Panasonic FZ18

Panasonic FZ18 features

The Panasonic FZ18, a DSLR-like 18X super zoom digital camera, is packed with plenty of features that will delight many photographers.

Here is a partial listing of the features found on the Panasonic FZ18:

  • 8 megapixels
  • 18x wide-angle optical zoom – 28mm – 504mm/equivalent
  • Extended Optical Zoom – shoot telephoto up to 804mm/equivalent (requires reducing the megapixel setting)
  • Two speed zoom lever
  • Two optical image stabilization modes
  • 2.5″ fixed LCD display
  • Electric viewfinder with diopter adjustment
  • Six AutoFocus modes including Face Detection; two are high speed
  • High Angle mode – makes viewing the LCD easier taking photos when the camera is held above your head.
  • Telemacro mode – take close up photos from a distance when using the zoom
  • Intelligent Auto Mode – automatically chooses all camera settings, and even changes settings as it detects the type of scene being photographed
  • Intelligent ISO – senses when a subject is moving and raises the ISO and shutter speed. This helps prevent motion blur when taking action shots.
  • Face Detection – focuses and exposes for up to 15 faces in a scene; automatically adjusts settings if subjects’ faces move or their positions change
  • 14 exposure modes, 14 scene modes
  • Advanced Scene Modes – for Indoor Portraits, Scenery, Sports and Night Portraits. The Custom function within each mode is cool. Each Advanced Scene Mode is accessed via the mode dial (manual pg. 57).
  • Custom Settings Mode – three banks to save favorite camera settings so they can be accessed quickly
  • ISO from 100 to 1600, plus a High Sensitivity mode which goes from ISO 1600 – 6400 (if anyone dare use it)
  • Picture Adjust – Ability to change factory default image settings for Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation and Noise Reduction
  • Exposure Compensation and Flash Compensation
  • Joystick – Every camera should have one!

And get a load of this. The FZ18 weighs only 14.4 oz (407 g), including battery.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.