Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 11
Features 35
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.33" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 11.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 124 x 82 x 92 mm
  • Weight: 540 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Panasonic FZ200.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-FZ100 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jul 21, 2010. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Panasonic has replaced this product with their most recent model FZ200.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #145 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #996 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 11.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 92 mm (48.82 x 32.28 x 36.22″) with the weight of 540 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 92mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 — 92 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 — 540 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 comes with Venus Engine FHD processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 are its 11.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-FZ100 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Lumix DMC-FZ100 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 allows you to save files in AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-FZ100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-FZ100 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (124 x 82 x 92 mm)
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 can be called a 81 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (11.0 fps)
  • Big size (124 x 82 x 92 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (540 g)
  • Big size (124 x 82 x 92 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-FZ100
Announced Jul 21, 2010
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 9.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4320 x 3240
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats AVCHD
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 540 g
Physical Dimensions 124 x 82 x 92 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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