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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 review




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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35
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  • Lumix DMC-FX35 10.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - 4.40 mm-17.60 mm - Black (2.5" LCD - 4x Optical Zoom - 3648 x 2736 Image - 1280 x 720 Video - PictBridge)


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Earlier this year Panasonic launched a whole swath of new cameras, updating most of its existing compact camera lines and adding a couple of new ones. We've already taken a look at some of them, such as the FS20, the TZ4, the LZ10 and the FS5. Today it's the turn of the flagship of the premium ultra-compact models, the 10-megapixel 4x zoom FX35. As one might expect from the model number it replaces last year's popular FX33.

The FX35 is currently available for around £170, although some outlets are asking closer to the official list price of nearly £300. It is quite expensive, but when compared to the top premium compacts from other manufacturers it seems like rather better value. Other wide-zoom ultra-compacts with mechanical image stabilisation include the Nikon CoolPix S600 (£220), the 8-megapixel Canon IXUS 860 IS (£254) and the Sony Cyber-shot W170 (£170, review coming soon).

Rather than re-think a successful formula, Panasonic has instead opted for an upgrade, but this is more than just the usual incremental increase in megapixels; the FX35 improves on all of the FX33's key features.

Where the earlier model had a 3.6x zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle, the new camera features a 4x zoom Leica-branded lens with a wide-angle setting equivalent to 25mm, one of the widest on any current compact camera. Of course the sensor gets an upgrade too, from 1/2.5-inch and 8.1 megapixels to 1/2.33-inch and 10.1 megapixels. The LCD monitor is improved as well. It's still 2.5 inches, but is now sharper with 230,000 dots.

Unchanged however is the slim, pocket-sized all-metal body, measuring 94.7 x 51.9 x 22.0 mm, although somehow it manages to be a little lighter at 125g minus battery and card (146g loaded). Like most of Panasonic's compact cameras the FX35 is available in matt black or the anodised silver finish of my review sample. There are a couple of detail changes to the controls; the on/off slider switch and the shutter button with its rotary zoom control are slightly different shapes, although they still work in exactly the same way.

Main mode selection is still adjusted by a small partially covered thumbwheel, although it has one less setting this time, since the choice between shooting and playback mode has now been moved to a small slider switch on the back of the camera between the mode dial and the D-pad.

The pad and the two small buttons at the bottom of the rear panel are unchanged, although the ‘FUNC' button has been re-named as the ‘Q.MENU'. It still performs the same function, bringing up a handy function menu for quick adjustment of frequently used shooting options.


July 12, 2008, 6:51 pm

The worst little cam I ever bought...

I cannot even understand how it could get more than 5/10 for the image quality.

The images are full or artifacts due to a bad JPG compression...

Having said that, everything else is good on the photo side.

On the video side, HD is quite nice but the sound is of very low quality... a pity...

Up to now, the best image quality I had on a ultra compact camera has been the Panasonic FX01.

Doug Sinnott

August 5, 2008, 1:38 am

You must have the wrong camera!!

I recieved this camera as a present,and I think it's a great little camera,which produces sharp.colouful 10x8 prints without any problems.

Obviously at higher ISOs it's gets a bit noisy,but how often does that become a problem?

The flash works well,and it has loads of different modes for most situations.

I have had various cameras over the years,my latest a Nikon D60.

This of course can produce first class prints,but the little FX35 is so portable(it fits in my pocket) I usually take that with me,as I think I am getting past lugging heavy camera bags about.For it's size it's amazing,it certainly surprised me with the results it can produce,and it's beautifully made.

Even the macro mode works well,and if I put a A4 print of one of my roses,taken with the FX35,against one taken with the D60,it's certainly hard to tell them apart with the naked eye.

I think therefore that you are wrong with your comments about the FX35,I think it's a little gem!!


Doug Sinnott

August 5, 2008, 1:51 am

I have to disagree!!

It's a great little camera,beautifully made and can produce great 10x8 prints,comparable with my Nikon D60.

It must be one of the best wide angle compacts available,a bargain in my view,and certainly more portable than my Nikon D60!!



November 12, 2008, 12:45 am

Just look at te test pictures. Reviewer writes that the ISO 100 test shot quality is extremely good.

I cannot see what is "extremely good" when you look at the yellow inside part of the green car. There are really awful artefacts, which are not present at similiar shots on other comparable cameras. I agree this is a good little camera, but how such defects can be ignored, and how such quality can get 9/10 rating?!


November 19, 2008, 4:05 am

what are the differences with the LUMIX DMC-LS5 (besides the video definition and the wide-angle 25 vs. 30) ? Which one is the best in low light / high ISO ?


January 18, 2009, 3:40 am

I have to agree with Tompic - absolutley terrible. Bad colours, shaky images, poor focus.

I've sent it back to Amazon, suspect its faulty. I'll let you know.


January 22, 2009, 3:59 am

Right. Amazon sent me a replacement and collected the old camera. Difference is amazing. Suspect the old one was a 'returned and cleaned up' model. Bit naughty, but no issues with Amazon - just swapped it straight away.

New camera is great. Sharp images, amazing colour definition, easy to use. I have a D40x - not as good as that, but tiny in comparison. A good 9/10 from me.


February 12, 2009, 12:10 pm

This is a real gem of a camera. I was looking for a genuine take-everywhere camera to complement my DSLR. After much searching around I finally decided on the FX35, choosing it over the FX500 (price) and IXUS870 (just that little bit bulkier).

The image quality is superb and the thing is built like a tank. It feel wonderful in the hand (remember it's basically a Leica in many respects!!!).

Yes, there's noise. BUT that's easily solved by either improving your compositional skills so that you shoot consistently more with a low ISO, or you simply invest in some noise reduction software. You won't even see it anyway if you're printing snapshots or medium prints taken at under ISO400. So, don't worry about that!

Wonderful camera!


April 2, 2009, 4:32 pm

Hi, can anyone tell me what the battery life is like?? thats quite an important thing for a point-and shooter. cheers

Doug Sinnott

June 4, 2010, 7:46 pm

After having this camera for two years now,I still give it top marks for excellent quality photographs,particularly in interiors.I went to Florence last year and photographed various paintings,and was very pleased with the results,which were very sharp,with spot on exposures,and vivid,lifelike, colours.

The anti-shake worked perfectly in the subdued lighting,as flash wasn't allowed,but it didn't matter!

They made very good A4 prints,so I can confirm again that this camera is truly a little marvel,and is so easy to use!

Certainly ideal for holidays,and just slipping in your pocket"just in case".

Panasonic are really to be congratulated on their excellent cameras,,all with remarkable Leica lenses.

Luis Penas

January 4, 2011, 8:30 am

My sister in japan gave me this Panasonic lumix DMC- FX35 . . the problem is that the writing is in japanese. . . anyone can help me change it into English. . . thank you.

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