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Panasonic Lumix FZ 38 £225.00 @ Amazon

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6y, 5m agoFound 6 years, 5 months ago
Price dropped a little, As Good as the TZ7 if not better (12.1 MP, 18x Optical zoom, PASM, RAW) but bulkier.
Hope it helps someone looking for this cracking camera. If this was posted already, my apologies.
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#1
chcezary


Thanks, at least they have a choice.:thumbsup:
#2
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:
#3
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:

Cameralabs youtube video review doesn't seem too bad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpxHpj4ww1A
#4
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:


Reasons ???! Panasonic make amazing cameras - and they have Leica lenses which are exceptional. I have the FZ28 previous model which is a Which Best Buy and gives fantastic results. At this price this camera is a great buy !
#5
well they tend to release the new models around this time of the year. might be worth waiting for a while.
#6
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:


Why?? Just because its not a DSLR perhaps?!?! Panasonic cameras are excellent, I have a DSLR but would have this as a backup any day :thumbsup:
#7
I have this camera and it has given us some great shots - a professional photographer friend of mine loves the pics I took at the Grand Canyon with this. Okay its not a DSLR but its in a different class to any point and shoot camera out there.
If you want a camera buy it - you wont be dissappointed!
#8
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:


Can you elaborate a bit more to justify this remark !!

I have 2 of the FZ38's and there the best bridge cameras out there at the moment so where your

getting your findings has intrigued me no end :?

I find the picture quality is great and the camera reviews are excellent also

Also if you get them from camerabox you get the 5 year warranty & there UK models :thumbsup:

http://www.camerabox.co.uk/product1.asp?ProductName=Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Black&ProductID=9286
#9
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:


Interesting comment, please explain.

All I can say is that I'm very pleased with my FZ38 and while it cannot produce DSLR class its output is VERY good for a bridge camera and in a different league to the Fuji S8000fd I also have.
#10
i just bought one of these, after many weeks of research. This has the best image quality of any camera in its 'class' as stated by many a reviewer. you really can not go wrong for the money.
Though i would reccomend buying instore to take advantage of this offer http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Dealers/LUMIX+DMC-FZ38+and+LX3+Promo/Lumix+Promo+T%26Cs/4642283/index.html#anker_4642285
suspended#11
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:


Well if the FZ38 is as good as my FZ28 I would certainly recommend it.....

Wonderful pictures and HD Video without complicated setup , just twist the dial to required settings and camera takes care of the rest....

HEAT from me
#12
Quicklite
well they tend to release the new models around this time of the year. might be worth waiting for a while.


Panasonic has already relased new models but FZ range and LX range are treated differently and normally run for 2 years compared to normal 1 year.
#13
redbull
Panasonic has already relased new models but FZ range and LX range are treated differently and normally run for 2 years compared to normal 1 year.


I beg to differ.

Fine, TZ series got announced at CES - but that's not related to this.

FZ series, on the other hand gets updated in the summer. For the last 3 FZ models running:

FZ38 - 28 July 2009
FZ28 - 22 July 2008
FZ18 - 24 July 2007

:whistling:
#14
Bought this on Sat for this price. Spent weeks researching a new bridge camera and this one won. Then followed about 8 auctions on eBay who were very close or over the £231 price so took the plunge and bought this on Fri. Had a voucher but if not would have bought it elsewhere. The Panasonic shops are doing it for £245 but might think about matching the price. They and retailers like Currys offer a 3 yr warranty if bought instore.
#15
I was stuck between this and the TZ7 and in the end I went for the TZ7 due to size. This is a great camera by allaccounts, forget DSLR quality comparisons as people looking at these obviously aren't looking for a a DSLR.
#16
Now £225!!! Great price looks like a good camera from what I've read for a few months.
#17
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:


Ridiculous comment.
#18
pehaw
Ridiculous comment.


+1

Have this camera and very, very pleased.
#19
I have the FZ38 as well and love it. For the record, this spare battery from 7dayshop fits the FZ38 perfectly and lasts exactly the same as the factory battery. I have two of these and can't tell the difference between them and the factory battery in use.


http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=101141

also there is a very active Panasonic forum over at Steves Digicams.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/panasonic-leica-29/

And lastly, for those that don't know, Panasonic gives the same model of camera a different number depending on where it is sold worldwide, so the FZ38 is also the FZ35 in North America.
#20
jcuthell
Now £225!!! Great price looks like a good camera from what I've read for a few months.


Thanks, even better, will edit price.
#21
Anyone know if I can get a water proof housing for this?
#22
Got one of these last year. Superb camera and pictures rival that of an SLR.

Voted hot as its an excellent camera and price! :thumbsup:
#23
Random
pictures rival that of an SLR.


Ridiculous comment ;-)
#24
Anyone know if there is a remote shutter for this camera?
#25
echobass
Anyone know if there is a remote shutter for this camera?


Have not found one to date.... :cry:

There is however a 2 second delay function, 10 second delay and a 10 second three picture delay so at 10 seconds, it takes three pictures in a row not one picture every ten seconds.
#26
John Mason
Interesting comment, please explain.

All I can say is that I'm very pleased with my FZ38 and while it cannot produce DSLR class its output is VERY good for a bridge camera and in a different league to the Fuji S8000fd I also have.


Very interested by that. I'm more convinced than ever that my FZ38 is faulty - however Comet were not at all helpful when I tried to return it (admittedly after a month of ownership) and Panasonic threatened all sorts of charges if they deemed it was not faulty.

The FZ38 was a replacement for my bust S8000fd and although I can't directly compare I've tried to reproduce shots taken with the S8000fd and almost invariably I'm unhappy with the results from the Panny - for me the noise in jpeg images is far too much and finding the images noisy I detest it's habit of using high-ISO in auto-mode. Auto-mode is also generally annoying (and possibly faulty?); arbitarily deciding to try and focus in macro mode when shooting at distance and refusing to focus in macro when wanted.

