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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is an impressive superzoom bridge camera, featuring a 24x zoom lens and plenty of advanced manual control. It can also take full HD 1080p video. This bridge camera is a very similar model to Panasonic's cheaper FZ45, so weigh up the differences between the two in order to decide if the extra money for the Lumix FZ100 is worthwhile for your needs.
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Image stabilisation We measure the effectiveness of the camera's image stabiliser by judging pictures taken in trembling motion conditions and low light scenarios. Subscribe
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Low light picture quality We test the camera's picture quality in challenging low light, judging the amount of graininess and the camera's ability to focus sharply on its subject. Subscribe
Face detection effectiveness We test how to see if the camera's face detection can correctly expose and focus on individual faces within a shot. This is a new test added to our 2010 test programme. Subscribe
Overall picture quality An overall rating based on our assessment of the camera's picture quality in different light conditions and at different zoom ranges, taking into account sharpness, colour accuracy, contrasting, and any distortions that may be present. Subscribe
Taking videos
Video quality An overall rating for the camera's video quality in different light conditions, judging sharpness, smoothness of moving subject and panning shots, and colour accuracy. Subscribe
Video sound quality A rating for the recorded sound quality captured by the camera's built-in microphone. Subscribe

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

  • Launch date: Aug 2010
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