Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 review

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

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Considering the price point of the Panasonic Lumix FS35, we were pretty impressed with the results from this camera. Colours are represented well, without being overly bright, while sharpness is good and images are crisp.

The autofocus, while not the quickest we've used, works well in most situations, locking onto subjects with ease in bright conditions and only having trouble in very dark circumstances.

Noise is controlled well, even at the higher end of the sensitivity scale, which goes up to ISO 1600.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS35 review

While images shot at ISO 800 and ISO 1600 do have a noticeable drop in quality, the photos are still more than useable, and would certainly be preferable to not getting the image at all.

For a lens with such a lengthy zoom, which is housed inside a compact body, the widest aperture of f/3.3 is fairly decent and helps when shooting images without flash in low light conditions.

It's a shame the choice of fun filters isn't a bit better, with those available feeling rather uninspired compared to popular modes such as Miniature, found on rival cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS35 review

Macro images, which can be shot via the dedicated mode or automatically detected when shooting in iAuto mode, are crisp and provide a good level of detail, with vibrant colours.

Chromatic aberration seems to be minimal, which is pleasing to see.

The camera is equipped with Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilisation) which seemed to do its job well on most occasions, especially at the furthest end of the telephoto scale, which can sometimes suffer from blur caused by hand shake.

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