Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

$449
  • 14 MP
  • 24x f/2.8
  • 1/2.5" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released July, 2010
That said, there's no denying that the FZ100 is a more fully-featured, easier to use and faster camera than its predecessor, and with full HD movie recording on-board, it could replace your video camcorder.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Back view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
Both video and audio quality are excellent, although the zoom motor can be heard quite clearly on the soundtrack.
Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

megapixels

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As well as its 24x zoom lens and large, sharp articulated monitor it also features a new sensor, a high-speed 14.1-megapixel MOS chip with a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240 pixels, coupled to Panasonic's advanced Venus Engine FHD processor.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is a new super-zoom camera featuring a wide-angle 24x zoom lens, 14 megapixel high-speed MOS image sensor and 11fps continuous shooting at full image resolution.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)

sensor size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR
Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
Photos straight from the camera are very good up to ISO 200 with nice color and relatively low noise.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)
Key highlights include a 24x zoom, large free-angle LCD, full HD movies, 11fps burst shooting, fast RAW mode and a 14 megapixel sensor.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)

wide angle lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR
The wide angle end is equivalent to 25mm.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
The big lens is very high quality, with minimal optical distortion at wide angle.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

aperture size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon Coolpix P510
Apertures are f2.8-8 wide and 5.2-8 telephoto.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)
For those who like more control, the FZ100 does offer aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and manual shooting modes.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)

zoom range

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It may not be able to match the 30x zoom or DSLR-like manual zoom and focus ring controls of its main rival, the Fujifilm HS10, but importantly it's much faster to use when shooting RAW files, something that drove us mad when reviewing the HS10.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)
The super-zoom compact camera market is a hotly-contested one, with offerings from all the big manufacturers.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)

body size

124.2 x 81.3 x 95 mm
131 x 97 x 126 mm
130 x 97.7 x 126 mm
There's an ample hand grip so you can comfortably handle its 1.2-pound weight.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)
The FZ100 uses the image sensor of a point-and-shoot (albeit a better, more capable one), so the photos for the most part are still the quality you get with a pocket camera.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

shutter lag

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Nikon Coolpix P510
Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
Shutter lag is low at 0.4 second and 0.8 second in bright and dim lighting, respectively.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)
There's a Program mode, too, should you want to adjust aspects like ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation, but not worry about shutter speed and aperture settings.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)

max continuous shooting

With the addition of a 24x zoom lens, 11fps burst shooting for JPEG and RAW files, large free-angle LCD screen, full HD 1080p movie mode recording, rear control dial and external hotshoe, the DMC-FZ100 is a far more capable and also more intuitive camera than its predecessor.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)
On top along with the shutter release/zoom lever, power switch, and Mode dial is a one-touch record button for movies and one for quickly setting a burst mode.
Lumix DMC-FZ100 by c|net (Dec, 2010)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • f/2.8
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • Yes
  • Great for recording movies
  • Adjust white balance and exposure more easily in post production
  • 11 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • 10 mm
  • Create slow motion video
  • 60 s

cons

  • 6.17 fps
  • Jul, 2010
  • 24x
  • 25 mm
  • No automatic stitching
  • 14 MP
  • No automatic 3D
  • No automatic HDR
  • 539 g

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
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As usual Panasonic's build quality is second to none, and the camera handles extremely well.
Rated 90%
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Rated 80%
Read the review (Dec, 2010)
From shot to shot without the flash you're waiting only 0.9 second; adding the flash drags that time to 4 seconds and is really the only slowdown you'll find.

Lens

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is dominated by the non-interchangeable 24x zoom lens that provides an incredibly versatile focal range of 25-600mm.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)
Though it is a digital zoom, the results are usable and really no worse than images I've seen from cameras with longer optical zooms.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)
The popular FZ38 camera is a hard act to follow, but the new Lumix DMC-FZ100 propels Panasonic back to the super-zoom leading pack, with a host of new features and usability enhancements that add up to one very capable do-it-all camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)

Video

It can shoot in full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 50 interlaced frames per second (50i, or 60i for the NTSC version), recording the results in the high-quality AVCHD format.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Many of them are available for both photos and movies.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)
Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, High Sensitivity, High Speed Movie / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Aug, 2010)

Image quality

Dynamic range is pretty good for a 14MP small-sensor camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Fringing is under control for the most part, too, but I did see some in very high-contrast areas of photos when they're viewed at 100 percent.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)
With names like Expressive, Retro, Pure, High Dynamic, Pin Hole, and Film Grain, they're a lot like what you'd find in a smartphone application.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)

Zoom

That's great, but don't expect to hit that number if you're doing a lot of burst shooting, zooming, capturing movies, or a combination thereof.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)
The FZ100 has the same manual control options as the FZ45, including full tone control with selectable film type pre-sets, each of which can be customised for saturation, contrast, sharpness and noise reduction.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Also, Panasonic's Intelligent Zoom digitally extends the zoom range to 32x.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)

Sensor

And again, shooting in raw or raw+JPEG had very little effect on performance.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)
Thankfully, the camera is fast enough that you don't pay a performance penalty for shooting in raw.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)
Color is very good from the FZ100 up to ISO 400.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2010)

Editions Editions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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24x 1/2.5" 25 mm f/2.8
 
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