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PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 444 reviews)

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    (290)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (144)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (357)
  • Image stabilization (316)
  • Good image quality (205)
  • Good in low light (205)
  • Easy to use (189)

Cons

  • Poor flash (21)
  • Lag / shutter delay (16)
  • No image stabilization (8)
  • Poor image quality (7)
  • Poor instructions/manual (7)

Best Uses

  • Travel (307)
  • Family photos (303)
  • Landscape/scenery (303)
  • Wildlife (223)
  • Video (173)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (207), Casual photographer (149), Semi-pro photographer (41), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (140), Yes (41)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A SuperZoom That Rivals dSLRs

I've owned a number of earlier Panasonic SuperZoom bridge cameras and have enjoyed them all, but the FZ35 is a whole different animal.

The earlier FZ28 model was a wonderful all round...Read complete review

I've owned a number of earlier Panasonic SuperZoom bridge cameras and have enjoyed them all, but the FZ35 is a whole different animal.

The earlier FZ28 model was a wonderful all round camera and the FZ35 is physically the same animal with the addition of a larger (12 MP) sensor and the capability for shooting HDTV movies. It is similar to the FZ28 in that it has the same viewfinder, Leica designed lens and overall control system.

But for me the BIG difference in the FZ35 is the new P.O.I.S or Power Optical Image Stabilization system which replaces the Mega OIS system on the FZ28. It is unbelieveable.

After I got the FZ35, I spent a week shooting with it in Paris. I did a lot of night shots and began to notice that I was getting incredibly sharp pictures at night using ISO speeds of just 200 and 400. My usual exposure time was 1/20th of a second and I was shooting handheld. And I was getting totally sharp to the bone, un-blurred-pictures. I began to shoot more at night, realizing that the POIS was opening up a whole new world of night photography. Wow!

At ISO speeds below 400 the images produced by the FZ35 are of professional quality, the kind you'd expect from a midrange dSLR. And I personally believe that it outperforms many entry level dSLRs in image quality.

Packing 12MP on a small sensor does mean that higher ISO speeds images will be grainy and not as good as a dSLR, with a larger sensor, produces but these images are still acceptable.

The non-interchangeable superzoom lens is remarkably sharp thoughout its range and I am surprised at how often I'm shooting at the extreme telephoto (486mm) end of its range.

As for the HDTV capability, well, it leaves me cold. It is fun to shoot the occassional movie clip but if I wanted to make movies I'd buy a camcorder. Buy the FZ35 for its still photo power rather than as a semi-demi-maybe movie camera.

All in all this is a lightweight state-of-the-art camera that produces extraordinary results and it is sold for less then the price of single dSLR lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Camera... BUT

I love my Lumix FZ35, but Panasonic is a very poor company for customer service or support. The camera is set to capture AVCHD format videos, but Panasonic does not have software included...Read complete review

I love my Lumix FZ35, but Panasonic is a very poor company for customer service or support. The camera is set to capture AVCHD format videos, but Panasonic does not have software included with the camera to use those videos. You are pretty much stuck with just viewing the videos on your computer. None of the software supplied will convert or edit those AVCHD videos. If you buy the camera, make sure you change the video capture to motion jpeg capture. And also, if you call Panasonic up about any issues with the camera, don't expect very good service - since their phone support is terrible - with disconnects and static on the phone lines. And when I did get through about the AVCHD video problem, they pretty much said - "we cannot help you"

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4.0

great camera bad software

By T. C.

from Bend OR

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

  • Software has many bugs

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

great camera in all ways. But software has many bugs and shuts down all the time. At this time I can't get video to open on any programs (photoshop,windows movie,ect) exept sofware provided and it's bugy.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 6
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Much more than I expected for the price.

