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Panasonic FZ18 Review

Review Date: Sep 7, 2007

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 with Lens Hood
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 with Lens Hood


This Panasonic FZ18 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 remains the ultra zoom digital camera that sets the standard for the others to follow. It has pretty much everything a beginner to serious amateur photographer could wish for: very good to excellent image quality, superb 18x optical wide-angle zoom with an effective optical image stabilization, fast and precise AF even at the long end of the zoom and in low light.

The Panasonic FZ18 has a superb Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and it shows in the quality of the images. The effective optical image stabilization allows hand holding shots at the long focal lengths and slower shutter speeds. The wide-angle makes this a great camera for landscape and group shots.

There is full exposure flexibility, so if you are a beginner, you can start with Auto, Scene and Program AE exposure modes, then move on to Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and full Manual modes when you are ready to learn and explore. Switching from mode to mode, and using the different options available is intuitive.

The Panasonic FZ18 is fast, with no practical shutter lag. In fact, auto focus is incredibly fast making this a very responsive ultra zoom digital camera.

A large 2.5 in. LCD monitor makes focusing and composing easy. An AF-assist Lamp helps achieve focus in low-light. The on-board flash is quite good with a 6 m reach.

Like the FZ7 and FZ8 before it, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 makes a great all-round family digital camera. Beginner amateur photographers (and the proverbial "soccer moms") will find it easy-to-use, especially with the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that turns on MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO, Face Detection, Continuous Auto-Focus and Intelligent Scene Selector for a beginner's point-and-shoot ease of use. More serious amateur photographers will appreciate all the useful and immensely practical features -- all in a well-designed and relatively compact and light body. The Panasonic FZ18 produces great images, is fast and a pleasure to use -- and is simply incredible value for money. If you are looking for a long zoom digital camera, be sure you try the Panasonic FZ18 hands-on first. Available in silver or all black body.

See if you fit the Panasonic FZ18 User Profile below:

Panasonic FZ18
User Profile
Desire a quality 8.1MP resolution digital camera.
Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom. -- With wide-angle and Image Stabilization.
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use.
Want eveything a beginner or serious amateur photographer needs to learn, experiment and grow in digital photography.
Want more exposure flexibility than provided by a point-and-shoot digital camera.
Want one of the best value for money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur category.


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