Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) 14.1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

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Panasonics Lumix DMC-FZ100 features a newly-developed Leica DC Vario-ELMARIT lens with powerful 24x optical zoom. As Panasonic's first hybrid compact digital camera with a MOS sensor, the Lumix FZ100 can record full 1080p High Definition (HD) video--giving you a powerful hybrid that can shoot video and still photos with ease and professional-like quality. The Lumix FZ100 has an incredibly fast burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, and increases the frames per second to 60 in 3.5-megapixel recording. Additionally, the Lumix FZ100 features continuous Auto Focus up to five frames per second at full resolution for great action shots. It also features Intelligent Burst shooting. The digital camera judges the appropriate shutter speed to suppress the motion blur according to the movement of the subject, rising as high as possible, activating the high sensitivity recording. FEATURES: Intelligent Auto (iA) mode - Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, a hallmark on all Lumix digital cameras, now includes Motion Deblur mode. By updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) users can gain the highest shutter speed possible. Combined with the outstanding brightness of the lens and the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), the Lumix FZ100 prevents any blur created from a handshake or a moving subject. The iA suite of technologies include: POWER O.I.S., Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. Panasonic's iA is also available while shooting video. Free-angle 3.0-inch LCD - Featuring a free-angle 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD, the Lumix FZ100 features wide-angle viewing with Face Recognition functions that automatically remembers registered faces for future recording. Intelligent Scene Selector - The Intelligent Scene Selector automati

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  • 14.1-megapixel resolution; 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens
  • 1080i HD movies in AVCHD format; 3.0-inch free-angle LCD
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode; new My Color mode
  • Continuous Auto Focus up to five frames per second at full resolution for great action shots; capture up to 60 frames per second at 3.5 MP resolution
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 953 user reviews
Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) Panasonics Lumix DMC-FZ100 features a newly-developed Leica DC Vario-ELMARIT lens with powerful 24x optical zoom. As Panasonic's first hybrid compact digital camera with a MOS sensor, the Lumix FZ100 can record full 1080p High Definition (HD) video--giving you a powerful hybrid that can shoot video and still photos with ease and professional-like quality. The Lumix FZ100 has an incredibly fast burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, and increases the frames per second to 60 in 3.5-megapixel recording. Additionally, the Lumix FZ100 features continuous Auto Focus up to five frames per second at full resolution for great action shots. It also features Intelligent Burst shooting. The digital camera judges the appropriate shutter speed to suppress the motion blur according to the movement of the subject, rising as high as possible, activating the high sensitivity recording. FEATURES: Intelligent Auto (iA) mode - Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, a hallmark on all Lumix digital cameras, now includes Motion Deblur mode. By updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) users can gain the highest shutter speed possible. Combined with the outstanding brightness of the lens and the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), the Lumix FZ100 prevents any blur created from a handshake or a moving subject. The iA suite of technologies include: POWER O.I.S., Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. Panasonic's iA is also available while shooting video. Free-angle 3.0-inch LCD - Featuring a free-angle 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD, the Lumix FZ100 features wide-angle viewing with Face Recognition functions that automatically remembers registered faces for future recording. Intelligent Scene Selector - The Intelligent Scene Selector automati $499.95 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41tyIKEIvtL._SL160_.jpg
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10 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) 14.1”

  1. Simon Sharpe Says:

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    I enjoyed this camera for the 36 hours I have used it. Like another reviewer, I really wanted to like it. I have enjoyed the FZ18, the FZ28, and the FZ35. I bought this based on my good previous experience with the FZ series.

    After taking pictures under identical conditions (indoors, ISI200, manual exp) with my old FZ35 and the new FZ100, I can report that the 35 has better image quality. The images on the 100 are significantly, visibly noisier. Maybe viewed in isolation or compared to lesser cameras, the image quality seems OK to other reviewers.

    In spite of all the other great features on this camera, I cannot* pay $500 for an image quality downgrade and, sadly, the FZ100 has to go back. It might be that the FZ35 is still the king of the superzooms.

    For the record, the speed of this camera (three-core processor), the extended zoom range and the tilting rear LCD are big improvements. There are numerous smaller improvements. The camera feels heavier and a little bulkier than the 35.

    ADDENDUM: I am keeping it. I am not in love with the Image Quality or the chipped battery, but there are other things about the camera that are good so I am upgrading my review from 2 to 3 stars.

