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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 review

An affordable introduction to simple, quality digital photography

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 Review: Conclusion

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FS18 is clearly aimed at those wanting quality results with a straightforward approach to their photography. The camera would be ideal for those looking to give young teenagers or older family members an introduction to digital photography.

The FS18's lightweight, ultra-compact package produces very good images, is simple to use and provides an excellent overall package for those with a smaller budget.

We liked

The Lumix DMC FS18 is lightweight and very compact; ideal for a pocket, purse or bag. The image quality is more than adequate for those wanting a point and shoot approach to photography. The iA mode is excellent, quick to respond and gives consistent reliable results

We disliked

The included software is Windows only which may put off some users.
Panasonic have restricted the maximum ISO1600 so as to put a limit on image quality. Perhaps less megapixels and a higher ISO would be more beneficial for ultra-low light work.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourViolet
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)104 g
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.6 Megapixel
Height53.5 mm
Width94.3 mm
Depth18.8 mm
Autofocus Points11
Focal Length5 mm to 20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FS18
Product NameLumix DMC-FS18 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FS18EB-V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-FS18 features a 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm). The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 4x optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 16.1-megapixel resolution. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 4x zoom ratio to powerful 9x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.

Battery Life260 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FS18 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker