Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38EB-K Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 18 x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD for £229.87 Delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Cheapest to date for this brilliant camera:

* HD Movie in AVCHD Lite and Creative Movie Mode
* 18x Optical Zoom 27mm Wide-angle LEICA DC Lens in a Compact Body
* POWER O.I.S. Hand-shake Blurring Compensation
* Seamless Operation with Quick Start-up Time and Ultra High-speed AF
* IA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Face Recognition
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#1
Iv had this camera for a few months and I tell you its brilliant

10/10 for me

have some heat and rep :thumbsup:
#2
Good deal. Bought one for £225 directly from Panasonic a month ago. Excellent camera.
#3
KEG123
Good deal. Bought one for £225 directly from Panasonic a month ago. Excellent camera.


You don't happen to have a link do you? :thumbsup:
#4
Brilliant camera, best price I have seen so hot from me.
#5
http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod1206.html has a nice graph showing the cheapest and average prices for this camera
#6
Great deal. I very nearly bought one of these before going for a second hand DLSR. Looks like the best superzoom around, with RAW shooting and a decent lens. HD video too.

The thing that put me off and ultimately made me choose a SLR was there being no zoom ring on the lens and more high iso noise.
#7
Was this the one "reviewed" on the Gadget Show last week?
#8
Just come back from 2 months traveling round India and Nepal and we had one these and a Lumix TZ7, to be honest we can't tell the difference in the pics we took, the TZ7 is a lot neater and easier to carry. And yes i know the zoom is 18x compared with 12x, but it wasn't ever an issue, the real difference was the battery life, the FZ-38 lasted a lot longer!!
#9
Now £249.99. :(
#10
Amazon dropped the price so much for such a short period of time, that I wonder if it wasn't a misprice. Mine is scheduled for delivery this morning. Didn't get the £229 price though.

Check out these videos for a direct comparison between the TZ7 and the FZ38. Particularly take note of the Power O.I.S video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ARdlee9kiw

and a video for low light comparison.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNmuHlhv3QQ

This is what really impressed me though. This is Panasonic's new Power O.I.S feature.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ghough12#p/u/10/uTcFD96751I
#11
Great Little Camera, This is about the best Superzoom around for quality and features, the next step up from this is a Basic DSLR @ £300 and above, plus you would need a few lenses to match the focal range.
#12
I have had 4 Panasonic Lumix Bridge Cameras and this one is the best yet. Photos are alot sharper than the previous ones (FZ5, FZ8, FZ18) On the photographic forum I frequent alot of people are amazed that the phots weren't taken with a DSLR.
I got my FZ38 for free by the way as a long service award from my employer.
Very hot from me.:thumbsup:
#13
hotukdealz
Great Little Camera, This is about the best Superzoom around for quality and features, the next step up from this is a Basic DSLR @ £300 and above, plus you would need a few lenses to match the focal range.


...or so they'd have you believe.

Nikon D40 and the 18-55mm kit lens and you'll have made a first proper step into DSLR's.

http://*********.co.uk/Nikon-D40-Black-w-AF-S-DX-18-55-mm-Lens-Digital-Camera_W0QQitemZ140392775487QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CamerasPhoto_DigitalCameras_DigitalCameras_JN?hash=item20b00fbf3f

£300 it's true, but in five years you'll still get £180-£200 for it and it's a wonderful camera.
#14
As for a third party spare battery for the FZ38, if you read the reviews on Amazon, a lot of them complain of the battery being too large and jamming in the battery compartment.

I've ordered a spare from 7Dayshop. It should be here any day now. I'll post how well it fits and lasts.
#15
Does anyone know the original price of this camera? Also, I am off to South Africa in a few months, and hopefully will see some nice wildlife, I am jumping between the TZ7 and this camera, Any suggestions as to which would be the best choice? and size wise is this much bigger than the TZ7?
Would appreciate any comments.
:thumbsup:
#16
haggisheid
Does anyone know the original price of this camera? Also, I am off to South Africa in a few months, and hopefully will see some nice wildlife, I am jumping between the TZ7 and this camera, Any suggestions as to which would be the best choice? and size wise is this much bigger than the TZ7?
Would appreciate any comments.
:thumbsup:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ARdlee9kiw
#17


^^ You've got me confused - a video on how to turn off an airbag warning light?
#18


This is a video of how to reset airbag on a Nissan

How does this help?
#19
haggisheid
Does anyone know the original price of this camera? Also, I am off to South Africa in a few months, and hopefully will see some nice wildlife, I am jumping between the TZ7 and this camera, Any suggestions as to which would be the best choice? and size wise is this much bigger than the TZ7?
Would appreciate any comments.
:thumbsup:


The TZ7 is very pocketable, while the FZ38 is not. Go have a look at my comments on #11 above as per video quality between the two models.
#20
haggisheid
This is a video of how to reset airbag on a Nissan

How does this help?


