Panasonic presents a hybrid digital camera with a 14.1 megapixel MOS optical sensor and the 25 millimeter wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with 24x optical zoom, the Lumix DMC-FZ100 ($499.95 list). While it looks nearly identical to both the DMC-FZ35 ($399.95 list) and DMC-FZ40($399.95 list), this camera’s insides and capabilities are far different.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Design and Features
This hybrid shooter comes in the familiar black frame of the Lumix series with its extended, rubberized shutter area and pop-up flash. The back end includes its 3-inch LCD display, optical viewfinder and standard controls surrounded by a rubber grip. However, this camera’s screen is free angle, meaning it can both swivel and rotate to shoot video or images at multiple angles.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
The Leica lens within the Lumix DMC-FZ100 can zoom from 25 millimeter wide-angle to 600 millimeter telephoto. But using its Intelligent Resolution technology, its zoom can virtually extend to 32x. The lens can also record 1080i HD video and can perform burst shooting at 11 frames per second in maximum resolution. Bring it down to 3.5 megapixels and this camera can shoot 60 frames per second. Photos shot using burst mode are automatically organized for later playback. For different shooting situations, the DMC-FZ100 is compatible with several Panasonic lens attachments.
This camera includes the Intelligent Auto (iA) system that automatically optimizes scene settings, face detection and image stabilization according to the contents of the frame before firing the shutter. Panasonic’s new Venus Engine image processor is packed within the DMC-FZ100, which powers the camera’s extended virtual zoom in addition to noise reduction, gradation and high-speed burst shooting. Finally, the Venus Engine also enables this hybrid camera to record HD video shoot images simultaneously.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Specifications
- 14.1 MP
- Optical Zoom
- 24 x
- LCD size
- 3 inches
- Video Resolution