Excellent compact system camera
All in all the Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a surprisingly capable camera that will more than satisfy a lot of people's needs, including both casual snappers and more serious photographers alike. You'd be hard-pushed to find such a well-rounded, well-connected, and, well, great performing camera without spending quite a lot more, making the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 richly deserving of our coveted Highly Recommended award.
Excellent low-light AF performance, Stop motion intervalometer
Given the current obsession with retro styling and rangefinder chic, it would be easy to pass over a camera like the Panasonic Lumix GF6 in favour of something superficially more classy. But while it may not look as sexy and desirable as models like the Olympus E-P5 and the Fujifilm X-M1, the Lumix GF6 has a huge amount to offer photographers of every ilk.
Excellent screen, Digital filters, Built in Wi-Fi
The Panasonic GF6 is one of the best compact system cameras currently on the market, especially for the beginner user.
Although it is the next in line after the Panasonic GF5, it's perhaps elevated slightly above that, being a little more comparable to the Panasonic GX1, with which it shares its sensor.
Image quality is fantastic, while usability, thanks in part to the touchscreen and sensible menu system, makes it one of the more pleasurable cameras to shoot with.
Wi-Fi built in - remote operation, Great image quality
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 offers almost everything you could want from a mirrorless camera, with the most likely complaint about it likely to be the lack of flash hot-shoe, making it less appealing to the more serious photographer. For the majority of people having a built in flash will be preferable, and the re-introduction of the mode dial will make the camera easier to use for every level of photographer.
Affordable, Tilitng hi-res screen, Improved resolution
When we reviewed the GF5, one mild criticism we had was that Panasonic had hardly tinkered with it in comparison to the GF3. It seemed very much 'more of the same'.
The step on between the 12 megapixel GF5 and 16 megapixel GF6 is thankfully a little more pronounced, and, resolution aside, we now get the expanded ISO range, compositional convenience of a tilting LCD, plus wireless connectivity options to bring the latest model bang up to date.
Remote shooting of both photos and video clips
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF6 represents the latest iteration of the company's entry-level compact systems cameras. Similar in size and body styling to the GF5, the GF6 has a lot more to offer to enthusiasts. Its resolution has been increased to 16 megapixels and it features the latest Venus Engine image processor, along with integrated Wi-Fi plus near field communication.
Compact metal body, Good front and rear grip
How does this product compare with main market rivals? The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR updates the F800EXR with a new sensor with built in phase detection focus, giving extremely quick focus and shutter reponse. The camera has built in Wi-Fi for easy transfer to smartphones, or alternatively backup to PC. With the Fujifilm EXR sensor you get the benefit of extended dynamic range, although at a reduced resolution of 8 megapixels, however we feel that the compromise is worth it.
20x optical zoom, raw file shooting ability
The F900EXR still isn't quite the champion of its kind, but through the series' progressive ironing-out of bugs and shortcomings we feel it's a whisker ahead of its F800EXR predecessor. In short: it's a decent compact with plenty of quirks - some good, some bad - that amounts to a generally decent snapper.
Higher-resolution screen, and improved video quality with stereo sound
In summary the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is admittedly cheaper than the more expensive TZ40 model, but it does concede quite a lot of ground to achieve the more aggressive price-tag, and it doesn't offer that many upgrades over the previous TZ25 model. Therefore, while the DMC-TZ35 is certainly a very competent travel-zoom, it doesn't offer enough to convince us to save the extra outlay for its big brother, or more seriously for Panasonic one of its main rivals.
Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in slim body
The pricing and feature-set of TZ35 / ZS25 makes sense when compared to Panasonic's 2013 models and comes Recommended if you don't need the extras of the TZ40 / ZS30, but it's well worth keeping an eye on the price of last year's TZ30 / ZS20 while stocks last. At the time of writing, the TZ30 / ZS20 was discounted to a similar point as the new TZ35 / ZS25 in some regions, yet offered a touch-screen, GPS, 1080p video and faster continuous shooting in addition to the same 20x zoom range.
Excellent image quality, 20x zoom in a compact body
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is an excellent choice for those looking for a very versatile travel camera. It has a very respectable 20x optical zoom lens packed into a very compact body, yet is capable of focusing at just 3cm for superb macro shots.
It could be improved if it had RAW shooting and a higher resolution screen.
Build quality is good
At £334 the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 is not a cheap compact camera. However, the 50x optical zoom is currently untouched and that's worth a premium. If you're a photographer of many disciplines, enjoying a variety of styles, then this is the camera for you. Likewise if you're wanting to learn about the art of photography, the extra features will help you get there such as the external flash and RAW recording.
Fast aperture, JPEG + raw shooting
Detail is the sword by which this camera lives and dies. On paper the Fuji SL1000 is brilliant - so much so you might even question why you'd need an DSLR, if you're considering this as a backup. Both still image and video quality are fantastic. The 50x zoom is supreme. And the ability to shoot in raw format gives you more control over your images. This is a camera with a lot of manual controls that a beginner can grow with as you gain confidence.
