New Panasonic Lumix FZ18

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by aniramca, Jul 26, 2007.

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    aniramca Guest

    A new Panasonic digital camera just came out. It has an 18x optical
    zoom, similar to Olympus SP-550UZ. I wonder how do they prize it in
    comparison to the smaller FZ8 and the larger FZ50? Will FZ8 be slowly
    pull out, or is this camera a new series?
    I can't help wondering whether there will be a more close association
    between Matsushita (creator of Panasonic) and Olympus. Panasonic has
    LC-1 DSLR and Olympus has E-volt 330, which looks similar and share
    the four third lens system (Leica lens for Panasonic and Zuikor lens
    for Olympus). Is FZ18 and SP550UZ a competition, or do they end up as
    a partner?
    Is pushing optical zoom 18x a little too far, e specially using a
    small P&S sensor size? FZ8 is 7 MP, FZ50 is 10MP and FZ18 will be 8
    MP. I am looking forward to hear some news about this camera as it
    goes into the market. I also wonder if Panasonic will enter an entry
    level DSLR soon.
    aniramca, Jul 26, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Paul Furman, Jul 26, 2007
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  3. I've only read the PR, but the difficult bit (cf the FZ8) is at the 28mm
    equiv. end - the long end is not a lot different from the excellent lens
    on the FZ5 that I have. The real problem (without seeing any
    reviews[1]) is likely to be a further increase in the pixel count,
    although RAW will give a work around.

    [1] And the reviews are not very helpful in general, as they
    tend to use factory settings. On my FZ5 & FZ50 I have always
    used minimum interference from the Venus II & III engines and
    done sharpening, and noise adjustments on the computer.

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    Tony Polson Guest

    All current Olympus Four Thirds DSLRs use Panasonic sensors. The
    Panasonic LC-1, Leica Digilux 3 and Olympus E-330 all use the same
    Panasonic 7.5 MP sensor and Olympus viewfinder.
    Oh yes it is!
    The Panasonic DMC LC-1 is an entry level DSLR camera, but with a very
    expensive price tag of £999. You can pay another £800 for the Leica
    version which is virtually identical at a whopping £1799 !!!

    The Olympus E-330 is now discontinued, but is probably still available
    at rather less than half the price of the Panasonic DSLR. Of course
    the Panasonic has the excellent Leica zoom lens with built-in
    anti-shake, as does the ridiculously expensive Leica Digilux 3.
    Tony Polson, Jul 26, 2007
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    Stan Beck Guest

    I have the DMC FZ10 - 5 mp - (besides my D200) and it delivers good photos.
    I would be less concerned with the 18x zoom than the size of the sensor. I
    think 6 or 7 mp is plenty - 8mp, and certainly 10 mp, on a chip that size
    will produce a lot of noise.

    As for the lens - you will probably have pincushion/barrel distortion, but
    that is usually at both ends of the zoom range.

    The smaller the fine print, the less you will like what it says.

    Stan Beck > From New Orleans to Brandon MS
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    Stan Beck, Jul 26, 2007
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