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Introduction

The Lumix DMC-TZ35 (also known as the DMC-ZS25 in the USA) is Panasonic’s latest travel-zoom camera, featuring a 20x 24-480mm lens, 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor, 50i Full HD movies, and fast burst shooting at 10fps. The Intelligent Resolution function can be used to digitally boost the zoom ratio to 40x with hardly any loss in quality, or to simply make still images and video look better, at least according to Panasonic. The TZ35 also offers a 23-point multi-area autofocus system, A, S and M exposure modes for creative photographers, Intelligent Auto and a variety of scene modes for beginners, and Creative Controls, Creative Panorama, Creative Retouch, Auto Retouch and HDR modes. A Light Speed auto-focus system, Venus Engine VI processor, POWER O.I.S. anti-shake system and a 3-inch LCD screen complete the headline specifications. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 / ZS25 is available in silver or black for £299.99 / $299.99.

Ease of Use

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is similar to its predecessor, the DMC-TZ25, in terms of its design, with the most notable difference being a much-improved hand-grip and an all-round more serious look and feel. At first glance the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 strikes you as being a little large, elongated and bulky, but it’s virtually the same size and weight as the previous TZ25 model. You then have to remind yourself that Panasonic have somehow fitted in a 20x zoom lens, equivalent to 24-480mm on a 35mm camera, which provides an incredibly versatile focal range that will cover every subject from ultra-wide angle landscapes to close-up action shots. Even when set to 480mm, the lens doesn’t extend too far from the front of the TZ35, making it look to all intents and purposes like a “normal” compact camera. This helps to make the DMC-TZ35 great for candid moments, as people assume that you’re using just a standard point and shoot with a much more limited range. To help avoid unwanted flare and ghosting, the lens has a special Nano Surface coating.

The 24mm focal length provides an entirely new wide angle of view that can only increase your creativity. You won’t want to go back to a “standard” 35mm zoom, or even a 28mm one, after using the 24mm lens on the DMC-TZ35 – 4mm at the wide-angle end really does make a big difference. The 20x zoom lens makes this one of the most versatile compacts in terms of focal range, especially as it is coupled with Panasonic’s excellent POWER O.I.S system, which helps to ensure that the majority of photos taken in good light are sharp. The TZ35’s lens isn’t particularly fast at either the wide-angle setting, with a maximum aperture of f/3.3, or the telephoto setting, with a maximum aperture of f/6.4, but given the focal range on offer, we feel this is a compromise worth making.

The DMC-TZ35 is a well-built camera with a high quality metal body. The design is dominated by the 20x lens on the front and the large 3 inch LCD screen on the rear. There is no optical viewfinder, which does make the camera a little harder to keep steady at the telephoto end of the zoom than holding it up to your eye. There is a new rubberized handgrip on the front of the TZ35, a big improvement on the TZ25, and a small textured area on the rear. The TZ35 actually has a 17.5 megapixel sensor, but only uses 16.1 megapixels so that it can offer four different aspect ratios – 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1 – without having to change the angle of view. The Multi Aspect mode takes an image in all four aspect ratios simultaneously and lets you choose the best one. The DMC-TZ35 is well-made overall, although we still don’t like the cover for the battery compartment and SD card slot, which feels a little insubstantial and is locked using a cheap plastic switch.

Despite the inclusion of a full range of manual shooting modes, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is not overly complex in terms of the number of external controls that it has. The majority of the controls are clearly labeled and common to most cameras, with the Q.Menu and iA shooting mode being specific to Panasonic and requiring a quick read of the user guide. There’s a traditional shooting mode dial on the top of the TZ35 which has a positive action and lets you select the various shooting and scene modes. This dial is a typical feature of SLR cameras, and enables you to quickly change between the various modes. Interestingly there are two Custom modes available, C1 and C2, which can be used to provide quick access to different settings and allow some customization of the camera setup, very handy if you often use the camera for different subjects or situations.

The DMC-TZ35 offers advanced controls over exposure, with full manual (M), aperture-priority (A) and shutter-priority (S) modes on offer, which will instantly appeal to the more experienced photographer. The range of apertures on offer is rather limited by the lens (F3.3 – 8.0 at 24mm and F6.4 – 8.0 at 480mm), but the ability to choose from 60 – 1/2000th second shutter speeds and set both the aperture and shutter speed if you wish opens up a lot of creative potential. Sadly there’s still no support for the RAW file format, which would really have been the icing on the cake for serious photographers looking for a backup-pocket camera to their DSLR.

