to produce sharp images. This one comes with an anti-shake function that is the cherry on top! It takes great pictures for both the point-and-shoot folks and the photo-fidgets. I've had it since 2009 and taken it on two overseas vacations as well as many local shoots - thousands of pictures and I love it now as much as I did after seeing the first photos in 2009. I highly recommend this camera.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-29 07:00
    One of the best cameras i ever used!, Zenmaster
    Verified Purchase(
    Even after several years i am still amazed at some of the photos i can take with this camera.
    People think i took it with a much more expensive MFT or DSLR camera.
    The 18x zoom come in handy, love the pics and video quality, great for enthusiasts.
    I still use it.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-10 07:00
    Incredible camera for the price!, Nix Pix
    Verified Purchase(
    For its time, this was a fantastic deal and a gamble I am certainly glad I took. I knew Panasonic made a pretty decent camera and I knew I couldn't go wrong with a Leica lens, but this particular camera was one I didn't know much about. When I found it on sale here for over $100 cheaper than anywhere else, I knew this bridge camera was worth a shot. And it was / is! Very sharp photos, lots of presets worth toying with, great battery life, a reasonable size, and a Manual mode also worth tinkering with. Panasonic has since come out with models that out-do this one, but if you can pick this up discounted or slightly used for a good price, this is a GREAT beginner camera for someone who has outgrown a point-n-shoot, but perhaps not ready for a big, scary SLR that might cost ten times the price. A word to the wise, though: GET A SECOND BATTERY, so your vacations, parties, etc aren't foiled by the original battery conking out on ya. Even a non-OEM battery will suffice, one purchased on that other website, the one with the "buy it now" auctions. You'll get a battery that works great for $5 to $10. The Lumix line of Panasonic cameras are fantastic!
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-10 07:00
    Incredible camera for the price!, Nikki
    Verified Purchase(
    For its time, this was a fantastic deal and a gamble I am certainly glad I took. I knew Panasonic made a pretty decent camera and I knew I couldn't go wrong with a Leica lens, but this particular camera was one I didn't know much about. When I found it on sale here for over $100 cheaper than anywhere else, I knew this bridge camera was worth a shot. And it was / is! Very sharp photos, lots of presets worth toying with, great battery life, a reasonable size, and a Manual mode also worth tinkering with. Panasonic has since come out with models that out-do this one, but if you can pick this up discounted or slightly used for a good price, this is a GREAT beginner camera for someone who has outgrown a point-n-shoot, but perhaps not ready for a big, scary SLR that might cost ten times the price. A word to the wise, though: GET A SECOND BATTERY, so your vacations, parties, etc aren't foiled by the original battery conking out on ya. Even a non-OEM battery will suffice, one purchased on that other website, the one with the "buy it now" auctions. You'll get a battery that works great for $5 to $10. The Lumix line of Panasonic cameras are fantastic!
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-10 07:00
    Incredible camera for the price!, Nikki
    For its time, this was a fantastic deal and a gamble I am certainly glad I took. I knew Panasonic made a pretty decent camera and I knew I couldn't go wrong with a Leica lens, but this particular camera was one I didn't know much about. When I found it on sale here for over $100 cheaper than anywhere else, I knew this bridge camera was worth a shot. And it was / is! Very sharp photos, lots of presets worth toying with, great battery life, a reasonable size, and a Manual mode also worth tinkering with. Panasonic has since come out with models that out-do this one, but if you can pick this up discounted or slightly used for a good price, this is a GREAT beginner camera for someone who has outgrown a point-n-shoot, but perhaps not ready for a big, scary SLR that might cost ten times the price. A word to the wise, though: GET A SECOND BATTERY, so your vacations, parties, etc aren't foiled by the original battery conking out on ya. Even a non-OEM battery will suffice, one purchased on that other website, the one with the "buy it now" auctions. You'll get a battery that works great for $5 to $10. The Lumix line of Panasonic cameras are fantastic!
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-07 07:00
    Fine Camera, Joel Fritz "Barrelhouse Solly"
    Verified Purchase(
    It's been discontinued for a few years now. Panasonic's newer models of this one are probably better. Regardless, this camera does everything I need. It would be nice to have a camera with a smaller minimum aperture. It would be nice if some of the manual features were a bit easier to access, e. g. spot metering and manual focus. I've taken a lot of pictures with this camera and have been consistently pleased. It has good optics. The electronic viewfinder makes shooting in bright sunlight easy. It's working as well for me today as it did in 2010. It's not an SLR and it's not a smart phone or pocket camera. If what you need falls in this niche you'd be well served by Panasonic's current model descended from this one.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-07 07:00
    Fine Camera, Joel Fritz "Barrelhouse Solly"
    It's been discontinued for a few years now. Panasonic's newer models of this one are probably better. Regardless, this camera does everything I need. It would be nice to have a camera with a smaller minimum aperture. It would be nice if some of the manual features were a bit easier to access, e. g. spot metering and manual focus. I've taken a lot of pictures with this camera and have been consistently pleased. It has good optics. The electronic viewfinder makes shooting in bright sunlight easy. It's working as well for me today as it did in 2010. It's not an SLR and it's not a smart phone or pocket camera. If what you need falls in this niche you'd be well served by Panasonic's current model descended from this one.