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Panasonic has added a new model ‘super zoom’ Lumix cameras army through the FZ18. Based slightly on the FZ8, the FZ18 is a new thing with more zoom and flare for photographic lovers of all kinds. The optically stabilized lens has increased at both ends and now supports 18x (28-504mm equiv.) zoom, putting the FZ18 into competition with Olympus’ SP-550UZ. The FZ18 squeezes more pixels onto its 1/2.5-inch sensor, although the increase has been fairly moderate from 7.3 to 8.3 megapixels. More features include a dedicated AF/AE button, Face Detection and a new Intelligent Auto mode which integrates Image Stabilization, Intelligent ISO, Face Detection and Scene Detection into a ‘Super’ Auto Mode. The FZ8 was impressive when we reviewed it a while back, and the FZ18 isn’t stopping there with its zoom range and pixel count.
Primary Differences VS DMC-FZ8
- 18x optical zoom (28-504mm equiv.) – FZ8 has 12x (36-432mm) zoom
- Smaller maximum aperture at long end of zoom (F4.2 vs F3.1)
- 8.3 megapixel sensor (vs 7.2 megapixel)
- Face Detection
- Intelligent Auto mode
- Manually selectable ISO 1600
- ISO 6400 High Sensitivity mode
- AF/AE lock button and dedicated AF/MF button
- 1cm macro (was 5cm)
- Custom mode and extra scene modes (plus ‘advanced scene modes’)
- Five level Noise reduction (was three level)
- Slower continuous shooting (burst)
- Heavier and slightly larger