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Front Rear

The DMC-TZ35 also features Panasonic’s now well-established Intelligent Auto Mode. Panasonic have tried to make things as easy as possible for the complete beginner by providing this shooting mode, which allows you to point and shoot the camera without having to worry about choosing the right mode or settings. Intelligent Auto Mode automatically determines a number of key criteria when taking a picture, including selecting the most appropriate scene mode and ISO speed, and turning face detection (up to 15 faces), image stabilization and quick auto-focus on. Intelligent Exposure increases the exposure only in the under-exposed areas of the image, and Digital Red-eye automatically detects and removes red-eye. Intelligent Exposure can also be turned on in the Normal Picture mode (but strangely not Digital Red-eye).

AF tracking continually tracks a moving subject and keeps it in focus, without you having to hold the shutter button halfway down as on most other cameras. Face Recognition is a fun and genuinely useful feature which “remembers” up to 6 registered faces and then always prioritizes the focus and exposure for that person in future pictures – it even shows the name of the person on the LCD. Very useful for group shots where you want your loved ones to be the centre of attention. You can specify the age of the registered subject, stamp the age of the subject onto your photos, change the focus icon for a particular person, and playback only the photos that contain a certain face. The camera will even automatically switch to Baby mode if someone registered as less than 3 years old appears in the frame.

In practice the Intelligent Auto Mode system works very well, with the camera seamlessly choosing the most appropriate combination of settings for the current situation. The 7 available scene modes are Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset or Handheld Night Shot, so obviously not all situations are covered by Intelligent Auto Mode, but it does work for the majority of the time. It makes it possible for the less experienced photographer to easily take well-exposed, sharp pictures of people, scenery and close-ups by simply pointing and shooting the camera. If you’re feeling a little down, the Happy Mode boosts the color, saturation and brightness to give you a warm glow inside (but not a terribly accurate picture).

Completing the top of the camera are the Off/On button, responsive zoom lever, tactile shutter button, two holes for the mono microphone and four for the speaker, and the one-touch Movie Record button. The TZ35 only offers mono sound, not stereo, but used in combination with the Wind Cut menu option this makes a real difference to the sound quality in movies.

The TZ35 can record HD video at 1920×1080 pixels at 50i (FHD: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 25p), or 1280 x 720 pixels at 50p (HD: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 25p). In the MP4 format it offers 1920 x 1080 pixels at 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4), 1280 x 720 pixels at 25fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) and 640 x 480 pixels at 25fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4). AVCHD features almost double the recording time in HD quality compared with Motion JPEG, but software support is currently a bit thin on the ground. Panasonic describe it as the best mode for playing back on a HD TV direct from the camera, and MP4 best for email and playing on a computer. The TZ35’s various movie options are sensibly stored in an easy to understand Motion Picture menu. Mono sound is recorded during capture, helped by the wind cut function. You can also use the zoom lens during recording and really make the most of that 24-480mm focal range. On the negative side, you’ll find that the lens zooms more slowly than when shooting a still image, and if you choose continuous auto-focus, areas of the video will be blurred before becoming sharp again as the camera tries to refocus. The HDMI port allows you to connect the TZ35 to a high-def TV set, but only if you purchase the optional HDMI mini-cable.

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Side Top

The DMC-TZ35 has a 3D Mode option. When selected, the camera instructs you to pan 10cms from left to right, during which it takes 20 consecutive shots at high-speed, another benefit of the high-speed sensor. It then automatically selects the best 2 shots from the sequence to create a 3D image. You can only view the results on a 3D TV (the TZ35 records standard MPO files), and although it isn’t as effective as images taken with Panasonic’s 3D Micro Four Thirds lens or the Fujifilm 3D W3, for example, it does create quite a convincing effect which particularly suits subjects that are close-up to the camera.

The clever Intelligent Resolution feature performs two main functions – it either makes a standard image look like a higher resolution one by processing the contour areas, texture areas and smooth areas individually, or it digitally boosts the zoom magnification from 20x to 40x with minimal loss of quality and no reduction in resolution. In both cases, it’s easy tell which image was taken with Intelligent Resolution turned on and which ones with it turned off, particularly if viewing onscreen at 100% magnification, as our test shots on the Image Quality page show. The difference isn’t quite so apparent on a print up to A3 in size, but we’re not convinced enough to recommend it except when you really need the extra reach – it undoubtedly improves on the digital zoom, but not so much that we’d regularly use it.