By nature lover and adventurer

from Arlington, WA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

Fairly easy to use. Managed to get around the basics of the camera without reading the manual. Going to need to read the manual to figure out the rest. Just went on a trip to Alaska after receiving the camera. Took some amazing shots that once I loaded them on the computer got me very excited. I was able to crop and enlarge many shots of whales and other animals and they were still remarkably clear. The good zoom helped also. You can get incredible clear detail with the macro at extremely close range. I did have trouble getting the camera to focus on small objects as it kept going for the background. I probably need to read the manual and there probably is something to assist in that. The colors came out fairly true and it handled different lighting fairly well if you found the right setting. I had many comments on my photos from people and I didn't do much more than point and shoot. I would definitely recommend this to anybody wanting a good camera but can't buy an expensive SLR with lenses.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Love this camera

By Big Al

from Warsaw, IN

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • No printed owners manual

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

Love the camera. Great at close up shots as well as landscape. Awesome telephoto.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

Outstanding super zoom!

By GuyB

from CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

    The FZ35 is a great little super zoom (if you can still find one for sale). Very light and easy to manage, with excellent ergonomics. The image quality is very high too (though if you compare it to a really good DSLR at many times the price, you will notice some noise in the shadows and such, and of course it won't do as well with high ISO and RAW files). Overall, a very impressive product, outstandingly well balanced, with great features and functionality.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Best Buy.

    By Eduardo

    from Brasilia, Brazil

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

      The camera is very simple to operate and the quality of photos is fantastic.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good for the price

      By Rocky

      from Romania, Ploiesti

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

        I use the camera for portrait (indoor and outdoor) and landscape. The camera is fast (both turning on and focus speed). I checked it against a Canon 60D and FZ35 was much faster that the DSLR. Of course I used the Canon on Live View :))
        The camera is not so great on Low Light situations, but there are many ways to overcome this issue.
        Also, I don't like that I cannot do too many photos on burst, even with a very fast card. I might be a limitation in the camera.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By Dsmile

        from Edmond, OK

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

          It's a great camera! It's really hard to take a bad picture. Easy to switch from camera to video mode. Love it!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Small package, great camera!

          By Dam

          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor video player

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

          The camera is easy to handle, small, easy to use. The approach to the different functions is very intuitive making it really easy to make the most of them. The lens is absolutely great, with amazing accuracy and a fine luminosity. The video is also very good although the video player is not that easy to use.
          In all, a very smart purchase!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera for the money

          By Pottsie

          from La Crosse,Wi.

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

          I bought this camera to use for family photos, especially of Grandchildren in their sporting events as they get older. Also planned to use it for scenery and some wildlife snapshots.
          What I like is the 18x power zoom lenses and the simplicity of use without having to change lenses or settings each time I take a picture.
          So far I haven't found anything I don't like about this camera, though I have only had it for about a month.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Similar:
          • Small palm size digital camera, Small 35m camera

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          5.0

          Good, Good, very Good

          By bd2004

          from North Scotland

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

              I haven't needed to refer to operational manual or any other tosh. Started using it straight away - really easy to use - I am technologically dyslexic - so this is ideal. Looking forward to using it from now on. Advice at B&H was spot on - thanks

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Durable, low maintence

              By parkour picture man

              from Honolulu, HI

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Poor Flash

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

              I used it mainly for action shots. Just like any other camera you have to get used to the shutter time to get the pics you want, so practice a bit before taking shots. I do parkour and a bit of free running and like to take pics of friends, video is pretty decent and if you don't need super high quality this will suit you just fine.

              Pretty tough guy(i've owned it for over a year now), I've taken it to Europe, Vegas, California, and Hawaii...and it still takes pics like new. I rarely clean it and still have 100% functionality. I've dropped it, take pics with it in the rain, scratched it up a bit, and it still does fine. The different scene shots it can take are fun to play around with. Did a neat little light painting art project with the starry night one.

