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Excellent multi-purpose camera for the enthusiast
, 21 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix FZ100 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 24x Optical Zoom and Full HD Movie) (Electronics)
It was a toss up between the Panasonic FZ100 or the latest Finepix HS10 and i'll be honest, the Lumix only won because it had an automatic zoom. I was in the market for a Finepix as I already had the much older s8000fd and I loved it.
Well I won't look back as the Panasonic Lumix is a highly capable camera, i've been impressed by the features and the ease of use it offers. There are a lot of features on this camera so it will take you some time to learn them all but each one serves a great purpose, just the other night i was taking photos of the moon at over 60X zoom and the quality is incredible, even at 3 megapixels! and i didn't have to fiddle with apertures and ISO settings, I simply switched it to "night scene" and the camera did the rest for me!
I consider myself to be a still life photographer and this camera has excelled at Macro shots of flowers and amazingly at landscapes, the most prominent thing to meet the eye is the amazing sharpness of the images, each line crisp and well defined with an amazing depth of view.
I'm not going to bore you with every detail but i think this camera will have something to offer any photographer at any level and is a great camera if you wish to learn more about photography.
Videos are easily taken with the click of a button, an absolutely fantastic idea to have a separate video record button and videos are of a very clean and crisp quality like i've not seen before!
There are only three criticisms I have about the lumix and it would be wrong for me not to mention them, firstly the button you use for taking photos doesn't have a robust feel to it, when you hold it half way down to focus you're not always sure if you're pressing it with adequate pressure. Secondly the handle grip is not as ergonomic as it was on my previous Finepix, however it isn't so uncomfortable as to become a problem as such and finally, if you do not have a good graphics card on your laptop or PC, the images will not be shown at their full potential, i first of all uploaded my images to my laptop and was very unimpressed, however when i uploaded the images to my higher spec PC i was knocked back by them (this is not really the cameras fault).
Finally the clincher for me was the swivel screen which offers you a massive amount of freedom to take shots at awkward angles, this increases the scope of what kind of pictures you can take (without having to lie on the floor).
Overall, as i think you can see from my review? this camera is well worth the money and a good competitor to the Finepix HS10 and i have no regrets with my choice. Highly Recommended!
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