On the rear of the camera is the Q.Menu button which provides quick access to most of the principal controls, including ISO speed, image size, image quality and white balance (there are 7 settings in total). You can still access all of these options from the main menu system too. In addition the TZ35 also has an Exposure button, which in conjunction with the arrow keys on the navigation pad allows you to change the aperture and/or the shutter speed if you’re using the A, S or M shooting modes. This two-button system isn’t the most convenient, but it does avoid making the camera too cluttered.

The large 3 inch LCD screen is the only way of framing your shots, so if you have to have an optical viewfinder, look elsewhere now, but we found that the 460K pixel screen coped well with the majority of lighting conditions, even being nice to use in low-light. There’s a clever function called High Angle, accessible from the Quick Menu, which essentially brightens the LCD screen when the camera is held over your head so that it is perfectly viewable, which is great for shooting over the heads of a crowd. The Intelligent LCD function automatically detects the current lighting conditions and boosts the LCD backlighting by up to 40% when shooting outdoors in bright sunshine, helping to keep the screen visible.

The TZ35 has an anti-shake system, on this model the POWER O.I.S. variety. Turn it on and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds when the camera is hand held. When shooting video, Active Mode is automatically added to the POWER O.I.S. system. This compensates for the extra blur that can occur when you’re walking and shooting video at the same time. There are two different modes, Mode 1 is on all the time including image composition, and Mode 2 is only on when you press the shutter button. An Auto setting is also available if you’re not sure which one to use. Panasonic claim that the POWER O.I.S. system is twice as effective as the older MEGA O.I.S, and while its difficult to make a direct comparison, we found that it does make a noticeable difference, as shown in the examples on the Image Quality page. You don’t notice that the camera is actually doing anything different when anti-shake is turned on, just that you can use slower shutter speeds than normal and still take sharp photos. The TZ35 has a fairly respectable battery life of 260 shots. Note that the camera battery is now rather inconveniently charged via the USB port, rather than a separate charger, so it’s a good idea to invest in some extra batteries.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Panasonic also provide a High Sensitivity Mode to help combat the effects of camera shake. When this scene mode is selected, the TZ35 automatically raises the ISO speed up to a maximum of 6400 and therefore allows for a faster shutter speed. This mode allows you to handhold the camera without using the flash and get more natural results, whilst at the same time freezing subject movement more successfully. There are some obvious drawbacks with this special scene mode, principally a significant increase in noise and blurring – Panasonic state that “Pictures may appear slightly grainy due to high sensitivity”. You also need to select the scene mode and therefore have some idea about when it is applicable to your subject.

The Intelligent ISO mode is the third way in which the DMC-TZ35 attempts to avoid subject blur in low-light conditions. The camera automatically sets the appropriate shutter speed AND ISO speed for the subject that you are taking pictures of. So if you’re taking shots of a child indoors, the DMC-TZ35 automatically raises the ISO and in turn the shutter speed to avoid blurring the child’s movement. If the subject is still, then the camera chooses a lower sensitivity and slower shutter speed. It’s a clever idea that works well in practice, with the camera generally choosing an appropriate combination of shutter and ISO speed. You can also limit the maximum ISO speed that the camera can choose, which we’d strongly advise, as ISO 1600 produces very noisy images – ISO 800 is a better maximum setting.

The main menu system on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is accessed by pressing the Menu/Set button in the middle of the navigation pad. There are three menu options, Record, Motion Picture and Setup. Most of the camera’s main options, such as white balance, image quality, auto-focus mode and ISO speed, are accessed here. As mentioned previously, the addition of the Quick Menu button on the rear of the camera speeds up access to some of the more commonly used options. Due to the large LCD screen and restricting the number of on-screen choices to five, the various options and icons are very clear and legible. If you have never used a digital camera before, or you’re upgrading from a more basic model, reading the easy-to-follow manual before you start is a good idea, especially as a few of the buttons are specific to Panasonic cameras. Thankfully Panasonic have chosen to supply it in printed format, rather than as a PDF on a CD, so you can also carry it with you for easy reference.

