Panasonic TZ35 review

Budget superzoom put to the test

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The design and build of the Panasonic TZ35/ZS25 is very similar to its predecessor. Despite cramming a whopping 20x optical zoom lens into the body of the camera, Panasonic has still managed to produce a sleek and pocketable compact.

With a small grip on the right of the camera, it is pretty comfortable to hold, especially when shooting one-handed. With all of the controls on the right-hand side of the camera, you can change the majority of settings with your thumb.

At the top of the camera is a mode dial, which gives immediate access to all the different key functions the camera offers, such as semi-automatic modes and manual modes (P/A/S/M) and fully automatic, art and scene modes.

Panasonic TZ35 review

It's nice to see a mode dial on a travel compact such as this, since with some other models, you'll need to do a fair bit of menu diving to access what you need.

Handily, there's also space for two sets of custom settings to be stored, which is useful if you find you're often using the same group of settings, ie high sensitivity or monochrome.

Also on the top of the camera is the shutter release, around which a zoom switch can be found. This is fairly quick and fluid to use, which is especially good news given the extensive zooming capability of the lens.

Panasonic TZ35 review

At the back of the camera is a familiar four-way control pad, which gives access to exposure compensation, flash settings, macro focusing and self-time. The centre MENU/SET button works as a confirmation button when combined with these other controls.

A Quick Menu is available, which is accessed via a dedicated button. This saves you having to delve into the menu to change key settings such as ISO or white balance. The amount of options available here changes, depending on the mode you're shooting in. For instance, in fully automatic mode, there's only a few different options available.

Just above the control pad is an Exposure button, which can be used when shooting in semi-automatic and fully manual modes. For instance, in aperture priority, hit the Exposure button to be able to alter the aperture.

Panasonic TZ35 review

While in fully manual mode, this button can be pressed to access both shutter speed and aperture settings - requiring either an upwards, downwards, or left or right push on the directional keypad to make the changes.

Although much of the operation of the Panasonic TZ35 is very similar to its predecessor, one change for the better is the manner in which images are played back.

Previously, you needed to move from playback mode to shooting mode, which could get a little frustrating if you forgot to push the switch back. Now, however, there's a single playback button that can be accessed no matter what the mode.

Panasonic TZ35 review

If you're familiar with Panasonic's G series of compact system cameras, then you'll be extremely at home with the menu operation of the Panasonic TZ35. It's reasonably well laid out, being separated into recording options (such as image size), motion picture options and general setup options (ie setting the clock).

You might find that if you use either fully automatic or semi-automatic with the Quick Menu that you rarely need to go into the menu, anyway.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
Features3D Shooting, Face Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)172.4 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth28.7 mm
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 86 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-TZ35
Product NameDMC-TZ35 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-TZ35EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Super Zoom Camera TZ35 - Featuring 20x Optical Zoom and High Image Quality

The DMC-TZ35 incorporates 24mm ultra wide-angle 20x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm), which is outstanding in class for its quality and versatility. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent 40x Zoom is available with minimum deterioration of picture quality even combining the digital zoom. The Panasonic's black box technology Nano Surface Coating is applied for stunning clarity with minimum flare and ghost. The zoom functions are also available in the video recording.

The combination of the 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the Venus Engine empowers the camera with high performance image recording capability. The high speed digital signal output technology realizes high speed consecutive shooting and full HD video recording. It enables shooting at 5 fps with continuous AF with mechanical shutter or at 10 fps in high speed burst mode, and burst shooting with flash is also available. It also contributes to the Light Speed AF to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

The new Creative Panorama function with 12 filters allows the users to apply effects to create a distinctive horizontal / vertical panoramic image produced with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous pictures. The DMC-TZ35 also integrates popular Creative Control / Creative Retouch featuring a total of 14 filter effects. The Creative Control lets users shoot with a filter effect while checking how it makes difference on the picture and the Creative Retouch enables applying a filter effect on the picture after shooting in camera.

The DMC-TZ35 can record high-resolution full HD 1,920 x 1,080 50i videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. It also complies with 25p in MP4 format which has high compatibility with PCs or smartphones for editing or sharing the videos. The POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording to powerfully suppress blur. It also integrates Active Mode which suppresses blur especially shooting at wide-angle while walking.

The iA mode is a comprehensive integration of the POWER O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Motion Deblur, Face Recognition, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, Intelligent HDR, Intelligent Burst, and AF Tracking - the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots. For more effective countermeasure against hand-shake which tends to occur in shooting with high zoom, the POWER O.I.S. is equipped to powerfully suppress blur.

Package Contents
  • DMC-TZ35 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year