Panasonic is pleased to introduce new DMC-FZ100, top-of-the-line of LUMIX popular FZ series that packs a powerful optical zoom and creative options including manual operation, adding full HD movie recording capability. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in the DMC-FZ100 extends its optical zoom range from 27mm to 25mm at wide end and the zoom power from 18x to 24x to be even more versatile compared with the DMC-FZ35*. Also the newly developed 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor lets the FZ100 record high quality 1920x1080 full HD movie as smooth as 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL). Together with a host of options, the unlimited expression of not only photo but also of movie is now easily available with FZ100. The high speed MOS sensor realizes the industry’s fastest level of burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 fps with mechanical shutter and even 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel recording mode**. It also enables the camera to record high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size, to capture the motion of a subject the naked eye cannot see.
The new image processing LSI the Venus Engine FHD assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording. It also compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. The powerful 24x optical zoom* can be increased its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. The Sonic Speed AF in the FZ100 features its speed at the industry’s fastest level. Combined with a high-speed start-up, this gives the FZ100 an industry’s fastest level of response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.
The manual control of FZ100 elevates the operability even higher with the incorporation of new jog dial. Focus switch is newly equipped on the lens barrel true to the system camera. User can enjoy creative shooting expressing their intention not only in photo but also in movie, utilizing a host of options including Creative Movie mode and My Color mode.
4. Redesigned Venus Engine FHD with Even Higher Signal Processing Performance
For the image processor, the new Venus Engine FHD is incorporated that features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities. By separating chromatic noise from luminance noise and applying the optimal noise reduction to each, you can capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. The Venus Engine FHD also provides precisely selective noise reduction to the chromatic noise without affecting the border of colors which is judged from the brightness level of a pixel. The Intelligent Resolution technology is another feature of the Venus Engine FHD. With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas — outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction system of the Venus Engine FHD is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording. The Intelligent Resolution technology also realizes Intelligent Zoom, which virtually extends the optical zoom ratio to its approx. 1.3x equivalent maintaining the picture quality even combining the digital zoom. Details of an image in high sensitivity recording tend to be lost in the noise reduction process; however, the Intelligent Resolution works to keep them. Linking smoothly with the MOS sensor, the Venus Engine FHD processes a large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record high resolution consecutive shots and full HD movie recording.
At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine FHD achieves a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.008 second and the camera’s quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus).
5. Intuitive Manual Control and Creative Option
The excellent manual controllability is the advantage of DMC-FZ100, making it stand out of standard compact cameras. The newly adopted jog dial enhances the operability together with the focus switch relocated on the lens barrel.
In movie recording, the DMC-FZ100 goes further than simply recording HD movies. Apart from the movie recording capability of conventional digital compact cameras, the DMC-FZ100 also features a Creative Movie mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subject. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and it is desired to have each of them stand out.
My Color mode, which was popular in the LUMIX G Micro System cameras, is a special option that gives free reign to the user’s creativity. With a variety of options including new Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic and High Dynamic B&W, the My Color mode makes it easier and more fun to create interesting, expressive images by shooting images with most intensive color, brightness and saturation parameters The popular My Color mode is available also in movie recording giving the user a wider range of expressive possibilities to explore together with the Creative Movie mode.
The newly added hot shoe allows attachment of various accessories including an optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1) or an optional external flash (DMW-FL220/360/500). The DMC-FZ100 is also compatible with a optional remote shutter (DMW-RSL1) for advanced expression in photography.
6. Great Photography Is Not only from a Professional Photographer — Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Photo & Movie
The DMC-FZ100 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably.
The hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, is recognized as a low-frequency vibration, for which the POWER O.I.S. is particularly effective. This greatly improves the quality of shots taken with high zoom, at night or indoors where a flash cannot be used, or where the photographer doesn’t want to use a flash because it would spoil the mood. It captures beautiful photos in situations that previously resulted in blurring. The Face Recognition function remembers registered faces to give an appropriate AF/AE on the people. The Intelligent Scene Selector, which automatically selects whichever of 6 Scene modes — Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset — that best suits the shooting situation.
With the DMC-FZ100, the Motion Deblur mode* is incorporated to prevent blur even more powerfully. The mode is a comprehensive integration of Intelligent ISO Control which automatically adjusts ISO setting and shutter speed according to the subject’s movement and the advanced contrast control system of Intelligent Exposure that also optimizes the exposure to prevent over/under exposure part in a picture. The camera judges the appropriate shutter speed to suppress the motion blur according to the movement of the subject. The shutter speed rises as high as possible activating the high sensitivity recording by pixel mixed readout method.
Plus, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA mode which results in the clearer and higher picture quality in every photo and movie with extended zoom range with the Intelligent Zoom equivalent to 32x optical zoom.
The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by simply selecting the iA mode to take beautiful photos and movies with maximum ease.
The Happy mode, a color mode option in the iA mode, optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make both photo and movie more vivid and true to the color of the scene you memorized.
7. Other Features Enhancing the Photographic Experience
The DMC-FZ100 features free-angle 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD (which boasts a wide viewing angle) and 0.2-inch 201,600-dot EVF, both with 100% field of view. A large, clear, easy-to-see LCD, that rotates 180° horizontally and 270° vertically to offer even more comfortable view for both monitoring when shooting and for playing back the results.
The 1cm Macro shot is also available to capture subjects with fine detail with the FZ100.
8. Rich Options for Further Expandability
The DMC-FZ100 offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style.
| Product type || Superzoom |
| Video resolution || 720p |
| Image stabilisation || yes |
| Available colours || Black |
| Resolution || 14.1 megapixels |
| Optical zoom || 24 x |
| Screen size || 2.99 in. |
| Self timer || Yes |
| Self timer delay || 2, 10 |
| Remote control || No |
| Microphone || Yes |
| Flash type || Pop-up |
| External flash terminal || Hot shoe |
| Red-eye reduction || Yes |
| Form factor || Superzoom |
| Size (W x H x D) || 124.3 x 81.2 x 95.2 mm |
| Weight || 540 g |
| Lens type || Zoom |
| Interchangeable lens || No |
| Zoom adjustment || Motorised |
| Focal length || 4.5-108 mm |
| Equivalent 35mm focal length || 25-600 mm |
| Lens aperture || F/2.8-5.2 |
| Optical zoom || 24 x |
| Optical sensor size || 1/2.33 in. |
| Exposure metering || Intelligent Multiple, Center Weighted, Spot |
| Exposure modes || Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift |
| Exposure compensation || 1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV |
| Auto exposure bracketing || +/- 1/3 EV ~3EV step, 3 frames |
| Still image format || JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) |
| Digital video format || AVCHD, QuickTime Motion JPEG |
| Sensor resolution || 14.1 megapixels |
| Gross sensor resolution || 15 pixels |
Memory / Storage
| Expansion slots || SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card |
| Built-in memory || 40 MB |
Viewfinder / Display
| Viewfinder type || Electronic |
| Display mounting || Tilt and swivel |
| Display size || 76 mm |
| Display resolution || 460 pixels |
Parallel Imported.Warranty : 1 Year.Delivery within 3-5 business days.