The start-up time from turning the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 on to being ready to take a photo is quite quick at around 2 seconds. Zooming from the widest focal length to the longest is very slow at around 5 seconds, but focusing is very quick in good light thanks to the Light Speed AF system (fastest focusing speed of 0.1 seconds), and the camera achieves focus most of the time indoors or in low-light situations, helped by the focus-assist lamp. Note that the camera does struggle to lock onto the subject at the tele-photo end of the lens in low-light situations. It takes about 1 second to store an image, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card, with a delay of 0.3 seconds between images. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 has an impressively quick Burst mode which enables you to take 10 frames per second for 4 shots with the focus fixed according to the first frame, but the resolution is drastically reduced (3M for 4:3 ratio, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1). The 5fps or 2fps burst modes offer continuous auto-focusing for up to 100 shots, impressively all at the full 16 megapixel resolution, making them a better option.

Once you have captured a photo, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 has a good range of options when it comes to playing, reviewing and managing your images. You can instantly scroll through the images that you have taken, view thumbnails (up to 30 onscreen at the same time and in a special Calendar view), zoom in and out up to 16x magnification, view slideshows, delete, protect, crop, resize and copy an image. You can also select favourite images, sort images into categories, add a text stamp, add a soundclip and set the print order. Face Recognition plays back only the photos that contain a certain face. The Display button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and aperture / shutter speed, and there is a small histogram available during both shooting and playback. When taking a photo, pressing the Display button toggles between the detailed information, the detailed information plus gridlines to aid composition, and no information at all.

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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 produced images of good quality during the review period. The 1/2.33 inch, 16 megapixel MOS sensor used in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 produces noise-free images at ISO 100-200, with limited noise and colour desaturation starting to appear at ISO 400. ISO 800 exhibits quite visible noise, smearing of fine detail and colour desaturation, and ISO 1600 is even noisier, although still usable for small prints. The fastest setting of ISO 3200 is best avoided.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 dealt well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate exposure. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 15 seconds allowing you to capture plenty of light. Anti-shake is a feature that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the 20x zoom range.

Macro performance is very good, allowing you to focus as close as 3cms away from the subject. The images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting if you don’t like the default results. The Intelligent Resolution feature either makes a standard image look sharper, albeit with some unwanted artefacts appearing, or it digitally increases the 20x optical zoom to 40x, again with a slight loss in quality. The various Creative Effects allow you to easily add a twist to your images.

Noise

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web – Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can change the in-camera sharpening level via the Picture Adjust menu option.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Focal Range

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35’s 20x zoom lens provides a versatile focal length of 24-480mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

24mm

480mm

File Quality

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 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 (6.29Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (3.66Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review, with limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 are Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Forced Off – Wide Angle (24mm)

Forced On – Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Forced Off – Telephoto (480mm)

Forced On – Telephoto (480mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Auto/Red-eye Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Forced On

Forced On (100% Crop)
   

Auto/Red-eye Reduction

Auto/Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35’s maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds, which is great news if you’re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 100. I’ve included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

Anti Shake

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, I took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on. Here are some 100% crops of the images to show the results. As you can see, with anti shake turned on, the images are much sharper than with anti shake turned off. This feature really does seem to make a difference and could mean capturing a successful, sharp shot or missing the opportunity altogether.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Anti Shake Off (100% Crop)

Anti Shake On (100% Crop)

1/6 sec / 24mm
     
1/2 sec / 480mm

Intelligent Resolution

The Intelligent Resolution feature either makes a standard image look like a higher resolution one by processing the contour areas, texture areas and smooth areas individually, or it digitally boosts the zoom magnification from 20x to 40x.

Resolution – Off

Resolution – On

   

i.Zoom Off

i.Zoom On

HDR

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35’s HDR mode combines three pictures taken at different exposures to create one image with greater dynamic range than a single shot.

HDR Off

HDR On

Panoramas

The Panoramic Shot mode allows you to take horizontal or vertical panoramic pictures simply by swivelling the TZ35, joining consecutively shot images together to produce a single panoramic picture.

Creative Controls

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 has 14 different creative control options to help spice up your images.

Off

Expressive

   

Retro

High Key

   

Low Key

Sepia

   

Dynamic Monochrome

Impressive Art

   

High Dynamic

Cross Process

   

Toy Effect

Miniature Effect

   

Soft Focus

Star Filter

   

On Point Color

 
 

Color Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 has 4 different color mode options.

