Awards

  • Recommended by TR
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

Summary

Our Score

9/10

User Score

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A range of test shots are shown over the next two pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and in some case a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.

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Here's the usual shot of Exeter Cathedral's West Window for detail comparison. I take this same shot with every compact camera I test. Click on the image to see it full size or look at the 100 percent crop below.

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The actual level of detail isn't much different to an 8MP pocket compact.

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This is the first time I've ever seen a wide-angle lens produce no barrel distortion at all. There is no pincushion distortion at longer focal lengths either.

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Corner-to-corner sharpness is also outstanding.

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The limited dynamic range has burned out the sky in this shot.

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However at least there is no purple fringing.

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