The main advantage of a compact Megazoom camera is its operation, that is a near exact copy of a standard compact camera with, of course, the additional possibilities that you would expect to find on an advanced digital camera. When it comes to operation and possibilities, you are well-off with the Panasonic FZ28. Obviously, the camera can be set to the auto mode, and with the aid of the effective MEGA O.I.S. image stabilizer one can shoot away when it comes to taking snapshots. If however, you are enough of a daredevil to take on the challenge, you will go for the numerous possibilities of the S/A/M mode.
Advanced iA mode
Still, Panasonic is able to take automation one step further. The so-called iA mode (Intelligent Auto) offers automated solutions, preventing a lot of inconvenience. Faces are easily recognized, exposure optimized and backlight simply recognized and corrected. The iA mode was also applied to the FZ18. The concept of Panasonic's Megazoom camera hasn't altered that much.
Small joystick makes the navigation comfortable
Operation has remained straightforward and well-structured, and you will hardly need the manual to be able to shoot with this camera. The Panasonic LUMIX FZ28 also features the small joystick, which makes navigation through the menu of the camera swift and comfortable.
Panasonic MEGA O.I.S. image stabilisation system
The absolute surplus value of a Megazoom camera like the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 is the presence of an image stabilization system. Panasonic recognized the use of a system like this in an early stage, and applied it accordingly. MEGA O.I.S. as Panasonic's system is called, has been integrated in the entire line and has long since proven its value. With the iA mode turned on, shooting with the large optical range is a joy.
It's not that a blurred picture will never again occur, in practice it turns out that when shooting with the stabilization system activated, significantly less blurred pictures are the result.
Panasonic FZ28 boosts a 2.7" monitor
If you're used to a compact camera, you will be used to working with the LCD monitor frequently. The Panasonic FZ28 has a slightly larger screen of 2.7 inch. In addition, its resolution is increased which delivers optimum reproduction. The electronic viewfinder above it has a larger resolution resulting in a more refined reproduction. Using the large display or the viewfinder is a genuine personal choice of the user. Personally, I find working with a small viewfinder an absolute disaster and I prefer large monitors. The information about settings etc is well displayed in both the viewfinder and the monitor.
Panasonic Lumix FZ28 ideal for all-round photography
The size of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ28 hasn't changed compared to its predecessor. The camera has a fine hand-fit, which without question enables stable shooting. The extensive automation, the effective MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization system and beautiful optical range bring all-round digital photography within reach of everybody.