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PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera
 
4.4

(based on 226 reviews)

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    (132)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (191)
  • Large clear LCD (174)
  • Good image quality (168)
  • Easy to use (160)
  • Image stabilization (152)

Cons

  • Short battery life (20)
  • Poor image quality (19)
  • Poor flash (18)
  • Lag / shutter delay (11)
  • No image stabilization (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (160)
  • Travel (150)
  • Family photos (137)
  • Wildlife (125)
  • Sports/action (97)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (121), Casual photographer (53), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (191), Yes (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A versatile photographic tool

I've used this product for 3 days now, have taken several hundred photos, and so far I have been very favorably impressed by its versatility and quality. The zoom range is superb, it...Read complete review

I've used this product for 3 days now, have taken several hundred photos, and so far I have been very favorably impressed by its versatility and quality. The zoom range is superb, it focuses quickly in good light, the image stabilization permits sharp handheld pictures at very long equivalent focal lengths, and the image quality at ISOs of 400 and below is surprisingly good for a small sensor camera, especially if you are willing to work with RAW. Given the focal length range I keep looking for soft corners and chromatic aberation and I don't see much of either. This camera has good quality glass.

The only nit that I can pick with the handling is the camera's rather small and low resolution EVF. Its hard to see if the focus is on when you have a small subject in a busy background (as in birding). The LCD on the other hand is quite good and I'm beginning to think that I will use it more than I usually do with this camera.

The FZ100 has very useful high burst capabilities, and from the few test clips I've shot, HD video seems to be of good quality. The camera focuses in video mode, and you can zoom, albeit slowly (which is actually not a bad thing). If you have young children or grandchildren, don't overlook the high speed video scene mode. The quality is low (QVGA), but the kids will get a kick out of watching themselves in slow motion.

I have a DLSR kit that offers similar zoom capabilities but it requires packing two expensive lenses and weighs more than 5 times as much as the FZ100. I'll use the DSLR when I need the very best image quality I can get, especially when I expect the light to be iffy, but its not much good if its not with me and its just to bulky for casual carrying. If you are a DLSR owner looking for a smaller, lighter walkaround camera I highly recommend that you consider the FZ100. If you are a point and shoot user who wants to expand your photographic horizions, the FZ100 should be on your short list as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does not live up to its lens

I use the camera for travel and family. The lens is terrific, but the electronics do not take advantage of it. The camera is easy to handle and to carry, and the zoom...Read complete review

I use the camera for travel and family. The lens is terrific, but the electronics do not take advantage of it. The camera is easy to handle and to carry, and the zoom range is awesome. The camera is so loaded with jpeg picture compensating software that one needs so much time to get a desired effect as to make it useless. I could only get satisfactory pictures by disabling all of these features. The same things are true of the video, but the video and sound are better than any other hybrid camera that I have used. Raw pictures may possibly be great, but I have not yet been able to understand the conversion software, and none of my computer software (Adobe) will even display the raw pictures. Panasonic has not yet made spare batteries available, so I hesitate to take the camera on a trip because I feel that the battery will not support a full day of photo and video shooting. I am hoping that these problems will be corrected by new firmware and battery availability. Meanwhile, my old camera goes on my upcoming trip.

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4.0

Good recommendation

By Zalethon

from Rochester, NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

The battery life is really the only downside I can think of to this camera, other than the range for the aperture. (F2.8 - F8 when zoomed all the way out)

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

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5.0

A Real Deal - Great Camera

By Tom L

from Olathe, CO

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

  • Poor Flash

Best Uses

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

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

We were looking for a all around point and shoot camera that was close to the quality of a DSLR. This is perfect the camera for us. The shutter speed is really fast. The quality is very good and the programmed features are great.

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

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4.0

Quick Click from Order to Images

By Aunt Cindy

from Morgantown, WV

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Haven't found a "con" yet

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • My cat counts as wildlife
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

Ordering, receiving and using this camera has been a breeze or should I say "Click!". [...] What a great process and what great pictures. I love this new camera and can't wait to get more into fine-tuning my personal preferences on it.

