Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
4 December 2008
Excerpt: I've always personally considered superzooms a better option for amateur hobby photographers than D-SLRs, primarily because you get so much more right out of the box. If you still feel limited, there are quite a number of add-ons you can use. Now with the superzoom cameras breaking the 12x optical zoom barrier and offering insane 15-18x optical zoom levels, the deal has gotten a lot more attractive.
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 range of controls, Very fast operation, Fast (and accurate) focus, Well designed menu system, Nice handling, Bright, clear, high resolution LCD screen, Excellent EVF, Decent bu...
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't work well with very fine detail (though they produce perfectly acceptable prints), Anything over ISO 400 of very limited use due to noise and blurred detail, Occasional high...
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. Although the immense popularity of the Megazoom is enough proof that they have the right to exist next to the entry level digital SLR, the Megazoom encounters some problems to reach the same level as far as...
Excerpt: Panasonic's latest digicam boasts a whopping 18X zoom and backs it up with sharp and steady shots.
Pros: span class"greycopy" id"ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblPros"span Strong 18X zoom, span class"greycopy" id"ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblPros"span Optical image stabilizer, span class"greycopy" id"ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblPros"span Fast image processor, span class"greycopy" id"ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblPros"span Shoots in RAW mode
Cons: pspan class"greycopy" id"ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblPros"span Noisy photos at ISO 800 and higher, span class"greycopy" id"ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblPros"span Zoom doesn't work while capturing video, span class"greycopy" id"ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblPros"span No MEGA OIS buttonp
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. As always with Panasonic digicams, there are issues with noise once you go over 400 ISO but there’s a blocker to prevent it going higher than that but that feature doesn’t work in iA mode.
Summary: Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ18 builds on the already excellent FZ8 to deliver one of the best super-zooms on the market. We can give or take the extra megapixel and higher ISO settings, but swapping the already powerful 12x zoom for an 18x lens which extends both wider and longer gives you much greater flexibility.
Pros: 18x optical zoom with OIS and little fringing., Decent quality 2.5in screen., Intelligent Auto a useful auto mode., Good manual control and RAW facility.
Cons: Noise visible throughout ISO range., 50% pricier than earlier FZ8., No flip-out screen., May be too small and light for some.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: Panasonic's FZ18 is a solid ultra-zoom camera. While the price tag is high, many users would be better served spending that money on an SLR, whereas those after a huge zoom lens and a mass of features along with several beginner-friendly shooting modes may find what they're looking for here.
Pros: Huge zoom, sharp pictures, good noise performance, intelligent auto mode is great for beginners
Summary: A lightweight digicam with an optically-stabilised 18x optical zoom lens, RAW+JPEG support and a full range of adjustments.Successor to the successful FZ8 model, Panasonic's latest long-zoom digicam, the DMC-FZ18 sports an 8-megapixel imager and a massive 18x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens that covers an equivalent focal length range from 28mm to 504mm.