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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K 8.1MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

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  • 8.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 18x wide-angle image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display; 0.44-inch electric viewfinder with diopter adjustment for fine focusing; can toggle between LCD and EVF
  • Intelligent Auto Mode with Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector
  • Shooting at ISO 1600 in normal recording mode; 6 autofocusing modes
  • Stores images on SD memory cards (includes 27MB of internal memory; powered by lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-FZ18K
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 18 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4.6 x 3.5 inches ; 12.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000TM7GD8
  • Item model number: DMC-FZ18K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,227 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at May 15, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Panasonic has expanded its Lumix family of digital still cameras with the introduction of the Lumix DMC-FZ18, an 8.1-megapixel compact camera with an impressive 18x optical zoom. In addition to a premium 28mm wide-angle Leica D C lens, the DMC-FX18 is one of the first Panasonic digital cameras to offer the revolutionary Intelligent Auto Mode, which includes Face De tection, Intelligent Scene Selector, and Continuous Autofocus functions, allowing users t o easily capture clear, professional-quality images in any situation or setting.

When this powerful camera--which features image-stabilized optical zoom up to 18 x--is put into Intelligent Auto Mode, the multifaceted functions engage automatically, so there is no need to adjust s ettings every time conditions change. The DMC-FZ18's intuitive Intelligent Auto Mode comprises :

  • Intelligent Scene Selector, which automatically selects the appropriate scene mode from the most frequently-used modes such as Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Night Scen ery, and Night Portrait;
  • Face Detection System, which helps the camera to focus, set autoexposure, an d detects up to 15 human faces, capturing them clearly and brightly; and
  • Continuous Autofocus, which allows the camera to keep focus on the subject w ithout having to press the shutter button halfway and allowing for the best results out of a shutter chance by minimizing the autofocus time.
Similar to the entire 2007 line of Lumix digital still cameras, the camera sport s advanced countermeasures against blurring--the Intelligent Image Stabilization system tha t combines MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) to compensate for hand-shake and Intel ligent ISO Control to detect and adjust for motion blur caused by subject movement.

The Lumix DMC-FZ18 also is equipped with a 2.5-inch large, high-resolution LCD w ith 207,000 pixels, a 0.44-inch electric viewfinder with 188,000 pixels and f2.8 brightness, and is powered by the high-quality, high-performance Venus Engine III, which boasts shooting at IS O 1600 in normal recording mode.

The DMC-FZ18 has been redesigned to make the camera more stylish and easier to u se. The autofocus, autoexposure lock, and Macro buttons are now independent, to allow qu ick and direct operation. A metal-finished mode dial adds design strength, and an enhanc ed rubber grip makes the camera easier to hold. The redesigned body also incorporates the joyst ick made popular by the DMC-FZ8 model, which enables a host of settings, such as manual f ocusing and exposure, to be done quickly and easily.

Other advanced features of the Lumix DMC-FZ18 include:

  • Custom Setting Mode that memorizes your frequent setting patterns for in stance use applied by simply selecting this function on the mode dial.
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel photos ideal for full-screen viewing on a wide-screen HDTV .
  • Six autofocusing methods including face detection, multi, three-point high-s peed, one-point high speed, one-point normal speed, and spot. With the one-point autofocus or spot autofocus method, the autofocusing area can be chosen from as many as 11 points with the joystick or cursor button.
  • Advanced Scene Modes provide users more control over some frequently used sc ene modes, such as indoor and outdoor modes, when selecting portrait or sports mode and nature or architecture settings when selecting portrait mode.
  • Bundled SILKYPIX Developer Studio 2.0SE software application for editing and developing images in the RAW file format.
  • 27MB of built-in memory--perfect for backing up SDHC/SD memory card recordin g.
  • Extra Optical Zoom feature extends zoom power to 28.7x at 3 megapixels.
  • Compatibility with large-capacity SDHC memory cards.
  • Title Edit Function allows inputting of text and additional picture informat ion.
  • Picture Playback by category sorts images into categories such as portraits, landscapes, nightscapes, events, and motion pictures. Also, allows slideshow pla yback of images in the same category.
  • Optional accessories including a teleconversion lens, close-up lens, ND filt er, MC protector, lens adapter, AC adapter, battery pack, soft case, and camera bag.
  • Available in two colors: silver and black.
What's in the box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 digital camera, ArcSoft MediaImpression and ArcSoft Pan oramaMaker software, USB driver, battery charger, battery pack, lens cap, lens h ood, lens hood adapter, AV cable, USB connection cable, strap, CD-ROM

