Monday, February 5, 2018

Throwback 2009: Lumix DMC-FZ18

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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18

Lumix DMC-FZ18

'Throwback 2009, a look back at early black-and-white images and black-and-white conversions with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18'

Lumix DMC-FZ18, Front View
It was in 2009 that I began to get interested in photography again, and of course, it was the time of the digitals. I wasn't too sure what I was after, and after looking around for a bit, I finally decided on the Lumix DMC-FZ18 which was on offer at a reasonable price on the auction site.

The DMC-FZ18 was part of Panasonic's popular range of compact superzoom Lumix cameras, introduced about half a year after the FZ8, featuring itself as a bigger brother to the former.

The camera came with a bigger 18x zoom lens (28-504mm equiv.), more pixels with 8.3 MP on its 1/2.5-inch sensor, and new features which includes a dedicated AF/AE button, Face Detection, Intelligent Auto mode with integrated Image Stabilization, Intelligent ISO, Face Detection and Scene Detection modes.

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Lumix DMC-FZ18, Top
Though diminutively small, the camera is quite elegant when fitted with its flower hood. It feels stable, safe and solid in your hands, and operating of the main controls (zoom and shutter release) is equally easy. The excellent handling, balance and weight, and with the support of image stabilization, make it even comfortable to use the camera with one hand.

The crowning glory of the camera was, of course, the superb Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8~4.2 lens, where images remained exceptionally sharp and clear even at the extended zoom limits. Exposure modes available on the camera was Programmed AE with shutter speeds at 1-1/2000 second, Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE at 8-1/2000 second, Manual at 60-1/2000 second, and Starry Sky Mode at 15, 30, and 60 seconds.

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As a novice then, and probably still a novice now, I also did the cardinal mistake of not going through the instruction manual fully, and just used the camera in its Programmed Mode most of the time, with the zoom normally fully extended. A lesson learned, but regardless, I was quite esteemed with the quality of images that the camera is capable of capturing.
Lumix DMC-FZ18, Back

That, however, does not deter me from having a fine time with the camera. The joystick-controlled quick menu means that all the functions and features are easily accessible, and I also have access to a macro mode that allows the full focusing range of the lens (from 1cm at the wide end of the zoom and from 200cm at the long end) to be used.

Resource Links:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Review
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Review

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