Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-Z18 Digital Camera W/18x Zoom: For Less Than $300
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
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.
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.
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.
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...
Summary: The FZ18 is a comprehensively featured camera that offers a good 'halfway house' for those not quite ready to make the jump from compact to more fully specified digital SLR, or want one camera that does everything without the need to swap any lenses.
Pros: Intelligent Scene Selector makes taking sharp, evenly exposed pictures a veritable 'no brainer', quick AF minimises shutter delay, Venus Engine III with subject motion detection (so ISO and shutter speed increased to compensate)
Cons: Silver bodied version looks and feels a bit plasticy in the 'flesh'
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.
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: One thing that has become obvious to us as we've looked at the various 18x 'super zoom' models that have appeared since the Olympus SP-550UZ burst onto the scene at the start of the year is that they will always involve a certain degree of compromise, particularly when it comes to image quality.
Pros: Good, sharp results in optimal shooting conditions, Good, natural color and excellent exposure, Hugely versatile 18x zoom range covering true wideangle to long telephoto, Smooth, almost stepless 2-speed zoom, Effective image stabilization, Good build quality, Compact package, Very comprehensive r...
Cons: Images lack biting crispness, some loss of fine detail to noise reduction even at ISO 100, Default noise reduction too high at all ISO settings (use low NR setting or raw), Occasional odd artefacts at lower ISO settings (some moiré related, some just plain old NR), Soft, over-sharpened JPEGs don'...
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.