PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ38 Digital Camera was £199 at Dixons + Quidco/TCB Possibly £189.05 with code CAMS5 - HotUKDeals
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PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ38 Digital Camera was £199.00 at Dixons + Quidco/TCB Possibly £189.05 with code CAMS5

£199.00 @ Dixons
Price of this fluctuates at Dixons - currently the best price since Christmas when I bought mine - brill camera, don't forget Quidco/TCB. Product details The classy-looking Panasonic Lumix D…
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6y, 1m agoFound 6 years, 1 month ago
Price of this fluctuates at Dixons - currently the best price since Christmas when I bought mine - brill camera, don't forget Quidco/TCB.

Product details

The classy-looking Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Digital Camera is the successor to the wildly popular FZ28, and is a versatile fixed lens camera that will appeal to photographers and videographers alike!

This 12.1-megapixel camera boasts a whopping 18x optical zoom lens with a mighty range of 27-486mm. This powerful optic will allow you to capture anything from a beautiful scenic picture to far-off wildlife or sports action!

To complement the long zoom range of its Leica lens, the Lumix DMC-FZ38 Digital Camera is armed with Panasonic's upgraded optical image stabilisation system - POWER O.I.S. - which helps to deliver pin-sharp pictures even in low-light situations.

Other standout features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Digital Camera include a quick start-up time of just 1.2 seconds, ultra high-speed AF, Intelligent Auto Mode with Face Recognition, and full manual operation with smooth joystick control. Whether you are a photographic novice or a more experienced shooter, the Lumix DMC-FZ38 will cater fully for you!

Movie-shooters will appreciate the ability of the Lumix DMC-FZ38 to capture 720p HD videos. The built-in mini HDMI port enables connection to a High Definition television so you can view your videos hot out of the camera!

With all of this on offer, plus much more, the sophisticated and awe-inspiring Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Digital Camera offers practically unlimited scope for you to realise your creative potential!
Type Type Bridge
Sensor Resolution 12.1 megapixels
Type CCD
Size 1/2.33" (6.13 x 4.60mm)
Format 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Crop factor 5.6x
ISO positions Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Image stabiliser Optical
Lens Focal length 4.8 - 86.4
35mm equivalent 27 - 486
Aperture f/2.8 - 4.4
Optical zoom 18x
Digital zoom 4x
Minimum distance 1 cm
Normal distance From 30 cm to infinity
Focusing Manual and autofocus
Viewfinder Type Electronic and Live View
Screen 2.7" (6.9 cm)
Viewfinder features Electronic viewfinder
LCD display: 100% viewing angle, 230,000 pixels
LCD auto power mode
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/20,000 sec
Burst mode Full resolution: 2.3 fps
3 megapixels: 10 fps
Self-timer 2 or 10 seconds
Settings Exposure modes Party, candlelight, baby 1 & 2, pets, sunset, high sensitivity, quick burst, flash burst, panorama, starry sky, fireworks, snow, beach, aerial photo and advanced scene modes
Effects Pinhole, grain film, high dynamic range (HDR), photo frame, assisted panorama, black and white, sepia, cold and hot
White balance Auto, daylight, overcast, shade, halogen, colour vibrancy, adjustment 1 & 2
Video Video mode Yes, with sound
TV output AV and Mini-HDMI
Memory Photo file formats JPEG
Maximum photo resolution 4000 x 3000
Video file formats AVCHD Lite and Motion JPEG
Maximum video resolution 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
Memory card SD and SDHC
Internal memory Approx. 40 MB
Flash Built-in Yes
Guide number / Flash range Wide angle: 30cm - 8.5m (ISO Auto)
Telephoto: 1m - 5.4m (ISO Auto)
Hot-shoe adapter for external flash No
Connections Interface USB 2.0
Pictbridge / direct printing Yes
Wireless function No
Other Power options Lithium battery (included) or mains adapter (optional)
Battery life 470 shots (CIPA standard)
Internal menus French, English, German, Japanese, Spanish and Italian
Other functions Mode selection (shooting, preview, still images from motion pictures)
Colours effects: black & white, sepia, cool, warm
Hard copy manuals supplied Information available soon
Accessories supplied Charger, batteries, AC cable, A/V cable, USB cable, CD-ROM, sun-shield adapter, sun-shield
Software supplied ArcSoft (Impression / Panorama)
PhotoFun Studio 4.0
Quicktime
Dimensions 117.6 x 75.3 x 88.9mm
Weight Camera only: 367g
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#1
Very popular camera. If only there wasn't so much noise, even at ISO 80 and then panny's battery "protection" :(
1 Like #2
There are loads of third party batteries that work and are usually advertised as doing so, my friend got one for £3. I got one for £5. It is mostly a scare story.

