The Panasonic DMC Lumix ZS35 Compact Digital Point & Shoot Camera features a 16 megapixel Highly Sensitive MOS image sensor to deliver high-resolution still images and full1080p HD video recording with notable low-light quality along with sensitivity to an extendable ISO 6400. Speedy performance is also available all through the entire camera system, which includes the capability to chronicle full-resolution images up to 10 frames per second for as many as 10 images or capture 2 frames per second using autofocus tracking.
Complementing the photo performance of the ZS35 is the internal Lumix DC Vario optical 20x zoom lens, which delivers a focal length ratio of 24 through 480mm using a 35mm-equivalent, to suit shooting in a wide array of environments. Extra-low dispersion and aspherical elements help to create crisp, high contrast images and also work hand in hand to diminish distortion and aberrations all through the entire zoom range. A benefit of the extensive zooming abilities of this lens image stabilization, (POWER O.I.S.) which diminishes the introduction of camera vibration to advance working with extended zoom magnifications or lengthier shutter speeds.
a large 460k-dot 3.0" LCD screen for live view composing and image review, is available and provides a design which tilts to 180° to provide low-angle and front-facing photography. The screen also avails intuitive navigation through the menu for applying an array of camera functions, including Creative Panorama and Creative Control modes along with accessing the included Wi-Fi functions. This connectivity provides instant transferring of video or photos to offer remote shooting and review as well as linked mobile devices.
16MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
A 16 megapixel 1/2.33" High Sensitivity MOS sensor works to produce high-resolution imagery with notable low-light sensitivity to an expanded ISO 6400. The MOS sensor contributes to an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, as well, to produce imagery with a high degree of clarity and minimal noise. The imaging system also affords a wealth of speed and performance throughout the camera system including a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 10 fps (in a 10 frame burst) or 2 fps AF tracking.
Lumix DC Vario 20x Optical Zoom Lens
A tremendously long-reaching Lumix DC Vario 20x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-480mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit shooting from nearly any vantage point. Extending the magnification of this lens even further are Intelligent Zoom and Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) technologies, which work to effectively increase the zoom ratio even further with minimal image degradation.
The lens construction integrates three aspherical elements, with six aspherical surfaces, and two extra-low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness and clarity.
POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode
POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) works to effectively minimize the appearance of camera shake when shooting with longer shutter speeds or greater zoom magnifications in order to realize stable, sharp, and clear imagery. This stabilization system also features Active Mode, which benefits video recording by accounting for different directions of movement in order to steadier movie recordings, even while walking or moving when recording.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps is supported in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. A dedicated movie record button allows for a seamless transition into the recording mode without having to alter any camera settings. An HDMI port is also incorporated into the camera's design to support high definition playback directly on HDTVs.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
The camera can quickly and easily be linked to mobile devices using an intuitive QR code system, which can be recognized on the mobile device when using the Panasonic Image App to scan the code. Once connected, remote shooting and viewing, as well as image transferring and sharing, can be efficiently handled.
Remote Shooting/Remote View: Using your linked mobile device, a live view image can be seen at a distance from the camera and zooming, setting focus, releasing the shutter, and recording settings like exposure compensation can all be controlled from a smartphone or tablet.
Wi-Fi Features: Photos and videos, as well as Photo Collages, can instantly be uploaded and shared to a range of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa. Additionally, the linked device can be used to tag location info to imagery for geotagging capabilities.
Wireless Image Transfer: The Instant Transfer function permits direct, automated sending of imagery to designated electronic devices after each exposure. You can also send imagery when in playback mode by simply tapping on the desired images. The Auto Transfer function further extends these capabilities by automatically transferring all imagery to a home computer or other compliant device when the camera is plugged in for charging and within a specified wireless network.
Other Camera Features
Within the compact overall form of the camera is a large 3.0" 460k-dot LCD monitor, which features a 180° tilting design to benefit working from low and front-facing angles.
iA (Intelligent Auto) mode automatically sets all camera exposure settings to clearly render the scene at hand, allowing you to simply compose and shoot.
Creative Control provides 15 different filter effects for modifying the appearance of your images: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color. Additionally, many of these filters can be used during video recording.
Creative Panorama mode automatically stitches together multiple images taken while swiveling the camera in order to realize one wide-spanning horizontal or vertical image.
The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery can be conveniently charged in-camera using either an AC or USB power source and allows approximately 350 images to be recorded per charge.
Language support: English and Spanish.
4608 x 3456
4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x
2448, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x
1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Sensor photo detectors
1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (boost to
White balance presets
Custom white balance
JPEG quality levels
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)
F3.3 - F6.4
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Normal focus range
50 cm (19.69″)
Macro focus range
3 cm (1.18″)
Number of focus points
Screen / viewfinder
TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating
Minimum shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Manual exposure mode
Subject / scene modes
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow
Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (micro HDMI)
Yes (via smartphone)
Lithium-ion battery and USB charger
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