|When it comes to the design of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ28, it is almost similar to that of its predecessor. Obviously, there is no need or drive to change this design. Also, the dimensions and weight of both cameras are alike, or nearly alike. Even the locations of the buttons have remained untouched. New is the play/record button on the back of the FZ28. A nice addition, although generally known already. |
|Handgrip of the Panasonic FZ28
If you have read the Panasonic FZ18 review, you will recognize a lot as you read on now. It is not a surprise that the hand-fit of the FZ28 is experienced by the user as unchanged. The camera has a perfect hand-fit, thanks to the way the weight is divided and the excellent handgrip. Naturally, the hand-fit of a camera adds to the joy of shooting. The Panasonic FZ28 may be compact for a Megazoom camera, yet for a photo camera, the design is still fairly big. You won't carry it with you just like that in your inner pocket or trouser pocket.
Lumix FZ28 features a large-sized lens
The front of the camera is mainly dominating by a large-sized lens. Above the zoom lens, a large built-in flash pops up high. A small LED on one side of the lens functions as indicator for the self-timer and at the same time as AF assist lamp. A tiny microphone below the LED records sound whilst capturing a video.
Command dial & Shutter release
The large command dial with the main program settings is found on the top side of the Panasonic FZ28. Rotating the button to the left or right will give you direct access to the desired setting. Although the camera offers many of the setting features a DSLR offers, it lacks the hot shoe. The shutter release button is found on op of the handgrip, surrounded by a zoom button to operate the 18x optical range. Other buttons, among which the on/off switch, complete the top.
|Memory & battery compartment
The handgrip contains an integrated card slot with SD and SDHC memory cards support. Also the battery is stashed here. It is neatly kept in its place by a security catch, to prevent the battery from falling out of the compartment accidentally upon opening the cover. Right next to the compartment, in the centre of the bottom of the camera, the universal tripod socket is located. This is convenient to take certain pictures using the tripod, however, once mounted it is not possible to change the battery or memory card without having to take the camera down first.
Panasonic Lumix FZ28 monitor & viewfinder
The monitor on the back has increased from 2.5 to 2.7 inch. That can’t be bad, and together with the increased resolution of 230,000 pixels, the Panasonic LUMIX FZ28 offers excellent reproduction. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is in fact a smaller version of the monitor, and offers the same reproduction, although in a lower resolution. I think it is a matter of personal taste; however, we hardly made use of the EVF, if even at all. The convenient small joystick on the back of the camera allows you to navigate through the menu swiftly. We find these small sticks on cameras more and more often, although not everybody is able to create a perfect joystick. Panasonic is one of the brands that are close to reaching the perfect one, though!
Panasonic DMC-FZ28 easy to operate
The button's division and structure will look familiar to Panasonic Megazoom users. Our conclusion remains unchanged compared to the FZ18, not bringing any surprises. The operation is excellent, even for the user with somewhat larger hands. Thanks to the camera's size, it lies stable and safe in your hands, and combined with Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. the 18x optical zoom is easy to use.