Standard

Vivid

   

B&W

Sepia

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 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

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 39.9Mb in size.

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Product Images

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Front of the Camera

 
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Front of the Camera / Lens Extended

 
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Isometric View

 
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Isometric View

 
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Isometric View

 
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Isometric View

 
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Rear of the Camera

 
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Rear of the Camera / Image Displayed

 
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Rear of the Camera / Turned On

 

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Rear of the Camera / Main Menu

 
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Rear of the Camera / Main Menu

 
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Rear of the Camera / Quick Menu

 
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Rear of the Camera / Exposure

 
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Top of the Camera

 
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Bottom of the Camera

 
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Side of the Camera

 
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Side of the Camera

 
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Front of the Camera

 
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Front of the Camera

 
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Memory Card Slot

 
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Battery Compartment

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Specifications

Metrics

Dimensions (W x H x D) 104.9 x 58.9 x 28.7 mm / (4.13 x 2.32 x 1.13 inch)
Weight Approx. 171g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.38 lb) / Approx. 193g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.43 lb)

Pixels

Camera Effective Pixels 16.1 Megapixels

Sensor

Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / 17.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter

Lens

Aperture F3.3 – 6.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 – 8.0(W), F6.4 – 8.0(T))
Optical Zoom 20x
Focal Length f=4.3 – 86.0mm (24 – 480mm in 35mm equiv.) / (28-560mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 25.3x (4:3 / 10M), 30.0x (4:3 / 7M), 36.0x (4:3 / 5M), 45.0x (under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 40x
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 12 elements in 10 groups / (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces / 2 ED Lenses)
2- Speed Zoom Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer/Five Axis Correction Power O.I.S. (On with Active Mode (Only for Motion Picture) / Off) / No
Digital Zoom Max. 4x

Focus

Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm – infinity / Tele 200 cm – infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ motion picture: Wide 3 cm – infinity / Tele 100cm – infinity
AF Assist Lamp Yes (On/Off)
Focus Normal, AF Macro, Macro Zoom / Quick AF (On/Off, On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF(only for motion picture) / AF Tracking
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 23-Area / 1-Area / Spot

Shutter

Shutter Speed approx. 4 – 1/2000 sec / 15sec / 30sec in Sarry Sky mode

Finder

Viewfinder

File

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

Recording Modes

Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, C1, C2, Panorama Shot, SCN, Creative Control
Creative Control mode Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Hand Held Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Glass Through, Underwater, 3D Photo
Continuous Shooting Mode Full- Resolution Image with AF Tracking: 5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec Max.100 images / 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 (FHD: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 25p) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 50p (HD: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 25p) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 25fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4)
STD Video 640 x 480 pixels, 25fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4)
High Speed Video

Continuous recordable time (motion pictures)

AVCHD approx. 85 min (FHD / 60i), 100 min (HD / 60p)
MP4 approx. 85 min (FHD)

Actual recordable time (motion pictures)

AVCHD approx. 40 min (FHD / 60i), 50 min (HD / 60p)
MP4 approx. 40 min (FHD)

Exposure Parameters

Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing 1/3 -1EV step, Max +/-1EV, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)

Picture Quality

Still Picture Recording [1:1] 3456×3456 (12M) / 2736×2736 (7.5M EZ) / 2304×2304 (5.5M EZ)/ 1920×1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536×1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480×480 (0.2M EZ) / [4:3] 4608×3456 (16M) / 3648×2736 (10M EZ) / 3072×2304 (7M EZ)/ 2560X1920 (5M EZ) / 2048X1536 (3M EZ) / 640×480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4608×3072 (14M) / 3648×2432 (9M EZ) / 3072×2048 (6M EZ)/ 2560×1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048×1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640×424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] 4608×2592 (12M) / 3648×2056 (7.5M EZ) / 3072×1728 (5.5M EZ)/ 2560×1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920×1080 (2M EZ) / 640×360 (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality Fine / Standard (3D mode: MPO Fine / MPO Standard )
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / White Balance Adjustment (Except Auto)
Photo Style / Film Mode
Color Mode / Color Effect / My color Color Mode : Standard, Black&White, Sepia, Vivid (in P, A, S, M), Happy (only in iA mode)
Aspect Bracketing ?-

