Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 Review
The Lumix DMC-TZ35 / ZS25 is a new travel-zoom camera from Panasonic that offers a slight improvement on on last year's TZ25 / ZS15 model thanks largely to the bigger zoom, higher-resolution 16 megapixel sensor and improved hand-grip.
There is one key area where the Panasonic DMC-TZ35 still doesn't improve on its rivals or its predecessor, namely poor image quality once you venture above ISO 400. Noise is apparent at ISO 400 but becomes much more obvious at ISO 800 along with excessive smearing of finer details, with the fastest speeds of ISO 1600 and 3200 being something of a last resort.
Perhaps the biggest problem for the new Lumix DMC-TZ35, though, comes in the shape of its much better-specced big brother, the TZ45 / ZS35, which additionally offers a touchscreen interface, built-in wi-fi connectivity and GPS, a 5-axis image stabilisation system, more megapixels, a better burst mode, higher-resolution screen, and improved video quality with stereo sound, all for an extra £70 / $100.
In summary the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is admittedly cheaper than the more expensive TZ40 model, but it does concede quite a lot of ground to achieve the more aggressive price-tag, and it doesn't offer that many upgrades over the previous TZ25 model. Therefore, while the DMC-TZ35 is certainly a very competent travel-zoom, it doesn't offer enough to convince us to save the extra outlay for its big brother, or more seriously for Panasonic one of its main rivals...
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||4|