Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
20 August 2009
Excerpt: The last Panasonic camera we had our hands on – the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 – left us thoroughly impressed by its image quality and reasonable price. Their new superzoom offering – the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 does the same, here's why… 118 x 75 x 89mm in dimensions and with a weight of 417-grams, the FZ28 is amongst the smaller superzooms. Its body's made of powder and smooth finish tough black plastic, that feels good to the touch.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Megazoom camera This could well be the eve of the disappearance of the Megazoom camera. In my opinion, this could apply to the Panasonic assortment. The Megazoom camera is based on a concept that has been around for a while, and with the introduction of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 it has become clear that no genuine change has been carried out to the camera. The huge change lies in the arrival of the Micro FourThirds standard.
Excerpt: Physical Views The DMC-FZ28 compared in size to a standard CD disc. Continue to Features & Controls Lumix DMC-FZ28 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/ Mode2) Optical Zoom 18x Image Sensor 1/2.33", 10.7 Total Megapixels CCD, Primary Color Filter Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 21.4x for 7Mega, 25.7x for 5Mega, 32.1x for 3Mega, 2Mega, 0.3Mega 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 21.4x for 6Mega, 25.7x for 4.5Mega,...
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 represents a fairly minor upgrade over its predecessor, but given that was our favourite super-zoom of 2007, the new model has a great deal going for it. So with the FZ28 you get a compact, lightweight super-zoom camera with 10 Megapixel resolution, a huge 18x optically-stabilised range, HD video recording in the 720p format, support for RAW files, a mid-sized, but good-looking 2.7in screen, manual controls and one of the best fully automatic...
Pros: Massive 18x range with 27mm wide angle., RAW recording and correction of fringing., HD movie recording in the 720p format., Compact light body with full manual control.
Cons: Fixed screen and smaller EVF than before., No flash hotshoe., Tendency to use small apertures in automatic., Lens cap blocks barrel upon power-up.
Excerpt: Glance at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 and unless you know what to look for, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the previous model – the Lumix FZ18. Visually, the differences between Panasonic's latest camera to bring a stunning 18x zoom lens to the table and its immediate predecessor are remarkably few.
Pros: Wide range of options offer something for everyone, Sharp, vibrant images, Cleaner high-sensitivity shooting than the FZ18, Excellent in-camera JPEG processing options, Strong battery life numbers, Extremely solid flash unit
Cons: HD video looks better than it sounds, White balance performance always a bit off, ISO 1600 still noisy, Some AF weirdness
Conclusion: If I was looking for a super zoom digital camera the Panasonic DMC FZ28 would be one I would strongly consider. I prefer the overall picture quality to that produced by most other brands. It has plenty of advanced features too.
Pros: Picture quality - advanced features - HD movie mode - length of zoom