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Ruud's Imagination
 
 

My FZ18
I had a FZ18 from end September 2007 till December 2007.
I liked this camera, but my camera was a heavy bluebander. It went to the Panasonic doctors in Japan end December 2008.

The Panasonic FZ18 was for me an excellent daylight / travel-camera in combination with my small Fuji F31fd.
In 3 months I made about 8000 pictures. Except the bluebanding I was really satisfied with the camera.

In 2007 it costed me a lot of time to make a decission which camera I should buy.
I was looking for a non-DSLR as a travel camera with a what larger zoom range beside my pocket camera.

Finally I had to choice between the Canon G9 and the Panasonic FZ18.
The Canon G9 is according to Dprieview-reviews better than FZ18. But on which criteria and how weighted? I appreciate the image quality of the Canon less: it has a poor dynamic range and gives more highlight clipping. Also I like the color reproduction of the FZ18 more.And I don't need an external flash on a travel camerary and for me are 8M pixels more than enough. The wide angle of FZ18 is for me now essential and the large zoom gives me unexpected possibilities.

My fz18 Settings

 

normal

highlight

twilight

Moving objects

mode

P

P

P

S

Wb

awb

awb

abw

awb

iso

100

100

400

200

Aspect-ratio

4:3

4:3

4:3

4:3

Pict Res

8m

8m

8m

8m

Pict qual

Jpg2

Jpg1 (best)

Jpg1 (best)

Jpg2

Measure dist

auto

auto

auto

auto

Af mode

centerblok

centerblok

centerblok

centerblok

caf

off

 

 

 

Af*

off

 

 

 

 

af/ae

 

 

 

Exp corr

-1/3 ev

-2/3 ev

0

0

Contrast

0

-2

0

0

saturation

0

0

0

0

sharpness

0

0

0

0

noise

-2

-2

-2

-2

stabilisation

S2

S2

S2

S2

 

 

 

 

 

My case
The Dörr Malta Mini : small and a good protection

My UV filter
I use a 46mmv-haze B+W . And I don't use my lens-cap

Tips
If you can avoid it: don't use f 8 on the FZ18, it will make your photos look softer losing fine details due to diffraction,

My Wish-list
Because nothing is perfect and also the FZ18 can improve, here is my wish-list:

My wishlist 2007
  1. no blueband
  2. keep the best color reproduction and best dynamic range of all the superzooms
  3. less smearing by the noise reduction: in twilight the yellow splotches are awful.
  4. better less pixels (6M) and higher low-light quality
  5. zoom during movie mode
  6. white balance"shadow" and "cloudy" less yellow
  7. also macro possibilities from longer distance (with zoom)
  8. more than 3 customs presets
  9. iso 800 in high sensitivity mode
  10. compacter by a smaller zoom (28-400)

Realised in FZ28

1: Yes
2: Yes
3: Yes
4: Not
5: Yes
6: Yes, new colortemperature Wb!
7: No
8: Yes
9: No, but improved lowlight performance
10: No

(updated 04-09-2008)