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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38EB-K Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)


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  • HD Movie in AVCHD Lite and Creative Movie Mode
  • 18x Optical Zoom 27mm Wide-angle LEICA DC Lens in a Compact Body
  • POWER O.I.S. Hand-shake Blurring Compensation
  • Seamless Operation with Quick Start-up Time and Ultra High-speed AF
  • IA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Face Recognition


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.7 x 7.6 cm ; 367 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: DMC-FZ38EB-K
  • ASIN: B002KHMJ78
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Aug 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,643 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Hybrid Super Zoom Camera FZ38 - From 18x Optical Zoom to 27mm Wide-angle for both Still and HD Motion Pictures.

The DMC-FZ38 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite. And a stereo microphone, featuring Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, records high quality audio. Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. In the Creative Movie Mode, the shutter speed and aperture can be adjusted. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-FZ38 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV's remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience.

The DMC-FZ38 features a 27mm wide-angle 18x optical zoom f/2.8-4.4 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in a compact body (35mm equivalent: 27-486mm). The lens unit comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED lenses and 3 aspherical lenses, including a dual-sided aspherical meniscus lens. The powerful 18x zoom can also be used in motion picture recording. Furthermore, in 3-megapixel resolution, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 35.2x (35mm film camera equivalent: 950mm).

POWER O.I.S. is about twice as effective as MEGA O.I.S. at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur when pressing the shutter button or shooting with a slow shutter speed. So you can take beautiful night shots without blurring. Activating POWER O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking, the camera does all the work in the iA Mode. Face Recognition function recognizes registered persons' faces and optimizes the focus and exposure settings.

To realize the ultra high-speed AF, a number of re-engineering and improvements are made including the adaptation of higher-speed actuator, the optimization of algorism and the parallelization of software processing element. The result is ultra high speed yet accurate AF performance for users to enjoy the airy shooting that has experienced never before. The DMC-FZ38 also replaced its linear program processing with parallel processing to achieve an ultra high-speed start-up of 1.2 seconds, a remarkable 20% decrease from previous model (FZ28).

The joystick gives the DMC-FZ38 its precise, full manual operation. Simply move the joystick vertically or horizontally to adjust the shutter speed, aperture or focus during manual focus. In addition, easy manual operation is possible with the DMC-FZ38. My Color Mode makes it easy to customize color effects to match your favor. The Advanced Scene Mode lets you quickly set the frequently used Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, or Close-up Modes with the mode dial. And you can adjust the aperture or shutter speed in each Creative Mode.

Box Contains

  • DMC-FZ38 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Lens hood
  • Lens hood adaptor
  • Lens cap
  • Lens cap string

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.6 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    882 of 883 people found the following review helpful By Split-Pea Soup on 31 Dec 2009
    I bought this camera two weeks ago and have since tested it with 6 hours of video, and over 3000 pictures in various conditions, indoor, outdoor, in snow, sunshine, cold weather, warm weather, and decided to write a short review about the camera. I have about twenty years of hobby old-school SLR experience and my first digital camera was the Ixus 50 which we have donated since purchasing this camera. I have uploaded some photos I have taken with this camera that you can see above as well.

    THE POSITIVES:

    * Truly excellent outdoor photography, I would venture to say near SLR quality

    * The zoom is excellent, and gives nice clear shots at great distances

    * Full Automatic is excellent and nearly idiot-proof, and fully manual is also possible (see negatives below)

    * Camera is light and very transportable

    * Indoor photography is VERY GOOD, however not excellent (see negatives below)

    * Easy to use menus, very straightforward controls and easy to use controls, surfaces, and all is very reachable, with just the thumb.

    * Macro shots are very nice

    * Nearly every imaginable setting possible that could be wanted, needed or used is available on this camera.

    * Stabilizer is excellent and allows shots at 1/4 second without a tripod (with my analog SLR at less than 1/60 it was already iffy)

    * Battery life is good, but I still recommend a backup (OEM work as of version 1.0)

    * Auto Focus is super fast, and with AF tracking you can really get some nice sport shots

    * HD video is excellent quality (720 not 1080) but unfortunately limited to 30 minutes in the EU (tax regulations I guess).
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    73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Self-help junkie VINE VOICE on 11 April 2010
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    I've had this camera for around a month now. I very nearly bought a Nikon D5000 DSLR camera but eventually went for this. I wanted a camera that would allow me more creative possibilities than my previous Fuji compact, ready for a trip to Australia. What swung it for me was a desire to have a camera that would cover a broad range of possibilities without needing to tote round a bag full of lenses and other paraphernalia.

    So far I'm pleased with the camera. It takes photos well, and the video recording is very good. However, I've learnt since getting the camera that unless I take it off 'Intelligent Automatic' I'm left with something not much better than the Fuji compact. I've been on a 'Use your DSLR/Bridge camera' course, and the most important thing I learnt was:

    1. Leave the camera on 'Aperture' setting.
    2. Use the F numbers to get the right focus for the shot you're taking (ie Small f numbers for close-ups with a lovely fuzzy background, and Large f numbers for panoramas with pin-sharp focus in both foreground and distance).
    3. Change the ISO according to general lighting conditions.

    These three tips really do make the camera more creative to use and since learning this I'm becoming more enthusiastic about it. I've taken some great close-ups of people and flowers with that - until recently - elusive blurry background. Great.

    Something else I've learnt since buying the camera: the number of pixels (greatly touted by the manufacturers) are irrelevant to the quality of the photo. It's the SENSOR size that really matters - information which is rarely found in the glossy brochures. Also, the speed of autofocus is important to consider.
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    294 of 300 people found the following review helpful By Steamin' Willie on 3 Oct 2009
    I bought this after reading many reviews, and considering the competition.

    Like many who have given views on this camera, I have an SLR (Nikon D50) and am getting rather tired of lugging many lenses around, getting dust on the sensor and having a heavy camera in general. However, I did wish to carry on using RAW, have a good range of manual adjustments and for the first time in my life, use a camcorder, (mainly through curiosity rather than needing one.)

    So, this ticks all the boxes so far. It is cheaper than an ultra zoom lens for the SLR and is small and light, although not small enough for a pocket. You still have to lug it around.

    After three days of intermittent use, I find the quality to be excellent, although the high ISO noise is much more apparent than my SLR, but you would expect that. I have yet to see a compact camera that negates all the advantages of an SLR. the zoom is excellent and the camera shake technology seems to work ok. I am very impressed with the macro facility, although I note the 1cm is at the widest setting and as you zoom, the minimum distance increases. the intelligent auto is a dream, but by being so good, does mean enthusiasts may feel less minded to use the manual overrides. I took a few pictures where I set the aperture, white, shutter speed etc and then took the picture again using intelligent auto. Whilst not a mind reader, it certainly knew what to do, and many looked better than using my own settings.

    Users of compact cameras may feel that removing a lens cap is a bit old fashioned, but it does hang from the camera so you won't lose it. The view finder mimics everything the LCD display does, but its lack of pixels means you may want to use the LCD most of the time.
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