Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Review

August 19, 2013 | Matt Grayson | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (also known as the FZ70) is a digital bridge camera with a 16.1 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor, FullHD video, Power OIS and a 20mm wide-angle lens that telescopes out to an unbelievable 1200mm. That's a 60x zoom and is currently the longest in the industry. In this in-depth review, we test how the camera performs at these extreme lengths. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 costs around £365.99 / $399.99 and is available in any colour as long as it's black.

Ease of Use

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is the size of it. We half expected a camera the size of a mid-range DSLR with a zoom that size on it. However, it's not actually that bad. Sure it's a little bit bigger than a bridge camera that features a smaller zoom range, but that's to be expected. The design has been given a rework with smoother corners, a chunkier grip and adverse angles on the top where the hotshoe is located. Couple that with the built-in microphone and speakers on the top of the pop-up flash and it looks quite futuristic.

Typically, for a bridge camera, the controls and buttons are slightly more over-sized than what you'd see on a digital compact camera. But then that's what happens when you have more estate to play with. The large command dial sits on the right shoulder nestling against the Live View Finder (LVF). The power switch sits under it. Surrounding the command dial as if defending the shutter release are the direct video, continuous shooting and focus option buttons.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72's zoom is operated by the rocker switch around the shutter release. Panasonic should really have thought about placing a separate zoom switch on the side of the lens barrel. It's a lot easier to use when supporting the lens at full zoom.

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Front Rear

That's not to say that it's difficult to use and we found through testing at full zoom that we generally got sharp pictures as long as we kept the ISO setting to auto and let the camera do its thing. It's programmed to keep the ISO as low as possible and the Power OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) will ensure that it does. Panasonic use two different types of OIS: Mega and Power. The Power OIS is fitted to the FZ72 because it's twice as good at suppressing shake than Mega OIS. It's designed to help with low light such as night scenes without a flash, but can also help with high zoom ranges due to the reduction in light from the narrower field of view.

For the keen photographer there are a number of features that will appeal. The command dial on the top plate of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has manual PASM modes. The back of the camera has an AF/AE lock button for creative light or focusing techniques and you can also record in raw, JPEG and both at the same time. There's a hotshoe for fitting external flash and an LVF (Live View Finder) for holding the camera up to your eye as you would with a DSLR or CSC. This brings the camera into your centre of gravity and stabilises it which is useful if you have the zoom at full length.

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Top Side

Typically on a camera of this price range and filled with this amount of tech, the build quality is very good. It's solid to hold and feels great. As we mentioned previously, the grip is a little more chunky than we normally find on a bridge camera and while we think that it may simply be a happy accident, it certainly helps when shooting as you feel that you've got more to hold onto. Bigger is certainly better with a bridge camera.

Despite the plastic exterior, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 feels solidly built. The battery door is strong with little play when it's fully opened. The spring loading of the door is powerful and it snaps open. Thankfully a lock is provided to prevent it opening by accident. The tripod bush is located just next to the battery compartment and is slightly off-centre. We'd normally poo-poo that idea but it's obvious that it's been done to make room inside for the lens.  The tripod bush is made of metal, which is great. Let's face it, with a zoom lens like this, you'll want to take your time to use a low ISO.

We dived into the menu systems and immediately melted. Panasonic are known for the simple, straight forward layout and design of their menu systems. Usually black lettering on white, or similar. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72's Q.Menu has a black layout with blue fading on the sub-menus and dark yellow a highlighter. The Main menu is even prettier with detailed clip art images as the menu titles (camera for shooting, camcorder for video and a spanner for set-up). The dividing line from menu title to sub-menu is red unless you're actually at the title stage, in which case it turns yellow. There are six pages to the shooting menu alone, but the options are clearly labelled to be understood easily. There shouldn't be any problem with knowing what each setting does

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Front Pop-up Flash

From a cold start, the typical start up time of a digital compact camera is around 2.5sec. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 blows all that out of the water. We switched the camera on, focused it and took a picture in 1.3sec. That's an astonishing time and moving into DSLR territory. There are five continuous shooting modes. The slowest is the 2fps (frames per second) mode. It's a continuous mode and not a burst. It does start off faster at the beginning, but it slows a little after around 4-5 sec. We managed to get 17 images in a ten second period which is an average of 1.7fps. It does shoot at 2fps for the first 4 seconds before that noticeable drop in speed.

