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Panasonic FZ35 / FZ38

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 / FZ38
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ351 / FZ38 adds HD movie to its popular and award-winning FZ series of long zoom digital cameras. It features 12.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CCD), 18x wide-angle optical zoom (27-486mm equiv.), 2.7-in. LCD (230K dots), and a new POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) that helps reduce camera shake at the long focal lengths. The long zoom reach allows you to bring distant subjects close while the ultra wide-angle lens allows you to include all your friends in the picture or capture an architectural or expansive landscape in a single shot.

The Panasonic FZ35 records HD movie of 720p in AVCHD Lite. Sound is recorded in Dolby Srereo, and a dedicated Motion Picture Button makes it convenient to switch to movie recording and back. The 18x optical zoom is available during video recording. Intelligent Auto and Scene Mode are also available in Movie mode, plus you can set the shutter speed and aperture manually, if desired.

The newly developed POWER O.I.S. also nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of its previous MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic claims correctly exposed hand held night scenes are now possible with this new hand-shake correction image stabilizer technology.

Panasonic's digital cameras are well-known for fast performance and the new Ultra High-Speed AF in the FZ35 is now even faster than the one on the DMC-FZ28, which it replaces. Fast and accurate AF means you can catch the action at its peak moment.

For beginners, Intelligent Auto Mode activates seven detection and correction functions simultaneously (POWER O.I.S., Face Detection AF/AE, Face Recognition, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure) to optimize camera settings.

Advanced photographers have full manual control with PASM modes, manual focus using the mini joystick, selectable AF, 2-axis WB adjustment, and RAW file format.

A large 2.7-in. LCD monitor (230K dots) has a wide viewing angle and the Auto Power LCD function automatically adjusts the backlight brightness according to the ambient light intensity.

If you want even more zoom power, the optional telephoto conversion lens DMW-LT55 gives you zooming ability equivalent to 826mm (equiv.). The Lens Adaptor(DMW-LA3) is required for attachment of the telephoto conversion lens. Note that the uUse of the telephoto conversion lens limits the zoom area to 255 to 486mm. Other optiomal accessories are Close-up lens DMW-LC55 (3x magnification), ND Filter DMW-LND46 (3 Steps), and Circular Polarizing Filter DMW-LPL46 (eliminates glare to capture the vivid blues of skies and fresh greens of trees, as well as removing reflections when shooting through glass).

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 / FZ38 is a long zoom digital camera with full exposure flexibility, wide-angle coverage, ultra fast operation and a wealth of advanced features sure to please the proverbial point-and-shoot "soccer mom" as well as more demanding photographers. Now with HD movie!

If you want a more compact long zoom, you can purchase the DMC-ZS3 / TZ7 for the about same price and which has 12x optical zoom, a 3.0-in. (460K dots) LCD, records 1,280 x 720 HD movie @ 30fps with stereo Dolby sound, and is 103.3W x 59.6H x 32.8D mm ( 4.07W x 2.35H x 1.29D in.), 206 g (0.45 lb).

If you are looking for the slimmest and most compact power zoom digital camera, for about $120 less, you can purchase the DMC-ZR1 / ZX1 which has 8x optical zoom, a 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD, and records HD movie with mono sound -- and, at only 26mm (1.02 in.) thick, is pocketable.

 
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 / FZ38 US | CA | UK | Lumix
Image Sensor 1/2.33-in. CCD Primary Color Filter
12.1 Effective Mega Pixels
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT with POWER O.I.S.
f = 4.8 - 86.4 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 27 - 486 mm)
Optical zoom: 18x
Exposure

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift (Program AE Mode)

Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, P (Program) Mode, A (Aperture Priority) Mode, S (Shutter Priority) Mode, M (Manual) Mode, Creative Movie Mode, Portrait Mode, Scenery Mode, Sports Mode, Night Portrait Mode, Close-up Mode, Scene Mode, My Color Mode, Custom
Still Image Scene Mode

Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Panorama Assist

Shutter Speed

Still: 60 - 1/2,000 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed)
Creative Movie Mode: 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Manual Mode)

