Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

Last update (September’08):
- Panasonic has launched the successor of FZ18: Panasonic DMC-FZ28
- Review by NeoCamera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 (announced 24 July’07) is an 8.1 megapixels SLR-like digital camera features a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 18x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-504mm), Image Stabilizer, Venus Engine III, ISO 100 – 6400, and 2.5″ LCD screen. [Full Specs]

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Reviews

NeoCamera reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Pros: EGood color accuracy, Low optical distortion, Consistent sharpness from corner to corner, Very fast and responsive, Comfortable design, Great LCD visibility. Cons: Image details destroyed from ISO 400 onwards, Poor dynamic range,Softness near telephoto end of zoom”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“All in all, the Lumix DMC FZ-18K does come through for the price, especially if high optical zoom, a great lens, and a beginners’ course on manual settings is what you’re looking for. If image quality is at the top of your wish list, however, you may be better off with the Olympus SP-570 UZ or the Fuji FinePix S8100fd. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
Pros: 18x optical zoom, optical image-stabilization, full manual-mode, RAW support. Cons: terrible noise distortion, middling image-quality for its price, narrow aperture range ”
Rating: ★★★★½

PocketLint reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Images are very nice overall with images a little too vibrant out of the box; of course, you can adjust such things to your own liking. Images are detailed and both metering and focusing is actually rather good. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“In general, the camera captured images with accurate, natural color and correct exposures, especially outdoor shots… It’s a perfect option for the photographer who wants more than a point-and-shoot but doesn’t need the advanced features of D-SLR models..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LaptopMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“If you’re looking for a digital camera but can’t decide whether you want one that shoots wide or long, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 will do both for you exceedingly well… Image quality from this camera when shooting at ISO 400 and below was about the best we’ve seen for a model in this superzoom class, with the FZ18 producing rich color and excellent sharpness even at long range.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“In this case all the Internet buzz was right on target. This is probably the best super zoom camera (12x and above) I’ve tested to date. It’s responsive, saves files relatively quickly, has a boatload of manual adjustments and its Intelligent Auto works very nicely. As always with Panasonic digicams, there are issues with noise once you go over 400 ISO but there’s a blocker to prevent it going higher than that but that feature doesn’t work in iA mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The ease of use and the user-friendliness of the Panasonic Lumix FZ18 are excellent if not fabulous. The ergonomics, the structure of the menu and the navigation are a pleasant experience and ensure you focussing on one thing only: framing the picture you are about to capture.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Color saturation is well controlled, and though its less saturated than the competition, we don’t notice that it makes images less appealing. Exposure tends to jump around a bit, but it’s not bad. High ISO performance is a little weak, especially in tungsten lighting. It’s long zooms where high ISO is so important, so this problem is unfortunate.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Even when shooting at maximum telephoto on an overcast day, the majority of our images were richly detailed and free of any tell tale softness from hand wobble, suggesting that the built-in MEGA OIS feature cuts the proverbial mustard under most conditions. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigicamReview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“he 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 colour and detail although noise and lack of detail at the higher ISO settings causes some concern. The camera offers an excellent Leica wide angle 18x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, helping you get sharp, crisp, blur free images even in low light.”
Rating: Highly Recommended

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
” The good: Wide-angle, long zoom lens; nice set of shooting features. The bad: Camera’s JPEG processing choices can produce suboptimal results; no zoom in movie capture; sluggish LCD/EVF update. The bottom line: A decent but not great camera, the megazoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 still manages to outdo its few competitors. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET.uk reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is great fun to use, and is an uncluttered and responsive dSLR-like interface giving access to a wealth of features. Just about everything is tweakable, while the giant zoom, accomplished lens and excellent image quality make this as much fun as it’s possible to have without an dSLR”
Rating: ★★★★½

Megapixel reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“While certainly not the prettiest camera we’ve tested, the DMC-FZ18 is a solid camera with a powerhouse lens and a wider variety of customization options that we usually see on a point-and-shoot… For those looking to purchase a superzoom camera in this class, the DMC-FZ18 is a solid choice.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The overall image quality when using the 8M Fine mode was very good for a consumer model. The majority of our images are tach sharp, with very little edge softness. Exposure is accurate, and color saturation is very pleasing. The camera also performs well indoors.”
Rating: N/A

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 video review by TigerDirect;

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Color accuracy in low light suffers a bit, but is better than many cameras. Noise levels are quite high in low light at such a high ISO speed, which may occasionally be your only option to capture a dimly lit scene without blur or flash. The main problem with the FZ18 in low light is its inconsistent autofocus.”
Rating: N/A

DCViews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“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. Colours are natural without being overly saturated..”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Speaking of the pictures though, the FZ18 is not immune to noise. It remains ever-present across the entire ISO range and is visible even at the lowest 100 ISO setting. But then this issue also faces its rivals and most non-DSLRs these days. If you like to examine images on-screen at 100%, the FZ18 – and its rivals – are not the cameras for you.”


