Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28


A camera with a huge potential

Even if its aspect can lead you to a general fake impression about it, Panasonic Lumix Fz28 is a camera of a huge potential, with lots of powerful features, features that guarantee perfect photos.
To make a general view about this phone, Lumix Fz28 comes equipped with lens capable of a 18x zoom, and a resolution that passes a bit over the 10 megapixel super-zoom bridge camera. Let’s see the tests performed for this camera review.
Why would anyone choose Lumix DMC-FZ28 and not one its predecessors, like Lumix Fz18 for example? The answer is simple: because of the upgrades. Lumix Fz28 is the upgraded version of Fz18, one of the first upgrades being its maximum resolution of 10.1 (from 8.1, the resolution of DMC-Fz18).

Leica quality lenses

panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz28As for its design, Lumix Fz28 is pretty much similar with the Fuji’s S5600 and S5100 models. However, this model incorporates Leica lens and a screen that went from 2.5 inches (at Z18) to 2.7”. Fair enough?
One of the most required features of the photo cameras is definitely the Face Detection. Well, Z28 comes with an improved version of this feature, that can detect up to 15 faces at once, without affecting the focus time.

Good manual control

Manual controls are also impressive: the aperture settings range from f/2 to f/8. However, most of the users will tend to go for the Auto version, as it does a satisfying job even in dark conditions, when not a lot of light is available. Basically, the camera can automatically adjust its color settings and its brightness in a very clever way, fact that makes out of Z28 almost equal to a DSLR camera.
As you’d expected, Panasonic DMC-FZ28 offers also video recording features. It can go filming up to 1280*720, resolution that will definitely satisfy most of its users. Moreover, the cameras starts to shoot pictures/ record in no more than 2 seconds, fact that is outstanding, especially if we keep in mind that it has a zoom of 18x.

Medium battery life

As we’ve said in the above lines. Lumix Fz28 comes with Leica lens. Compared with its previous version (Fz18), they haven’t been improved. Still, their focal length is now of only 27-486 mm, facts that means that they’ve been a little bit reduced. This, however, doesn’t affect the quality of the pictures, therefore from this point of view, no worries!

The battery lifetime is pretty much the same as the one from Fz18: 200-250 pictures (if there isn’t used a blitz and the camera doesn’t stays too much turned on without shooting). That’s more than the average cameras, but not exactly what we expected from a camera of this caliber.

Review conclusion

As a conclusion of this review, the new Fz288 is a good camera who seems to have only several weak points (video out put and software related), but with strong improvements compared its predecessor, the old Fz18. Therefore, even if it may be considered to be expensive, a camera with a super big zoom (18 x) and a super high durability of Fz28 is definitely money worthy.

Technical specifications

Sensor10.1 megapixels, 1/2.33″ CCD
Lens/Zoom18x (27-486mm) Leica DC Vario-Elmarit, f/2.8-4.4
LCD/Viewfinder2.7″, 230K dot TFT LCD Display
SensitivityISO 100-1600
Shutter Speed60-1/2000 seconds
Drive ModesSingle, Burst, High-speed Burst
Flash ModesAuto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings10 seconds, 10 seconds (3 pictures), 2 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsSD, SDHC, MultiMediaCard
Internal Memory50MB
File FormatsJPEG, RAW, Motion JPEG
Max. Image Size3648×2736
Max. Video Size1280×720, 30 fps
Zoom During VideoYes