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...
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is a bit of a jack of all trades – you can get crisp close ups with
the minimum of fuss whether shooting from safe distance away,
and also get cracking macro shots with the camera's lens
practically resting on your subject matter. Plus, that 28mm
wide angle lets you capture the whole scene before you without
having to step back too far.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is the update to the popular FZ8 super-zoom, featuring a wider and 18x optical Leica-branded zoom with image stabiliser and an 8.1-megapixel resolution sensor. With an expanded focal range, running from a wide-angle 28mm up to a 500mm super-telephoto, the new lens provides the greater coverage to compete with rivals such as the Olympus SP560UZ, plus the new Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd.
Excerpt: The FZ18 is one of a few compacts with 18x zoom range. With focal lengths from 28 to 504mm, you can shoot a close-up of a face from 15 metres away, or a group of a dozen people from a couple of paces back. Yet this is only one of many features that make the FZ18 stand out. A mini joystick provides fast access to shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation, plus a range of other key settings via a menu.
Excerpt: Panasonic is a dominant force in the ultra-zoom digital camera market, and with the launch of the Lumix DMC-FZ18 it looks set to stay that way. The headline specification is an 18x zoom, optically stabilised lens, which stretches from a wide-angle 28mm to a distant galaxy-peering 504mm focal length. Otherwise, the design closely resembles Panasonic's FZ8, which we rated highly in What's New, Shopper June 2007.