|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 digital camera review : I have said it before: Panasonic are setting the world on fire. Even more so; Panasonic's digital camera assortment is impressive and mature and Panasonic does not yield to the established lot, the renowned photo manufacturer. When we take a look at the assortment there is a choice for everyone, from simple entry level to a stylish design, from compact to advanced Megazoom and even a digital SLR camera recently, that was warmly welcomed worldwide.
Panasonic Lumix FZ18 Megazoom camera
For this review I chose Panasonic's new Megazoom model; the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18. This model got introduced in the summer of 2007 and was the result of a few generations of Megazoom cameras. The competition rapidly waved goodbye at the Megazoom concept as it was supposed to be a threat for the entry level DSLR, but not Panasonic, who is holding on to the Megazoom model for a while longer. And I agree with them. My opinion is that the DSLR photographer is a different consumer than the Megazoom camera user. And although features can overlap, the segments do not have to collide.
Panasonic FZ18 - 8.1 Megapixels & 12x Optical zoom
The Panasonic Lumix FZ18 is an 8.1 Megapixel camera equipped with an impressive optical zoom of no less than 18x. Not so long ago this range (28-504mm equivalent of a 35mm camera) would be unthinkable for existing in a compact SLR-like housing. Olympus already showed us that it was possible after which Panasonic followed with the FZ18. The camera is clearly based on the Lumix FZ8 concept, a Megazoom model with 12x optical zoom, but is not considered to be its replacement.
Panasonic DMC-FZ18 - Wide angle & Face detection
Despite the similarities to the FZ8, the differences are very much noticed. Firstly the resolution has been increased from 7 to 8 Megapixels. This increase is negligible and does not really add a thing. The main difference is found in the optical zoom lens. Panasonic succeeded in creating a range on the Panasonic FZ18 of 28-504mm, whereas the FZ8 offers a 36-432mm range. The wide angle is the most important gain here. Additional remarkable alterations are the integration of face detection (nearly every new camera nowadays gets equipped with this function) and a higher ISO setting up to a maximum of 6400 ISO.
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18 review
The Panasonic FZ18 has been available for quite a while now, so it is high time to put this model to the test. I have had the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 in the office and was able to test it in practice and in the lab. My experiences can be read in the following Panasonic Lumix FZ18 review.
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"At the press conference in Dublin I was able to shoot with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 digital Megazoom camera. I took the Panasonic camera with me to the Dublin area and was able to test the new intelligent camera features in combination with the MEGA O.I.S system."
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