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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

This SLR style camera has a 1/2.5 inch CCD sensor with a lens that has an equivalent focal range of a massive 28 to 504mm. The DMC-FZ18 comes with ima...

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Review of "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18"

published 08/02/2008 | thebigc1690
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Pro Can be fully automatic or manual, produces great images!
Cons Video capture not great, could have gone a little further with the manual controls!
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"The bridge from amateur to professional."

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As a lot of people on this site already know I am a professional photographer and as such I own many cameras but the camera I am about to review is actually one that I do not personally own but have been spending a lot of time with of late.

At my photography club we have access to many cameras as well as the ones we own, this is very beneficial to a serious photographer because different cameras operate in slightly different ways just like the photographers themselves.

I gave this one a few weeks run out on the advice of a friend and what sound advice it turned out to be. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18EB-K is not a DSLR camera although it might look like one but it is far more advanced than an average point and shoot digital camera. This type of camera is known as a bridge camera because that's exactly what it is doing, bridging the gap between point and shoot and DSLR.
DSLR cameras are completely controlled by the photographer whereas a point and shoot digital camera will have loads of pre-set settings to enable the photographer to get better results without knowing much about the settings. This camera can do both, it comes with many built in pre-sets but can also offer the photographer the chance to set things like shutter speed, focus, ISO and aperture settings manually.

This camera would therefore be an excellent choice for someone making their first step up from basic point and shoot photography such as holiday snaps and family albums to more serious photography such as portrait and landscape. It is however fully functional enough to be of use to serious amateurs and maybe even low end professionals. I have had great fun using it but it falls a long way short of the £1800 DSLR I am used to.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18EB-K comes with MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer which is great for taking shots without a tripod as it eliminates almost all blur that may occur from an unsteady hand. It is an 8.1 megapixel camera with an 18x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens and unique Intelligent Auto Mode. The perfect choice for any photographer with varied photographic needs.

Important specifications
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Optical Zoom 18 x

Digital Zoom 4 x

ISO Sensitivity Auto /100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250 / 1600

White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set,

Shutter Speed Program AE : 1-1/2000 sec

Image Quality Fine / Standard / RAW / RAW+ JPEG

Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off

LCD Monitor 2.5 Inch Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (230K Pixels), Field of View : approx. 100 per cent, AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High angle mode

Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710mAh) (Included)

You will notice from the list of specifications that this camera allows you to store images in RAW format this is especially important for professional photographers or for anyone serious about image editing programmes. When shooting models I always use RAW format because this allows you to trim figures and airbrush imperfections from the photos with the best results.

The images I have taken in the few weeks of using this camera have mostly been of very high quality, there is sometimes a very slight discolouring at the very edges of pictures taken on the highest ISO setting but this will not affect the average photographer in the slightest and only really comes into effect when the image is intended to be greatly enlarged.

The camera is not too heavy and is just the right size to feel comfortable in your grip, the controls are all easily accessible whilst the camera is in use and it's easy to switch from one setting to another in the blink of an eye. As with most digital cameras these days this one can take video footage as well as still images, it does this quite well but obviously not to the standard of a camcorder so do not be tempted into getting rid of a camera and camcorder thinking this could take the place of both. As a camera it is excellent but as a video camera it doesn't compare!

I have done a bit of research into the price and availability of this camera and can tell you that it can be found on line for prices ranging from £269.99 - £329.00 but check carefully what accessories and guarantee are being offered because this varies too.
All in all for around the three hundred pound mark I would say this is a great camera for someone serious enough about their photography to warrant the spend.

Thanks for reading, hope this has been of some use to you!

©2008 thebigc1690

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  • blonde_hunny published 11/02/2008
    I so love taking pictures and I would love a camera like this but they are so expensive and my money always seems to go on other things like hair, makeup, nights out, alchohol and so on LOL! x
  • MizzMolko published 09/02/2008
    Brilliant review and I couldn't agree with you more with your comment in your 'about me' box! : ) Eleanor x
  • cadetspy published 09/02/2008
    nice review and nice comment i.e no reads and views = no money any views and comments are welcome thanks cadetspy
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Product Information : Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

Manufacturer's product description

This SLR style camera has a 1/2.5 inch CCD sensor with a lens that has an equivalent focal range of a massive 28 to 504mm. The DMC-FZ18 comes with image stabilization (mechanical and ISO controlled) and it has an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/4.5 and an ISO setting of up to 6400 in high sensitivity mode.

Product Details

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 8.1

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Electronic Viewfinder

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD Memory Card; SDHC Memory Card; MultiMediaCard

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 18 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

LCD Display Size: 2.5

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Product Description: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18S - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18EG-S - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18E-K - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18E-S - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18EB-K - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18EG-K - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18EB-S - digital camera

Colour: Black, Silver

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 710 mAh ( included )

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.44" - colour

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens System: 18 x zoom lens - 6 - 82.8 mm - f/2.8-4.2

Sensor Resolution: 8.1 Megapixel

Internal Storage: 27 MB flash

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Weight: 360 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.8 cm x 8.8 cm x 7.5 cm

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Memory / Storage

Video Capture: QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 10 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 10 fps ¦ QuickTime - 848 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 848 x 480 - 10 fps

Image Storage: 3264 x 2448 ¦ 2560 x 1920 ¦ 2048 x 1536 ¦ 1600 x 1200 ¦ 1280 x 960 ¦ 2560 x 1712 ¦ 2048 x 1360 ¦ 1920 x 1080 ¦ 3264 x 2176 ¦ 3264 x 1840 ¦ 2560 x 1440

Internal Storage: 27 MB flash

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 710 mAh ( included )

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens hood, battery charger, lens cap, hand strap, lens adaptor

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, LUMIX Simple Viewer, Photo Fun Studio

Display

Display Features: Rotating

Resolution: 207,000 pixels

Type: 2.5" LCD display

Viewfinder

Field Coverage: 100%

Viewfinder Resolution: 188,000 pixels

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.44"

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Additional Features

Additional Features: Audio recording, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, resizing an image

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Camera Flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 6 m

Lens System

Features: Aspherical lens

Lens Construction: 8 groups / 11 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Macro Focus Range: 1cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 504mm

Type: 18 x zoom lens - 6 - 82.8 mm - f/2.8-4.2

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Exposure & White Balance

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3 EV step

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 60 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, Flash, daylight, halogen

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia, Saturation, Contrast compensation

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, party/indoor, surf & snow, night portrait, scenery, food, fireworks, night scene, panning, sports mode, candle, baby, starry sky, soft skin

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 6400, ISO 1250, ISO auto

General

MPN: DMC-FZ18K, DMC-FZ18S, DMC-FZ18EG-S, DMC-FZ18E-K, DMCFZ18, DMC-FZ18E-S, DMC-FZ18EB-K, DMC-FZ18EG-K, DMC-FZ18EG-B, DMC-FZ18EB-S, DMC-FZ18 SILBER

Optical Zoom: 18 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: QuickTime

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 8,100,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 8,320,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 8.1 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Black, Silver

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Available Body Colours: Black, silver

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 360 g

Height: 7.5 cm

Depth: 8.8 cm

Width: 11.8 cm

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card

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