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Old May 9, 2008, 10:57 AM   #1
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I am considering a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 which seems to be getting a positive review at alatest.com http://alatest.com/panasonic_lumix_d...-47757530,147/ Can anyone tell me anything I should know before buying one?

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Old May 9, 2008, 11:25 AM   #2
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For me it's between this one and the Canon S5 IS. The Canon has a hotshoe but the Panasonic has wider and longer reach. Decisions, decisions...

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I don't have the FZ-18, though I had considered before getting an Olympus SP-560.

It is said to be great at ISO 100 and 200, but picture quality is not great in low light without flash.

It has a very nice burst mode of 4 images in just about a second. From what I've read, it focuses faster than other ultrazooms.

I like its 28mm wide angle, which is more useful for me than the 35mm max wide angle setting for the S5IS.

Reviewers almost universally praise the lens on this camera for lack of distortion at various focal lengths, but say that the sensor is too small to take full advantage of it.
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Old May 17, 2008, 1:22 AM   #4
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Thanks (I think) for the alatest link. I am a research freak when I'm making a purchasing decision. I've spent many hours poking through the links of reviews that alatest brings together. It's taking away any hesitation I've felt about getting the FZ18. I just need to get over to my local camera store to give it another look in person and I think I'm ready to make the leap.

I'm disappointed in the Nikon P80 that I was waiting to see. I've played with it at stores twice. It just doesn't measure up to my Pany FZ8 and looks like it will lag far behind the FZ18 when the reviews start flowing on it.
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Old May 20, 2008, 3:42 PM   #5
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Here's a review of the FZ18 you may not have seen. This reviewer devotes a lot of space about the RAW shooting capabilities of the FZ18, and how well it can improve your picture.

http://www.megapixel.net/reviews/pan...8/fz18-gen.php

http://www.megapixel.net/reviews/canon-s5is/s5-gen.php (S5 IS review also)

I don't have the FZ18, I considered it, but wanted a smaller camera, and went with the Canon G9.

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Old May 20, 2008, 5:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the links. They are ones I've studied. I've about exhausted my resources for reading on the net.

I went to the store with my FZ8 and a spare battery. I like the FZ18 and I've decided it's the camera for me.

The clerk tried to push the Sony-H9. I'd read some about it but hadn't looked at it in person. I told him I'd go back into research mode between those two choices (the did not have the Canon S5 IS in their store) and make my decision. Once I read two or three reviews of the Sony I dropped that idea like a bomb.

Now I just have to get my ducks in a row and order the FZ18.
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Old May 20, 2008, 7:30 PM   #7
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Here's another FZ18 link you might not have seen yet.

http://www.digicamhelp.com/camera-logs/9/

Go for it, and work around any weaknesses. I'm working around the weaknesses the G9 has, it comes with the territory.

Here's another FZ18 link you might want to view, "The World's Best Photos of the FZ18".

http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/Tags/fz18

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Old May 20, 2008, 9:26 PM   #8
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Thanks, Dennis. Those photos are amazing! Wow!

The blog is very informative too. I'm going to keep that one bookmarked.
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