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

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4.0

Outstanding Product

By Dan W.

from Petaluma, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

    I am an amateur photographer with ambition. This is my first foray into the world of higher quality photos. I read several reviews which complained of poor photo quality, but I have found that if you spend time with the manual and learn the ins and outs of the camera's many features it is more than possible to take shots that rival those of much more expensive cameras.
    The zoom is more than ample, I recently took a series of full-moon shots utilizing both the optical and digital zoom, and they turned out fantastically.
    The picture quality does degrade under low light conditions, but fiddling with the features one can minimize this and still achieve good night photos.
    The video quality is very impressive, although a steady hand helps. The microphone is decent enough to record good family films or YouTube worthy HD videos.
    Granted, this is not a DSLR. However, it takes the average point-and-shoot and blows it out of the water with features, and improved photography. However, if you require pristine photos every time, and consider yourself a professional, I would recommend purchasing something far out of this price range.
    As for me, I would definitely buy it again.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    I like this camera better with each use.

    By Baba Caroline

    from Queens, New York

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

      I have used the product to send photos of pictures to a friend for advice and for recording family members for personal memories. It has many features I haven't yet had time to try, but I have had excellent help when I called with questions.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      So far so good

      By None

      from IL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

        I use the camera just for general photo taking. I have not used the video yet. Image quality is good. The zoom is nice.

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

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By AdvisorBob

        from Beaverton Oregon

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

          Really like this camera

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

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          5.0

          Light in weight, strong in power.

          By Photo Tony

          from Tucson, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • EVF plus pivoting LCD
          • FAST - no shutter lag
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great long-to-wide lens
          • Great Zoom
          • Light

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Just about everything

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

            As an advanced amateur of advancing age, my DSLR with lenses (including a 3 lb. 70-200 f2.8) was breaking my back. The Lumix FZ100 has all the power, speed and beautiful images that I need or want. Highly recommended.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Camera

            By ameno

            from Israel

            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
            • Long Battery life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

              I use the camera for both inside the house and outside shooting.
              It has a great lens, zooming and the stability mechanism ensure that the pictures will be clear.
              The camera is very fast and you can shoot many pictures without missing a thing.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              A Great & Fun Camera

              By ken

              from san jose, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Camerafor the money
              • Great Zoom
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lenshood Fit OffLoose

              Best Uses

              • Backup camera
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

              This is a very person friedly camera. I keep finding different ways (modes) to use it under similar conditions. Just go to the SCN Mode and I find the situation I am looking for. Or, simply turn to Ai and take my picture.

              For my recent interest in bird and wildlife photograpy, I have success from humming birds to pelicans with good quality pictures comparing to results with my SLR and high power zoom lenses. While setting it at AF Mode,the autofocus is a little slower than I like to have. But it is workable with multiple shot mode to get reasonable results. With MF mode being difficult to refine with this camera, I am happy with AF Mode.

              There is a little concern with the lenshood as it does not turn to zero degree position besides that it has a very loose fit and does not lock in properly. It is about 5 degrees off. With that, a little movement either direction, there're black corners in the wide angle pictures. So I just don't use it.

              For me, been traveling around with my two SLR cameras and three lenses, this is an excellent alternate and/or backup camera to have.

              The battery and the filter work just fine too.

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

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              5.0

              Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera

              By xxxxxx

              from beaverton or

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                use for videos, burst pictures and flower portraits

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Very satisfied with this camera

                By Jorge

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                I had a Lumix DMC-FZ20 and really liked it. When the time came to trade it for a newer camara I was very hapy to see that Panasonic had kept their line gowing strong so decided to stay with a Lumix camera. I really like the new larger LCD display on this camera, which make the video feature more pleasent to use, and enjoy the more powerfull zoom a lot.

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

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By bentrider

                from Queens NY

                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
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                  Great for taking along when you can't or don't want to carry your SLR and all your lenses. Amazing zoom range and Image Stabilization.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I Love This Camera!

                  By BackYard Images

                  from Southern Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro 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
                  • 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-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                    Although I have several compact cameras, including one which has a big zoom the same size, I bought this camera solely because it has HD video (1028). To be honest, I haven't done much video but I am seriously impressed with the sharpness of the pictures. And, the zoom--incredible hand-helds--with the adapter I can attach a 1.7 telephoto conversion lens that I already have and get even more incredible pictures. And, the video? Yes, it is too, is incredible.

