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Old Oct 22, 2007, 12:04 PM   #41
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From what I've read so far, the FZ18 IQ is good to excellent. I'd be more interested in knowing how the camera performs in terms of focus speed (specially in low light and at 18x zoom), flash power, shutter lag, etc. If you can post your findings/opinion on those areas, it would be very much appreciated!
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Old Oct 26, 2007, 12:04 PM   #42
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Here are some FZ-18 sample photos

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Old Oct 26, 2007, 12:05 PM   #43
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Here are some FZ-18 sample photos.

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Old Oct 26, 2007, 12:06 PM   #44
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Here are some FZ-18 sample photos.

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Old Oct 26, 2007, 12:09 PM   #45
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Here are some sample FZ-18 photos. Yes, the quickness of the focus will vary with the intensity of the light, however, the FZ-18 is pretty fast to achieve focus. If you vary the ISO settings using the ISO range settings, the FZ-18 is very capable with just it's built-in flash. These children were over 60 feet from my shooting position.

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Old Oct 26, 2007, 6:11 PM   #46
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Sarah,

Thanks for posting these 4 photos above. I have the FZ18 for about a week now and I've been snapping away.

Hope you're enjoying your work / cruise.

if you get a chance and if you still have the information, I would be interested in what mode you had the camera set for each of these photos, ISO, flash, and most important, your opinion about image quality.

Thank you,

Jerry


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Old Oct 26, 2007, 6:37 PM   #47
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taken in intelligent auto mode, ISO 100. The subject came out great ! However, note the washed out tree leaves and washed out building in the sunlight (in the background)
You'll see the same building in the photo below
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Old Oct 26, 2007, 6:47 PM   #48
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same settings and comments as above

the wide angle is sooooo nice
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Old Oct 26, 2007, 10:32 PM   #49
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Jerry, even though one of the weaknesses of the FZ18 is the some what limited dynamic range, any camera in these conditions will produce over exposed background. The reason is because the main subject is in the shade and the background is very bright from the sunlight. Thus, in order for the camera to capture enough details from the shaded subject, it has to adjust the aperture and shutter speed accordingly. The Av/Tv combo will cause the over exposed background/ Ifon the other hand youhad pointed the camera toward the sunny area, the subject would be just a silhouette. The same applies to your second image.
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Very nice images from the FZ18 Sarah.

Jerry, further to Tullio's usefulcomments, I took your last image and applied the shadow/highlight tool using Elements 3 to bring the forground up a bit.




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