Lol sorry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ARdlee9kiw
#21
londislagerhound
...or so they'd have you believe.

Nikon D40 and the 18-55mm kit lens and you'll have made a first proper step into DSLR's.

http://*********.co.uk/Nikon-D40-Black-w-AF-S-DX-18-55-mm-Lens-Digital-Camera_W0QQitemZ140392775487QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CamerasPhoto_DigitalCameras_DigitalCameras_JN?hash=item20b00fbf3f

£300 it's true, but in five years you'll still get £180-£200 for it and it's a wonderful camera.


Which in no way matches the focal length range of the FZ38, nevermind the FZ38's f2.8 - 4.4 maximum aperture, plus the kit lens doesn't have image stabilisation ( I assume that as you're link has been munged by the HUKD antispambot for some reason) . Matching the capability of the FZ38 with DSLR kit is going to cost a LOT more money, and be a lot bigger and heavier.

Yes the D40 with the right glass should be capable of better results in the right hands, but that's by no means guaranteed.

After 25 years of film SLRs I switched to an FZ20 as a first 'proper' digital camera 4 years ago, meaning to upgrade at some point to a DSLR; but to be honest I only miss SLR capability for a few shots a year, and it's not like I'm a pro that has to get the right photo to eat.

So I'm still firmly in the 'bridge camera' camp, although I'm mulling over switching to a TZ6 as my main camera - a friend well into photography has a TZ7 and a D 40 and prefers the results from the TZ7.
#22
I have one of these (paid £250 for it about 6 months ago which I thought was a good price at the time). I think it is an excellent camera. I also have an SLR but increasingly I just take the FZ38 out with me now as it is so much easier to carry around.
To answer some of the unanswered questions I've seen on here:
- I have a spare battery bought from 7dayshop and it fits the camera fine and I can perceive no difference, other than price, between it and the original in terms of longevity etc.
- Yes it was reviewed on the Gadget show the other night it came second (out of three). The winner was the Sony HX1 which they said had better video, better at taking night shots and has a longer zoom (it's about £300 I think). There is a video of their review here http://fwd.five.tv/gadget-show/videos/jon-test/bridge-cameras

BTW if anyone is looking for a case for the FZ38. Asda do one for £10 that fits or if you want better quality the Lowepro Apex AW 100 for around £17 (which is the one I have) also fits it well. Neither case will accommodate the separate lens hood but you can fit a spare battery and memory card in.
#23
Great camera. If you don't want to be carrying around loads of lenses, but still want very nice photos, then this is perfect. Excellent, real, optical zoom, full manual controls, and a good auto mode setting too.

Considering it's price, and being a camera first and foremost, I find it's video performance to be more than acceptable, even on my 42" plasma.

Heat and rep added. :thumbsup:
#24
i've had this camera for a few months now... superb picture quality! Very sharp and clear. Great under low lighting conditions too. Better than your standard lens slr cameras (i had a nikon d70). battery life was great too. I was on holiday and took photos of literally everything! battery lasted for like +2 days before I needed to charge it again.
#25
Expired? it now says £249.99
1 Like #26
Overrated camera, yes it has lots of features blah blah blah, but when it comes down to quality the sensor on this is tiny and produces noisy results. I had one and it annoyed me so much I sold it again. If I'm spending £250 of my hard earned cash I would expect MUCH BETTER picture quality in low light environments, ... at the end of the day that's what a camera should be about, not just the gimmicks.
#27
It rather depends how much shooting you're going to do in low light environments though, doesn't it? My FZ20 is allegedly noisy, but unless I blow the image up to poster size ( 'pixel peeping' as DPpreview call it) then it isn't noticeable, and I would hope the much newer FZ38 is somewhat better in this respect anyway. As I said in another thread, if I was doing gig photography I'd want a DSLR, but not for general everyday photography.

Looking at the Amazon reviews for this camera then many of the 4/5 star reviews are from DSLR owners, who've found the FZ38's lightness and versatility really useful.

edit: after all, these days it's not difficult for folks to download sample images from the various cameras off the web and make their own minds up.
#28
Deano467
Overrated camera, yes it has lots of features blah blah blah, but when it comes down to quality the sensor on this is tiny and produces noisy results. I had one and it annoyed me so much I sold it again. If I'm spending £250 of my hard earned cash I would expect MUCH BETTER picture quality in low light environments, ... at the end of the day that's what a camera should be about, not just the gimmicks.


So what did you get instead?
#29
Buy A Camera

£238.98
#30
Deano467
Overrated camera, yes it has lots of features blah blah blah, but when it comes down to quality the sensor on this is tiny and produces noisy results. I had one and it annoyed me so much I sold it again. If I'm spending £250 of my hard earned cash I would expect MUCH BETTER picture quality in low light environments, ... at the end of the day that's what a camera should be about, not just the gimmicks.


