I bought this camera for general usage – family trips to the zoo, outdoor sporting events, etc. The zoom motor provides fine control over the amount of zoom, with many steps along the focal length spectrum and it moves quickly enough for the needs of most photographers. I have many, many keepers. Like other megazoom cameras, the Panasonic FZavailable in black or silver-grey–has a digital SLR look and feel with its pronounced grip and lens. If you do notice a color cast, you can try one of the white balance presets daylight, cloudy, shade, flash, halogen , or there are two slots to save a custom white balance. If you try out the High Sensitivity scene mode, the camera will use a range if ISO between and

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In the menu, there is also an option, labeled “flip anim” that lets you capture still images and make them into a movie.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Review: Digital Photography Review

It exceeded my expectations. It occupies that “bridge” category of cameras sized between compacts and SLRs. A film camera with an optical zoom this powerful would be so big and heavy, you couldn’t handle it with one hand.

The link is http: Setting the white balance is very easy, just select “set” from the white balance menu, choose which slot to store the settings in, and then the camera directs you to point at a white target to set the white balance.

This advanced technology can detect up to 15 faces in a scene, and will even automatically readjust the settings if their positions change. I was particularly impressed with some portrait-type images that I took at a childrens birthday party.


I had several shots where the bright areas were over-exposed and the dark areas were under-exposed. The FZ18 can capture 8. I have to say that I am more impressed than I thought I would be with this camera. But I had a hard time locking in focus and as our lab tests indicate, exposures at this close range were uneven. Whether you’ve grown tired of what came with your DSLR, or want to start photographing different subjects, a new lens is probably in order. This camera excels with hand-held long zoom shots attributed to te excellent OIS optical Image Stabilization system.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

Because of this you’ll get an impressive shots on a full charge. All of the buttons and doors work well.

Simon Joinson on the Seattle mdc. Mode 1 provides continuous stabilization and it can come in handy for composition but is harder on the battery. In AF macro, manual focus, or intelligent auto modes, you can focus as close as 1cm at wide angle with the same 6. Rimini, David and the ball. What that means for you is that buildings will remain almost straight across the zoom range, rather than bending fx18 or out.

It was a used camera but performs like new. Editor Dan Bracaglia’s pick is the lens that he’s recommended more than any other in — and the one he feels Sony’s mirrorless system desperately needed. Even the uninitiated will zip through fz1 menus with few problems thanks to the menu’s sensible organization and the large, legible text.


Feb Update I’ve taken about pictures since acquiring this camera and the image quality at low ISO settings below is excellent. Sure it’s a fz118 you “feel”, but in the end has the quality of photos, right? Free and open source Raw photo-processing software RawTherapee has been updated to version 5. Just breaking it in. Zooming in a bit cuts out the chain link and trees for a nicer photo.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 : Specifications and Opinions

FZ8 owners might want to take a close look at the Panasonic FZ18, because image quality is a little better with this 8. Sigma releases X3F Raw conversion plugin for Photoshop.

As promised, Sony has delivered an incremental firmware upgrade for its a7 III dm a7R III mirrorless cameras that fixes issues found in firmware version 2. No, but you can’t expect them to be. Are dmcc photos as good as those from a DSLR? The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. A good grip is topped by the shutter button and zoom control, with the Mode dial and power switch at the ready.