Rating: ★★★★☆

Megapixel reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The flash has an effective range of 30 cm (1 ft) to 6 m (19.7 ft) when the sensitivity is set to Auto, which allows the camera to go up to 400 ISO. And, when set to 100 or even 200 ISO — sensitivity levels that are intrinsically less noisy — while the range is less it still covers an average room easily.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“mage quality always seems to be the most disappointing part of Panasonic’s recent cameras, and that hasn’t changed on the FZ18. On the positive side, the camera takes well-exposed photos, with accurate (though somewhat dull) color and almost zero purple fringing.”
Rating: N/A

Cameras.uk reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Overall the Panasonic DMC FZ18 is a winner. There are one or two areas where I think picture quality could improve, but that is the same for just about every other camera too. The camera has a very good range of controls and taking the length of lens into consideration Panasonic have managed to keep the price tag very reasonable. It is also one of the most feature packed consumer level digital cameras on the market. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Tom’sGuide reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Behind its austere design, the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 hides impressive high-level performance. Experienced photographers will find a camera that’s the perfect compromise between compact point-and-shoots that are too short of features and SLRs that are too expensive and perhaps over laden with features they will never use.”
Rating: N/A

CNETasia reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The good: Intelligent Auto mode was spot on most of the time; solid build; good overall performance. The bad: No hotshoe; no flip-out screen. The bottom line: Its ease of use is of note for a user who isn’t prepared to delve into a camera’s manual exposure settings, but who wants something better than a point-and-shoot.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The test camera powered up in less than three seconds and shut down within two, which is fast for its zoom range. We measured an average capture lag of 0.63 seconds, which reduced to less than 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. Shot-to-shot times averaged 1.75 seconds without flash and just over three seconds with.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoxels reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The AF works very well in low-light, and the AF-assist Lamp makes for precise and fast focus lock.. Overall, very good to excellent image quality for a 8.1MP digital camera: sharp pictures, good image detail, beautiful colours, well-exposed.”
Rating: N/A

PopPhoto reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“Overall, most casual photographers, and even some enthusiasts, will be very happy with the image quality from the FZ18….If you’re in the market for an ultra-zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 deserves a place on your short list. While poor noise performance and a small dynamic range detract from some images, overall image quality is good with nice color reproduction and sharp details. ”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The image noise that has plagued every Panasonic camera is also there except at the very lowest ISO setting, causing major problems at higher settings….The Lumix FZ18 is a very nearly the ultimate super-zoom camera, with good performance and handling, an excellent range of features and a simply astonishing lens, made usable by an equally superb image stabilisation system.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PopPhoto has a preview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and writes;
“The build is sturdy, hand-feel is right-on, and our first impressions of the Image Stabilizer and face detection are “impressed.” Under stage lighting, no flash, at high ISOs, at supertelephoto, at slow shutter speed, exposures in Face Detection were right-on.


Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Samples

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ InfoSync
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ PocketLint
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ DCViews
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ CNET.Asia
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ Photoxels
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Sample Photos @ Panasonic Japan


Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Price Comparison


Panasonic DMC-FZ18 User Manuals (PDF)

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- Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 User Manual in English (PDF – 8.2 MB)
- Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 User Manual in Spanish (PDF – 1.8 MB)


Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Press Release

The perfect choice for any photographer with varied photographic needs and high ambitions “ Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new DMC-FZ18 8.1-megapixel Lumix camera, featuring a powerful 18x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-504mm on a 35mm film camera), newly developed 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens and Panasonic’s new and unique Intelligent Auto Mode. Panasonic’s award winning FZ series of Lumix cameras has been highly praised across the world, for concomitant realization of both high performance and ease of use, and the FZ18 is no exception.

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3 Comments »

Comment by rick
2007-12-09 12:01:32

Although I don’t put this camera in the same class as the high-end choices from Nikon or Canon, I loved test-driving this camera. Landscape photography makes up a majority of my work, and for this the Lumix was fantastic. Overall, I would expect Leica to tweak the firmware to do a better job of processing images.

 
Comment by Octenia
2008-06-29 07:06:18

I this cam 2 weeks ago & love it…
I feel lucky that I bought it…
This Cam is one of my favourate…

 
Comment by CHUCK Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-10 21:23:43

I have been using this camera for over 6 months now. It does get some incredible pictures, especially using the 18X zoom. I have one small complaint though-I have twice called the service line at Panasonic about this problem and they could not help me. I always shoot in the Intelligent Auto mode. Sometimes when I am using the 18x optical zoom, the picture wont snap when I try to take the picture. The only way out of this is to shut the camera off and restart it. Any ideas from any other owners what would cause this?

 

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