Panasonic FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 397g - 118 x 76 x 89mm
  • Released July 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ38
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Panasonic FZ35 overview

Panasonic FZ35 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially introduced on July of 2010. The camera has got a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is known as "Lumix DMC-FZ38" in some markets.

The FZ35 stands at #209 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #932 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FZ35 family

The Panasonic FZ35 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can view all past and current models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ80 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ80
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ300 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ300
FZ35 vs FZ300
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ70 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ70
FZ35 vs FZ70
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ200
FZ35 vs FZ200
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ60 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ60
FZ35 vs FZ60
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ150 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ150
FZ35 vs FZ150
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ47 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ47
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ40
FZ35 vs FZ40
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ100 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ100
FZ35 vs FZ100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ35 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ3527-486mm
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FZ35 vs FZ28
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Panasonic FZ35 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pros and cons of the Panasonic FZ35 based on aspects which are normally viewed as useful in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI socket
great zoom (486mm)
great zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has manual focus
offers face detection focusing
quite wide (27mm)
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.4)
no external mic socket
no headphone socket
no phase detect AF
no Time Lapse recording
screen is fixed
screen is small (2.7")
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Panasonic FZ35 Sensor info

The Panasonic FZ35 features the Venus Engine V chip. The sensor specification in the Panasonic FZ35 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 6400. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the FZ35's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The FZ35 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ35 dimensions

Panasonic FZ35 weighs around 0.88 lbs (397 grams or 14.00 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 118mm x 76mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Panasonic FZ35 is on par compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Panasonic FZ35 with a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the FZ35.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ35 Lens info

The FZ35 includes a built in lens featuring a focal range of 27-486mm making it a 18.0 x zoom which is amazing and does enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 27mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 which is fairly slow and not great in low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to raise the ISO setting giving you noisy photographs. With the tele end, 486mm is incredible zoom and comes at f4.4 which is fairly slow and you may need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FZ35 Connectivity

The FZ35 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and sometimes change camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Panasonic FZ35 Video info

The maximum video quality in the Panasonic FZ35 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in AVCHD Lite and Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should target a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack so you have little control over your audio. It is perhaps best to shop for another model if you need good audio in your video clips.

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Panasonic FZ35 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FZ35 doesn't include weather sealing so wet conditions could damage the camera.

Panasonic FZ35 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ35 has got a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic FZ35 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic FZ35 Shutter info

Panasonic FZ35 continuous shooting rate is 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic FZ35 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic FZ35 includes only integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Panasonic FZ35 Autofocusing info

Panasonic FZ35 includes just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detect making it useful for portrait photography.

Panasonic FZ35 features manual focus if required in low light occasions or you want more precise control on focus.

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Panasonic FZ35 Battery life

The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life in this category of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FZ35 for various kinds of photography

The following diagram gives a analysis of the Panasonic FZ35 for various kinds of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FZ35 Portrait photography details

The Panasonic FZ35 gets a score of 41 which is awful, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support together with the potential to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ35 Street photography advice

With a moderate rating of 56, the Panasonic FZ35 is somewhat suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ35 Sports photography advice

A awful sports photography points total of 34 means the Panasonic FZ35 is not really acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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long zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Panasonic FZ35 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is pretty critical when getting a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic FZ35 gets a modest 52 as a travelling camera which is fairly appropriate to buy for your trips.

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has built in flash
pretty wide (27mm)
very long reach (486mm)
missing Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ35

If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FZ35 and it's awful rating of 41 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable among its competition.

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focusing manually
relatively wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse mode

Panasonic FZ35 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic FZ35 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a awful rating of 26.

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rather wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic support

Panasonic FZ35 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the FZ35, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart just below offers you a summary of the FZ35 versus it's highest ranked rivals shown previously.

Following are additional cameras you may view as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
Also called
Lumix DMC-FZ38
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine V
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
27-486mm (18.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
8.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
397 gr (0.88 pounds)
Physical dimensions
118 x 76 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Pricing at launch