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Old Jun 10, 2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Another Panasonic Lumix FZ35 dilemma

I would like some more info on Panasonic Lumix FZ35. Any info, good or bad that you don't get to read in the reviews.

I have been doing a LOT of research on what camera to buy.
I own a Canon SLR EOS 3000 which has not been used for a long time and my first and only digital Olympus C-5500 Sport Zoom which is ready to retire.
So here I am looking for the best (of course we all want the best) digital camera that suites my needs. That means will get me great pics, its fast (will it keep up with my active toddler?) and is fairly light and portable.
I shoot mostly outside during the day. But I also love macro, wildlife and landscape pictures. And it needs to produce decent video.
I am not an expert in taking photos but I like to play with the camera aperture, shutter speed, ISO and manual focus.

I would like to know from people that own this camera or had an experience with it :
How much can you control the aperture on the FZ35? What is the smallest focal length when adjusted manually? On my Olympus it is f 8.0.
Can you edit the videos right on the camera?

I have seriously considered many cameras but if you think that they would do me a better service then the FZ35 please be honest and let me know.
I liked the
Olympus EPL-1 (decided against because of shutter lag but like the micro 4/3)
Panasonic Lumix GF1(same issues as Olympus plus heavy on my budget but it is my favorite)
Panasonic LX3 (not enough zoom and again very pricey for a compact)
Canon PS S90 (not sure about the ergonomics and zoom range although the sensor size is very appealing)

So what do you think? Should I go buy the FZ35 or consider something else?

Thank you.
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Old Jun 11, 2010, 4:37 AM   #2
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I would like some more info on Panasonic Lumix FZ35. Any info, good or bad that you don't get to read in the reviews.
Welcome to the forum.

The news about the FZ35 is generally good rather than bad.

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So here I am looking for the best (of course we all want the best) digital camera that suites my needs. That means will get me great pics, its fast (will it keep up with my active toddler?) and is fairly light and portable.
A DSLR would be a better option for indoor shots in low light. The
FZ35 is quite light, but it isn't much smaller than some of the
smaller DSLRs.

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I shoot mostly outside during the day.
The FZ35 will do this very well

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But I also love macro,
It is excellent for close-up shots. Although you do need to
get close to the subject.

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wildlife and landscape pictures.

Pretty good for landscape. Ok for wildlife, but a bit
slow for action stuff like birds in flight.

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And it needs to produce decent video.
It does very good quality 720p HD video. See the Steve's review.
The video is in AVCHD Lite format. This plays fine on all of
the players I use (Totem and Mplayer on Linux), but I have
heard that some video editing software doesn't support this
format very well.

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I am not an expert in taking photos but I like to play with the camera aperture, shutter speed, ISO and manual focus.

I would like to know from people that own this camera or had an experience with it :
How much can you control the aperture on the FZ35? What is the smallest focal length when adjusted manually? On my Olympus it is f 8.0.
Can you edit the videos right on the camera?
I have the FZ28 which uses the same 18x lens, but there may be
some differences in the specs that I don't know about.

Focal length is:
4.8mm to 86.4mm. This is equivalent to 27-486mm on a 35mm camera.

The total aperture range is f/2.8 to f/8.0. This reduces to
f/4.4 - f/8.0 at maximum zoom.

I don't think it can do video editing. That is a job for the computer.

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I have seriously considered many cameras but if you think that they would do me a better service then the FZ35 please be honest and let me know.
One of the obvious candidates is the Fujifilm HS10.


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So what do you think? Should I go buy the FZ35 or consider something else?

Thank you.
You won't go too far wrong with it. They are one of the best bridge cameras
available. There will probably be a new model to replace the FZ35 in the
near future. You might be a bit annoyed if it is announced the day after
you buy the FZ35.

