Panasonic Lumix FZ45 review

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

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At around £300 the Lumix FZ45 is a very appealing buy, and a convincing upgrade of the FZ38 - though Panasonic has missed some tricks.

We liked:

This is well made camera, delivering rich and detailed images from the box. The 24x zoom lens removes the need to carry around an extra telephoto lens and it's almost impossible to mess up the HD video recording. There's a good range of helpful widgets but plenty of options for more experienced users too.

We disliked:

Camera shake is a real problem when you shoot at the telephoto end, so you must turn on the anti-shake system. The electronic viewfinder is cramped and you don't get full 1080p HD video. 24 x optical zoom is impressive, but it's not the longest in class.

Verdict:

There's a lot to like about this camera, so long as you're aware of the limitations of the monster lens and the HD video recording features. If you don't want the hassle of changing lenses, the DMC-FZ45's smart technology, quality optics and convincing image quality make it a great buy for £300.

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