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Customer Reviews

This camera works great. Picture quality is excellent, the 18x zoom is very fast, and there are settings for everyone. You can keep it on Intelligent Mode for easy picture… Read more ›
I did a great amount of research when I bought this camera and it easily got the best reviews. Image quality is excellent and the range on this camera is huge. The lens… Read more ›
I took over 80 photos for the reunion and the battery still showed a full charge. Most of the photos were excellent. If they wern't it was because I'm still not used to… Read more ›
The camera is very small which makes it so easy to transport. The picture quality is awesome for 4X6 (I haven't yet tried to make any larger prints). Panasonic has a great… Read more ›
I bought the camera because my daughter also has a older model and she loves it!!I took her camera to Ireland last…It is easy to operate and the results are terrific!!! Read more ›
Without it, you will not get a clear picture. With it, every picture is crystal clear. Read more ›
It takes nice macro pictures. The zoom is wonderful. I highly recommend this camera to those who want the easiness of point and shoot, but with a more professional look. Read more ›
i get wonderful foto`s . zoom is soo good useful and clean menu. maybe it`s best for semipro camera. Read more ›
This is not a professional one, but anyway better than small camera. Has RAW, and certainly 18x zoom + by 4 digital zoom is very cool! I think this is the best in "like-DSLR" Read more ›
Very rapid shutter speed, great location of controls, and consistent results. I took this camera to Alaska, and the 18X zoom was perfect for wildlife and aerial shots. I… Read more ›
The IA mode helps beginners like me to avoid hand shake. The long zoom 18X is very clear and crisp. Overall i am very happy with this FZ18 model and recommend it for any… Read more ›
this is a great camera with all the features you need. go for full automatic or chose manual settings if you are experienced and keen on special…The 18x zoom is fantastic. Read more ›
There is virtually zero wait time between shots. The burst mode is awesome. Read more ›
It's very good for a family trip and almost able to handle any situation. The iA function works very well. One can also grow the photographic skill with it. Read more ›
Lots of controls so it takes a while to get to know it. Automatic features work well for point and shoot. Battery life great. Read more ›
It is easy to use without a lot of reading first. The auto intelligent mode is fantastic. It instantly knows what kind of shot I am taking...senic, back light, portrait,… Read more ›
Although the quality is not exactly the same as an SLR, the pictures and functionality are great (a real upgrade from a snap and shoot). I read many reviews and the main… Read more ›
I like that I can extend zoom even more if I reduce resolution. Menus are intuitive and I've had no trouble learning how to handle them. The one thing I don't like much are… Read more ›
This camera was stolen and I am replacing. It is lightweight, has an excellent long range zoom and is easy to operate. I love this point & shoot. Read more ›
I make my living with these from them. Simple,easy to use. Highly recommended! Read more ›
This is a great camera ! I wanted something that was easy to use and a lot of zoom! The picture quality is good too. Read more ›
And it is very easy to use -- right out of the box you can be taking very satisfactory pictures, without fiddling with lots of controls. Read more ›
But the quality of photos taken by her…The zoom is easy to use, the low light capability is also very good for indoor shots without the flash, giving a very natural color. Read more ›
The camera is all I expected and more. Easy to use, easy to figure out and so lightweight not to mention takes amazing pictures! It stays with me everywhere I go because it… Read more ›
Those days are gone and this entire camera weighs…The lens is so fast that it can be used under otherwise questionable light, especially with the optical stabilization. I… Read more ›
The…For anyone looking for a good compromise for a digital SLR so you don't ned to carry additional lenses this is a great camera that you will be pleasently surpirsed by. Read more ›
At higher ISOs, it can develop splotchy yellow patches of noise that are pretty tough to remove in post processing. Lens is good but a little slow on the long end. Doesn't… Read more ›
Its zoom range is everything anyone would ever need. Its Leica lens is excellent. Matters such as resolution and storage are what you make it. Read more ›
Those optics are the first of three great things about…The lens is sharp and produces remarkably little distortion, a great achievement for a camera of this zoom range. Read more ›
This Lumix camera is more than worth the money. Lens is very good. If you want to see the photo, you just took, it is a slow process. Read more ›
Best 18X Optical Zoom Camera !! The price is great for that kind of camera, looks like a professional camera ans the shots are great. Read more ›
It is one great camera after you learn how to use it. The only thing I don't about it is the lens cap comes off real easy, but small price to pay for great camera. Read more ›
The "raw" software included is…The newer FZ-28 model basically is very similar to FZ-18, so it should be a good choice if you can get a good price....highly recommend it! Read more ›
I'm my opinion this camera fits the niche between point and shoot and DSLR perfectly and ESPECIALLY great considering the price point--less than $300! We couldn't find a… Read more ›
Anyway, you can read reviews of this camera all over the…I know I'm happy with my purchase, and recommend it to anyone looking for a nice camera at a reasonable price. Read more ›
Wanting a small, lightweight digital camera with 18x zoom and an optical viewfinder, this camera fit the bill. It offers many features for a good price. Photos are good… Read more ›