Next up is a 5fps burst mode. It rattles off the initial images, then slowly plods along at a continuous rate of around 1fps. Unusually, we only recorded 4 images taken over a 1sec period. Both these settings come with a continuous AF option.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Scream if you want to go faster because the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a 9fps setting at full resolution. However, in our tests, the camera stopped after 3 frames. This is where it gets a bit pedantic about what the manufacturers are labelling their products with. You see, the camera takes three photographs in around 0.3sec. That means if the camera DID take nine photographs, it would manage it in one second. That means it's a 9fps SPEED, not a 9fps RESULT. It's a bit misleading and either the buffers should be bigger to cope with nine frames of information, or they should find another way to display it. If you want 9fps, you need to choose the next setting, but that only records at 3 megapixels.

Because the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 uses a power switch and not a power button, you can't preview images you've taken without switching it on first. The image will be full size in the screen with no information around it, so you can see it in all it's glory. You can press the DISP button to bring up various amounts of information such as the file size, number and picture style. Press up and you can enter a Retouch area which allows you to add the digital effects to the picture if you forgot to do it while taking the shot. Pressing the DISP button again will add a little more information to the screen before scrolling back to no information.

In the box, you get the camera, a dedicated lithium ion battery with charger, CD software that features PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 and a trial version of LoiLoScope video editing software. There's also a neck strap, lens cap and a basic owner's manual to get you started.

Image Quality

All pictures were taken at full resolution unless otherwise stated. A full resolution JPEG records an image around 6Mb. Drop it down to the normal compression setting and it records around 4Mb. You can record in raw which pumps out 18Mb of information. If you shoot in raw, you need to download the Silkypix raw conversion software by following the instructions that are buried in the instruction manual on the enclosed CD. We then converted to TIFF which increased the file size even more to 45Mb.


We recorded the JPEG ISO test shots at third stop intervals to try and gauge where the no9ise starts to come in. We also shot the standard ISO settings in raw to see if there's any change made by the processor as it makes the adjustments for JPEG.

The level of detail in the raw images can definitely be appreciated in low ISO. Images are sharper in JPEG, but that's the processor's doing. No noise is showing through at either setting, though. Shooting in raw is great for seeing where a camera sensor starts to fail, because the processor has no input. So because of that, we begin to see noise show through at ISO 200 in the raw pictures, but not the JPEG.

It is noticeable in JPEG by ISO 400 and the stepped shots show it showing up by ISO 320. After that it's a downward spiral with the processor trying it's best to remove the noise, but it can't cope after ISO 800. Raw images really suffer from ISO 400 or higher with lots of colour JPEG artefacts littering the image. By ISO 1600, the raw shots are taking a real hammering with a colour casting over the entire frame.

When comparing to the raw image, the noise reduction software does a great job of removing noise. It still manages to get through, though which is a shame. And it starts to come through relatively early. We can see instances of it at ISO 400 and it steadily gets worse. Not as bad as it could be. In fact, we do check these results at full magnification of the image. At normal viewing size, the pictures look ok throughout the stages. So the argument could be made that if you're not going to enlarge or print the pictures, you could easily knock the ISO up to help in low light and not worry too much. IN fact, you could probably use it up to around ISO 800 in JPEG without worrying too much.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The focal range of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is simply stunning. 20Mm at it's widest and rushing out to a nostril flaring 1200mm. The most stunning thing about this new technology is that the Power OIS can cope with it. We got lovely, sharp images from the full telephoto while hand holding the camera.

Edge to edge sharpness at the wide-angle setting seems good although there's some loss in the corners of the frame. We did see some pin cushion on straight lines, but it's not much and there's bound to be some distortion with a lens this wide.