Feature packed, Large optical zoom lens
Fujifilm have been keen producers of compact cameras with large amounts of zoom at a low price for a while now, the downside is the image quality is not generally all that good. We are pleasantly surprised to find that you can take decent pictures with the SL1000, they even have impressive detail at 50x optical zoom.
50x zoom, Low price, Raw file recording
You'll save both space and an awful lot of money with the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000's 50x captive zoom lens. Image quality could be better, but with a fairly healthy selection of manual controls -- plus raw image shooting -- it's a good choice for the more ambitious novice looking to hone their skills on a budget.
Reproduction of details in distant objects is poor
We don't see any reason to recommend the FinePix SL1000. If someone gifts it to you, regret that you didn't get the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, which is a stellar performer that you can buy for the same price. The FinePix SL1000 absolutely isn't worth Rs 29,999 considering its dismal performance and frustrating-to-use interface. 50x optical zoom aside, you can get a much better performer (in terms of quality and UI) for half the price - for example, Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR and Canon PowerShot...
Powerful 50x optical zoom, Captures in RAW, Good low-light photos
The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 absolutely blows you away with its powerful 50x optical zoom. While it is bulky, the build is very good. In addition to the pull-out LCD, there is also an EVF that is more useful during outdoor shoots. The overall image quality is good and the colours are faithfully captured. The option to shoot RAW gives it an advantage. However, the smaller image sensor produces some noise of its own, somewhat offsetting the advantages offered by RAW photo capture.
While I am no means an avid photographer, I do take numerous photos in varying light conditions at many different distances. From mere inches to far off shots, this camera has some great quality and focus.
The only issue I have had is while using the zoom at near max, the camera does not like to auto-focus. I have had to zoom back out some to let it re-focus and them zoom back in to sort of kick it back into gear.
Excellent value for money, Decent zoom range
The Fujifilm FinePix S4800 will appeal to those who are on a budget, but want a versatile camera that has plenty of zoom and full manual controls. This is ideal for those who want to test their photographic skills without the investment required for a DSLR. The battery has a decent life and image quality is respectable given the cameras price. What you don't get is a viewfinder which is useful for a camera with so much zoom and continuous shooting is quite slow.
An excellent alternative to a SLR
Camera handles well, has many features (many of which the average user may not use), images are superb. The supplied printed owner's manual is minimal. Printing a complete manual from the included DVD takes care of that problem, however. The menus are a little confusing, but when all else fails, read the manual. The quality of the images and the associated image stabilazation make this a terrific instrument. The video is easy to use as well.
Lots of optical zoom, Built-in Wi-Fi, Good value for money
Cameras with Wi-Fi tend to be significantly more expensive than those with similar specs and no Wi-Fi, given the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W has a 44x optical zoom lens, the £239.99 price tag looks extremely fair. There are loads of other features for the aspiring photographer to enjoy, it's ideal for someone who wants to step up their photography but doesn't want the burden of an expensive DSLR and a kit bag of lenses.
Great camera, With Limitations
I would only recommend this camera for kids that need a camera that can take a beating or using this around extreme outdoors. For general indoor and sight seeing by land you want to keep your existing camera that probably has better zoom, better in low light, and hopefully better picture quality when blown up on the computer.
Burst modes are very fast which is great for candid street scenes
The price varies depending on retailer but for an average price of around £179, the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is a good little camera. You get some decent features built in while any issues that surround it, such as the centrally located flash producing red-eye and having an awesome red-eye reduction feature. If you're looking to go on your travels and you want a little camera that has some decent features, the XP60 will suit your needs.
Image stabilisation, Quick focusing
The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 looks good, and offers an impressive set of features including full HD video recording, it's waterproof to 6 metres, and is available in a number of colours. With a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor it offers high speed shooting and fast focusing, however, as it's not a backlit sensor, noise is high and this has a negative effect on images. The lens suffers from vignetting, as well as soft corners, giving disappointing image quality.
Extremely simple operation to it and an easy to use UI
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 is an ideal camera for taking away on holiday and whipping out on nights out. It looks attractive, is very thin and small, making it easier to store, and at £89, it won't be too much of an issue if the kids get hold of it and drop it. It could also make an ideal first digital camera for a younger person. If you fit into this demographic, then take a look at this camera.
Well made, compact metal body, Respectable battery life
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 is an ultra-compact camera that is going to appeal to the younger generation. Yes, image quality isn't the best, but for sharing on the web you can't complain. It has a metal body, available in a variety of colours and battery life is fairly respectable. There are cheaper entry-level cameras on the market, but you'll struggle to find a smaller, more stylish one.
Easy point and shoot approach
Thank the lucky stars that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 costs less than £160, because from an image quality point of view, it's not a very good camera. And this is a shame because the rest of it has been made well. You could argue that viewing the pictures at normal size will negate the noise issue because it's unlikely to be seen and it depends on how pedantic you want to be about it.
Excellent value for money, Decent screen resolution
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is an excellent camera if you want lots of optical zoom, yet have a limited budget. You can shoot close-up objects with a 1cm minimum focusing distance, or zoom right in to distant objects. Photographers of all levels will find the camera easy to use - there's iAuto mode, scene modes and manual controls for more creative control.
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