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LUMIX® FZ100 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

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DMC-FZ100K
Features
  • Ultra Wide-Angle with Powerful Optical Zoom
  • Full HD Movie Recording
  • Venus Engine FHD
  • Black
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      • Camera Effective Pixels
      • Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
      • Aperture
      • Optical Zoom
      • Focal Length
      • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
      • Intelligent Zoom
      • Lens
      • 2-Speed Zoom
      • Optical Image Stabilizer
      • Digital Zoom
      • Focusing Area
      • Conversion Lens Compatibility
      • Focus Range Display
      • AF Metering
      • Shutter Speed
      • Focus
      • AF Assist Lamp
      • ISO Sensitivity
      • White Balance
      • White Balance Note
      • White Balance Adjustment
      • Exposure
      • Exposure Compensation
      • Backlight Compensation
      • Auto Bracketing ( AE)
      • Light Metering System
      • Face Detection
      • Still Image Scene Mode
      • Movie Scene Mode
      • Movie Scene Mode Note
      • Advanced Scene Mode
      • Shutter Interval
      • Self Timer
      • Auto Review
      • Picture Adjustment
      • Image Quality
      • 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • 1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • Motion Picture Recording 4:3
      • Motion Picture Recording 16:9
      • Motion Picture Recording HD Movie
      • Aspect Ratio
      • Intelligent Exposure
      • Composition Guide Lines
      • Scene Mode Help Screen
      • External Flash
      • Viewfinder
      • LCD Monitor
      • Film Mode
      • Playback Mode
      • Additional Playback Mode
      • OSD Language
      • Recording Media
      • Interface
      • Viera Link
      • Power
      • Battery Life
      • Built-in-Flash
      • Included Software
      • Standard Accessories
      • Max Auto ISO Setting
      • Quick Menu
      • Continuous Shooting Mode
      • Focus Icon Select
      • Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
      • Macro Zoom
      • Orientation Detector
      • Slideshow Mode
      • Show Histogram
      • Show Highlights
      • Delete Image
      • Resize/Trim/Aspect Conv./Leveling
      • Cut Animation
      • PictBridge Support
      • AVCHD / AVCHD Lite REC
      • One-Touch Movie Button
      • Movie REC Guide
      • Wind-Cut in Motion Picture
      • Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode
      • Continuous recordable time (Motion images)
      • Actual recordable time (Motion images)
      • My Color Mode
      • Intelligent ISO Control
      • Face Recognition
      • Intelligent Scene Selector
      • File Format
      • Mode Dial / Mode Button
      • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
      • Weight(lbs)
      • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
      • Mode Switch
      • Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume
      • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
      • Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback
      • Set Favorites / Rotate Image
      • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
      • Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling
      • Travel Date / World Time
      • Built-in-Memory
      • Microphone / Speaker
      • Power
      • Touch Panel
      • AF Tracking
      • Intelligent Resolution Technology
      • Video Divide
      • Motion Deblur mode
      • Face Recognition Edit
      • Recommended Humidity
      • HDMI output
      • Dimensions (W x H x D)
      • UPC
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    Awards

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      DMC-FZ100K- Expert Review

