Today I took delivery of my brand new Panasonic Lumix FZ35, and I’m so very happy. It’s a might fine superzoom indeed. More on how I got it later, but first things first – first impressions. I’d read umpteen reviews and scoured the spec sheet for hours before choosing it, so I really knew pretty much what to expect. But knowing that it has a mainly plastic body, and that it’s a nice lightweight device isn’t the same as having it your hand to feel. I can tell you how it feels now. The plastic is a nice plastic, which feels good, and sturdy. It’s light indeed, which is nice, although I’m not that bothered about the weight of a camera too much to be honest. Light is easy to carry, whilst a little heaviness often gives a satisfyingly sturdy feel. Either way is good. But it fits nicely in the hand, and has a good grip. That is what is important.
I’d read warnings that in Auto mode the camera has a habit of choosing an unnecessarily high aperture, and that is exactly what I found. It doesn’t do it every time, but it did it more often than you’d want. No problem – stick the camera in Aperture Priority mode and the issue is resolved. It has a mass of manual and auto modes, which I will explore thoroughly. Tomorrow I intend to put the camera through it’s paces fully, and check out its video capability. I will report back in full with my review! But so far, so good. My first few photos are here.