I have not seen any problem with focus and Zoom on the Pandasonic. The focus is fast and there is no preciptable shutter delay. My wife who justs wants to pick up a camara… Read more ›
However, if you're not using prime lenses, this…3. SLR manual control - manual focus is easy on an SLR, and sometimes manual focus is MUCH preferred over auto-focus. T… Read more ›
Can't believe I can take 60 second exposures! Low-light focusing is much improved over previous models. Read more ›
Focusing is generally fast, with some hunting in low light on the long end of the zoom. Read more ›
Ok if you liked any of the previous FZ models, this is a big step up. By moving zoom power form digital, to optical, they improved focus, clearity, and shutter speed. Low… Read more ›
I'm just using…Taking the kids sports events has been great w/ the outdoor sports setting, again, the image stabilization is incredible and can focus on movements easily. Read more ›
I…I generally use the viewfinder, but the swivel screen is great for undetected photos of people - I'm a travel writer and like to get candid shots of the local people. T… Read more ›
I can actually hold the camera in my right hand and use my fingers to turn the mode dial! The back of the camera has a 2.5 LCD that is bright and easy to see. What is quite… Read more ›
Oh yes, the photos are…The nice-sized LCD monitor is very good, however my one criticism compared to the Canon S3 & S5 is that the FZ18 LCD is not adjustable/movable. A… Read more ›
The zoom is great, and the picture quality is very good. The display is intuitive, but the LCD is hard to see if you try to elevate the camera to take a shot over the crowd. I… Read more ›
* the menus are mostly intuitive * great display - even outside in sunlight * battery plenty good for a day of shooting Read more ›
Its light weight and compact size are only part of the story--it allows eye-piece or screen viewing, and the photographer can change the brightness of the screen to suit… Read more ›
It is a little lighter than others in its class. The pictures I have taken are crisp, have wonderful color, and look as good developed as they do on the camera. I am very… Read more ›
The leica lens is perfect. Very nice color. Very light for traveling. Read more ›
After shooting with the Lumix, I compared the pictures with the Canon shots, and the difference…Focus, sharpness, color balance and saturation were all dramatically better. Read more ›
Image stabilization, full auto (Intelligent Auto is amazing) to full manual and all sorts of additional functions. Pictures are sharp, color is good. Excellent in my opinion. Read more ›
I read all the reviews before…I am blown away with the great colors, image stabilization, and clear shots with both the wide angle, telephoto and everything in between. N… Read more ›
(I took my old one on plenty of rainy stormy days and it was fine, just use common sense and try to treat it well) The picture quality, focus, & color is great to this… Read more ›
Great 18x optical zoom, but use a tripod or monopod for best shot. Mega OIS stabilization is great and you can get some decent zoom & macro shots handheld. Leica lens is a… Read more ›
After reading reviews about this camera and it's difficulty shooting pictures in low light…The picture stabilization feature works very well and the photo prints are great Read more ›
[[ASIN:B000TM7GD8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K 8.1MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image…The OIS works very well...have not had even one blurred photo. N… Read more ›
A very capable digital camera with 18 to 1 zoom and easy interface plus image stabilization. It is simple to use and performs well. Read more ›
The 18x zoom is what I was looking for in a point and shoot and this takes nice pics fully zoomed out. It has good night settings and very good stabilization. I have not… Read more ›
1) a fast start upfast shutter response 2) a good zoomimage stabilization 3) good quality images to print Read more ›
Image transfer rate is pathetic, so i use my sd card directly with my laptop. Battery life is good. Read more ›
I was so in love with my TZ1, when I went up a level I chose…There are some good things: battery life is great, shoots RAW images, huge zoom, and the weight isn't too bad. Read more ›
Lastly, the Lens Hood is cheap. The battery life is great, the picture quality is top-notch, the camera is deceptively light resulting in less fatigue. It would be a great… Read more ›
The flash is powerful enough for most social occasions (although I will still use my F30 for low light snap shooting) and the camera powers up very quickly - so you will… Read more ›
4. Anti-shake works well 5. Excellent battery life. Read more ›
Zooming is very…When I first fully charged the battery, it took like 10 minutes of video and like 200 pictures to drain it almost completely, which I think is very good. Read more ›
The outdoor shots are perfect, indoor shots are great and even the indoor pictures in lowlight using the zoom (these are the toughest to get good results) come out very… Read more ›
T…It is a bit tricky on lighting with video but the sound that comes with the video is good and you can figure out how to get the lighting right if you mess around a little. Read more ›
I also used the video to caputre some of the dancing. The videos are good but not super, but I got the camera for still pictures and the video is a bouns. I played very… Read more ›
The downside is the video. While it performs well, the video quality is less than optimum. If you're used to HD, it will seem downright primitive. Read more ›
I have a suggestion for Panasonic - to provide zoom functionality in video mode. If the camera had a zoom while taking a video, then there would be very few cameras to beat… Read more ›
It's got a full auto mode, a full manual mode, a shutter priority mode and a aperture priority mode. It takes good videos too. There's other small features that are handy… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

