Panasonic Lumix FZ45 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 25mm Wide-angle and 24x Optical Zoom)
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- LUMIX Hybrid Super Zoom Digital Camera
- 25mm Wide-angle 24x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.2 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens
- HD Movie in AVCHD Lite with Creative Movie Mode
- Intelligent Resolution Technology and 32x Intelligent Zoom
- Intuitive manual operation for full creative control
- 3.0-inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD with Wide-viewing Angle
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The best feature (and perhaps the reason one might buy this) is the zoom, it is quite incredible what you can see. If you have steady hands/TRIPOD or are using the iA feature you can take max zoom photos with out too much loss of quality.
I took this camera up to a hill a few miles from where i live (where you can see for 10 miles all around to all the various towns/villages and land marks in my area) and I was quite startled by how close up i could get with photos and video! Being able to take a video and zoom in on a place 6 miles away so it fills a 19 inch monitor back home is quite astonishing if you never done it before.....although at that distance you get a fair amount of haze. I also tried it out on a passing plane about medium height up (for a plane) and could almost make out the number on the underside of the wing (i could see it was a Ryan Air quite easily).
When you take a photo at max zoom you might be thinking "meh cant see much more" when you look at the LCD display or the eye piece....but when you get home and see it on the "big screen" you really see the magic of how clear the photo is (i cant find how big 14 mega pixel images are if "printed" but its bigger than your monitor) so you can then go about cropping the photo with very little loss of quality!Read more ›
as well as moving targets like animals and birds, (you never know what you are going to see!)
I did not want to carry a huge heavy bag of lenses, having done that during my 35mm photography days, been there, got the t shirt!
This Camera ticks all the boxes! I've only had mine a week and it's great! obviously I'm still learning the knobs and dials and things that go beep, but so far I've been very impressed with the clarity and the colour of the pictures in general.
The zoom is very good, though I don't think you can really beat getting in as close as you can get to your subject, but hey ho, that is not always possible, so this function is a real help.
I took some pictures of flowers and found the Aperture priorty mode very good-blurred the background nicely!
It's very early days so a lot of experimenting to do.
I really think this camera will suit anyone who likes to take good pictures, it can be as simple as you want, or if you are a geek that likes to tweak (like me!) it can even take pictures in camera raw.
Overall- A REAL LITTLE CRACKER! Pansonic has really come up trumps.
I was attracted to the FZ45 by the Leica lens and relatively compact size. After a few weeks I am very satisfied.
I find the Leica lens excellent; good definition, good colour and contrast and the zoom range suits me perfectly.
The eye level electronic viewfinder is a blessing; convenient to use and no more taking photos blind in bright sunlight.
The anti-shake mechanism appears to work very well; full telephoto shots can be taken without a tripod without blurring due to camera shake.
The camera is light in weight. I am just getting used to this, but initially one feels it must be very fragile. However, so far I have had no problems.
It has the usual variety of `scene' options, but the intelligent auto works well. My other favourite is aperture priority. There are also shutter priority, full manual and the ability to have custom settings.
A disappointment is low light performance, which I have found very `grainy'. Limiting maximum ISO to 800 has not helped much. I am still working at this problem as I take quite a number of interior shots (churches etc) without flash.
I have used the `Burst' and `High Speed' settings with limited success. I am not used to these functions, so it may be me at fault, but the problem has been grainy pictures with poor definition.
The flash is more powerful than on my compacts, but can be harsh.Read more ›
The number of scene settings on the camera is quite amazing. There to help you get the correct settings for different shots. There is 5 advanced scene modes (portrait, scenery, sports, close-up and night portrait), each with sub settings giving 21 settings in total. Then there is the scene mode with a total of 17 settings with panorama assist, sunset, panning and starry sky for example. There is of course full manual control, shutter-priority, aperture-priority and program mode.
The battery is rated as being able to take 580 pictures (CIPA Standard) which is quite impressive but the downside is that the battery is chipped and as such you can't use third party batteries in the camera. The batteries are in short supply at the moment making them quite expensive.
On the image quality I have found it very good for both stills and video. The ISO performance is not great but I have found it perfectible acceptable at 400 or below. Intelligent ISO is an interesting feature I found useful to make sure you have clear pictures. As stated in the instructions "The camera automatically sets the optimum ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to suit the movement of the subject and brightness of the scene to minimise the jitter of the subject."
Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and glad I got it over the FZ38 which I was going to buy earlier in the year until the features on the FZ45 were announced and decided to wait.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have now had this model for five years and it is still as good as the day I got it! It's video mode has got me through all of my teenage years of concerts and parties with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Beth Holmes
fantastic camera, still finding features, used it tons, had it for a few years now, great zoom, easy to usePublished 13 months ago by sue h
Great camera for beginners.
I bought this camera some years back as a starter camera , it works really well and has a nice clear image, the zoom on this camera is... Read more
This camera picks up detail very well, and is easy to use. It is also reasonably lightweight.Published 17 months ago by ange11