The Panasonic Lumix FZ45 digital camera is a new prosumer camera from the well-known company. It is available for around £250 or $400. Its specification includes a 3-inch LCD, LEICA DC lens, 24 times optical zoom and a 14.1 megapixel sensor. In this article we will review the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 digital camera and take a look at its features.


The specification of the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 digital camera includes:

  • 3-inch display
  • 14.1 megapixel sensor
  • Wide-angle lens
  • 24 times optical zoom
  • Battery Pack and Charger

Image performance

The Panasonic Lumix FZ45 digital camera is a professional looking camera. The images the camera produces have a good colour representation, contrast and sharpness due to the sensor and lens combination. This camera offers a variety of different scene options that can help get the best out of this camera. The videos this camera takes is in AVCHD Lite on the camera offers to take pictures in JPEG or RAW. The camera also offers an optical image stabilizer that helps to reduce the effects of shaking to create sharper photos.

Design and ergonomics

The FZ45 looks like a traditional bridge device. It looks more like a digital SLR type camera, but it is slightly lighter, smaller and a bit easier to handle. The 3-inch LCD is high-definition and makes looking at photos very easy. The camera also has a viewfinder which is useful when working in bright sunlight when the LCD gets overpowered and isn't bright enough.

Other aspects

Like many cameras nowadays, this one has its own proprietary battery pack rather than using AA batteries. This has both positives and negatives, although my personal opinion is that AA batteries are better as you can acquire them virtually anywhere in the world.


  • Large high-quality zoom lens with wide-angle functionality
  • High quality 14.1 megapixel sensor
  • 3 inch LCD with viewfinder
  • Support RAW format
  • Can be bought at a discount


  • Camera is beginning to show its age
  • Only 14.1 megapixel sensor
  • Proprietary battery pack

Is the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 right for you?

The Panasonic Lumix FZ45 digital camera is a good quality product that is available at a discount now that is has been out for a while. It still offers lots of functionality and is an upgrade from most people using small compact cameras who want to go into photography as an enthusiast.


Before you buy this camera, you should preferably try it out in a shop. You want to test that the camera fits well in your hands and is comfortable to use with all the buttons. You should also test that the shutter response and the image quality is what you want. You can also look for example images and videos on sites like Flickr and you Tube. By looking at this site you can see how the camera really performs in conditions that you're going to use it, this is especially important if you want to take lots of nighttime photographs, which is where cameras often fall down.

If you liked this review then you may also want to check out my camera reviews such as the Panasonic Lumix TZ20, the Canon IXUS 115 HS, the Nikon Coolpix S3100,  the Panasonic Lumix TZ18, the GoPro HD and the Nikon Coolpix P500.

Have you bought the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 digital camera? Would you recommend it to a friend? Have you bought a different Panasonic Lumix camera? Feel free to leave a comment below.