The Panasonic FZ100 is the company’s latest superzoom, offering a 24x optical zoom lens (25-600mm equivalent). But at over £400 is the FZ100 worth the cash? The What Digital Camera Panasonic FZ100 review...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix FZ100

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:85%


  • 25-600mm lens capacity, good optical image stabilisation


  • Expensive, no eye-level sensor for EVF/LCD switching, image quality fairly grainy, lack of sharpness at longest telephoto


Panasonic Lumix FZ100 Review


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Value & Verdict

Panasonic Lumix FZ100 review – Value

Panasonic Lumix FZ100 review sample imageThe Panasonic FZ100 certainly doesn’t come cheap. A variety of online retailers offer it for £420, though many others are asking as much as £480 – easily enough to purchase an entry-level DSLR, Micro System Camera or other such set up. Of course the FZ100 benefits from its significant zoom range, though competitor cameras can be found for around £60-100 less for a similar-spec. Time may allow for this price-point to dip and should this be the case then value will be better aligned.

Panasonic Lumix FZ100 review – Verdict:

The Panasonic Lumix FZ100 is a great superzoom camera only marginally let down by its fairly hefty price tag. Brushing that issue to one side for the moment, however, and what you’re left with is a highly capable superzoom with a wide-ranging zoom that allows for creative shots through from 25mm wideangle, to close-up macro, portraits, mid-telephoto and all the way up to super telephoto 600mm for candidly picking off subjects from afar.

Thanks to a combination of highly effective optical image stabilisation (Panasonic’s Power O.I.S.) and the additional steady framing offered by using the electronic viewfinder (EVF), shots can be captured sharply throughout the full zoom range.

Point-and-shoot first timers or creative photographers demanding manual controls are fully catered for and a variety of in-camera My Color Mode options provide an extra lick of creative fun.

Image quality is reasonable though a little grainy throughout the entire ISO range, but not significantly problematic for day-to-day shooting, while Full HD movie is of a good quality.

It’s the price that’s the sticking point as for less money the similar-spec (albeit lesser 18x optical zoom) Panasonic FZ38 is a viable alternative with much the same resulting image quality. However, if the price isn’t an issue, then you’d certainly be hard pressed to find a better 24x superzoom camera than the FZ100.


Dimensions:124.3 x 81.2 x 95.2 mm / (4.89 x 3.20 x 3.74 in )
Weight:Approx. 540g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.19 lb) / Approx. 496g without Battery and SD Memory Card (1.09 lb)
Other:Power OIS Image Stabilisation, Face Detection & Face Recognition, Full HD 1080 50i movie capture (AVCHD), intelligent Auto (iA)
Connectivity:AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed
Power:ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Memory Card:SD / SDHC / SDXC
ISO Range:100-1600
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, Panorama Assist mode) / White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)
Exposure Modes: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
Flash Modes: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)
Metering System:Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Shutter Speeds:60 - 1/2000th second
File Formats:JPEG, Raw (RW2), Raw + JPEG
LCD:3in, 460k-dot, tilt-angle
Lens:24x optical zoom; 25-600mm with Power OIS (optical stabilisation)
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix FZ100 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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