Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 reviews and prices: Hybrid camera

617 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 617 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 18x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Hybrid camera. See full product description

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Dave, West Midlands Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Straightforward to use, especially if you have some basic knowledge of digital cameras. Good image quality.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Feb 2011

Richard, Barrhill, Ayrshire Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Light and easy to hold. Excellent image quality even on full zoom. Images not effected by judder when on zoom.
Close up macro captures amazing images.
Bad points:
It takes too many steps to get to manual focus although it does work well once in manual focus mode.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Dec 2010

Lucian, London Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good product at a very good price.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Apr 2011

Stephen, Ashington Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Feels like a proper camera. Image quality good. Long focal length lens. You can put plenty of manual input into your pictures.
Bad points:
As usual with digital cameras there are far to many features that you will not use and remembering how to use them nearly impossible. Screen easily washed out by sun. Software that came with camera would not load onto computer.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Feb 2011

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
this camera is great the picture quality is fantastic. it is not to pricey but it is still as good if not better that more expencive cameras. it is very easy to use. if you are looking for a camera stop looking this is the one you want.
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Feb 2011

Nicholas, Luddenden Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well designed and ease of use. With the amount of features on the camera, you can spend fiddling and trying different things. I would definitely recommend the camera. Love it!
Bad points:
None...Yet :)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Jan 2011

Jphn, Nottingham Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Quality of pictures taken so far very good but as yet still to use some of the modes where little information given in the manual.
Bad points:
The instruction book is very basic. The full instructions are on a CD, what use is this when you are on holiday, and do not have access to a computer?
My previous camera was a Panasonic DMC TZ7 where the instruction manual was excellent, had I been aware that the instruction manual on the DMC FZ38 then I doubt if I would have purchased this camera..
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Mar 2011

This Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Camera Type Hybrid
Resolution (Pixels) 640x480
Resolution (Pixels) 4000x3000
Optical zoom ratio 18
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 367
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 117.6x75.8x88.9
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-4.4
In-built memory (Megabytes) 40
Release date 2009/08/17
Height in mm 75.8
Width in mm 117.6
Depth in mm 88.9
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 486
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 27

Also known as: Panasonic DMC-FZ38, Panasonic Lumix FZ38, Panasonic DMCFZ38EBK, Panasonic FZ38

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Manufacturer's Description

Hybrid Super Zoom Camera FZ38 – From 18x Optical Zoom to 27mm Wide-angle for both Still and HD Motion Pictures

The DMC-FZ38 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite. And a stereo microphone, featuring Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, records high quality audio. Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. In the Creative Movie Mode, the shutter speed and aperture can be adjusted. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-FZ38 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV’s remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience.

The DMC-FZ38 features a 27mm wide-angle 18x optical zoom f/2.8-4.4 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in a compact body (35mm equivalent: 27-486mm). The lens unit comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED lenses and 3 aspherical lenses, including a dual-sided aspherical meniscus lens. The powerful 18x zoom can also be used in motion picture recording. Furthermore, in 3-megapixel resolution, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 35.2x (35mm film camera equivalent: 950mm).

POWER O.I.S. is about twice as effective as MEGA O.I.S. at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur when pressing the shutter button or shooting with a slow shutter speed. So you can take beautiful night shots without blurring. Activating POWER O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking, the camera does all the work in the iA Mode. Face Recognition function recognizes registered persons’ faces and optimizes the focus and exposure settings.

To realize the ultra high-speed AF, a number of re-engineering and improvements are made including the adaptation of higher-speed actuator, the optimization of algorism and the parallelization of software processing element. The result is ultra high speed yet accurate AF performance for users to enjoy the airy shooting that has experienced never before. The DMC-FZ38 also replaced its linear program processing with parallel processing to achieve an ultra high-speed start-up of 1.2 seconds, a remarkable 20% decrease from previous model (FZ28).

The joystick gives the DMC-FZ38 its precise, full manual operation. Simply move the joystick vertically or horizontally to adjust the shutter speed, aperture or focus during manual focus. In addition, easy manual operation is possible with the DMC-FZ38. My Color Mode makes it easy to customize color effects to match your favor. The Advanced Scene Mode lets you quickly set the frequently used Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, or Close-up Modes with the mode dial. And you can adjust the aperture or shutter speed in each Creative Mode.


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