    Reviews

    DMC-FZ100K is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from not perfect,but love it replaces my fz-8. love the long zoom,ability to zoom while taking video. overall picture quality excellent below iso 400. even with image stabilization would reccomend a tripod when using long zoom. lens hood nice but has a tendency to come loose.
    Date published: 2011-08-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy it I returned it - not worth it wish they would build a new version more like the FZ35
    Date published: 2011-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bad Lens Hood design, Good Value Extended lens hood falls off and a joke compared with my old 28 which has a set screw. Hard time finding an extra battery
    Date published: 2011-08-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great in good light - low light often difficult After 3 months I've shot 20,000 pics later and counting. I'm using the FZ100 for great zoom and wide angle shots. Problem is, when the sun heads towards those "golden hours" of light, the camera becomes fickle. I tend to stay with the full Manual setting, loose all add on "auto" adjustments, and make sure to stay away from anything above ISO 200. The results are often stunning, I find a cheap monopod a must except in full daylight. A good tripod is even better. RAW mode is excellent too, but mainly in twilight settings (dawn/dusk). The RAW processing software is sophisticated for a bundled app though it has some serious limitations. The standard tendency with this kind of sensitive program is to overuse its functions that include a good set of noise reduction tools along with standard things such as "sharpen", "contrast', etc . This takes a lot of practice in my experience. Its worst results come in the form of orange and blue spotting in dark or blue sky area patterns. Long shutter time does help, but for outdoor shooting, that's not always the best way to proceed. I've experimented a LOT with both the Focus and metering modes before going beyond, say, 1/4 second exposure in twilight with RAW. Manual Focus has some drawbacks and don't forget which auto focus mode you're using. There's standard and Macro. Macro does a good job but its very easy to forget about it if a sudden distance shot presents itself. (That's just as much my problem, granted). Biggest disappointment - the "Sports" preset. Its only good under very strong lighting. Even then, its "stop action" abilities are often mediocre. I dislike what it does with higher ISO's than 400. Because this IS a camera that cries to be used for action shots, I've found I-Auto and Program work better than Sports - they're faster to respond too. The FZ100 does shoot fast 99% of the time; shutter lag time is almost never a factor. I wish the software for the JPG shots was not so mickey mouse. It's a bit too cute for my tastes and doesn't do much of anything (the video editing offers a "delete section" mode, but without anything other than a butt cross fade). The person buying this camera will already understand about loading digi photos onto a computer. Why the need for a "Wizard"? Ugh. One can't even delete a bad photo when viewing it at full size - you have to judge by the thumbnail version and can't make it bigger. People with Photoshop or similar software should use it. T These quibbles aside, the FZ 100 has turned in some astonishing photos. The flash does a good job if not pushed too hard. . Video in its HD mode can be impressive. I wish all camera makers would offer a version of their good cameras minus the video and its added expense. At least that would give us still shooters a choice of a dedicated version and for less money! Still, I'm very glad to own the FZ100. It occasionally blows away cameras that cost 10 times as much.
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Ever I've done photography for years and I find that Panasonic has outstanding products - this is another example. Easy to use, more than enough options to satisfy any conditions, The zoom capabilities allows me to photograph houses at least one mile away, enabling me to count the number of window panes... Can't ask for any better except maybe a built in tripod, w/remote control and a moveable screen. I got more than my monies worth. Thanks Panasonic! D. Cappy
    Date published: 2011-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ultra zoom camera This is the fourth ultra zoom Panasonic digital camera that I have owned and it easily tops them all. I am out in nature every day taking photos with friends. At first some with Dslr's doubted the quality of photos from a point and shoot but after I started posting my photos on Flickr and other places it made believers of them. I use a 1.7x tele-conversion lens with this and when the zoom is set to 32 I get over 50x optical zoom. Some reviewers have complained about the quality of pictures in low light but I use the intelligent iso setting and that helps a lot. I have a number of friends who are planning to buy one of these cameras. It has so many features such as 220 speed video, adjustable lcd screen and high speed burst that you would be hard put to find something it can't do. I just say get one in your hands and try it. I've read that some professional photographers find this the camera of choice when they don't want to take their big DSLR cameras and lenses on vacation. That was the selling point for me. The only down side is that additional batteries are expensive. I bought some knockoffs and they work but you can't see the levels of power left so I use them only as a backup.
    Date published: 2011-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better with use I volunteer at a park/preserve doing trail work and guide tours. This camera is always attached to my side so I can capture nature shots when I encounter them. I take macros of butterflies and burst of birds in flight. I use the camera daily and it takes a few hits during my day, so it is built well. The shots I take keep getting better and better. The camera is the same, but my understanding of what it can and can't do and how to use the settings is getting better. I hardly use the digital zoom (usually grainy shots with digital zoom, but isn't that a problem with all cameras?) except to document or help ID distant subjects. I have the ISO set to 100 to get the best clarity. I love the burst modes and the quick focus. It isn't a SLR or an instamatic. So don't think it will replace your SLR or be as easy to use as an instamatic,
    Date published: 2011-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best is good ....good... nice..... nice....
    Date published: 2011-04-08
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    Support

    Firmware & Drivers FIRMWARE
    FAQs
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    • I am a professional photographer who is seriously considering switching to the Lumix mirrorless cameras. Does Panasonic have, or can you suggest, a web site that demonstrates how professional photographers are successfully using the Lumix professional cameras?
      In conjunction with our Panasonic.com web site, our Sales and Marketing team also runs LUMIXLOUNGE.COM This site features work from Panasonic’s Luminary team of professional photographers who have migrated to the Lumx mirrorless cameras. The site also features schedules to live on-line and dealer events as well as convenient links to our latest firmware updates. Additional features to expand the site are already in progress.

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    • How do I install firmware in my camera using an SD card?
      Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

      1) Preparation before attempting the update.

      A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
      B. Turn off the camera.

      2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
      A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
      B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
      C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

      D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

      E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

      F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

      G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

      3) Updating the camera's firmware.

      A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

      B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

      C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

      D. This completes the update process.

      4) Confirming the update.

      A. Turn the camera's power back on.

      B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

      C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

      D. Select Version Disp.
      Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

      1) Preparation before attempting the update.

      A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
      B. Turn off the camera.

      2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
      A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
      B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
      C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

      D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

      E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

      F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

      G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

      3) Updating the camera's firmware.

      A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

      B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

      C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

      D. This completes the update process.

      4) Confirming the update.

      A. Turn the camera's power back on.

      B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

      C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

      D. Select Version Disp.


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    • What size SD Card can I use in my camera?
      Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can only use Standard SD Cards (2GB Max).  Models manufactured from 2007 to 2009 can only use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards (32GB Max).  Cameras manufactured 2010 and later are also compatible to the SDXC memory card format. While your camera?s owner?s manual may state a maximum size, that size was the largest that was available when your camera was manufactured. Any currently available SDXC card, which will eventually increase to maximum of 2 TB is compatible. As the maximum size increases, to 2 TB, we do not anticipate any need for firmware updates. 

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    • Why is the Flash option grayed out and the flash will not operate?
      When the electronic shutter is enabled or when the camera is placed in the "silent mode" the flash option is disabled (grayed out). You will need to turn off the "Silent" mode, depending on the camera model, select either "Camera Setup" or "Custom" in the menu.

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    • What should I do to correct a "System Error Zoom", "System Error Lens", or "System Error Focus" message on my camera?
      We recommend you try removing the battery from the unit for approximately 60 seconds and reinstall the battery. If you still receive the "System Error *****" message you will want to consider having the camera serviced.

      For repairs and exchanges:

      Ship your product to:

      Panasonic Factory Service Center
      4900 George McVay Drive
      Suite B; Door-12
      McAllen, TX 78503

      Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

      Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

      Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

      Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

      Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

      Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


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    • How do I turn off the "Flash" function?
      On most models, press the button just above "menu". It is labeled with a "lightening bolt". Pressing it will offer several options related to the flash operation.

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