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JPEGS are sharp enough from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 to begin with and the same can be said about the raw files if kept in focus. At low ISO, the pictures do improve slightly with a standard sharpen in an editing suite. Anything over that and the black & white noise exacerbates to noticeable levels.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

16M Fine (6.06Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (4.07Mb) (100% Crop)
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16M RAW (18.8Mb) (100% Crop)  

Chromatic Aberrations

We certainly expected to find chromatic aberration in the pictures and we weren't disappointed. However, what we did notice is that it only occurs in very high key images with harsh contrasting lines and only at the extreme edges of the frame. In the everyday shots, we couldn't find any instances of it, but the studio shots with bright light did exhibit it.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Not only can the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 zoom into things terribly far away, it can also focus on things terribly near. The macro mode has a close focus of 1cm at 20mm. That's near enough to make even the boldest ladybird get worried. Edge definition does start to dissipate early when you get very close, but it's good to have it there. The great thing about the macro mode is that it works throughout the zoom range. That doesn't mean you can zoom to 1200mm and still focus at 1cm, it's a minimum of 150cm but the compression you get is brilliant. The background gets completely thrown out of focus.


Macro (100% Crop)

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Without the flash activated, we found that there's an obvious vignette in the corners of the frame. This dissipates when the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is zoomed in. Using flash suppresses it, but it's still clearly seen.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (20mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (20mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (1200mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (1200mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. Because of the high vantage point of the flash unit when activated, red-eye isn't an issue. However, there's a red-eye reduction mode in the flash options along with a red-eye removal mode in the Main menu. Using the latter will erase any problems you may get.

Forced On

Forced On (100% Crop)
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Auto/Red-eye Reduction

Auto/Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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Because of the manual modes available on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72, it's possible to use a tripod and set up a long exposure on Manual. That way, you can use ISO 100 and be noise free. We also wanted to see what the Program and Night scene modes would do for us.

The  Night scene mode gave the best result in terms of colour reproduction. The warmth of the sunrise was captured better than what the program mode managed. There's also slightly more detail in the darker areas. Should you decide to want more detail in a shot like this, you could always use the HDR mode.

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Night Scene (100% Crop)

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Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 43 second movie is 84.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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Side of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 / Lens Extended

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Flash Raised

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Rear of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 / Turned On

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Rear of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 / Main Menu


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Rear of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 / Quick Menu

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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a very pleasant camera to use. It feels solid in your hands and responds well to commands. The zoom is fast without being too fast that you miss where you want to be. Focusing is super fast, and the start-up time is brilliant. We got some great shots using the camera for the short time we had it.

As with any camera that has a tiny sensor, the image quality is going to fail at some point. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 - like so many others - is when you start raising the ISO. Being pedantic, noise comes through quite early, but it's tolerable until maybe ISO 800. Shooting raw, you have to ideally keep it on ISO 100 to get the benefit.

This is a camera that will be attractive to the keen photographers who enjoy going out and taking time with their photography. The need for using a low ISO will mean that longer exposures could be needed. The long zoom and Power OIS will be extremely useful for hikers or travellers, although the latter may not like the size of the unit. They may also be put off by the separate charging unit as this will add weight and take up precious space.

The cost of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is also an issue. It will have been positioned higher because of the advanced technology available in the form of the long zoom. There's no other camera with that range at the moment and people will always have to pay top dollar for the newest gizmo or feature.

In all fairness, Panasonic have done a very good job with the DMC-FZ72. It's well built, takes nice photographs that are in focus and exposed perfectly. There's certainly room for improvement, such as the zoom switch could do with being on the side of the lens barrel (or at least an extra one) and the live viewfinder isn't as good as we'd like, but then they never are and they're limited to what they can do in such a small space. We understand this, but it doesn't stop us wanting more, does it?

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72.

BenQ GH700

The BenQ GH700 is a super-zoom camera on a budget, offering a 21x zoom lens, full HD1080p video and a 3-inch LCD screen. How does the GH700 compare to its main bridge camera rivals? Read our BenQ GH700 review to find out...

