Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ18

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Sam Barrett, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Sam Barrett

    Sam Barrett Guest

    AI am considering purchasing this camera and I am very interested in
    your thoughts and opinions.

    Sam Barrett, Dec 26, 2008
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  2. Sam,

    I had one of the earlier models (FZ5) and my wife had the FZ20, and we
    were both very pleased with the cameras. However, and with many
    small-sensor cameras to get the best quality you need to keep the speed
    turned down, and I used to operate at not more than ISO 100 in normal
    circumstances. Unless you carry a tripod, this may restrict your
    photography a little, but you should be fine outdoors and in bright
    lighting conditions. The Leica lenses on the FZ5 and FZ20 are very good
    for the price, and in my judgement made the cameras produce better images
    than the equivalent Canon cameras. The image stabilisation works very

    Did you read this review:

    One other limitation of the models we had was that the wide-angle end of
    the zoom was limited to 36mm, but I see that the FZ18 now has a 28mm
    widest angle. I do suggest you try handling the camera to see how the
    controls fit your hands, and look through the viewfinder, as the EVF
    (which you use with your eye close up to it) may not produce as clear and
    image as you would like. Not a problem if you only use the larger LCD
    finder on the back of the camera.

    By the way, this post is off-topic for the SLR-systems newsgroup, so I'm
    posting the reply to the group and setting follow-ups

    David J Taylor, Dec 26, 2008
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  3. Sam Barrett

    Ossimoron Guest

    That model was discontinued: it has been replaced by the FZ28 with a little
    wider wideangle and better performances at high ISO (lower noise) but
    substantially the same camera.

    Ossimoron, Dec 27, 2008
  4. Sam Barrett

    Sam Barrett Guest

    That I did Rich, thanks. This outfit should be on my door step in a few
    Sam Barrett, Jan 6, 2009
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