Anubis24
i've had this camera for a few months now... superb picture quality! Very sharp and clear. Great under low lighting conditions too. Better than your standard lens slr cameras (i had a nikon d70). battery life was great too. I was on holiday and took photos of literally everything! battery lasted for like +2 days before I needed to charge it again.


I totally agree with Deano on this; unless Panasonic's quality control is total carp and Deano and I had duds I just cannot understand people saying they get sharp and clear images from this camera.
I was pleased to see the TV gadget show review last week reported the same issues - about the only 'professional' review that has admitted this problem.
If you raise the ISO issue on any forum you'll be swamped with fanboys telling you not to "pixel-peek" and "all compacts are the same" (they aren't).
Mechanically it is great (feels good to use and fast shooting great IS etc.) - the software interface is not too good (too many buttons and lots of hard work to capure decent images especially as Auto mode is unuseable) - the image quality is poor compared to most of my other digital cameras (all MUCH cheaper) - even on my 1280x800 laptop display you can see the noise on images over 100 iso - the HD video is also very poor indoors (dark and hunts desperately for focus) even outdoors focusing is very poor at the medium to long end of the zoom range.

I paid nearly £300 for mine; I'd say £200 or less would be a hot price for this given the pluses and minuses abive.

P.S. I find the battery life mediocre - I don't use continuous focus but only managed 300 shots and about 10mins of video at the weekend - that was one complete discharge and down to the last bar on the second battery.
#31
So....any other recomendations??
#32
magicmat
So....any other recomendations??


Depends what features and performance you want really, Steve's digicams has a 'short' list of recommended cameras in a variety of types, maybe somewhere to start at least:-

http://www.steves-digicams.com/best-cameras.html

edit: whoops, one thing to note, being an american site the model numbers of some cameras are not the same as the UK ones, although IIRC the reviews usually give both numbers.
#33
wombat6025
I totally agree with Deano on this; unless Panasonic's quality control is total carp and Deano and I had duds I just cannot understand people saying they get sharp and clear images from this camera.
I was pleased to see the TV gadget show review last week reported the same issues - about the only 'professional' review that has admitted this problem.
If you raise the ISO issue on any forum you'll be swamped with fanboys telling you not to "pixel-peek" and "all compacts are the same" (they aren't).
Mechanically it is great (feels good to use and fast shooting great IS etc.) - the software interface is not too good (too many buttons and lots of hard work to capure decent images especially as Auto mode is unuseable) - the image quality is poor compared to most of my other digital cameras (all MUCH cheaper) - even on my 1280x800 laptop display you can see the noise on images over 100 iso - the HD video is also very poor indoors (dark and hunts desperately for focus) even outdoors focusing is very poor at the medium to long end of the zoom range.

I paid nearly £300 for mine; I'd say £200 or less would be a hot price for this given the pluses and minuses abive.

P.S. I find the battery life mediocre - I don't use continuous focus but only managed 300 shots and about 10mins of video at the weekend - that was one complete discharge and down to the last bar on the second battery.


Disagree. Bought one. Delighted with it.
#34
KEG123
Disagree. Bought one. Delighted with it.


Glad you like it.

I guess it depends what other compact digital cameras you're comparing it to and what your expectations were from the reviews and pricing... :thumbsup:
I can take better pictures with an £80 Canon; for me the zoom range and HD video wasn't worth the £200 extra I paid...
#35
magicmat
So....any other recomendations??

Take a look at the Sony HX1 if you want an alternative to the FZ38. The HX1 won the recent Gadget show review but costs more at circa £300.
#36
wombat6025
Glad you like it.

I guess it depends what other compact digital cameras you're comparing it to and what your expectations were from the reviews and pricing... :thumbsup:
I can take better pictures with an £80 Canon; for me the zoom range and HD video wasn't worth the £200 extra I paid...


There's still plenty of very positive reviews for the FZX38 from DSLR owners over on Amazon.

edit : DPreview's views on Sony Hx-1 versus FZ28 here:-

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydschx1/page12.asp
#37
Are all Panasonic cameras called Lumix these days? Whatever happened to calling different products by unique names, just to give a clue as to what they're selling? It's hardly very comsumer friendly to have to remember DMC-FZ38EB-K, or whatever other random code they assign!
#38
jhw
Are all Panasonic cameras called Lumix these days? Whatever happened to calling different products by unique names, just to give a clue as to what they're selling? It's hardly very comsumer friendly to have to remember DMC-FZ38EB-K, or whatever other random code they assign!


The codes don't exactly stick in the mind do they!

Pretty much all the big boys do this naming thing on their compact ranges though:-

Pansonic = Lumix, Nikon = Coolpix, Canon = Powershot, Sony = Cybershot for example.
#39
magicmat
So....any other recomendations??


What about the new TZ8?

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