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Panasonic Lumix FZ38 / 12.1 Megapixel / Hybrid Super Zoom Digital Camera

Released on 05 September 2009

Manufacturer: Panasonic

4.0 out of 5 (3 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The DMC-FZ38 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite. And a stereo microphone, featuring Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, records high quality audio. Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. In the Creative Movie Mode, the shutter speed and aperture can be adjusted. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-FZ38 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV's remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience.

The DMC-FZ38 features a 27mm wide-angle 18x optical zoom f/2.8-4.4 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in a compact body (35mm equivalent: 27-486mm). The lens unit comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED lenses and 3 aspherical lenses, including a dual-sided aspherical meniscus lens. The powerful 18x zoom can also be used in motion picture recording. Furthermore, in 3-megapixel resolution, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 35.2x (35mm film camera equivalent: 950mm).

POWER O.I.S. is about twice as effective as MEGA O.I.S. at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur when pressing the shutter button or shooting with a slow shutter speed. So you can take beautiful night shots without blurring. Activating POWER O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking, the camera does all the work in the iA Mode. Face Recognition function recognizes registered persons' faces and optimizes the focus and exposure settings.
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  • Key Features:
  • LUMIX Hybrid Super Zoom Digital 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
  • Full Manual Operation with Smooth Joystick Control
  • Main Specifications:
  • Megapixels: 12.1
  • Zoom (Optical): 18x
  • Zoom (Digital): 4x
  • LCD: 2.7" TFT Screen LCD Display
  • Storage type: 40 MB built in / SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Face Recognition
  • Shutter speed: Still: 60 - 1/2000 sec / Creative Movie Mode : 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Manual mode)
  • Sensor dimensions: 1/2.33-inch
  • Lens focal length: f=4.8-86.4mm (27-486mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • Exposure modes: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE mode)
  • ISO range: Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
  • Interface: AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for N. America), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed, DC Input
  • Battery type: Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2 V, Typical: 710 mAh / Minimum: 695 mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
  • Dimensions: 96.0 x 62.1 x 26.7 mm
  • Weight: 117 g (without battery and card)

customer Reviews

 Average rating (3 reviews)

 Nice compromise...

| | See all Emerton's reviews (5)

...for HD video and good stills. Extremely versatile and good design.
Recommended strongly for anyone who wants versatility and resonable quality without an SLR with boxes of lenses. Only drawback is that the 'AVCHD lite' video files need converting by
'koyotesoft' before they can be imported to any editing software.
The included software is total rubbish and Panasonic should be ashamed of themselves for palming it off to their customers, PC's are part of a digital cameras workflow and a company their size should be providing customers with the tools they need to get the most from their products and not effectively saying 'sort out the problem yourself'. A decent, compatible editing programme would prove that Panasonic are proud of their products, even if it was only a download from their website. WAKE UP PANNY!!

 very good camera

| | See all seenthat2's reviews (4)

takes very good photos, great zoom, good size, The AVCHD files will play on a PS3.. as the avchd file format was developed by Sony and Panasonic .
To play the AVCHD files on a Mac download VLC Player.


| | See all SAMSUNGFAN's reviews (3)

Brilliant camera ,great zoom ,first class picture quality ,easy to use, battery lasts a long time .
Brilliant hd video camera,great sound quality great video quality,good in low light situations
Good included software works fine.
Easily the best camera i,ve ever owned
Well done play . Com for the best price
Also delivered in good time as usual

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