    * It looks like I can

  2. Claudia B. Martins Says:

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    Excelent camera. Actually, it’s not a camera, it’s a MACHINE. Great pictures outdoor and indoor. Usually I take pictures from animals, can’t ask them to stand still, so I set the camera on automatic ISO and “sports”, didn’t miss a good shot. Be happy to share some pictures. Took better pics than the photografers at Seaworld and San Diego Zoo, and they were using SLRs. And it’s not difficult to use. The best! I was already pleased with my 2 previous Lumix cameras, the FZ20 and TZ4, but now, they look like toys, comparing to this one.

  3. C. Miller Says:

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    I also recently purchased the FZ100. After owning the FZ35 for quite sometime I was excited about the features offered by the FZ100. I wanted good picture quality, extended zoom, good macro capabilities, and the articulated LCD. The hi def video is a nice feature but it is not an important factor to me. Since it was announced I read all the reviews and got as much info as I could. I pre-ordered the camera. After taking a variety of pictures I was really disappointed in the picture quality of this camera. I really wanted this camera to work. I can echo the other reviews and agree that if you stay in good light and use an ISO of 100 the camera takes good pictures. The 24x zoom is good if you stay within those boundaries. However, going to 200 ISO is gets rough with noise. Going to 400 and above it gets abysmal. I’ve tried the internal noise reduction, sharpness, contrast, etc but nothing seems to increase the quality of the photos. If the IQ were as good as my FZ35 I think I would keep it. I’m sure it has some strong points in the burst mode and hi def 1080i video but those are secondary to my needs. I used it indoors with flash in the iA mode, P mode – again – the images were just full of noise. So I plan to send the camera back for a refund. I really wish the FZ100 could perform at least as good as my FZ35. I’ve amended my review to 2 stars because staying at 100 ISO the pictures are fine. The 24x zoom is good. The video was not a factor for me. But I have read it is outstanding.

  4. V. Huang Says:

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    I bought this camera to take on vacations when I don’t want to take my Nikon D90 and all my lenses. I have a trip to Belize coming up where I will be kayaking and river rafting and definitely did not want to take my clunky DSLR but I wanted a camera that could take decent pictures with a powerful zoom so I could photograph wildlife and also have good video capability so I wouldn’t have to bring a separate video camera. I have the FZ18 and was very happy with it. I read everything I could on the web about the FZ100 before I pre-ordered it from Amazon and it had all the features I needed. I was kind of apprehensive about getting the camera when I read the negative reviews about image quality, however, there were some positve reviews to counter the negative. Some especially helpful threads were on Steve’s Digicams (there are some nice pictures from the FZ100 posted there) and Dpreview.

    I chose the FZ100 because of its 11 fps burst mode (beats my D90 5 FPS burst mode), articulating LCD, electronic viewfinder, HD AVCHD video and 24X zoom. I did not choose the Canon Powershot SX20 IS because I felt it was too heavy and it only has 20X zoom plus the LCD is smaller than the FZ100′s LCD. I ruled out the Olympus SP 800-UZ because it did not have an electronic viewfinder, and the Fuji Finepix HS10 was even heavier than the Canon. I tried out the camera when my parents came for a visit and got to compare the FZ100 with my Dad’s Canon SX20 IS. I used it in all sorts of conditions to take pictures at our local dahlia festival and got some really great indoor and outdoor shots of the dahlias and great close up shots of bumblebees (macro mode is outstanding). The next day was overcast and despite the conditions, the camera took nice scenery shots. I couldn’t see much difference between my dad’s pictures and mine (we viewed them on my laptop). I took my pictures using the P mode and automatic mode.

    The video was excellent. I really liked being able to use the zoom function while taking video (I think I won’t be needing my video camera anymore!). I got some fantastic action shots of my dog catching a frisbee using both the 11 FPS burst mode and 5 FPS autofocus burst mode (a fabulous feature!). The camera is small and light enough to take almost anywhere and though the picture quality is not as good as a DSLR (especially in low light conditions), I am quite pleased with my decision to purchase the FZ100 and plan on keeping it.

  5. K. Chamberland Says:

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    I was so excited about this newest camera from Panasonic. I have loved each new version as it came out. I expected this time would be no different. I’ve had it several days but after some testing it will be going back tomorrow. I took six groups of photos with similiar settings – macro, indoor, landscape, – using the FZ100, FZ35, ZS7. I showed them to my husband without him knowing which was which, and the results are interesting. The FZ35 won 4 of 6 groups, the FZ35 tied with the ZS7 in 1 group and the ZS won in 1 group. The FZ100 was no improvement over the other 2. Besides that, the camera was heavy and clumsy to handle. I did not test the video since that is not a major concern for me, I am happy with the MPEG short videos that I occasionally take. I am about stills of wildlife, nature and my cats. I will be staying with the ZS7 in my purse and FZ35 in my camera case for nature trips.