              Pro's
              -tough (will survive elements)
              -decent quality pics (compared to slrs, sometimes even on par with slrs)
              -easy to use
              -decent battery life (1 full day of shooting)
              -great value
              -decent zoom
              -large LCD screen
              -decent video (audio is better then average)
              -good selection of shooting modes
              -pretty good for action shots, above average (for price range)on stills, fun diff modes for artsy and silly pics

              con's
              -poor in low light (standard for this price range)
              -you should get a cheap tripod unless you go steady hands
              -not much manual control
              -flash too bright, wish I could adjust it so I don't blind people.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              I would buy it again

              By Photofan

              from Sao Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                A great product - easy to use.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                All the right features

                By Zman

                from College Park, Md

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                  Not yet found anything "not so great" about it. Satisfies all my requirements for multiple scenario use. Dark spaces in and outdoors, 'extra-zoomability',
                  good stereo mic, high def vids, user friendly features/easy to figure out (I haven't really 'read' the manual yet), it's not cumbersome, and the price was right! Thanks for the great customer help that lead me to THIS decision (I must have compared at least 20 cameras). Not a gift. Tracked this one down on my own!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  [...]

                  By Opie

                  from Atlanta

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Energy pinching viewfinde
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • GREAT PICTURE QUALITY
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                      Versatile camera - great for the novice. With plenty of features for the experienced photographer as well.Lightweight. Point and click simplicity.Owner now for 10 days. So far so good.[...]

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Better Than Expected - WOW

                      By Mike_In_MN

                      from St. Paul, MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Battery Life

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                        I gave to my wife as a Birthday present, and she can not say enough about the camera. Its like a DSLR without the cost or the weight of a DSLR. Great battery life. Great price too!!!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Huge quality for a small price

                        By Cocola

                        from Paris

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time

                        Cons

                        • Poor Flash

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                        I take photos most of the time with iA mode because the FZ-35 is really smart, auto mode are most of the time not good, the pics are ugly. But with this camera and a cool weather, your pictures looks beautiful

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Great camera

                        By Jack

                        from New York, New York

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                          This scaled down SLR camera is amazing. It does everything my pro camera does and more! Lense made by Leica for this price? unbelievable. Incredibly long zoom with a macro feature. Just can't beat this camera at this price!

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 7
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          Thoughts on my new FZ35

                          By Les

                          from Denver, CO

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom

                          Cons

                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                          I purchased this camera for personal use, mainly for travel and family photos. I've only had it a short time (less than a month), and haven't yet familiarized myself with all of its features, but I've used it enough to form certain opinions.

                          The good: I love the 18X zoom. The image stabilization allows me to use it handheld in most situations.
                          I like that there is a viewfinder, but I wish there was an eyecup to keep out stray light. I like that the viewfinder and the LCD screen provide 100% image coverage.
                          The lens is fast enough to allow me to shoot without flash in most situations.
                          I appreciate the threaded lens barrel, which allows me to protect the lens with a UV filter.
                          I find the image sharpness to be excellent (this is my perception, without scrutinizing the photos at the pixel level).

                          The not so good: I think the camera is too light. Some may feel that this is a good feature, but it's more difficult to hold steady when it's this light, and generally feels like a toy. I would have appreciated more metal and less plastic in its construction.
                          The battery is specified to provide over 400 photos on a charge, but after only 110 photos, my battery charge indicator is on its last bar. Admittedly, being a new camera, I spent a large amount of time fiddling with the settings in the menu, which used the battery more than usual. I'd expect more photos per charge in the future.
                          I don't like that the lens cap locks onto the outer lens barrel. If you forget to remove it when turning the camera on, the lens hits it and generates a warning (yes, I've already done that!). This can't be good for the zoom mechanism. It would be better if the lens cap was a friction fit over the outside of the barrel - then it could just be pushed off by the extending lens.
                          The LCD is not articulated, and washes out in bright sunlight. The position of the LCD makes nose prints unavoidable when using the viewfinder.
                          There's no printed manual. If you print the manual from the CD, the lack of an index (as distinguished from just a Table of Contents) makes finding specific items a slow process.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          A good camera for a good price

                          By Beto Ramone

                          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                            I found everything I needed in my FZ35, good shooting speed, confortable handling, good flash capacity, and batery life.
                            A nice camera for non profesional photo's lovers who don't want (or can't) affort a high cost profesional digital camera.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 8
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            I would buy this product again

                            By Evan

                            from St. Louis, MO

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Digital Camera:

                              I use this product for movies and still shots, and I have to say, it's pretty impressive. It has good zoom and great picture and video quality.

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                              • No

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