Lumix DMC-FZ28

The second new model in the Lumix range is the DMC-FZ28, an update on the impressive and deservedly popular FZ18 launched last year. The new model bears a very close resemblance to its predecessor, featuring the same 18x zoom lens, but with a slightly different magnification range of 27-486mm (the FZ18 was 28-504mm).

As one usually expects from an upgrade the new camera has a more powerful sensor in the shape of a 10.1-megapixel CCD. It also has a larger 2.7-inch LCD monitor, although the 230k resolution is unchanged.

Other improvements include the new Venus Engine IV image processing engine, improved face detection and the inclusion of more Intelligent Auto functions including AF tracking. The video mode is also much improved, and the FZ28 is capable of shooting 1280 x 720 HD video at 30fps, with the zoom lens available during shooting.

The FZ28 will be available next month with a recommended price of £329.99.



July 22, 2008, 2:16 pm

The article says that UK pricing is not yet available, but DP posted them along with their info about these new cameras:

DMC-LX3 - &#163400

DMC-FZ28 - &#163330

DMC-FX150 - &#163300

DMC-FX37 - &#163250

Please come here to discuss the launch of these cameras:

The Pope

July 22, 2008, 2:23 pm

Damn - I was interested in the LX3, and had a sinking feeling it would be pricey, but &#163400?!? I know it's a different market, but you can have a 400D for that money (and I do!)

Luan Bach

July 22, 2008, 4:03 pm

I'm going to get a new compact at xmas, hopefully the FX37 will drop down to the current FX35 price by then as it was on top of my short list.


July 22, 2008, 5:03 pm

Panasonic IS The Best In The Market Now ( Non-DSlrs ) .. i hoped to see the Fz60 .. any news about it ?

Cliff Smith

July 23, 2008, 4:45 pm

No news on an FZ60 yet, but the big Photokina camera show is coming up in September, so they'll probably keep some big launch for that.

Cliff Smith

July 23, 2008, 4:54 pm

UPDATE: I've just received an email from Panasonic confirming the prices that Spider quotes above:

FX150 - &#163299.99

FZ28 - &#163329.99

LX3 - &#163399.99

FX37 - &#163249.99

I've updated the article accordingly.


July 24, 2008, 2:22 am

no fz60, but FZ28 :)


August 21, 2008, 4:36 am

Much as I find the LX3 appealing, I have difficulty considering anything without a viewfinder (small format) to really be a camera and I also think The Pope makes a good point.

Geoff Richards

August 21, 2008, 11:56 am

Well, having said that Frank, a friend of mine lusted after the LX3 and bought one this week. He's over the moon with it! Why? It has great performance but without the bulk of a dSLR - that's what he wanted. Horses for courses.


August 21, 2008, 6:00 pm

Fair point Geoff, that your friend is delighted, but these are not horses and though the LX3 has some great attributes, , , ,It does not have a viewfinder.

Or am I the one, flogging a dead horse ?


August 30, 2008, 8:34 pm

I was keenly awaiting the arrival of the LX3 but after seeing sample images on another site it's obvious Panasonic haven't cleared up there noise problems. I did read yet on another sit that the images were fine to ISO 400. On paper it all looks good, and the convenience of having a camera around almost all the time isn't something that can be achieved with a DSLR even though at the price one wants to try.


August 31, 2008, 8:01 am

Well after searching for images worthy of the F2 lens on this camera I found some interesting posts at flickr, comenting on the early firmware and the fact that these early pictures taken during a press tour wern't not intended to be released. It does hold hope that the release of the production LX3 will clear up the noise issues and hopefully offer images a little sharper than what we've been seeing. Oh and the specs vs price on the D90 are looking inviting.

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