Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Test Results
16 December 2008
Excerpt: WHAT'S HOT • Optically image stabilized lens effectively helps with shake on both stills and video • Intelligent Auto mode helps beginners nail challenging exposures • Quick Face Detection focus and exposure • RAW+JPEG Capture and robust RAW utility • Exceptional DxO 2.0 lens distortion results at...
Excerpt: We were able to get our hands on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 a few days before today's official announcement, and, to put it briefly, the Olympus SP 550UZ appears to have some serious competition in the EVF ultrazoom category.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-Z18 Digital Camera W/18x Zoom: For Less Than $300
Personal Electronics buzz
20 August 2008
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-Z18 digital camera with an 18x zoom has some tremendous features you would expect to find in a pricier camera. The 8.1 MP resolution with Leica DC lens and an amazing MEGA O.I.S is just the beginning. I looked around and this point and shoot is heads above the rest.
Summary: An inexpensive high-end compact camera/DSLR crossover, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K offers an 18x optical zoom, a 28mm wide-angle lens, and a host of manual controls for a very reasonable price.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Megazoom camera The success of the Megazoom cameras lead to a farther advancing of the concept and to equip a small housing with no less than 18x optical zoom. The resolution of 8 Megapixels suffices easily for printing small to large prints.
Conclusion: In this case all the Internet buzz was right on target. This is probably the best super zoom camera (12x and above) I’ve tested to date. It’s responsive, saves files relatively quickly, has a boatload of manual adjustments and its Intelligent Auto works very nicely.
Summary: Panasonic has really outdone itself with the FZ18. It’s not without its flaws, but all the features you need and a good standard of images that (in 2007) made it one of the best bridge options on the market.
Pros: Range of features, Design, Image quality at low ISO
Cons: Plasticky build, Noise throughout range, Highlight control
Conclusion: Panasonic are well-acquainted with the formula of combining high specification optics with high sensor resolution and the Lumix DMC-FZ18 is no exception. The optical zoom lens has a range of 28mm to 504mm! Unfortunately these specifications are marred by some poor design choices.