The HD video is generally very good and gives some excellent results more so outdoors and in bright lighting; although I still don't have software or a PC capable of editing it yet.

My general disappointment with the camera is probably also due to my own inneptitude; the Fuji was quite a basic camera and changing a couple of settings in the reasonably restricted menus would switch you between tripod-zoom shot of the moon; super-macro of a flower or indoor portrait. I do struggle with the number of setting changes I find neccessary between shots on the Panny. Again if the Auto-mode was better / more reliable I wouldn't have such trouble.
#27
There are some very valid remarks in the heated debate about this camera.

I spent a long time looking at these and entry level SLR's a while ago.

The pro's for this are video and an inbuilt super zoom lens.

The cons for me outweighed the pros however, with poor low light performance compared to SLRs and more shutter lag. The RAW frame rate isn't good either. This is essential if shooting action or children etc and with a budget slr you can shoot away at 3 or 4 frames per second and gaurentee getting a great action shot.

My advice would be to get a budget SLR and hit ebay to get a second zoom lens or an 18-200.
#28
Golaboots888
There are some very valid remarks in the heated debate about this camera.

I spent a long time looking at these and entry level SLR's a while ago.

The pro's for this are video and an inbuilt super zoom lens.

The cons for me outweighed the pros however, with poor low light performance compared to SLRs and more shutter lag. The RAW frame rate isn't good either. This is essential if shooting action or children etc and with a budget slr you can shoot away at 3 or 4 frames per second and gaurentee getting a great action shot.

My advice would be to get a budget SLR and hit ebay to get a second zoom lens or an 18-200.


Yes, but how much would that cost?
#29
vraptorchick
Reasons ???! Panasonic make amazing cameras - and they have Leica lenses which are exceptional. I have the FZ28 previous model which is a Which Best Buy and gives fantastic results. At this price this camera is a great buy !

Agree, I have the FZ28 and its an excellent camera. This one can only be better I guess.
#30
tc80tc80
Have not found one to date.... :cry:

There is however a 2 second delay function, 10 second delay and a 10 second three picture delay so at 10 seconds, it takes three pictures in a row not one picture every ten seconds.


It's a shame. No remote for the TZ7 either :(
#31
Can I ask what might seem like a daft question to all those "in the know".....

I've been weighing this camera up as I'm after a decent camera, for everyday use, but also for showjumping which can be high speed when close up... but don't really know what I'm doing - and as my brother points out -there's no point buying an SLR then flicking it to Auto.

Would this camera be suitable for me to learn with?

Sorry if it's a daft question... but then if I knew the answer I wouldn't be asking :oops: :whistling:
1 Like #32
christophersmum
Can I ask what might seem like a daft question to all those "in the know".....

I've been weighing this camera up as I'm after a decent camera, for everyday use, but also for showjumping which can be high speed when close up... but don't really know what I'm doing - and as my brother points out -there's no point buying an SLR then flicking it to Auto.

Would this camera be suitable for me to learn with?

Sorry if it's a daft question... but then if I knew the answer I wouldn't be asking :oops: :whistling:


This is an excellent camera to learn with. It has full manual capabilities in addition to auto modes. The movie mode is somewhat unique in that whatever you can do in the Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual modes, you can also do in Movie Mode. Want to shoot a movie in Sepia or Black and White. No problem.
1 Like #33
Another fan of the FZ38 here.....had mine around 6 months, as a replacement for a Fuji 6500fd....very happy with the results, both stills and video - found the auto mode to be more or less competent, and then there is a quite stunning array of fiddle-options for those more discerning shots.
For me, short of SLR territory, this is the pinnacle of the current generation :)

Oh, and great price - agree with earlier comments about imminent successor likely (Panasonic tend to refresh the FZs in July !).....but, not that much changed from FZ28 to FZ38 ;)
1 Like #34
wombat6025
Wouldn't recommend - however at this price it's worth considering if coinvenience and picture quality aren't too important :thumbsup:


What a silly comment. This camera is widely considered to be its best in its class at this price.

I bought this camera a few weeks ago after doing extensive research. It really is an amazing camera. Please ignore that users comment!
#35
OK I'm sold. Definately the one for me. Question now is... should I wait and see if another (FZ48??) comes out in July and sends this price crashing.... hmmm, given I can get for roughly this price at John Lewis with other half's staff discount, I think I'll wait and see.
Rep to those above for the useful comments :)
#36
tc80tc80
I have the FZ38 as well and love it. For the record, this spare battery from 7dayshop fits the FZ38 perfectly and lasts exactly the same as the factory battery. I have two of these and can't tell the difference between them and the factory battery in use.


http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=101141

also there is a very active Panasonic forum over at Steves Digicams.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/panasonic-leica-29/

And lastly, for those that don't know, Panasonic gives the same model of camera a different number depending on where it is sold worldwide, so the FZ38 is also the FZ35 in North America.


v useful info, thanks + rep
#37
kevpuk
...oh, and great price - agree with earlier comments about imminent successor likely (Panasonic tend to refresh the FZs in July !).....but, not that much changed from FZ28 to FZ38 ;)


There were a few:-
[INDENT]Face recognition (gimmick on FZ38 - maybe working well on next model),
10mp-12mp => noisier pictures (maybe next model will have a larger CCD or drop to 10mp again)
720p HD video (doubt we'll see 1080p on the next model). [/INDENT]Possibly they'll increase the optical zoom on the next model - the FZ28/FZ38 lens and the IS is fantastic - I can't see why they couldn't chase the rivals a little.

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