Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 review

A slim 16.1MP compact camera with a 28mm Leica lens

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  • Small size
  • 8x optical zoom
  • Easy to use


  • Cheap feel
  • Art filters poor
  • No video record button

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 sits in the middle of Panasonic's compact camera range, featuring an 8x optical zoom wide-angle Leica lens, a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor and 720p HD video recording.

The camera also features Panasonic's Intelligent Resolution technology, which promises to enhance sharpness for crisp photos.

Modes are fairly simple, with the option to choose from intelligent Auto (iA), Normal and a variety of scene modes.

As you would expect from a mid-range compact camera, there are only a few manual controls on the Panasonic FS35. But those that can be found include ISO sensitivity, white balance, AF mode and exposure compensation.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS35 review

A few creative effects are included, such as Pin Hole, High Dynamic and Film Grain, while colour modes, such as Black and White and Sepia, are also available.

Along with the Panasonic Lumix FS37, which was announced at the same time, the camera uses intelligent zoom, meaning the optical zoom ratio can be extended by 1.3x to create an effective 10x zoom lens.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS35 review

An interesting feature of the Panasonic Lumix FS35 is the ability to upload stills to Facebook and videos to YouTube automatically by connecting the camera to a computer.

Priced at £139.99 in the UK or $149 in the US, where it's called the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25, the Panasonic Lumix FS35 sits below cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 and above the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.5 mm
Width99.2 mm
Depth27.8 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FS35
Product NameLumix DMC-FS35 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FS35EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DMC-FS35 features a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 8x optical zoom lens gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals with 16.1-megapixel resolution that you can't get close. The Extra Optical Zoom extends this 8x zoom ratio to powerful 18x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FS35 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year