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Review: Panasonic Lumix FS35

Point-and-shoot perfection, or just another face in the crowd?

Following in the foostps of the rest of the Lumix range, the FS3 features a sleek black body with splashes of faux-chrome along the top and around the lens.
Sadly, it’s made mainly out of plastic and, as a result, the buttons can sometimes feel a little on the fragile side.

The Lumix FS35 is easy to use, though, its Intelligent Auto mode allowing you to start shooting almost as soon as you’ve powered up the camera. It’s also incredibly easy to navigate your way into deeper settings. Panasonic has included a plethora of handy ‘scenes’, which take everyday snapping situations and adjust the camera’s settings accordingly. There’s even a ‘My Scene’ button to allow you to easily access your most frequently used scene (one of the night options might be useful).

The Lumix FS35’s images are really bright, vivid, and relatively clear. We had a bit of an issue with an overenthusiastic flash that liked to fire even in well lit rooms, but a quick edit of the Intelligent Auto settings had that under control. The camera handles macro shots just as well, with the subject focused and clear. In fact, the only mode we were left a little disappointed by was video. While the Lumix FS35 shoots in 720p HD, we felt let down by its occasional inability to find focus after we’d started recording and that we were restricted to only zooming in standby mode.

Overall, though, we reckon you’d be onto a winner if you bought the Lumix FS35 as your first point-and-shoot digital. For the everyday user, its intuitive menus and Intelligent Auto mode mean the camera will live up to its name and allow you to point and shoot while still giving great results time after time.