It's not only compact cameras that are embracing the wide-angle views this fall; even the megazooms are getting in the game. Panasonic's replacement for its Lumix DMC-FZ18, the FZ28, maintains its 18x zoom range, but backs off on the telephoto to provide a slightly wider 27mm entry focal length compared with 28mm previously.
In many ways, the specs of the FZ28 bear a striking resemblance to the Nikon CoolPix P80's:
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28||Nikon Coolpix P80|
|Resolution||8 megapixels||10 megapixels||10 megapixels|
|Lens||f2.8-4.2 28-504mm||f2.8-4.4 27-486mm||f2.8-4.5 27-486mm|
|LCD||207,000 pixels, 2.5 inches (4:3)||230,000 dots, 2.7 inches (4:3)||230,000 dots, 2.7 inches (4:3)|
|Raw format supported||Yes||Yes||No|
|Max ISO sensitivity at full resolution||ISO 1,600||ISO 1,600||ISO 1,600|
|Movie capture||848x480 30fps||1,280x720 30fps||VGA 30fps|
|Pricing and availability||$349.95; now||$399.95; late August||$399.95; now|
Like the rest of Panasonic's fall models, the FZ28 incorporates Venus Engine IV, the latest version of the company's image-processing algorithms. These include tweaks to the company's family of Intelligent Auto technologies. Burst performance increases to 2.5fps, and Panasonic adds a new high-speed burst mode, which it claims delivers 13fps, albeit at a reduced resolution.
Like the FZ18, the FZ28 will come in black and silver when it ships in late August.