|Panasonic Lumix FZ18 - Big optical zoom range
The most remarkable thing about the Panasonic Lumix FZ18 is the large amount of functions and setting possibilities. And besides that the large optical zoom range which is exceptional in a compact housing like this. There is not even a handful cameras offering this kind of range which places Panasonic in a luxurious position. The possibility of automatic programs and besides that the advanced setting possibilities such as aperture and shutter priority make this camera versatile and suitable for a wide range of consumers. Still, the application possibilities stand or fall with the accessibility of them. And Panasonic pass with flying colours.
Panasonic Lumix FZ18 - Optical image stabilizer
When you are capturing objects with the Panasonic FZ18 bystanders will not easily suspect that you are capturing objects on a vast distance. If you do point out the 18x optical zoom to people who are interested in what you are doing, they cannot believe you. An 18x zoom range is impossible to use without stabilization and therefore it is a logical step that Panasonic has equipped the Panasonic FZ18 with an optical image stabilizer, the so-called Mega O.I.S. from Panasonic. This stabilization system works excellently; it offers a surplus value to the camera and adds greatly to the image quality.
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 - Electronic viewfinder
If you have possessed a Lumix Megazoom camera before of if you are still owner of one, you will recognize many similarities. The 2.5-inch sized LCD monitor remained the same and the camera still offers an electronic viewfinder. This detail had been improved on the FZ8 offering high resolution and is considered one of the best electronic viewfinders on any compact camera. 188,000 pixels offer high quality reproduction and just as was the case with the FZ8, I notice that I use the EVF (electronic viewfinder) frequently. Information like resolution, exposure, ISO, flash setting, aperture and shutter speed is clearly rendered in the viewfinder and on the monitor.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 vs Lumix DMC-FZ8
The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18 Megazoom camera is just a tad larger in size and a tad heavier compared to the Panasonic Lumix FZ8. This does offer a stable hand-fit and the well thought-out design completes the ease of use. The combination Megazoom and Mega O.I.S. ensure effortless shooting without having to worry about shutter speed and focus point.