I agree with the comments about noise in lower lighting. My main gripe is purple lines on video taken in low light/dark.

But for £199 it's great and not much else touches it unless your requirements are different.

Edited By: snapdragon on Feb 05, 2011 08:36
#3
pet2000
Very popular camera. If only there wasn't so much noise, even at ISO 80 and then panny's battery "protection" :(

Agree with the noise bit on this, have owned this camera twice and returned it both times, it is a superb camera but the viewfinder is far to small and the diopter adjustment is easily moved so it is out of focus. The biggest problem for me was noise in low lighting, shame but it is never the less a great camera for the money.
#4
I have the FZ38 and there is no "Battery Protection" on this model.....

I use this battery from 7dayshop as a spare and after six months of regular use, it lasts as long as the Panasonic original....

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?&products_id=101141
#5
Another agreement about the noise - had it for a few weeks and soon realised it didn't produce photos good enough for anything but web and 4 x 6 photos. I've sacrificed zoom and gone for the LX5, wonderful camera and exceptional image quality. The LX5 is also great in low light which the FZ38 was awful for.
#6
I guess i depends what you need out of a camera, For me the main thing is sharp photos with little noise. O.K its got a huge zoom but as i say image quality is the main thing. I settled for a Canon s95 in the end and it is superb
2 Likes #7
I have older version FZ-28 i am very happy with it. Yes it has some noise but I do 99% outdoor so I not really bothered. Yed you can get better camera but this one has good size/quality/zoom/price ratio.
Of course SLR are better but who wants to carry lenses when climbing up some rocky mountains. Maybe compact one are better for indoor, but this one is ultra wide and i love Panasonic's stabilizer.
For me just GREAT. 8)
1 Like #8
DownHill911
I have older version FZ-28 i am very happy with it. Yes it has some noise but I do 99% outdoor so I not really bothered. Yed you can get better camera but this one has good size/quality/zoom/price ratio.
Of course SLR are better but who wants to carry lenses when climbing up some rocky mountains. Maybe compact one are better for indoor, but this one is ultra wide and i love Panasonic's stabilizer.
For me just GREAT. 8)


Couldn't agree more, I used to have the FZ38 and took some fantastic shots with it. A lot of the noise is because at default settings the camera does not apply a great deal of noise reduction, this can be changed in the camera settings for anything but auto mode. I added a little bit of noise reduction and preferred the pictures after that.

One bit of of advice though - don't leave it in the bottom of a bag with a leaky bottle of water, they aren't very waterproof! I've got the FZ45 now (replacement model through insurance) which is also very good but I'm not sure that the image quality is quite as good as it was with the FZ38.
suspended#9
I have one of these more than pleased with it ,,,, HOT price
#10
You will not find a better camera for the price anywhere. (Unless you live in 2014).
#11
Is this better than the TZ10?
#12
Is an electronic viewfinder as good as an optical viewfinder? I have neck problems so can't use the viewfinder.

I wanted the Canon G11 because of the optical viewfinder but its out of my price range even on ebay.

So I'm wondering if I should take a chance on this one instead?
#13
I prefer the electronic viewfinder to be honest, it gives you your picture information such as shutter speed over the top of the image you are about to take, then it will show you the image after taking it.
#14
Electrical viewfinders are not generally as good, and on the TZ38 its very small- obviously there for occasional use and to tick a box on the specs.
#15
Prudentpanda is now showing this as 189.05 with voucher code CAMS5

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