Other

Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Yes
GPS
Wi-FI
NFC
Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec

Display

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

Edit

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

Setup

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

Monitor

LCD Monitor 7.5cm (3.0″) TFT LCD Display (460K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100% / AUTO Power Monitor mode, Power Monitor mode ,High Angle mode

Flash

Built- in- Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, / 0.6 – 6.4m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 3.3m (Tele/ISO Auto)

Media

Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built- in- Memory Approx. 90MB

Audio

Microphone / Speaker Mono / Mono

Interface

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

Power

Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V / 895mAh / 3.3Wh) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Included, connect with USB cable, playback only)
Battery life (approx.) 260 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1

Standard Package

Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.0 AE / Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 / Recording conditions by CIPA standard / – CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. / – Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF)/Humidity: 50%RH when LCD monitor is on. / – Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB). / – 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. / – Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases. / *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. / -Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.

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Conclusion

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…

4 stars

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

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Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a brand new travel-zoom camera for 2012, offering a massive 20x zoom lens and a 12 megapixel back-illuminated image sensor. Other key features of the Canon SX260 include built-in GPS, a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD movies with stereo sound, fast 10.3fps burst shooting, and a full range of manual and automated exposure modes. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX260 HS in-depth review.

Fujifilm Finepix F800EXR

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The FinePix F800EXR is the latest travel-zoom camera from Fujifilm, sporting a 20x lens with a versatile focal range of 25-500mm. The 16 megapixel F800 EXR also features wireless image transfer, GPS support, full 1080p movies, a high-contrast 3 inch LCD screen and 8fps continuous shooting. Read our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix F800 EXR review to find out if it’s the ultimate travel camera…

Nikon Coolpix S9300

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The Nikon Coolpix S9300 is a stylish new travel-zoom compact camera. Featuring an 18x zoom lens with a focal range of 25-450mm, the Coolpix S9300 has a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch screen and 1080p Full HD movies. Read our expert Nikon Coolpix S9300 review to find out if it offers a winning combination of style and substance.

Olympus SZ-30MR

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The Olympus SZ-30MR is a new travel-zoom compact camera, featuring a 24x lens that provides a focal range of 25-600mm, yet is still small enough to fit into your pocket. Other key features offered by the SZ-30MR include a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video recording, 3 inch LCD screen, 9fps high-speed continuous shooting, sensor-shift image stabilisation and a range of Magic Filters. Priced at £250 / $350, we find out if the Olympus SZ-30MR is the best travel zoom camera that money can buy.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25

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The Lumix DMC-TZ25 is Panasonic’s new entry-level travel-zoom compact camera for 2012. The TZ25 (also known as the ZS15) packs a 12 megapixel MOS sensor, 16x wide-angle zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen, 1080i HD movies, 10fps burst shooting and full manual controls into its pocketable body. Available in silver, red or black for £289 / $279, read our Panasonic DMC-TZ25 / ZS15 review to find out if it’s the right travel camera for you.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

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The Lumix DMC-TZ30 is Panasonic’s new premium travel-zoom compact camera for 2012. The TZ30 (also known as the ZS20) packs a 14 megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor, 20x zoom lens, 3 inch LCD touch-screen, 1080p HD movies, 10fps burst shooting and full manual controls into its pocketable body. Read our Panasonic DMC-TZ30 / ZS20 review to find out if it’s the best travel zoom camera on the market.

Pentax Optio VS20

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The Pentax VS20 is an innovative travel-zoom compact camera featuring a 20x image-stabilized zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, 720p HD movies and not one but two shutter release buttons. Retailing for around £200 / $250, read our Pentax VS20 review to find out if it can take on its many travelzoom rivals…

Samsung WB850F

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The Samsung WB850 is a new travel-zoom camera with a mouth-watering specification. The WB850 offers a wide-angle 21x zoom lens, 16.2 megapixels, Full 1080p video recording, 3 inch AMOLED screen, built-in wi-fi and GPS, plus full manual controls. Read our detailed Samsung WB850 review to find out if it’s a contender for the travel zoom crown.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is a new premium travel-zoom compact camera. A 20x 25-500mm lens, built-in GPS tracking, full 1080i high-definition video with stereo sound, an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting mode, 10fps continuous shooting, 3D photos, ISO range of 100-12800 and fast auto-focusing are all present and correct. Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V review to find out if its the best travel camera that your money can buy…

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