Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Test Results

See how the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 fared in our 18x superzoom shootout, with certified test results from the PopPhoto Lab and image quality shots.

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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ18-Test-Results

WHAT'S HOT
• Optically image stabilized lens effectively helps with shake on both stills and video
• Intelligent Auto mode helps beginners nail challenging exposures
• Quick Face Detection focus and exposure
• RAW+JPEG Capture and robust RAW utility
• Exceptional DxO 2.0 lens distortion results at all tested focal lengths for a true wide-angle/supertelephoto lens.

WHAT'S NOT
• Overall build quality betrays the performance of the camera
• AEB limited to three shots at +/-1

IMAGE QUALITY COMPARISON GALLERIES
• Olympus SP-560UZ
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
• Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

IN THE BOX
• CGR-S006 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
• Battery Charger
• USB Cable
• A/V Cable
• Lens Cap
• Lens Hood & Adaptor
• Wrist Strap
• Software CD-ROM (Lumix Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio, SILKYPIX Developer Studio, ArcSoft
• MediaImpression, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker USB Driver)
• User Guide
• 90-Days Labor; 1-Year Parts U.S.A. Limited Warranty

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Olympus SP-560UZISO 50 Program Exposure, Evaluative metering: Like both the other cameras, the Olympus SP-560UZ tended towards a slight overexposure on this scene, with a touch of clipped highlights, but overall great detail throughout the tonal range.Photo By Jack Howard
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Olympus SP-560UZThese actual pixel views at ISO 50 show the Olympus SP-560UZ's Extremely High Resolution, Low Noise, and Excellent color balance.Photo By Jack Howard
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Olympus-SP-560UZ-Image-quality-suffers-at-ISO-160
Olympus SP-560UZImage quality suffers at ISO 1600 with the Olympus SP-560UZ. Our advice is to keep this camera (and the others, too) at ISO 800 and lower for best image quality.Photo By Jack Howard
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