|When you hold the Panasonic LUMIX FX35 for the first time, you will immediately notice the solid build of the housing. Despite the compact size and the low weight, the camera lies perfectly in your hand. It has a beautiful finishing touch to it, which gives the camera a luxurous appearance without it becoming a ‘’bling-bling’’ camera. The design is beautiful with nicely finished buttons that have a solid feel to them. The size of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX35 allows for taking it with you wherever you go, it easily fits into your trouser or shirt pocket, giving you no excuse to leave the camera at home. |
|4x optical zoom lens on the Panasonic FX35
The front side of the camera is almost entirely flat, since the 4x optical zoom lens lies entirely sunken into the housing. A slightly raised edge gives away the presence of the lens, a truly smart design. The Panasonic FX35 featurs a built-in flash that is placed to the left of the lens. On the right side, a small LED functions as indicator for the self-timer or as AF assist lamp. The optical lens is a wide angle zoom lens with 4x range, the equivalent of 25-100mm which is a first-class luxury. In particular indoors the wide angle will offer a lot of convenience, and the same goes for panning.
|Panasonic Lumix FX35 camera has a perfect hand-fit
The camera has no handgrip, yet it offers a perfect hand-fit, or rather; finger grip. The corners are nicely rounded and the material used gives sufficient grip on the camera. The right side, looked upon from the back, holds a small cover hiding several interfaces. In addition to standard USB and A/V out interface and A/C mains, it is also possible to connect the Panasonic FX35 through a high quality composite connection. The camera features a 1080i output which offers a high quality reproduction in combination with a 1080i supporting monitor/television set. The top side of the camera features a small speaker on the left, formed by four small holes, and next to it a miniscule hole that serves as microphone. Approximately in the centre, the on/off switch is positioned with to the right the zoom button. On the whole it looks well-structured.
Panasonic FX35 features a 2.5` LCD monitor
The back of the Panasonic LUMIX FX35 features a 2.5 inch sized LCD monitor with a resolution of around 230,000 pixels. The size is quite avarage; hopefully in the future Panasonic will apply a 2.7 inch sized monitor to their models, although it might become rather cramped. On the right of the monitor, the familiar multi-controller is found offering functions like Menu, Flash, Exposure correction etc. The buttons are silver-coloured and shiny, as well as the symbols they carry which does makes it hard at times to recognize them in bright sunshine. Colouring these symbols would make it easier. The command dial is sunken into the housing and sticks out only slightly. Personally, I find this an excellent solution since accidentally moving the dial is prevented this way.
Universal tripod connection on the Lumix FX35
To complete it the bottom of the camera features a universal (plastic) tripod connection. The position of the connection enables you to replace the battery or memory card when the camera is mounted to a tripod without having to disconnect the camera. The cover on the bottom side of the camera covers the battery and SD / SDHC memory card compartment.