Aperture

F2.8 - 4.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8 (W) / F4.4 - 8 (T))

ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Halogen / Color Temperature / White Set1 / White Set2
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)

Motion Picture Recording

1,280 x 720 pixels
AVCHD Lite (SH: 17 Mbps / H: 13 Mbps / L: 9 Mbps):
[NTSC] 60p *CCD output is 30p
[PAL] 50p *CCD output is 25p
Motion JPEG: 30 fps

Continuous Shooting Mode

2.3 fps, 3 images (Fine Mode)

LCD 2.7" TFT LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : Approx. 100%, Wide-viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Recording Media Built-in Memory (40MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Typical: 710 mAh / Minimum: 695 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)

Included Accesories

Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Hood, Lens Hood Adaptor, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition, SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker), QuickTime
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 117.6 x 75.8 x 88.9 mm /
4.63 x 2.98 x 3.50 in.
Weight

Approx. 367 g (0.81 lb)
414 g (0.91 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card

MSRP

US $399.95 / CAD $499.99 / UK £329.99

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Technical Specifications
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 / FZ38 US | CA | UK | Lumix
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
11 elements in 8 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses, 2 ED Lenses)
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Zoom

Optical: 18x

Extra Optical: 22.1x (4:3 / 8M), 28.1x (4:3 / 5M), 35.2x (under 3M)

Digital: 4x
(Max. 72.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 140x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
2-Speed Zoom Yes
Focal Length f = 4.8 - 86.4 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 27 - 486 mm)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30 cm (0.98 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 1 cm (0.03 feet) / Max. 200 cm (6.56 feet) / 11x - 18x 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11-area) / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Conversion Lens Compatibility

Yes

Image Sensor 1/2.33-in. CCD Primary Color Filter
12.1 Effective Mega Pixels
12.7 Total Mega Pixels
Focus Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On / Off, AF / MF Switchable, Manual Focus (Joystick), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)
ISO Sensitivity
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400)
Max. Auto ISO Setting Yes
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Halogen / Color Temperature / White Set1 / White Set2
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Panorama Assist Mode)
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
Exposure

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift (Program AE Mode)

Exposure Compensation

1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV

Backlight Compensation

Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO Mode)

Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
One-Touch Movie Button

Yes

Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, P (Program) Mode, A (Aperture Priority) Mode, S (Shutter Priority) Mode, M (Manual) Mode, Creative Movie Mode, Portrait Mode, Scenery Mode, Sports Mode, Night Portrait Mode, Close-up Mode, Scene Mode, My Color Mode, Custom
Still Image Scene Mode Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Panorama Assist
Advanced Scene Mode Portrait Mode: Normal, Soft Skin, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative
Scenery Mode: Normal, Nature, Architecture, Creative
Sports Mode: Normal, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative
Close-up: Flower, Food, Objects, Creative
Night Portrait: Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Creative
Movie Scene Mode

Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Flower, Intelligent AUTO, Soft Skin, Food, Objects, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Panning, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Film Grain, Creative Movie (P, S, A, M) Mode
(Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)

Shutter Speed

Still: 60 - 1/2,000 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed)
Creative Movie Mode: 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Manual Mode)
Aperture F2.8 - 4.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8 (W) / F4.4 - 8 (T))
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec (3 pictures)
Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / Hold / Zoom
Review Yes
Quick Menu

Yes

Picture Adjustment Contrast: ± 2 steps
Sharpness: ± 2 steps
Saturation: ± 2 steps
Noise Reduction: ± 2 steps
Color Effect Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Color Bracketing Standard / Black & White (2 images), Standard / Sepia (2 images), Standard / Black & White / Sepia (3 images)
Recording File Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) / RAW, DPOF corresponding
Motion Picture: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Recording Image Size
Still Image  
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M),
3,264 x 2,448 pixels (8M EZ),
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
1,600 x 1,200 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,672 pixels (10.5M),
3,264 x 2,176 pixels (7M EZ),
2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,248 pixels (9M),
3,264 x 1,840 pixels (6M EZ),
2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ),
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ)

 

Image Quality Fine / Standard / RAW / RAW+JPEG
Motion Picture Recording*
4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio:

WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)

HD Movie:

1,280 x 720 pixels,

AVCHD Lite (SH: 17 Mbps / H: 13 Mbps /
L: 9 Mbps):

[NTSC] 60p *CCD output is 30p.
[PAL] 50p *CCD output is 25p.

