Panasonic Lumix FZ45 review

Is that a monster zoom or are you just pleased to see me?

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As mentioned, you can shoot in 1280 x 720p HD video, in Motion JPEG or AVCHD Lite mode.

The quality of movies is up to Panasonic's usual standards, though it's a shame you can't shoot in full 1080p HD mode.

It's very easy to activate movie mode via an unmissable red button on the top, and there's a good range of exposure control. Intelligent Auto mode is available in movie mode, or you can stick to conventional PASM controls.

It's also good to be able to make use of the 24x optical zoom when shooting video, along with face detection. There's a proper stereo mic built-in, and a wind Cut function also helps to block out background wind.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual Control
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)454 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height79.8 mm
Width120.3 mm
Depth91.9 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FZ45
Product NameLumix DMC-FZ45 Bridge Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCFZ45EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 14.1-megapixel DMC-FZ45 features a 25mm wide-angle 24x optical zoom f/2.8-5.2 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens. The 25mm wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens. The powerful 24x optical zoom can be used both in still and motion picture recording. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 24x zoom ratio to powerful 50.6x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less in still picture recording.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FZ45 Bridge Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap String
Limited Warranty1 Year