Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Because it's possible to get some really nice photos out of the FZ35, I tipped the image quality rating over to 7 from 6. If you plan to print without cropping or retouching, or shoot only raw, you'll be able to get some excellent low-ISO-sensitivity photos from the camera. Color and exposure are generally good, and the lens--the same as that on the FZ28--is solid for a megazoom, with decent center sharpness and only moderate fringing. That said, the FZ35 has two weaknesses when it comes to photo quality, the same weaknesses that plague all the other models in this category: JPEG compression artifacts and poor blue-channel processing at ISO sensitivities as low as ISO 100, which results in noticeable yellow splotches throughout images. Although neither will likely jump out even when printed at large (12x16) sizes, they will if you crop or enlarge or try to adjust the colors or the tonal range.

Though the FZ28 supported 720p movie capture, the FZ35 updates it to use the more efficient AVCHD Lite codec, which also supports stereo sound; it still supports Motion JPEG MOV files. Like the GH1, and unlike many competitors, the FZ35 has a pretty robust set of movie controls, including full PASM and scene modes, ISO sensitivity, and metering options. You can't drop the shutter speed below 1/30 sec, though, (for special effects). The video and audio quality are pretty good, too, though the placement of the large mic--atop the pop-up flash--is susceptible to wind noise, which the wind filter only partly compensates for.

A better-than-average megazoom choice, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 delivers standout video capabilities and an excellent manual feature set. Nevertheless, it suffers from a lot of the same drawbacks as its competitors, including weak photo quality.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Time to first shot  
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Shutter lag (dim)  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
1.6 
1.7 
0.9 
0.4 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
2.3 
1.8 
0.8 
0.6 
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
1.5 
2.1 
0.8 
0.6 
Olympus SP-590 UZ
1.6 
2 
1.4 
0.6 
Nikon Coolpix P90
2 
2 
0.8 
0.7 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
2.3 
1.8 
1.3 
0.7 

Typical continuous-shooting speed (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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