Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ4
Another long distance looker from Panasonic, the DMC-FZ4 has powerful features for a variety of users. While the casual user might prefer a camera with a smaller profile, those looking to explore and expand their own photography will appreciate the 12x Leica zoom and 4.23 megapixel definition. Image stabilization ensures a crisp picture even at a distance, and a removable lens shield protects your shots from flares and other issues.
- 4.23 megapixels
- 12x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
- autofocus only
- auto and manual exposure
- JPEG and TIFF file formats
- ISO 64-400
- proprietary lithium battery
- movie mode
- Part Number: DMCFZ4PPS
- UPC: 037988985166
- Release Date: Jul 11, 2005
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ4 Reviews
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ4 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users
- 5.0 out of 5
This camera has exceeded expectations and takes amazing pictures. Close up or 400 feet away. I would recommend it to anyone who like going to sporting events or has kids.
- 4.0 out of 5
I love this camera and highly recommend it for beginners and hobbyists alike. It's fairly easy to use and creates great pics while still offering decent manual controls. Zoom, OIS etc. are all excellent. If you're relatively new to digital, I highly suggest getting a proper Li-ION battery (this one has it). Don't even bother with double AAs. The ions will last up to a week with heavy shooting, the AAs last a day. (Some people are turned off of IONs because it seems like an inconvenience to charge them, especially when travelling. It's not, but if you do extensive travelling you may want to consider investing in an extra battery that you can charge at home.)
My only wish: In low light, or 400 ISO settings there is some noticable noise distortion. I wish the ISO settings were more extensive, say up to 800 ISO. Also, the manual shutter control is limited at 8 seconds. Extending that would be excellent. There is no manual focus, though the auto works great.
I hear that Lumix's next generation of cameras is working on a processor that will limit or cut out noise and will also increase ISO sensitivity.
Overall, I have to say, after owning a Fujifilm and an HP Photosmart, that this is the best camera I've owned to date. The Leica lens on this baby is beautiful and if Panasonic continues to make these cameras at this quality, I'm going to shun all other camera brands.
Hint hint, I'd really be interested in a 5-6MP camera campable of up to 800 ISO, 60 second shutter speed and a manual focus around the lens in the $400CDN range. I can hope can't I?...
If you'd like to see some pics I've taken with this camera, check out my site at www.flickr.com/photos/stealslaundry/