Panasonic Lumix DMC - FZ28

Posted by Admin-Digicam | Friday, December 05, 2008

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ28 is a 10.1 Megapixel super-zoom camera with DSLR-styling and an 18x optically-stabilised zoom range. Announced in July 2008, it comes one year after the Lumix FZ18. The new model is strongly based on its predecessor, but features higher resolution, a larger screen, HD movie recording and quicker burst mode, along with a number of tweaks to the controls, viewfinder, menus and auto systems.

The optical range may appear to be the same 18x, but the lens specification on the new FZ28 is slightly different. The equivalent focal length has slightly widened from 28-504mm to 27-486mm. In practice this difference is barely noticeable, but the important thing is the enormous compositional flexibility such a range delivers, taking you from decent wide angle to super-telephoto coverage. It really will cover you for almost any situation.

The resolution has received an inevitable boost, this time from 8.1 to 10.1 Megapixels, and the sensor itself is fractionally larger than before. Behind the scenes is Panasonic’s latest Venus IV image processor, and we’re pleased to report the FZ28 still has the ability to save images in the RAW format – a key advantage over rivals like Canon’s PowerShot SX10 IS.

Panasonic’s enlarged the screen from 2.5in / 207k to a 2.7in / 230k model that’s also brighter and easier to view in direct sunlight. Strangely it’s reduced the size of the electronic viewfinder, but it is at least more detailed than before.

The earlier FZ18 sported widescreen movies in standard definition which Panasonic has now upgraded to include HD versions in the 720p format. The FZ28 is also equipped with a Component output for use with an optional cable to deliver HD slideshows to HDTVs.

Then there’s a raft of enhancements seen throughout the Lumix 2008 range including the latest and cleverest Intelligent Auto mode, improved face detection, and a burst preset which shoots lower resolution frames at high speed – in the FZ28’s case at up to 13fps. The FZ28 additionally sports an AF tracking option to keep subjects in motion sharp, and a number of changes to its controls and menu options we’ll detail in our Design and Features pages. All this is packed into a body that remains smaller and lighter than most of the competition, and priced keenly too.

Ultimately these enhancements may only represent an evolutionary upgrade over its predecessor, but given the FZ18 was our favourite super-zoom of 2007, any improvements can only make a great model even better. But its rivals haven’t stood still. Most notably Canon has made more significant changes to its 2007 super-zoom, switching the 12x range of the earlier PowerShot S5 IS to a massive 20x on the new PowerShot SX10 IS.

Specification Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28 :
Model Number DMC-FZ28
Camera Format Mid-Sized
Currently Manufactured Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Weight 417g (14.7oz)
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size 118 x 75 x 89 mm 4.6 x 3.0 x 3.5 in

Image Resolution 3648x2736, 3648x2432, 3648x2056, 3072x2304, 3072x2048
Continuous-mode frames/second 1.8
Movie Resolution 1280x720, 848x480, 640x480, 320x240, 320x240
Movie Frame Rate 30, 30, 30, 30, 10
Movie Audio Yes
Imaging Sensor (Megapixels) 10.7
CCD Size (inches) 1/2.33"
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type CCD
Effective Megapixels 10.10

Focal Length (35mm equivalent) 27 - 486 mm
Zoom Ratio 18.00x
Digital Zoom Yes
Digital Zoom Values 4x
Auto Focus Yes
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Normal Focus Range 30 cm to Infinity - 11.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range 1 - infinity cm, 0.4 - infinity in
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.4 (tele) - f/8

Optical Viewfinder Yes
LCD Viewfinder Yes
LCD Size (inches) 2.7
LCD Resolution (pixels) 230,000
Max Playback Zoom 16x

ISO Settings 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 6400
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash,
Halogen, Color Temperature, White Set 1, White Set 2
Shutter Speed Range 60 - 1/2000
Exp Adj Range (EV) +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes Intelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot
Aperture Priority Yes
Shutter Priority Yes
Full Manual Exposure Yes
Self Timer 2 or 10 seconds

Internal Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, On,
Slow-Sync w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Off
Flash Guide Number (Meters) n/a
Flash Range Description Wide: 0.3 - 8.5m; Tele: 1.0 - 5.4m (ISO Auto)
Ext Flash Connection n/a

Usable Memory Types SDHC / SD
Memory Included (MB) 50
CCD Raw Format Yes
Movie File Format QuickTime Motion JPEG

Video Out Yes
External Connections USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Connection DC Input Included
Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO Viewer 2.1E, ArcSoft MediaImpression,
ArcSoft Panorama Maker, SilkyPix Developer Studio 3.0SE
Power Battery Form Factor Proprietary
Usable Battery Types 7.2V, 710mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable
Batteries Included 1 x proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included Yes

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