Panasonic TZ35 review

Budget superzoom put to the test

TODO alt text

Although the Panasonic TZ35/ZS25 isn't as highly specced as its bigger brother, the Panasonic TZ40, it still represents an excellent camera, and for many it will be the more appealing option of the two.

We haven't had a TZ40 in for a full review yet, but the TZ25 was actually a better deal in terms of picture quality and performance than the TZ30, so it's possible that the same will be true of the latest duo.

If you don't need GPS or Wi-Fi and some of the other desirable, but ultimately costly, benefits of the TZ40, this is a very good camera indeed.

We liked

Cramming a 20x optical zoom into a body as slim as the Panasonic TZ35 is no mean feat, and makes this an extremely flexible option for the travelling and everyday photographer.

We disliked

Unfortunately, battery life doesn't seem to have improved too much from its predecessor. We'd also like to be able to change the autofocus point.

Final verdict

Panasonic has made some small, but much needed, changes to the Panasonic TZ35 when compared to its predecessor. Here we have a camera that arguably is the best compromise between functionality and price for the holiday and casual photographer, offering a huge zoom in a nicely sleek body.

If you're a beginner, this camera is very much suited to you, with its fully automatic and creative modes appealing to the novice. Equally, if you're a bit more at home with manual controls, the ability to change settings such as aperture and shutter speed is excellent.

It's a little bit of a shame that there's not even further control for the advanced photographer, such as the ability to change autofocus point or shoot in raw, though.

Overall, this is a very good camera that should be one of the top considerations for those looking for the ideal travel compact that offers just a little bit extra than the bog standard options available on the market.

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