  6. Dawn S. Miller Says:

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    I’m upgrading from a Kodak EasyShare P712 and chose to buy the Panasonic FZ100 mainly because it had a 24x zoom and a 5 frame-per-second autofocus burst mode. The initial reviews weren’t promising when it came to image quality, but, hey, hope springs eternal. I’ve been experimenting with the FZ100 for a week now, and last night was a great night for a sunset/low light test.

    The results? It’s better than the Kodak. First, it successfully took shots within the Kodak’s range that the Kodak couldn’t properly focus on (clouds, stars). Second, its burst mode rocks! Ten pics in 2 seconds–one of ‘em is bound to look good. Third, its image quality (IQ) was better–and I’ve been generally happy with the Kodak’s IQ.

    That doesn’t mean the FZ100′s IQ is great. As a recovering perfectionist, I don’t dare “pixel peep,” but I still can tell that the image quality of the FZ100 is only decent. None of the superzooms have great quality, but I had hoped for good. This is my biggest disappointment, and the reason I almost sent the camera back. ISO 100 is the way to go on this camera, and even it has some noise. Unless the setting absolutely requires it, I won’t set the ISO above 400, and that’s pushing it.

    The other thing I’ll do is set the “Quality” to RAW+fine jpg. That way, if a jpg looks good enough to print in something larger than 4″x6″, I can work with the RAW file. RAW produces better photos with a little post processing. The only down side is that you can’t take nearly as many pictures on the same SD card, but I can live with that. There are some other tweaks that help, like turning down the noise reduction, but I’m still playing with that.

    As a video camera, the FZ100 is very good. The zoom is slower for videos than for stills, but wow, it works well! For those family and pet shots that I never intend to print, I may even turn on the video instead and then pull out the best frame.

    Biggest pros:

    * 24x superzoom

    * 11 fps burst mode or 5 fps burst mode with autofocus

    * 1080i HD video (with smooth zoom)

    * Easy to manually tweak shots

    Biggest con:

    * noise above ISO 200

    If you want better image quality and don’t care about a camera’s video capabilities, then you may want to look at the older Panasonic FZ35, or wait for more reviews on the new FZ40. And if you don’t mind changing lenses, then go DSLR. They far outshine superzoom cameras in image quality. But if you’re looking for a good all-around camera and camcorder, the FZ100 may be just the ticket.

  7. Fla47 Says:

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    I’ve had the camera for four days — not nearly long enough for a thorough evaluation, but I have found it to be extremely capable so far.

    Image quality in most cases is very good to excellent. It’s not going to be great in low light … from my experience you need a DSLR for that, and even they can struggle. The zoom is quick and smooth to operate. IQ at 24X is very good, to my eye, and I have been shooting for 30 years. The autofocus is by far the best I’ve seen on a non-Dslr. Video is excellent. The burst capabilities at 14 MP are remarkable.

    This camera’s capabilities can create the tendency to compare its photos to a Dslr. That’s not a fair comparison, obviously, but if you assess it on the basis of a small-sensor camera, it’s very impressive. And of course, light and easy to carry, unlike a Dslr and accompanying lenses.

    I do think $500 is a lot…I would recommend waiting until the price inevitably falls if you can. Of course, you’ll miss some shots if you do that…

    (P.S., after another six days of use, still greatly enjoying this amazingly versatile camera. I notice that some users have a small but growing collection of FZ100 shots on Flickr.)

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  8. J. Watts Says:

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    I usually order from Amazon. I had originally pre-ordered this camera from Amazon, but canceled and ordered from J&R – an Amazon seller where it was in stock.

    I have had my FZ100 for about 4 days now. I really haven’t had a long enough period to become a real smooth operator yet. In the time that I have spent exploring a few of the many features, I have been quite impressed. I started out with using just the iA mode. Venturing out from there mostly in the “P” mode, I have explored:

