Panasonic ZS35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 305g - 107 x 62 x 32mm
  • Announced January 2014
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS30
  • Renewed by Panasonic ZS40
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic ZS35 overview

Panasonic ZS35 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on January of 2014. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-TZ55" in some markets.

Panasonic introduced this model as a way to upgrade the previous Panasonic ZS30 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently launched the updated Panasonic ZS40 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The ZS35 comes in at #66 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #550 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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Here is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic ZS35 history

The Panasonic ZS35 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can discover all earlier and new models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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ZS35 vs ZS80
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS70 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS70
ZS35 vs ZS70
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ZS35 vs ZS60
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS45 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS45
ZS35 vs ZS45
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS50 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS50
ZS35 vs ZS50
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS35 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS3524-480mm
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS40 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS40
ZS35 vs ZS40
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS25 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS25
ZS35 vs ZS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS30 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS30
ZS35 vs ZS30
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS15 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS15
ZS35 vs ZS15
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS20 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS20
ZS35 vs ZS20
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS8 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS8
ZS35 vs ZS8
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS7 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS7
ZS35 vs ZS7
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS10 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS10
ZS35 vs ZS10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS5 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS5
ZS35 vs ZS5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZR3 front thumbnailPanasonic ZR3
ZS35 vs ZR3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZR1 front thumbnailPanasonic ZR1
ZS35 vs ZR1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS3 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS3
ZS35 vs ZS3

Panasonic ZS35 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Panasonic ZS35 based on aspects which are often seen as crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
decent sized screen (3 inches)
features face detection autofocus
features tracking autofocus
good min ISO (100)
great zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI support
lighter than competition in class (305g)
long zoom (480mm)
really wide (24mm)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW format
lack of external microphone jack
lack of headphone jack
lack of Timelapse function
low resolution screen (460 thousand dot)
no manual focus
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish at long end (f6.4)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Panasonic ZS35 Sensor features

The spec of the sensor on the Panasonic ZS35 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. The ISO can also be increased electronically to a maximum of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the ZS35's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The ZS35 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic ZS35 dimensions

Panasonic ZS35 has a weight of 0.67 lbs (305 gr / 10.76 ounces) and features outer measurements of 107mm x 62mm x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Panasonic ZS35 is lighter compared to its competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Panasonic ZS35 next to a soda so you can have a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button arrangement on the ZS35.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 topview buttons dials

Panasonic ZS35 Lens features

The ZS35 is equipped with a built-in lens giving a focal range of 24-480mm giving it a 20.0 x zoom which is amazing and will allow you to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f3.3 which is very sluggish and not great in low light situations and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also have to raise your ISO setting which results in noisy images. At the long end, 480mm is phenomenal zoom and comes at f6.4 which is really slow and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic ZS35 Connectivity

The ZS35 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer files and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Panasonic ZS35 Video features

The highest video resolution on the Panasonic ZS35 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance in video quality and file size but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone port so you have got zero control over your audio. It is perhaps best to look at a different model should you need decent audio in your videos.

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Panasonic ZS35 Weather Sealing

Panasonic ZS35 doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions can easily affect the camera.

Panasonic ZS35 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic ZS35 houses a 3 inch tilting screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details regarding Panasonic ZS35 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.

Panasonic ZS35 Shutter features

Panasonic ZS35 is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic ZS35 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic ZS35 includes just built in flash without external flash ability.

Panasonic ZS35 Autofocusing features

Panasonic ZS35 includes only Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & accurate compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it helpful for portrait photography.

The AF system boasts 21 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking AF for things that move. Panasonic ZS35 has no manual focus. Manual focus option can be good in low light situations or you want to have more precise control on depth of field.

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Panasonic ZS35 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest (600) battery life in this range of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Panasonic ZS35 for various styles of photography

The following chart displays a summation of the Panasonic ZS35 for various styles of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic ZS35 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic ZS35 has a rating of 37 which is bad, and means the camera is not very good to use for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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decent megapixels (16MP)
supports face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Panasonic ZS35 Street photography factors

Having a very good score of 68, the Panasonic ZS35 is a fine pick for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (305 grams)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS35

A moderate sports photography points tally of 53 indicates the Panasonic ZS35 is somewhat adequate for photographing sports. A camera really should have good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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long zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Panasonic ZS35 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is super critical when getting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic ZS35 gets a nice 68 as a travel camera which is a very decent fit to buy for your trips.

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lighter than average (305 grams)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
long zoom (480mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic ZS35 Landscape photography details

If you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic ZS35 at it's bad rating of 44 for a landscape camera is not very good in the current marketplace.

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really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function

Panasonic ZS35 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic ZS35 is not very good for vlogging as it comes to a bad rating of 34.

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pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (305g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic jack

Panasonic ZS35 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the ZS35, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram here gives you a bird's eye view of the ZS35 vs it's top ranking rivals shown previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might consider as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35
Also called
Lumix DMC-TZ55
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech
TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating
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
Lowest shutter speed
4 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.00 m
Flash options
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
305 grams (0.67 pounds)
107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch cost