The DMC-FZ100, packs a powerful optical zoom and creative options including full HD movie recording capability. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in the DMC-FZ100 extends its optical zoom range from 25mm at wide end and 24x to 600mm. Also the newly developed 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor lets the FZ100 record high quality 1920 x 1080 full HD movie smooth at 60i. Together with a host of options, unlimited expression is now easily available with FZ100.
The high speed MOS sensor realizes the industry's fastest level of burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 fps with mechanical shutter and even 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel recording mode. It also enables the camera to record high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size, to capture the motion of a subject the naked eye cannot see. The FZ100 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm).
Comprising 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly compact body while passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and color bleeding at tele end.
Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the FZ100 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 24x optical can virtually extend to 32x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 50.6x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large MOS sensor to bring subjects even closer. To realize the 1920x1080 full HD movie recording with high image quality, the new 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor is developed for DMC-FZ100.
For the effective concentration of light, the newly developed sensor adopts microfabrication technology to achieve even higher sensitivity. With an advanced micro light tube structure, both color mixture and signal loss are prevented. The result is that the photo and movie shot at any sensitivity from low to high have outstanding clearness.
The high speed digital signal output technology integrated in the DMC-GH1 is applied also to the DMC-FZ100 realizing the high speed consecutive shooting and full HD movie recording. It lets the DMC-FZ100 shoot 11 fps in 14-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Even higher speed burst shooting is available with DMC-FZ100 if electronic shutter is used 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel. It also enables the camera to record Full HD 60i smooth movie.
In addition, the high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size is another advantage of the sensor which captures the motion of a subject. The frame rate, AF setting and the recording resolution can be easily selected according to the movement of the subject with a dedicated button on the top of the camera.
Photos shot with the burst shooting are automatically organized and it is easy to play them back later either in the camera or on PC using the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.2 HD Edition. Despite its outstanding performance, the high performance MOS sensor contributes to energy efficiency extending the battery life up to 410 shots (CIPA) per a single charge.
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FZ100 perfect camera with poor picture quality
I bought this camera 2 weeks ago and I need to tell, that I am very disappointed with image quality with iso 400 and higher. Noise is so on high level, that pictures taken with this ISO are unusable for large printing ( A4, A3, etc). I noticed, that this camera has a big problem with image quality. Maybe we need to wait for firmware update. Other features are really great. But what you can do with camera, which has great features but bad picture quality?! I am totally disappointed and if ther...View full Review
I bought this camera 2 weeks ago and I need to tell, that I am very disappointed with image quality with iso 400 and higher. Noise is so on high level, that pictures taken with this ISO are unusable for large printing ( A4, A3, etc). I noticed, that this camera has a big problem with image quality. Maybe we need to wait for firmware update. Other features are really great. But what you can do with camera, which has great features but bad picture quality?! I am totally disappointed and if there will be no firmware update soon, I ll return it to shop.
Most Liked Negative Review
way tomuch MEgapixel in a small sensor
Love all the feature on this camera so far, except the low ISO image quality or the image quality even on daylight. Way to-much Megapixel in a small sensor. too much noise in the pictures...
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..certainly fits all of my daily needs...easy and fun to use. Perfect size to carry around...!
Much smaller than DSLR and with terrific zoom. We were recently traveling with a group where most of the people used DSLRs. I wouldn't trade with any of them.
I have not owned this camera for long, but for the short time I have, it's exceeded my expectations. Awesome pictures and the auto-focus is excellent. Still learning about all the features!
replaces my fz-8. love the long zoom,ability to zoom while taking video. overall picture quality excellent below iso 400. even with image stabilization would reccomend a tripod when using long zoom. lens hood nice but has a tendency to come loose.
