Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 review

An affordable introduction to simple, quality digital photography

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18
Aimed at entry-level users, the FS18 has a wideangle Leica lens with 4x optical zoom (28-112mm)

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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.