Motion JPEG: 30 fps

Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity.
A max. of approx. 2 GB of continuous motion picture can be recorded in Motion JPEG. In AVCHD Lite, recording may be continued until the card is full.
Continuous Recordable Time
(Motion Pictures)**
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 150 min
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 150 min
Actual Recordable Time
(Motion Pictures)**
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 80 min
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 80 min
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames / sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority), Approx. 6 frames / sec (Image Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

Approx. 15 - 100 shots.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions, card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode Max. 5 images (Standard Mode)
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode  
Face Recognition
Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer
Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control
Photo
Face Detection
Photo & Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure
Photo & Movie
AF Tracking
Photo
Digital Red-Eye Correction
Photo
Zoom Resume /
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Yes /
Yes
Macro Zoom Yes
Real-Time Histogram Yes
Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG)
Composition Guide Line Yes (2 patterns)
Built-in-Memory

Approx. 40 MB

Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Orientation Detector Yes
Travel Date /
World Time
Yes /
Yes
Copy /
Title Edit /
Text Stamp
Yes /
Yes /
Yes
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Synchro: 1st / 2nd
0.3 - 8.5 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.4 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (201,600 Pixels equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
LCD 2.7" TFT LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : Approx. 100%, Wide-viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Favorites Playback, Mode Playback
Thumbnails /
Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails /
Max. 16x
Calendar Display Yes
Set Favorites Yes
Playback Motion Picture Yes (AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram Yes
Show Highlights Yes
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting /
Set Protection
Yes /
Yes
Resize /
Trimming /
Leveling
Yes /
Yes /
Yes
OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
VIERA Link Yes
HDMI Output Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p for PAL)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Movie Rec Guide Yes
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Microphone Stereo (Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator)
Speaker

Yes

Interface AV Output (NTSC / PAL, NTSC only for N. America), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High Speed, DC Input
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Typical: 710 mAh / Minimum: 695 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Startup Time (Approx.)

1.2 sec
*The time for start-up varies depending on the shooting condition.

Release Time Lag (Approx.) 0.007 sec
Shutter Interval (Approx.) 0.9 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF.
Battery Life (Approx.) 470 pictures (CIPA Standard***)

Included Accesories

Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Hood, Lens Hood Adaptor, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition, SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker), QuickTime
Dimensions and Weight  
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 117.6 x 75.8 x 88.9 mm /
4.63 x 2.98 x 3.50 in.
Weight

Approx. 367 g (0.81 lb)
414 g (0.91 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card

* In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to HD, WVGA or VGA, we recommend using a high speed SD/SDHC Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** These are standard times taken at a temperature of 23°C (73.4°F) and a humidity of 50%. The time available for recording varies depending on the environment, the interval between recordings, and the manner of use. Actual recordable time is the time available for recording when repeating actions such as switching the power supply [ON]/[OFF], starting/stopping recording, zoom operation etc. Motion pictures and pictures with audio taken with the DMC-FZ35(FZ38) may not always be able to be played back with cameras by other manufacturers. Playback may also not be possible with certain Panasonic digital cameras (LUMIX) launched before December 2008, and some cameras launched in 2009 (FS, LS Series). Motion picture recorded continuously in [MOTION JPEG] is up to 2 GB. Only the maximum recordable time for 2 GB is displayed on the screen. Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in European PAL area.
*** CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. Temperature: 23°C (73.4°F)/Humidity: 50% when LCD monitor is on. Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB). Using the supplied battery. Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [AUTO].) Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording. Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording. Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases. The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode and Power LCD Mode.



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