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS super-zoom camera has an astonishing 50x lens with a massive focal range of 24-1200mm. The Canon SX50 HS also offers a 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 2.8 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, RAW format support, 10fps burst shooting and full 1080p HD movies. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review complete with full-size JPEG, RAW and video samples to discover if it's the only camera you'll ever need...

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR is a bridge compact camera with a massive 42x, 24-1000mm zoom lens. The HS50 also offers an autofocus lag of just 0.05 seconds, full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, 11ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated EXR sensor with RAW support. Is this the only camera you'll ever need? Read our Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR review to find out...

Nikon Coolpix P520

The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a brand new super-zoom camera with an incredible 42x zoom lens. The 18 megapixel Nikon P520 has a back illuminated 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3.2-inch 921K-dot vari-angle LCD screen, full 1080p high-definition movies with stereo sound, built-in GPS, an electronic viewfinder and 7fps burst shooting. Priced at £399.99 / $449.95, read our Nikon Coolpix P520 review to find out if that zoom lens is too big for its own good...

Olympus SP-820UZ

The Olympus SP-820UZ is a bridge compact camera that boasts a 40x zoom lens with an incredible focal range of 22.4-896mm. The 14 megapixel Olympus SP-820UZ also offers a 3 inch LCD screen, 1080p movie recording and a Backlight HDR mode. Read our in-depth Olympus SP-820UZ review to find out if this super-zoom is worth the £280 / $330 asking price...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is Panasonic's premium super-zoom compact camera. Stand-out features of the FZ200 include a 24x zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout the 25-600mm range, 1080p HD movies, a high-resolution LCD and EVF, fast auto-focusing, 12fps burst shooting and a 12 megapixel MOS image sensor. Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review now...

Pentax Optio X90

The Pentax Optio X90 is a brand new super-zoom compact camera featuring a 26x image-stabilized zoom lens with a focal range of 26-676mm. Successor to the X70 model, the X90 has a 12 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch screen, full range of creative shooting modes and can record 720p HD movies. Retailing for £329.99 / $399.95, does the Pentax Optio X90 offer enough to match its super-zoom rivals? Gavin Stoker finds out in our Pentax Optio X90 review.

Samsung WB5000

The WB5000 / HZ25W is Samsung's first entry into the big boy world of all-in-one super-zoom cameras. Offering a 24x zoom lens with 26mm wide-angle setting, the WB5000 literally has most photographic subjects covered, for both 12 megapixel stills and 720p movies. Throw in a range of hand-holding smart modes for beginners and RAW format and Manual mode for advanced users, and Samsung could be onto a winner at their very first attempt. Read our expert Samsung WB5000 / HZ25W review to find out if Panasonic, Olympus et al have anything to fear...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is a new premium super-zoom compact camera. A 50x, 24-1200mm lens, a 20.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1920x1080 50p Full HD video with stereo sound, high-resolution tilting 3-inch screen, manual shooting mode, 10fps continuous shooting, and a full range of creative shooting modes are all offered by the HX300. Read our detailed Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 review to find out if it's the right bridge camera for you.



Dimensions (W x H x D) 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm / (5.13 x 3.82 x 4.65 inch)
Weight Approx. 562g without Battery and SD Memory Card (1.24 lb) / Approx. 606g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.34 lb)


Camera Effective Pixels 16.1 Megapixels


Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.3-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 16.8 Megapixels / Primary Color Filter


Aperture F2.8 - 5.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8.0 (W), F5.9 - 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom 60x
Focal Length f = 3.58 - 215mm (20 - 1200mm in 35mm equiv.) / (22 - 1320mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 75.8x (4:3 / 10M), 108x (4:3 / 5M), 135x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 120x
Lens LUMIX DC VARIO / 14 elements in 12 groups / (6 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces / 3 ED Lenses)
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. (On with Active Mode (only for Motion Picture) / Off)
2- Speed Zoom Yes
Conversion Lens Compatibility Yes
Digital Zoom Max. 5x


Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30cm - infinity / Tele 150cm - infinity / AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 150 cm - infinity
AF Assist Lamp Yes (On/Off)
Focus Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom / MF / Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture) / AF/AE Lock Button / Manual Focus, One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area (flexible / scalable)


Shutter Speed Still Image: / Approx. 8 - 1/2,000 sec / Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec / Motion Picture: / Approx. 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec / Creative Video Mode: 1/8 - 1/20,000 sec


Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (202K dots equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x


File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) / RAW, DPOF / 3D Image: MPO / Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4

Recording Modes

Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Creative Video, C, Panorama Shot, Scene, Creative Control
Creative Control mode Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, / Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color (15 filters)
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, / Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, HDR, Starry Sky, 3D Photo
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image: 9 frames/sec, Max. 3 images with AF Tracking: 5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec / High-speed Burst: Approx. 10 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1) / Flash Burst Shooting

Motion Picture Recording (*2)

HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 50p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25p (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 25p (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps)
STD Video 640 x 480, 25p (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps)
High Speed Video -

Continuous recordable time (motion pictures)

AVCHD Approx. 160 min (FSH), Approx. 180 min (SH)
MP4 Approx. 160 min (FHD)

Actual recordable time (motion pictures)

AVCHD Approx. 80 min (FSH), Approx. 90 min (SH)
MP4 Approx. 80 min (FHD)

Exposure Parameters

Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing 1/3-3EV step, Max. +/-3 EV, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step) / High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 - 6400)

Picture Quality

Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Still Picture Recording [4:3] 4608x3456 (16M) / 3648x2736 (10M EZ) / 3072x2304 (7M EZ) / 2560x1920 (5M EZ) / 2048x1536 (3M EZ) / 640x480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4608x3072 (14M) / 3648x2432 (9M EZ) / 3072x2048 (6M EZ) / 2560x1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048x1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640x424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] 4608x2592 (12M) / 3648x2056 (7.5M EZ) / 3072x1728 (5.5M EZ) / 2560x1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920x1080 (2M EZ) / 640x360 (0.2M EZ) / [1:1] 3456x3456 (12M) / 2736x2736 (7.5M EZ) / 2304x2304 (5.5M EZ) / 1920x1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536x1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480x480 (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard (3D Mode: MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature (2-axis adjustable)
Photo Style / Film Mode Photo Style: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
Color Mode / Color Effect / My color Color Mode (only in iA Mode): Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Happy
Aspect Bracketing -


Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Yes (On/Off)
Wi-FI -
Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec (3 images)


Playback Mode All, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, Category Selection, Favorite), Calendar
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display / Dual- Image Playback Yes (Menu / Zoom Lever) / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
Show Histogram Yes
Show Highlights Yes
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes


Retouch Auto Retouch / Creative Retouch
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation Yes
Video Divide Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / DPOF / Favorites


OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish


LCD Monitor 7.5cm (3.0") TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating / Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle / Power Monitor mode, AUTO Power Monitor mode


Built- in- Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off / Flash Synchro: 1st / 2nd Slow Sync. / 0.3 - 13.5m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.5 - 6.4m (Tele / ISO Auto)


Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built- in- Memory Approx. 200MB


Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Mono


Interface miniHDMI, AV Output (PAL / NTSC), USB (AV/USB Multi)


Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 895mAh, 6.5 Wh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 400 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1

Standard Package

Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2AE / Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Pack, Battery Charger, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 / Recording conditions by CIPA standard / - Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF) / Humidity: 50%RH when LCD monitor is on. / - Using a Panasonic SDHC Memory Card / - Using the supplied battery. / - Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [ON].) / - Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording. / - Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording. / - The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording interval time. / - If the recording interval time becomes longer, the number of recordable pictures decreases. / - CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. / *2 / - These are standard times taken at a temperature of 23 oC (73.4 oF) and a humidity of 50%RH. / - The time available for recording varies depending on the environment, the interval between recordings, and the manner of use. / - Actual recordable time is the time available for recording when repeating actions such as switching the power supply [ON] / [OFF], starting/stopping recording, zoom operation etc. / - Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds in some European / Asian areas. / - Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.

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