Panasonic DMC FX35 Review

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Panasonic DMC FX35 Ease of Use 8
Features 8
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 9
Style 9
Lowlight 8
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
10 Megapixels
4x Zoom
2.5 inch LCD Screen
94.7 x 51.9 x 22.0 m
125g

Overview

The Panasonic DMC FX35 is a 10 megapixel digital camera with a 4x optical zoom lens. The lens has the widest angle I have tested.

Why Buy The Panasonic DMC FX35

The wide angle lens will come in handy if you wish to squeeze more width into a photo. For example this could be for a landscape photos or for a group of people. This Panasonic digital camera is also easy to use, small enough to fit into a pocket and looks good too. Picture quality is above average. The camera is also capable of shooting HD movies.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

10
4x
2.5 inches
94.7 x 51.9 x 22.0 m
125g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

5cm
Yes
No
Lithium ion
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom): We start off with a pleasant, colourful photo. I like the blues of the sky and the darker greens of the trees. There is a small loss of detail as the sun strikes the boats.

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): Because of the wide angle lens this was the big interest shot for me. I can see the impact of the lens as soon as I look at the picture. With a normal lens the bungalow on the left hand side does not always manage to creep into the picture. Here the entire building comes into view. Taking into account the wide angle lens focusing is good. There is a loss of light in the corners of the photo.

Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): Once again the DMC FX35 produces a decent effort. Sharpness is good and the colour balance works well too.

Outdoor 4 (Building): This is my key shot for checking focusing. This Panasonic digital camera handles the test well, especially when you consider this shot was with the zoom lens more or less fully extended. It compares well with shots taken with other cameras.

Portraits

Outdoor Portrait: Using the white balance setting of shady adds plenty of colour to the shot. I like this shot. It has a warm feel to in and the camera focuses well.

Indoor Portrait with Flash: The DMC FX35 manages to include plenty of detail in the shot. Perhaps a little extra light to get into the darker areas of the shot, such as the hair would have made it even better.

Indoor Portrait without Flash: This is a decent effort. If I was being picky I would say I would also like a touch more brightness in the shot too.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Macro: I am very happy with the macro shot. The DMC FX35 manages to bring out plenty of detail and the picture is sharply focused.

Colours: Panasonic cameras produce strong colours. There is plenty of evidence of this in the second outdoor shot. If you like strong colours then you will like the colours this camera produces.

ISO 400 and ISO 1600: This test produces a result in line with most other digital cameras. At ISO 400 noise is evident in the photo, but to an acceptable level. Any higher and picture quality really suffers. To get the best possible results I would suggest selecting the Intelligent ISO setting for taking photos in poor light when flash cannot be used or when trying to freeze action.

Summary

The DMC FX35 passes most of my tests. I have no real issues with picture quality and it out performs most of its rivals.

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Style

This is a stylish, small compact digital camera. It has a very clean design and is available in black, blue and silver.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash

0.37 seconds
12.76 seconds
0.42 seconds
13.08 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Par Like all Panasonic digital cameras the DMC FX35 is pretty straightforward. The menu system is clear and easy to read.

Points I Like

Ease of use - wide screen movies - high angle LCD screen - design - picture quality

Where it Could Improve

A touch more brightness for my indoor tests

Verdict

If I was looking for a pocket sized camera I would certainly consider the Panasonic DMC FX35. When it comes to picture quality it is a good all rounder and the wide angle lens is a big advantage for landscapes and groups of people.

Product Shots

Front View

Panasonic DMC FX35 Front View

Back View

Panasonic DMC FX35 Back View

Top View

Panasonic DMC FX35 Top View

Sample Menus

menu 1 menu 2

setup menu 3

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Review Date

May 2008

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