Panasonic FZ18 digital camera

Subject: Panasonic FZ18 digital camera
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 20:04:46 +1100

digicams such as this can produce some nice results, but have their limitations. Images get noisy above ISO100 with results varying between models, there's so many it's hard to keep up. The other limitation is autofocus, they really are only any good in bright light and hunt around quite a bit if the contrast is poor, this in turn leads to shutter lag during which time your bird may have flown. They usually allow manual focus but it's ain't easy to use generally. Long zoom digicams all have electronic viewfinders which while usable aren't the nicest thing around, often a bit grainy, judging focus can be an issue, the LCD screen gives a better view, except in bright light. Speaking of screens, a swivelling LCD is a very handy feature. allowing you to use a stance other than arms out to frame your shots, will be helpful in holding it steady at lower shutter speeds, when the light is low, sweet and warm

My daughter has an S3IS which I have used a bit, it's a nice little digicam but suffers from the issues noted above. Takes some nice macro images. Image stabilisation is very important with these long equivalent focal lengths, you normally can't push the Shutter Speed except in bright light due to being restricted to ISO 100 or 200 at most to avoid noise. There are quite a few websites giving reviews on digital cameras, such . I'm still using film myself, replacing my big non-digital compatible 500mm f4.5 lens is beyond the budget right now.


Chris Ross

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