|Panasonic Lumix FZ28 review : One year after reviewing the LUMIX FZ18, we now turn to the Panasonic LUMIX FZ28. Its design is more or less the same, and still based on the concept dating back to the time of the FZ8 Megazoom camera. The Panasonic FZ28 Megazoom remains compact yet offers a huge zoom range of 18x. The resolution has increased from 8 to 10 Megapixels, as we had already expected, and the range reaches a fraction wider angle (27 mm) and a bit less telephoto (486 mm). Besides that, the resolution of the video mode has increased to 1280x720 pixels and pictures can be viewed on a slightly larger 2.7 inch LCD monitor with enhanced resolution of 230,000 pixels. Marginal differences, however, reason enough for Panasonic to introduce the LUMIX FZ28 this year.
Panasonic FZ28 Megazoom camera
The Megazoom concept is a success story. Whereas several brands dropped the concept because of the tumbling prices of their entry-level DSLR cameras, the consumer had his very own reasons to choose a Megazoom model instead of a digital SLR camera. Quite logical indeed, since a Megazoom camera like the Panasonic LUMIX FZ28 is both compact and equipped with an 18x optical zoom. It's impossible to create a DSLR camera combination this compact.
Panasonic Micro Four Thirds system
Yet the chances are that the days of a Megazoom camera are numbered, if we consider the possibilities of the new Micro Four Thirds system. This new system features a so-called system camera with exchangeable optics at which the technical build enables to develop an extremely compact housing with the same compact-sized lenses. This is an interesting development that Panasonic, among others, works on. The world's first camera with this system is the Panasonic LUMIX G1, a camera that will soon be put through the test.
Panasonic FZ28 review including a DIWA Labs test
For now, it is the turn of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28, a model that was introduced during the summer of 2008. In addition to the enhanced resolution and the large range, the camera features a wealth of setting possibilities, offering the photographer the promise of endless creative shooting. The FZ28 not only offers P/S/A/M mode and full auto mode, but is also further enhanced by integrating the iA (Intelligent Auto mode). The latter is a fairly far-pushed automated function to recognize difficult light circumstances and moreover, an extremely convenient function with which the camera is set fully automatically to achieve optimum exposure. Sufficient ingredients to put our findings in a Panasonic Lumix FZ28 review for you to read.
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"The Panasonic FZ28 is a 10.1 Megapixel camera based on Panasonic's reliable Megazoom concept. Including a large optical zoom range of 18x starting with a 27mm wide angle, ideal for landscape shooting up to and including 486mm for distant telephoto pictures. The following Panasonic LUMIX FZ28 test photos have been taken in and around Purmerend, a small town near Amsterdam in the Netherlands."
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