Have a look at the comments and images in these forums:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/panasonic-leica-29/

The flicker camera comparison page:
http://www.flickr.com/cameras/panasonic/dmc-fz35/

Steve's review:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...35-review.html

Other reviews:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/digita...ix-DMC-FZ38/p1
http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/pa...review/compare
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Pa.../verdict.shtml

You will probably find examples of the HD video on youtube.
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Old Jun 11, 2010, 7:06 AM   #3
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Thank you Corkpix. That was some great information

I am aware that DSLR would be a better, faster option. It is silly we all want a compact cameras with the image quality of DSLR. I thought the smaller size micro 4/3 would get me a bit closer but for now I think they are just starting to develop. I also waited for a full review on the Sony NEX5 but that was a bit of a disapointment.

But I still wonder if this camera will be fast enough for some action shots. Jumping, swinging, running, dancing....I do have a child that is a priority of my shooting at this moment. Let's say I will take these pictures on a bright day. Will it keep up?

I like that the FZ35 is not much heavier then my Olympus which was a bit bulky so the adjustment shouldn't be so bad.

The Fujifilm HS10 looks great an I will check it out in the store.

And I hope that if I buy the FZ35 that Panasonic will not announce new one the next day (they could ). That would be a bit frustrating but even if they do it still takes several months to be released and meanwhile I think this should produce better pictures then my recent digital.
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....But I still wonder if this camera will be fast enough for some action shots. Jumping, swinging, running, dancing....I do have a child that is a priority of my shooting at this moment. Let's say I will take these pictures on a bright day. Will it keep up?
It will be fine on a bright day. The fastest shutter time is 1/2000s so it
can take some action shots. It is a bit more difficult when you have a
combination of low light and fast action, especially at maximum zoom.

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I like that the FZ35 is not much heavier then my Olympus which was a bit bulky so the adjustment shouldn't be so bad.
It is quite light and very manageable. It is only a bit smaller than my
Canon T1i DSLR, but that is only half the story because I have to bring
two or three lenses with me to match the zoom range of the Lumix.

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The Fujifilm HS10 looks great an I will check it out in the store.
I haven't seen one yet, but they are getting rave reviews on these
forums.

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And I hope that if I buy the FZ35 that Panasonic will not announce new one the next day (they could ). That would be a bit frustrating but even if they do it still takes several months to be released and meanwhile I think this should produce better pictures then my recent digital.
I wouldn't worry too much about it, especially if you are planning to
keep it for a long time. It can be an issue if you are likely to sell it
on in a few months.
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Thanks again. I am going to get that camera and then I will see. You have no idea how long I have been deciding. I was jumping back and forth between micro 4/3 and compacts then ultrazooms and back. My husband refused to talk to me about cameras that's how bad it was ....

See I am actually not a huge fan of these ultrazooms. I would be happy with something like 27-270mm, with a larger chip and small pixel density and manual controls. But I could not find anything. But that's maybe where my lack of education in this field must be because from what I understand larger zooms don't mix well with larger sensors in compact cameras. Really don't know.

Anyway, I am trying to say that I don't think I will be taking pictures of my child doing a summersalt in a full zoom. So I should be okay.

I will post again with the results. This camera will be staying for a looong time.

The HS10 looks better on the paper then the FZ35 and plus has that Sweet Panorama function that I liked on the Sony so much. Even price is very much the same like the FZ35. Only the heavines is something I am not fond of.

Thank you.
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Since I have been using Olympus all I have is xD cards.

What is a good size and brand of SD/SDHC cards? Any suggestions?
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Since I have been using Olympus all I have is xD cards.

What is a good size and brand of SD/SDHC cards? Any suggestions?
I was in the same situation when I moved from Fujifilm xD to Lumix SDHC.
A faster card is preferable if you will be using it for HD movies. Class 6
or Class 10 cards from Transcend or SILICON POWER are fine.
Faster cards like the Sandisk Extreme 30MB/s are about twice
the price and arguably not worth the difference in price IMHO.
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But I still wonder if this camera will be fast enough for some action shots. Jumping, swinging, running, dancing....I do have a child that is a priority of my shooting at this moment. Let's say I will take these pictures on a bright day. Will it keep up?
One thing I forgot to mention in my earlier post is that you can
use the 30fps HD video as a very fast burst mode if you can
live with the reduced resolution and quality. This makes the
Lumix literally as fast as lightning. This is a frame from my
first HD video test of the FZ28. Click on the image for a
slightly larger 1280x720 version.
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