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

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                    5.0

                    Lumix DMC FZ100

                    By gd

                    from NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Focus hunts in low light
                    • Not good for high ISO
                    • SMALL VIEWFINDER

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                    I have a dSLR and bought this camera for more casual shootings. It is of a good size, small and light enough to carry around (but it is big enough to be easily noticeable though). It is very easy to use (disclaimer: I used to have an FZ30 and am familiar with the FZ series), and it has some flexibility in manual controls so that one can play with the aperture, shutter speed, iso, compensation ... if needed. Image quality is good for this kind of camera. It is very usable up to ISO-200, and the noise gets obvious from ISO-400 (still OK for small prints like 4x6). It produces vivid colors with the standard setting, with a tint of yellowish-ness. It also can take images in raw files for more re-touching. Resolution is good, and sharpness is Ok. The 24x zoom range is the best selling point. All in all, it is a very worthy and versatile camera for travel and casual shooting.

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

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                    1.0

                    Great reviews, POOR results~

                    By Hawaiianphotos

                    from Honolulu, Hawaii

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Quality
                    • Poor Image Stabilization

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                      I had researched for MONTHS reading reviews, watching videos, looking, thinking, touching and sleeping on it and got down to 3 of this same style point and shoot cameras. I held one, and I thought the battery door was going to drop out. (I actually had read about that on a review and thought, yeah, right, but it really felt that way.) Finally the model that replaced my last P&S style camera came in stock so I ended up buying it but I was not happy with the Lag Time when I wanted to start a video while the dial was on another shooting mode. Because of that and some focusing issues I decided to purchase the FZ100.
                      I had never actually held the FZ100 camera before I ordered it. I do have to say it does feel good in my hand. (that's a biggie for me!) There were so many positive reviews on this camera on this site about this camera plus it had higher ratings then the other camera I had just purchased. I have to admit that when I saw the negative I kind of ignored it because I really wanted a camera that had the hot shoe and the winning factor for me was the external mic input (the suggested mic and the extra part they say you need DO NOT FIT into the camera.) I also talked with some video people who were shooting with the previous model how they just LOVED the camera. I watched them shoot and was impressed. They said they liked the camera better than the larger production cameras they normally use for their TV show. (Video is VERY important to me on this style camera)
                      When I got the camera I did a lot of STUPID shots/videos of my pets outside and some stuff inside which I didn't know about the return policy saying less than 200 shots otherwise I would have returned the camera after my stupid test shots, but figured even the other camera wasn't getting anything to write home about. So I took it out to shoot some night shots. That is one thing I can say the camera did do a nice job on. I did a few other test and always liked the photos/video from the other camera better. They were clearer even when the ISO was higher than the Lumix.

                      When I pulled the photos up in Lightroom 3 you could see a huge difference between the imagine quality. The other camera used higher ISO to achieve a better photo, but the surprising part was it was LESS GRAINY then the Lumix with a low ISO. I had heard that anything past 400 on the FZ100 camera was noisy, boy is it. I didn't think it would start looking grainy below 200 ISO!
                      The video & video stills are NIGHT & DAY different. I could actually print something I shot with the other camera from the video verses a camera still shot from the Lumix. I think my 2 year old P&S camera might take better video.

                      I will give positives to these features: good size for its body style, good zoom, cool screen, hot shoe, mic input, starry night, does have a manual focus mode.
                      Dislikes: video quality, video stills are very poor quality, video stabilization does not make the video look clear.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Lots of Camera to work with...

                      By Ki Biker

                      from Peoria, IL.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • No extra gear to carry
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                      Very light weight and small size...Many features...I like to 1600 ISO & Manual F-stop/Shutter features...Good sized LCD screen...I wish it had Manual Zoom feature like my LUMIX-FZ30 rather than auto zoom...I am happy with this and would recomend this to a friend..

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

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                      4.0

                      Weaknesses not too weak

                      By Kanone

                      from colorado springs, co

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                        Does the things you would expect well: outside photos/landscape, flexible uses with great zoom, easy to use. The weaknesses that I was worried about: indoor / low light photos, aren't nearly as bad as advertised and can be accounted for rather simply.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Good and lighter !

                        By Ealonso

                        from São Paulo, Brazil

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Lightweight
                        • Photo quality

                        Cons

                        • Poor Flash

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                        I am an advanced amateur but was tired of carrying more than three pounds of photo equipment in my trips and being afraid of showing my lens in some not so safe places. The DMC-FZ100 delivers what is promised. Needed a little learning period to handle photo/film alternatives and etc. First quality videos and a perfect Artificial Intelligence alternative for quick shots.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 7
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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Very impressed with the zoom lens.

                        By Andy the Techy

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        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
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Digital Camera:

                        I like the camera very much in general.

                        Only issue I have is lack of details on dark object/person with high backlight. Maybe it got to do with how it is used.

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

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