Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Review

4.5
July 27, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Metrics

Dimensions (W x H x D)

117.6 x 75.8 x 88.9 mm (4.63 x 2.98 x 3.50 in)

Weight

Approx. 367g  (0.81 lb)

 

Approx. 414g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.91 lb)

Optics

Pixels

Camera Effective Pixels

12.1 Megapixels

 

CCD

Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter

1/2.33-inch / 12.7 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter

 

Lens

Aperture

F2.8 - 4.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8 (W) / F4.4 - 8 (T))

   

Optical Zoom

18x

   

Focal Length

 f=4.8-86.4mm (27-486mm in 35mm equiv.)

   

Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)

22.1x (4:3 / 8M), 28.1x (4:3 / 5M), 35.2x (under 3M)

   

Lens

LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT

     

11 elements in 8 groups

     

(3 Aspherical Lenses / 2 ED lenses)

   

2-Speed Zoom

Yes

   

Optical Image Stabilizer

Power O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)

   

Conversion lens Compatibility

Yes

   

Digital Zoom

4x

     

( Max. 72.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )

     

(Max.140.8x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)

 

Focus

Focusing Area

Normal: Wide 30cm - infinity

     

Macro / Intelligent AUTO : Wide 1cm / 200 cm (MAX)
/ 100 cm (11x - 18x) - infinity

   

Focus Range Display

Yes

   

AF Assist Lamp

Yes

   

Focus

Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto),
Continuous AF On/Off
AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Joystick), One Shot AF,
AF Area Select, AF Tracking

   

AF Metering

Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11pt) / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot

 

Shutter

Shutter Speed

Still: 60 - 1/2000 sec
Creative Movie Mode : 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Manual mode)

 

Finder

Viewfinder

0.20" Color EVF (201.6K Pixels equiv.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x

Recording

iA

Optical Image Stabilizer

Yes

   

Intelligent ISO Control

Yes

   

Face Detection

Yes

   

Intelligent Scene Selector

Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro

   

Intelligent Exposure

Yes

   

AF Tracking

Yes

   

Digital Red Eye Correction

Yes

 

File?

File Format

Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.21) / RAW

     

Motion picture: AVCHD Lite ?QuickTime Motion JPEG

 

Interface

Mode Switch

[Recording] / [Playback]

 

Recording Modes

Mode Dial / Mode Button

Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Creative Movie mode, Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close-up mode, Scene mode, My Color mode, Custom

   

Still Image Scene Mode

Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Panorama Assist

   

Advanced Scene Mode

Portrait mode : Normal, Soft Skin, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative
Scenery mode : Normal, Nature, Architecture, Creative
Sports mode : Normal, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative
Close-up: Flower, Food, Objects, Creative
Night Portrait : Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Creative

   

Movie Scene Mode

Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Flower, Intelligent AUTO, Soft Skin, Food, Objects, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Panning, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pinhole, Film Grain,
Creative Movie(P, S, A, M) mode

   
   
   
   

Continuous Shooting Mode

Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec 
Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)

     

High-speed Burst Mode:
approx. 10 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2,
2M for 16:9)(Speed Priority)
approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2,
2M for 16:9)(Image Priority)

   

Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode

Max. 5 images (Standard mode)

   

Motion Picture Recording

4:3
VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) 

     

QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)

     

16:9
WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)

     

HD Movie
1280x720,
NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p) / PAL model: 50p(CCD output is 25p)
(AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps )
/ 30fps (Motion JPEG)

 

Exposure Parameters

Exposure

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE mode)

   

Exposure Compensation

 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV

   

Backlight Compensation

 Yes  (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)

   

Auto (AE) Bracketing

+/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames

   

Light Metering

Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot

   

ISO Sensitivity

Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)

   

Max Auto ISO Setting

Yes

 

Image Parameters

Aspect Ratio

 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9

   

Still Picture Recording

4:3
4000x3000(12M) / 3264x2448(8M EZ) / 2560x1920(5M EZ)
/ 2048x1536(3M EZ) / 1600X1200(2M EZ) / 640X480(0.3M EZ)

     

3:2
4000 x 2672(10.5M) / 3264 x 2176 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ)

     

16:9
4000 x 2248(9M) / 3264 x 1840 (6M EZ) / 2560 x 1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ)

   

Image Quality

Fine / Standard / RAW / RAW+JPEG

   

White Balance

Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Halogen / Color Temperature / White Set 1 / White Set 2

     

(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Pinhole, Panorama Assist mode?

   

Quick Menu

Yes

   

Color Mode / Color Effect

Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm

 

Others

Real-time histogram

Yes

   

Composition Guide line

Yes (2 pattern)

   

Auto Review

1sec, 2sec, Hold, Zoom

   

Review

Yes

   

Zoom Resume

Yes

   

Optical Zoom in Motion Picture

Yes

   

Macro Zoom

Yes

   

Orientation Detector

Yes

   

Scene Mode Help Screen

Yes

   

Self Timer

2sec / 10sec / 10sec[3 pictures]

   

Focus Icon Select

Yes

   

Playback Mode

Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback,
Favorites Playback, Mode Play

Playback

Display

Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback

12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x

   

Calendar Display

Yes

   

Set Favorites

Yes

   

Playback Motion Picture

Yes (AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG)

   

Slideshow Mode

All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites 
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)

   

Show Histogram

Yes

   

Show Highlights

Yes

   

Delete Image

Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites

 

Delete

DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection

Yes / Yes

 

Edit

Resize / Trim / Leveling

Yes / Yes / Yes

   

Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp

Yes / Yes / Yes

   

PictBridge Support

Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF

   

OSD language

English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian,
Russian, Chinese(Traditional),Chinese(Simplified),
Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*varies depending on the sales area.

Setup

 

Travel Date / World Time

Yes / Yes

Others

Monitor

LCD Monitor

2.7" TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots)

     

Field of View : approx. 100%

     

AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode

 

Flash

Built-in-Flash

Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off

     

0.3 - 8.5m (Wide/ISO Auto),  1.0 - 5.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)

 

Media

Recording Media

Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

   

Built-in-Memory

Approx. 40MB

 

Audio

Microphone / Speaker

Stereo(Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator) / Yes

 

Interface

Interface

AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for N. America), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed, DC Input

   

HDMI output

Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p(576p for PAL)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator

 

Power

Power

Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710mAh) (Included)

     

AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)

   

Battery life  (approx.)

470 pictures (CIPA Standard)

 

Standard Package

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition

     

ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker), QuickTime

   

Standard Accessories

Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable,

     

Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens hood, Lens hood adaptor

Entry Tags

hd video, review, 720p, 12 megapixel, movie, 2.7 inch LCD, super-zoom, Panasonic, Lumix, 18x, dmc fz38, fz38, DMC-FZ38