Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 review

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

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Considering the size of the zoom the Panasonic Lumix FS35 is packing, the camera's a relatively small offering, fitting neatly into a pocket or bag at 99.2 x 56.5 x 27.8mm.

It's also very light, at 152g, which on the one hand means it'll go unnoticed, but also means it doesn't feel like the sturdiest of cameras, with the plastic construction giving it a bit of a cheap feel.

Buttons on the camera are few and far between, with the top plate featuring an on/off toggle, the shutter release and an extra button for the Intelligent Zoom.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS35 review

On the back, buttons are spaced out and laid out well, with a specific button for changing the modes and another for quickly accessing commonly used settings proving handy.

It's worth noting that settings, such as ISO sensitivity, can only be changed when shooting in Normal Picture mode. When using Intelligent Auto, only very basic settings, such as image size, can be altered.

To view images, the toggle needs to be switched from record to playback, which can be a little frustrating at times if you accidentally leave it switched on and need to quickly grab a picture.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS35 review

It's a shame that there's no dedicated button on the Panasonic Lumix FS35 for video recording. As it is, you need to hit the mode button and choose Motion Picture to activate the video mode, pressing the shutter release to start filming.

The menu is relatively simple to navigate, but you may find yourself delving into it to change settings very occasionally, with those most frequently used available from the useful Quick Menu.

Many modern compact cameras come equipped with huge screens, pushing past the 3-inch barrier. A lot of these compacts have removed the buttons in favour of a touchscreen, so have more room to play with.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS35 review

By comparison, the Panasonic Lumix FS35's 2.7-inch 230,000-dot intelligent screen can feel a little small.

However, it's worth noting that some people prefer actual buttons, and the camera copes well in bright sunlight, automatically adjusting the screen to cope with the lighting conditions.

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