    1. The optical zoom vs. extend optical zoom – amazing range/clarity

    2. Using with my neck mounted mini tripod – adds steadying effect for long zooms

    3. The macro mode – outstanding sharpness

    4. The multi-angle LCD and the viewfinder – adds flexibility

    5. Using face recognition – unique feature that works

    6. Stabilizer vs. no stabilizer – definitely works well

    7. Timer use to reduce shake in zoom shots – a 2 second lag allows firming of the camera before shot

    8. Using the burst mode – fast, fast, fast – having the choice of shots is very handy

    9. The travel destination option – unique, allows you to plan ahead (destination, days and local time)

    10. Using the auto bracket mode – gives you a range of exposures in the burst mode

    11. Using the HD AVCHD modes – both modes make outstanding videos (better than my ZS3)

    12. Setting the maximum ISO settings – helps controls noise in low light

    13. Using the flash vs. no flash – flash is pretty powerful (stronger than my ZS3)

    14. Manual focus mode – it works, with practice it will be quite handy

    15. The 3 custom settings – allow setting up 3 comprehensive camera modes for personal preference — nice

    I have tried to get away from comparing the camera pixel to pixel image quality. I realize that this camera does not have the absolute best image, but it does take very good pictures! In low light the MOS sensor is not quite as good as the CCD sensor, but limiting the ISO and the use of the viewfinder or tripod does help to handle the noise.

    I have tried out four other cameras before buying the FZ100. The closest to my preferences was the Canon SX20, but to me it lacked many of the FZ100′s useful features, it was slower and menu access was more difficult. The Lumix FZ-35 was also a fine camera, but was much slower and lacked features that I wanted. Both the Nikon P100 and the Fuji HS10 seem to be fine cameras, but lacked refinement as compared to either the Panasonic or the Canon models.

    After working with a number of the available features in the FZ100, I have become very impressed with the seamless nature of this camera. To incorporate so many advanced features with convenient controls into the camera and still maintain its ease of use seems truly amazing to me. For my needs this camera was a great choice.

    Remember though, impressions tend to be subjective.

    My cams: Lumix ZS3, Lumix FZ100, Lumix LZ10S(wife), Canon Optura 300

  9. D. Hentze Says:

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    I’ve had a few days to play with the new DMC-FZ100, and for the most part, the results are good. Let me first say before anything, if you’re expecting DSLR quality photographs with this or any other ‘Super Zoom’, it isn’t going to happen. Since I already own the FZ35, most of the FZ100′s features are familiar to me. The FZ100′s best feature is its 25-600mm LEICA Lens. I also prefer its wider angle compared to the FZ35′s 27mm. Panasonic’s POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) does a great job up to about 18X zoom. When you’re zooming at full length, don’t expect miracles. It helps, but you’ll still need a fairly steady hand and fairly high shutter speeds to get the best pics. Panasonic’s iA mode does a very good job as usual, but still tends to sometimes use a higher ISO than necessary. I prefer “P” mode with a little manual tweaking of various settings. Most people will consider the FZ100′s 3″ free-angle LCD a big improvement over the FZ35′s fixed 2.7″ screen. I haven’t played around much with the FZ100′s video yet, but from what I’ve taken, it seems to be at least equal to the FZ35. All this leads to me to my biggest disappointment I have with the FZ100. Image quality just isn’t as good as the FZ35 under any circumstances. It doesn’t mean that the FZ100 isn’t capable of taking ‘good’ pictures, just that my older FZ35 takes better pictures. I’ve tried just about every setting combination possible and the FZ35 still wins. I’m not overly surprised though, since they’re cramming 14.1 MP into a small sensor. Too bad marketing dictates increasing MP count with every new camera. If the FZ100 was 10 MP, it would probably produce excellent images instead of just good. With that being said, the FZ100′s results still are good, and from what I’ve seen from the other 20+X Zoom cameras, it still beats them. If you’re not expecting DSLR results, and aren’t obsessed with “pixel peeping”, than I recommend the DMC-FZ100. If you’re thinking of upgrading from the FZ35 like I did, you’ll have to ask yourself if the 24x wider zoom and other improvements are worth sacrificing some image quality.

    Pros:

    24X 25-600mm LEICA Lens

    3″ free-angle LCD

    POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) still among the best there is

    Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode works well, and great for novices

    RAW Mode

    1080i HD Video

    Well designed controls and layout

    Hot Shoe for external flash

    Cons:

    IQ not quite as good as its predecessor (FZ35)

    Above average ‘noise’ at ISO 400 and above

    0.2″ EVF (electronic viewfinder) is fair at best

    Price is currently among the highest for Super Zooms

  10. GR Says:

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    My first few photos were disappointing but after sticking with it and studying the manual things came together and I’m getting great shots indoors and out.

    Keep the ISO in auto mode and the ISO won’t go above 400 and anything up to and including 400 look fine to me… Get past this on ISO and this and all of these types of cameras pictures start to deteriorate.

    Set ISO auto, Do not use motion Deblur, and you get some great pictures. Burst speed is super fast. Panorama stitching actually works. HD video is out of this world. Now if I had the FZ35 I might not be as happy. You certainly aren’t gaining much.

    The pictures I’ve seen floating around the internet from the FZ100 look great.

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