Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Megazoom camera
This could well be the eve of the disappearance of the Megazoom camera. In my opinion, this could apply to the Panasonic assortment. The Megazoom camera is based on a concept that has been around for a while, and with the introduction of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 it has become clear that no genuine change has been carried out to the camera. The huge change lies in the arrival of the Micro FourThirds standard. Panasonic is one of the driving forces behind this system. The Micro FourThirds camera could well replace the Megazoom camera in a while, and fill up the 'gap' in between compact cameras and DSLRs, which is what the Megazoom camera does now.
Panasonic FZ28 an allround digital camera
The success of the Megazoom camera is obvious; compact size, light weight and a large zoom range offering the same ease of use as a compact camera. The Panasonic FZ28 can hold its own and delivers an all-round camera. The large optical range in combination with the image stabilizer turns every newbie into a photographer. The ease of use is excellent and if you want to raise your skills, the camera offers sufficient setting possibilities to grow to the level of a DSLR camera.
Image quality of the Panasonic Lumix FZ28
The Panasonic DMC-FZ28 offers a solid and excellent image quality. The optical image stabilizer system enables shooting with relatively low ISO in order to considerably lessen the chance of image noise at 800 ISO and higher. Because this is one of the issues of the FZ28; the high ISO sensitivities are rather noise-prone and require precise exposure to keep some control over the quality.
Panasonic DMC-FZ28 equipped with a Leica objectief
The Leica lens performs superbly when it comes to sharpness, to the edges as well as in the centre. With the exception of maximum telephoto range, where visible blur in the edges is combined with a strong sensitivity to chromatic aberration which diminishes the quality. Panasonic has distortion very well under control thus adding a surplus value to the camera with this lens.
Panasonic FZ28 camera ideal for all-round photography
The Panasonic LUMIX FZ28 is a logical successor to its predecessor. It is a Megazoom camera perfectly updated for this time and age, thanks to the resolution increase, improved algorithms and powerful image processor. If you find a DSLR camera too complicated (large and heavy), or if you simply want a large optical zoom range in the most compact size possible; go for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28. The camera performs in the way you expect it to, no more, no less. Simply a superb camera for all-round shooting!
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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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RAW & JPEG format photos
Increasing the resolution means larger files in practice. The Panasonic Lumix FZ28 features an internal memory of approximately 59MB. This suffices nicely for a few pictures of the highest quality; however, this does not last for shooting an entire holiday, of course. The Panasonic FZ28 supports RAW and JPEG format, at which both formats deliver a file size of 5.2MB per picture. The camera is also able to store in RAW+JPEG simultaneously. In my opinion, you should at least shoot with a 2GB memory card in this camera.
Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
3648 x 2736 pixels - RAW - 4:3 mode - 160 pictures
3648 x 2736 pixels - RAW+JPEG - 4:3 mode - 130 pictures
3648 x 2736 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 390 pictures
3648 x 2736 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 770 pictures
3072 x 2304 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 550 pictures
3072 x 2304 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 1090 pictures
2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 790 pictures
2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 1530 pictures
2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 1220 pictures
2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 2360 pictures
1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 1920 pictures
1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 3610 pictures
640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 8780 pictures
640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 12290 pictures
3648 x 2432 pixels - RAW - 3:2 mode - 180 pictures
3648 x 2432 pixels - RAW+JPEG - 3:2 mode - 145 pictures
3648 x 2432 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 440 pictures
3648 x 2432 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 870 pictures
3072 x 2048 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 620 pictures
3072 x 2048 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 1220 pictures
2560 x 1712 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 890 pictures
2560 x 1712 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 1700 pictures
2048 x 1360 pixels - RAW - 16:9 mode - 1360 pictures
2048 x 1360 pixels - RAW+JPEG - 16:9 mode - 2560 pictures
3648 x 2056 pixels - RAW - 16:9 mode - 210 pictures
3648 x 2056 pixels - RAW+JPEG - 16:9 mode - 175 pictures
3648 x 2056 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 520 pictures
3648 x 2056 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 1020 pictures
3072 x 1728 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 730 pictures
3072 x 1728 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 1420 pictures
2560 x 1440 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 1040 pictures
2560 x 1440 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 1980 pictures
1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 1800 pictures
1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 3410 pictures
Video Resolution HD - 8 min 20 sec
Video Resolution WVGA - 19 min
Video Resolution VGA - 22 min 10 sec
Video Resolution QVGA-H - 64 min
Video Resolution QVGA-L - 171 min
SanDisk Extreme Ducati Plus SD memory card
During the tests in practice, I used the Panasonic Lumix FZ28 with a 4GB SDHC card and besides that, I used it in combination with a special type Secure Digital memory card; the SanDisk Extreme Ducati Plus SD memory card. It has the size of a standard SDHC card but does have a unique feature; taking the card out of the camera you can snap it in two and a USB interface is then freed. This way you can insert the card directly into a free USB port and get access to the stored pictures or videos. No need for wires or a card reader, even the camera can be put aside.