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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 review

An affordable introduction to simple, quality digital photography

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 Review: Build quality & handling

When you first remove the Lumix DMC FS18 from its box, the neat, lightweight, sturdy build is apparent, and the selective use of chrome trim gives the camera an up to date feel.

The ergonomics are well thought out, and the slightly raised thumb pad and function buttons are perfectly placed for thumb operation. The buttons stand slightly proud of the rear surface, and operate with a positive click giving user confidence.

There is a Q.Menu button that allows quick access to well laid out and easy to follow sub menus. Next to this is a Display button that toggles through three different displays on the rear screen. The user can have all the cameras' information displayed, none at all or a noughts and crosses style fine line grid to assist composition, which will prove a useful feature for novices.

Beginners will also be pleased to see the no nonsense menu layout is logical and simple to navigate around whatever mode the camera is in, and the shooting mode choices are large and clear so it is unlikely the wrong one could be selected.

The Lumix DMC FS is designed to give optimum results in a simple package and this is it does extremely well.

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
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
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
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