368 of 368 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2007
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I've had this camera about 3 weeks. This is my third digital camera - supplementing a Pentax Optio S4i. I researched this class of camera (more versatility and better quality than a sub-compact, but not as expensive as a DSLR) for a couple of months. If you look, there are a ton of sites doing very helpful, detailed camera reviews, although as a brand new model, there is not yet much on the FZ18.

I wanted something that was point and shoot for my wife (she takes great photos, but does not want the hassle of making adjustments) but versatile for me. I used to have a film SLR, and understand the basics of controlling shutter speed, aperture, etc. I loved the idea of 18x optical zoom, the 28mm wide angle, and all the shake reduction/face finding, etc. I seriously considered the Sony DSC H5, H7, and H9; the Canon S5 IS; the Olympus SP-550UZ/560UZ and the Panasonic FZ8. The Sony looks and feels great, but the spec is not as good as the newer FZ18, and many reviews refer to the no-intuitive user interface and long learning curve. The Olympus and Canon offerings in this class just did not match the FZ18 specs, and the earlier model FZ8 was getting great reviews, so I went with the latest FZ18.

Bottom line - both my wife and I are very pleased with the FZ18. The first set of vacation photos are superb. My daughter was with us and borrowed the Pentax, so we have some pretty good side-by-side comparisons, and the FZ18 wins hands down on everything, except fitting in a pocket! Even then, it's pretty light, and with a 4Gig ultra fast card, has loads of capacity. I can highly recommend this camera as the current state of the art in this class. Easy to use for those who want a point-and-shoot, flexible for those who want more control, great specs, and superb quality photos.
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147 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2007
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Panasonic puts a great deal of effort into their Lumix line. And they keep producing winners. The FZ18 is, in one word, a gem.

There is little radical in the way of new design. The well-established basic Lumix FZ design remains intact. Not quite a pocket camera like the worthy Lumix TZ3 and smaller than the somewhat more sophisticated and substantially larger FZ50. Panasonic's Venus III engine is dependable, relatively fast and capable.

It is the new features of the FZ18 that make it a standout. The 18x zoom is marvelous: 28mm to 504mm in the palm of your hand. Mind-blowing is the only word for it. And the Leica designed optics are as sharp as any on the market and, in fact, sharper than most. Coupled with an 8 Megapixel sensor, you're set for just about any common photographic need. The FZ18 is not intended to substitute for a Nikon or Canon dSLR. It is an everyday camera. But it is fine for photographing tourist vistas, family events, the everyday things that are the subjects of most photos.

Color rendition is accurate, though not perfect. The inclusion of an ISO 1600 equivalent is nice producing noisy, but usable, shots.

Focusing is generally fast, with some hunting in low light on the long end of the zoom.

The image stabilization is, as usual with the Lumix line, superb.

The flash is adequate out to about 15 feet or so with rapid fall-off on the edges. There is no shoe for an external flash. Do not use the supplied lens hood with the flash: it casts a shadow.

One of the new features is a three-shot option on the self-timer, which is surprisingly handy. It takes three pictures so if Aunt Tilly thinks she had her eyes closed, you don't have to walk back to the camera to reset the self-timer.
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142 of 143 people found the following review helpful By ubat on November 15, 2007
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Having owned Olympus, Minolta and Canon digital cameras, I was somewhat reluctant to go through a new brand's learning curve, but on paper the FZ18 had everything I wanted, so I went for it. I use digitals mostly for wildlife and nature photography, therefore optical zoom, image stabilization, fast focusing capability and good handling of low-light situations were my main priorities. I didn't want to shift to dSLRs mainly because of weight issues; I was looking for a compromise, for something that would give me flexibility and quality without the hassle. I have to say that, after several weeks of subjecting this camera to everything that came my way, I am pleasantly surprised. The FZ18 is FAST, especially with a SDHC card (check that your card reader handles these, otherwise get a newer reader), and although I usually work with the optical zoom fully extended and no tripod, there has been no shake. This camera does well in low natural light, focuses ultrafast, colors are mostly true (sometimes it oversaturates reds a tad)and below ISO 400 there is no discernible noise -- I never use anything above that anyway. I have control over all the settings, too, but if I get lazy I can let the camera do all the thinking for me: it does equally well as a point-and-shot and as an advanced amateur camera. I like that I can extend zoom even more if I reduce resolution. Menus are intuitive and I've had no trouble learning how to handle them. The one thing I don't like much are the proprietary batteries: I'd rather be able to use AA's. But this is a minor setback, considering all the FZ18's qualities.

January 2008: After using this camera for a few months and taking a couple thousand pictures (bird photos: if you're lucky, one in ten is passable!), I stand by what I said before.
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