Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 Review

August 25, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

Metrics

Dimensions (W x H x D) 120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm / (4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 in)
Weight Approx. 498g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.10 lb) / Approx. 454g without Battery and SD Memory Card (1.00 lb)

Optics

Camera Effective Pixels 14.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-inch / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture F2.8 - 5.2 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8 (W) / F5.2 - 8 (T)) / (F2.8 - 11 (W) / F5.2 - 11 (T) in movie recording )
Optical Zoom 24x
Focal Length f=4.5-108mm (25-600mm in 35mm equiv.) / (31-735mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 28.4x (4:3 / 10M), 33.8x (4:3 / 7M), 40.5x (4:3 / 5M), 50.6x (under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 32x
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT / 14 elements in 10 groups / (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces / 3 ED Lenses)
2-Speed Zoom Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Conversion lens Compatibility Yes
Digital Zoom 4x / ( Max. 96.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max. 202 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity / Macro AF / MF / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Focus Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off / AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Jog Dial and cursor key button), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
Shutter Speed Still: 60 - 1/2000 sec / Movie Mode : 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Movie mode) / Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval approx. 0.7 sec
Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (201.6K Pixels equiv.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x

Recording

Face Recognition Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Face Detection Photo & Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
AF Tracking Photo
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo & Movie
File Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3) / Motion picture: AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG
AVCHD Lite REC NTSC / PAL (Depends on Region)
Mode Switch [Playback] button
One-Touch Movie Button Yes
Recording mode (Mode Dial / Mode Button) Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Creative Movie mode, My Color mode, / Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close-up mode, Scene mode, Custom
Still Image Scene Mode Panorama Assist, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Photo Frame
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, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, High Sensitivity / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 1.8 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 5 frames/sec (image priority) / approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
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 pixels, 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)
AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] (Continuous recordable time) approx.210 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Continuous recordable time) approx.210 min
AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] (Actual recordable time) approx. 110 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Actual recordable time) approx .110 min
Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE mode)
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~3EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
Max Auto ISO Setting Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1
Still Picture Recording [4:3]4320x3240(14M) / 3648x2736(10M) / 3072x2304(7M) / 2560x1920(5M) / 2048X1536(3M)?/ 640X480(0.3M) / [3:2]4320x2880 (12.5M) / 3648x2432 (9M) / 3072x2048 (6M) / 2560x1712 (4.5M) / 2048x1360 (2.5M) / 640x424 (0.3M) / [16:9]4320x2432 (10.5M) / 3648x2056 (7.5M) / 3072x1728 (5.5M) / 2560x1440 (3.5M) / 1920x1080 (2M) / 640x360 (0.2M) / [1:1]3232x3232 (10.5M) / 2736x2736 (7.5M) / 2304x2304 (5.5M) / 1920x1920 (3.5M) / 1536x1536 (2.5M)/ 480x480 (0.2M)
Image Quality Fine / Standard / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / RAW
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Halogen / Color Temperature / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / (Selectable at Normal Portrait, Soft Skin, Creative Portrait, Normal Sports, Creative Sports, Objects Close-up, Creative Close-up, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Panorama Assist mode? / White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)
Quick Menu Yes
Color Mode / Color Effect (Film Mode) Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Vibrant / Nostalgic / Standard B&W / Dynamic B&W / Smooth B&W / My Film 1, 2 / Multi Film / (My Color Mode) Expressive /Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / High Dynamic / Dynamic Art / Dynamic B&W / Silhouette / Pinhole / Film Grain / Custom / Happy (only in iA mode) / *Film Mode and My Color Mode are working for movie recording, also.
Picture Adjustment Contrast ±2steps / Sharpness ±2steps / Saturation ±2steps / Noise Reduction ±2steps / (can be adjusted in Film Mode)
Real-time histogram Yes
Composition Guide line Yes (2 pattern)
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, OFF
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / 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 (in Face Recognition only)

Playback

Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Calendar Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
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
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation Yes
Video Divide Yes
Face Recognition Edit Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF

Setup

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Movie REC Guide Yes
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes

Others

LCD Monitor 3.0" TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Touch Panel No
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd / 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory Approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Yes
Interface AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed
Viera Link Yes
HDMI output Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p(576p for PAL) / Audio: Stereo
Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 580 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, / SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, / QuickTime / Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, / USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens hood, / Lens cap, Lens cap string

Further Specifications

NOTE Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in European PAL area.

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