Summary: Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ18 is a powerful "ultra-zoom" models that includes some very high- end features in a compact, stylish, and easy to use package. It combines an 8-megapixel image sensor, mated to a very versatile 18x optical zoom lens as well as Panasonic's new Intelligent Auto mode, WVGA (848 x 480, 30fps) widescreen movie mode, and not to mention their ever popular MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) system.
of the most interesting digital cameras of 2003 comes from a
rather unexpected source: Panasonic. After a string of so-so
cameras, Panasonic has come up with a camera unlike anything
else on the market at this time: the Lumix
DMC-FZ1. The FZ1 ($449)
has a 12X, F2.8 Leica lens with optical image stabilization.
Enthusiasts might be turned off by its 2 Megapixel CCD and lack
controls. Even so, there's nothing else out there like it (which
is a shame).
Pros: Ohhh, that lens, Responsive performance, Nice movie, playback modes, Easy and fun to use, Nice electronic viewfinder, except in low light, Generally good photo quality (though see issues below), Good continuous shooting mode for a point-and-shoot
Cons: No manual controls, except for white balance, Vignetting, noise, purple fringing in some images, Poor low light focusing, Redeye, EVF impossible to see in low light, Only 2 Megapixel
Conclusion: La puissance inégalée du zoom du Lumix parvient à faire oublier la relativement faible résolution de deux mégapixels et le fonctionnement essentiellement automatique de cet appareil photo numérique.