I returned it - not worth it wish they would build a new version more like the FZ35
Extended lens hood falls off and a joke compared with my old 28 which has a set screw. Hard time finding an extra battery
After 3 months I've shot 20,000 pics later and counting. I'm using the FZ100 for great zoom and wide angle shots. Problem is, when the sun heads towards those "golden hours" of light, the camera becomes fickle. I tend to stay with the full Manual setting, loose all add on "auto" adjustments, and make sure to stay away from anything above ISO 200. The results are often stunning, I find a cheap monopod a must except in full daylight. A good tripod is even better. RAW mode is excellent too, but mainly in twilight settings (dawn/dusk). The RAW processing software is sophisticated for a bundled app though it has some serious limitations. The standard tendency with this kind of sensitive program is to overuse its functions that include a good set of noise reduction tools along with standard things such as "sharpen", "contrast', etc . This takes a lot of practice in my experience. Its worst results come in the form of orange and blue spotting in dark or blue sky area patterns. Long shutter time does help, but for outdoor shooting, that's not always the best way to proceed. I've experimented a LOT with both the Focus and metering modes before going beyond, say, 1/4 second exposure in twilight with RAW. Manual Focus has some drawbacks and don't forget which auto focus mode you're using. There's standard and Macro. Macro does a good job but its very easy to forget about it if a sudden distance shot presents itself. (That's just as much my problem, granted). Biggest disappointment - the "Sports" preset. Its only good under very strong lighting. Even then, its "stop action" abilities are often mediocre. I dislike what it does with higher ISO's than 400. Because this IS a camera that cries to be used for action shots, I've found I-Auto and Program work better than Sports - they're faster to respond too. The FZ100 does shoot fast 99% of the time; shutter lag time is almost never a factor. I wish the software for the JPG shots was not so mickey mouse. It's a bit too cute for my tastes and doesn't do much of anything (the video editing offers a "delete section" mode, but without anything other than a butt cross fade). The person buying this camera will already understand about loading digi photos onto a computer. Why the need for a "Wizard"? Ugh. One can't even delete a bad photo when viewing it at full size - you have to judge by the thumbnail version and can't make it bigger. People with Photoshop or similar software should use it. T These quibbles aside, the FZ 100 has turned in some astonishing photos. The flash does a good job if not pushed too hard. . Video in its HD mode can be impressive. I wish all camera makers would offer a version of their good cameras minus the video and its added expense. At least that would give us still shooters a choice of a dedicated version and for less money! Still, I'm very glad to own the FZ100. It occasionally blows away cameras that cost 10 times as much.
I just got this camera to take to Africa. We are going to see mountain gorillas and birds and I wanted something better then my Lumix DMC-FZ5 which has a 12X optical zoom. WOW is all I can say. I was toying with getting either the Canon 30X optical zoom or the Fuji 30 optical zoom. This camera gives you more then either of these cameras as far as zoom goes. If you change the mp you can get more than 50x optical zoom! I loved my old Lumix. It takes great photos but it was time for an update and boy this new Lumix is everything and more than I hoped for. It has a Burst mode where you can take 5 continuous shots in auto focus. There is practically no lag time when taking regular photos. Of course this camera,as my old Lumix, has a Leica lens which takes great photos. There are so many great things about this camera it's hard t list them all. One thing that I think is important is that it doesn't use AA batteries like the Fuji. I always found that when using AA batteries you have a large supply with you because they don't last as long and sometimes one battery out of 4 quits. One other thing is the video feature. It takes video that is terrific and can be put directly on your HDTV. I could go on and on but try it for yourself. Check out some of the great photos taken with it which you can find on the internet.
I've done photography for years and I find that Panasonic has outstanding products - this is another example. Easy to use, more than enough options to satisfy any conditions, The zoom capabilities allows me to photograph houses at least one mile away, enabling me to count the number of window panes... Can't ask for any better except maybe a built in tripod, w/remote control and a moveable screen. I got more than my monies worth. Thanks Panasonic! D. Cappy
This is the fourth ultra zoom Panasonic digital camera that I have owned and it easily tops them all. I am out in nature every day taking photos with friends. At first some with Dslr's doubted the quality of photos from a point and shoot but after I started posting my photos on Flickr and other places it made believers of them. I use a 1.7x tele-conversion lens with this and when the zoom is set to 32 I get over 50x optical zoom. Some reviewers have complained about the quality of pictures in low light but I use the intelligent iso setting and that helps a lot. I have a number of friends who are planning to buy one of these cameras. It has so many features such as 220 speed video, adjustable lcd screen and high speed burst that you would be hard put to find something it can't do. I just say get one in your hands and try it. I've read that some professional photographers find this the camera of choice when they don't want to take their big DSLR cameras and lenses on vacation. That was the selling point for me. The only down side is that additional batteries are expensive. I bought some knockoffs and they work but you can't see the levels of power left so I use them only as a backup.