Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Megazoom camera
The success of the Megazoom cameras lead to a farther advancing of the concept and to equip a small housing with no less than 18x optical zoom. The resolution of 8 Megapixels suffices easily for printing small to large prints. Although the immense popularity of the Megazoom is enough proof that they have the right to exist next to the entry level digital SLR, the Megazoom encounters some problems to reach the same level as far as image quality is concerned. You can't get around the fact that concessions have to be made and that the noise that comes with high ISO settings due to the amount of pixels on the small images sensor is one of these negative results.
Panasonic FZ18 - Ease of use & User friendly
But if you can live with that or simply avoid high ISO settings as much as possible, you will get an extremely versatile Megazoom camera in return. The ease of use and the user-friendliness of the Panasonic Lumix FZ18 are excellent if not fabulous. The ergonomics, the structure of the menu and the navigation are a pleasant experience and ensure you focussing on one thing only: framing the picture you are about to capture.
Panasonic Lumix FZ18 - Setting possibilities & Functions
While making that one very best picture, the photographer can lean on an abundance of setting possibilities and functions. Think of the reliable and very effective optical image stabilizer, MEGA O.I.S., and the electronic viewfinder that also plays a big role. And then of course the main force of the camera; the 18x optical wide angle zoom, the feature that ensures all-round photography with the Panasonic FZ18. You will probably need a few days to get used to all the functions but after that you will have an ideal tool in your hands for capturing your favourite moments.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 - Good image quality
Besides the physical features, the image quality is important. And it is just fine, providing you stay away from high ISO values. Unfortunately this is how it is. And I have to say that Panasonic is not the only manufacturer continuing the Megapixel race. One starts, the other one follows and that is how the manufacturers keep the race for as many Megapixels as possible going. We have mentioned it before but I'd like to repeat it; 6 Megapixels suffice to guarantee high quality prints. Please leave the higher amounts of Megapixels to the DSLR cameras.
Panasonic DMC-FZ18 - Fine alternative for a DSLR camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 pleased me tremendously and although there is room for improvement of some features, the Panasonic FZ18 offers high quality photography. When you learn to cope with the minus points, which is not so difficult with a MEGA O.I.S. at your disposal, you will experience a versatile camera that lets you as a beginning or advanced photographer work effortlessly with it. The Panasonic Lumix FZ18 is a so-called all-in-one camera with user-friendliness and all-round features of high quality. A fine alternative for a DSLR camera and for those wanting to become more skilled in photography a good stepping stone to the more serious business, a digital SLR camera. Outstanding!
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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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Panasonic FZ18 - SD & SDHC memory card support
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is standard delivered with 27MB internal memory. It may be clear that this is certainly not enough to get going with the camera. A standard JPEG picture is approximately 3.5MB so for one week you can take a picture every day before the memory is full. Maybe an inappropriate comment but isn't it time to enhance the internal memory extensively? Considering approximately 100 pictures, the advice would be to obtain a flash memory card with at least 512MB, but preferably 2 or 4GB storage capacity. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 supports the SD and SDHC memory cards which opens the door to use 32GB (expected in 2008) storage capacity.
Considering 2GB storage capacity:
Resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels - RAW - 4:3 mode - 110 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels - RAW+JPEG - 4:3 mode - 100 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 490 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 970 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 790 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 1530 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 1220 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 2360 pictures
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 1920 pictures
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 3610 pictures
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 8780 pictures
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 12290 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 2176 pixels - RAW - 3:2 mode - 125 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 2176 pixels - RAW+JPEG - 3:2 mode - 110 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 2176 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 550 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 2176 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 1070 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1712 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 890 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1712 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 1700 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 1360 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 2560 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 1840 pixels - RAW - 16:9 mode - 150 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 1840 pixels - RAW+JPEG - 16:9 mode - 130 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 1840 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 650 pictures
Resolution 3264 x 1840 - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 1270 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 1040 pictures
Resolution 2560 x 1440 - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 2040 pictures
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 1800 pictures
Resolution 1920 x 1080 - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 3410 pictures
Video Resolution 848 x 480 pixels - 30pps - 19 min 20 sec
Video Resolution 848 x 480 pixels - 10pps - 57 min 30 sec
Video Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 30pps - 22 min 30 sec
Video Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 10pps - 60 min 7 sec
Video Resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 30pps - 60 min 7 sec
Video Resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 10pps - 180 min 15 sec