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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.66 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "If the 10X or 12X lens on your typical ultra zoom camera just isn't enough, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 ($399) might interest you. Based on the DMC-FZ8, the FZ18 packs a whopping 18X zoom lens into a body that's still relatively compact (by ultra zoom standards). Not only is the zoom powerful, but it has a nice focal range: 28 - 504 mm. ...

... If the 10X or 12X lens on your typical ultra zoom camera just isn't enough, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 ($399) might interest you. Based on the DMC-FZ8, the FZ18 packs a whopping 18X zoom lens into a body that's still relatively compact (by ultra zoom standards). Not only is the zoom powerful, but it has a nice focal range: 28 - 504 mm. ..."

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CNET Reviews 8.60  11-28-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Though far from perfect, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 shapes up to be the best of the cameras promising 18x-zoom Nirvana we've reviewed so far, a trio rounded out by the slow Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd and the slower Olympus SP-550 UZ. Like those models, the FZ18 incorporates a wide aperture, wide-angle lens, specifically f/2.8-to-f/4.2 28mm-to-504mm, and like the S8000fd incorporates an 8-megapixel sensor. ...

... Choosing a rating for the FZ18's image quality was unusually difficult. At its best, the FZ18 snaps excellent photos: sharp, with accurate exposure, good color rendering, reasonable lens geometry, and only modest noise at the low-to-middle ISO sensitivities. However, this seems to apply predominantly under natural lighting. CNET Labs tests indoors under tungsten and fluorescent lights not only exhibited poor automatic white balance, but above average noise and compression artifacts in the JPEG images. ..."

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Imaging-Resource 8.55  12-10-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 has body styling reminiscent of a single-lens reflex digital camera, and offers a 1/2.5-inch CCD image sensor with an effective eight megapixels. Dominating the front of the Panasonic FZ18 is a Leica-branded 18x optical zoom lens - the longest range yet offered on a Lumix digicam, with previous models reaching a maximum of only 12x. ...

... The Panasonic FZ18 is light enough to bring along just about anywhere, and the lens stays in closer than competing 18x designs, a design feature that will likely minimize damage over the life of this fine digital camera. If the lens is the big story with the Panasonic FZ18, the rest is just gravy. Face detect autofocus, multiple aspect ratios, optical image stabilization, white balance fine-tuning, adjustable flash intensity, and live histogram are all good to have with this excellent optic. ..."

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PhotoReview 8.50  10-15-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Successor to the successful FZ8 model, Panasonic's latest long-zoom digicam, the DMC-FZ18 sports an 8-megapixel imager and a massive 18x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens that covers an equivalent focal length range from 28mm to 504mm. Otherwise the two models are superficially quite similar, although the FZ18's image stabilizer is accessed via the menu instead of through a dedicated button. Internally some significant changes have been made in the newer model. ...

Of the three 18x optical zoom digicams currently available, the Lumix DMC-FZ18 is the best overall performer and, as long as your shooting doesn't involve a lot of available light pictures in dim lighting, it's a great little camera and ideal for travelers. ..."

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DPReview 8.17  11-06-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... Like its predecessors, the FZ18 packs a large number of features and an enormous zoom range into a fairly compact body. The feature set offers everything from point-and-shoot scene modes to advanced manual photographic controls. The joystick-controlled quick menu means that everything you need for everyday shooting gets its own external control. ..."

In summary the the FZ18 is a well built, well designed and very versatile photographic tool that offers an awful lot in a compact and easy to use package, and one that's ideal for anyone not quite ready to commit to a bulky and expensive SLR outfit. The sensor performance struggles to live up to the rest of the package, but we say this so often it's beginning to sound like a broken record. ..."

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Digital Camera Info 8.00  06-29-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 aims to be the camera that has it all: a wide 28mm angle for photographing group portraits and architecture as well as the power of a long 18x optical zoom lens. With a lens like that, this 8.1-megapixel Lumix stands at the top of the ultra-zoom market alongside the 18x Olympus SP-560UZ and Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd. The Panasonic FZ18 boasts full manual control and a host of automated modes, RAW and JPEG image capture, and a $399 price tag. ...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is much improved from the FZ8. It has more resolution, a longer and wider 18x optical zoom lens, and adds features like face detection. The Panasonic FZ18 outperforms its predecessor in almost every way. Its pictures have much more accurate colors and richer dynamic range. ..."

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PC Magazine 7.88  03-03-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Our current Editors' Choice superzoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, packs a massive array of features—and an 18X zoom lens—into a relatively compact body. This 8.3-megapixel shooter delivers above-average image quality, and at only $399.95, it's a bargain. ...

On my field tests, the FZ18 was an impressive performer. It's a blast to use, thanks to its extensive list of features, intuitive menu system, and highly versatile lens. In general, the camera captured images with accurate, natural color and correct exposures, especially outdoor shots. Indoor and low-light shots sometimes suffered from noise (more on that later). ..."

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Megapixel.net 7.45  10-19-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Panasonic DMC-FZ18 is the newest addition to Panasonic's FZ series of cameras. The Lumix DMC-FZ18 is a bridge camera that offers an SLR feel, an optically stabilized 18X zoom, and an 8-megapixel resolution. ...

Left to its default settings for JPEG images, there is a chance that the DMC-FZ18 could disappoint its purchaser when the images are inspected closely. However, a bit of experimentation with the Picture Adjustment option of the REC. menu - regrettably only available when the camera is set to one of the advanced modes and the Program mode - should remedy that situation permanently. The DMC-FZ18 offers a lot of capability for the money, and those looking to a bridge camera would be well-advised to check it out. ..."

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Photography Blog 7.43  12-04-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The defining feature of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 digital camera is its massive 18x zoom lens, equivalent to a very versatile 28-504mm focal length, which should cover virtually every imaginable photographic situation. The FZ18 is a bridge-style compact camera, looking just like a true DSLR at first glance, but featuring a non-interchangeable lens instead. ...

... The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is a bit of a jack of all trades – you can get crisp close ups with the minimum of fuss whether shooting from safe distance away, and also get cracking macro shots with the camera's lens practically resting on your subject matter. Plus, that 28mm wide angle lets you capture the whole scene before you without having to step back too far. ..."

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DCViews 6.33  10-26-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "One interesting key-player in the super-zoom field for some time already, has been Panasonic with its Lumix series. Starting with their FZ1 in 2002, they have now released the DMC FZ18 which comes with a cracking 18x Leica zoom lens with a f/2.8 maximum opening and optical image stabilization, covering a range from 28 to 500mm. Apart from an 8,1 effective megapixel sensor it has intelligent auto scene selection, face detection and RAW image capture. Impressive specifications for any camera but especially so for a bridge compact. ...

... Image quality is excellent with virtually no distortion at any focal length. Even at wide angle, parallels were perfectly straight in all our test shots. Chromatic aberration or purple fringing is practically non-existent and there is no sign of vignetting in the extreme corners of the image. ..."

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Digicam Review 5.33  12-04-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Announced on the 24th of July 2007, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is one of the latest Panasonic digital cameras and features an 8 megapixel sensor, a 2.5" screen, and a huge 18x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization. The Leica branded 18x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 28– 504 mm on a 35mm camera. ...

... The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is an impressive ultra zoom digital camera - and probably the best of the latest ultra zoom cameras thanks to the Leica wide angle 18x optical zoom lens - I didn't notice any vignetting or distortion and image quality is very good with great color and detail although noise and lack of detail at the higher ISO settings causes some concern. ..."

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