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Panasonic DMCFZ28 Digital Camera - Black (10.1MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 2.7" LCD

by Panasonic
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.8 x 7.5 cm ; 417 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: DMC-FZ28EB-K
  • ASIN: B001D2RE12
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,633 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Wide-Angle and Zoom Shots at Your Fingertips The LUMIX DMC-FZ28 digital camera boasts a premium 27mm wide-angle LEICA lens with an 18x optical zoom, ideal for tight indoor shots and long-distance action photos. The 10.1 mega pixel digital camera also features an enhanced Intelligent Auto Mode (iA), with the new AF (auto focus) Tracking function, making it easier for photographers at any level to shoot sharp, well-focused photos, even when the subject is moving making it ideal for action shots.    iA Mode Helps Prevent Shooting Mistakes in Any Situation The AF Tracking function, the latest component to be added to Panasonics iA system, allows users to lock focus on a moving subject. The camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the need to hold the shutter halfway down. AF Tracking makes it easier to capture moving subjects and spur-of-the-moment action shots. The AF Tracking technology also improves Face Detection (up to 15 faces), by providing continuous adjustment of the focus and exposure, even if the face is turned away from the camera.

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible zoom 2 Nov 2008
By Rich
Having been thinking about buying a new camera to replace my ageing 5mp point-and-shoot for a few months, I was tied between the Lumix TZ5 and this camera. Having played with them on the high street there was absolutely no competition.

I took this camera away with me to Turkey a couple of weeks ago. Knowing very little about photography I kept the camera on automatic most of the time, though the sunset and sports modes are very good, the sunset scene mode really brings out the reds and oranges in sunsets. Using a tripod you can get some really amazing night shots. In the right hands you could get some brilliant shots with this toy, that's not to say that an amateur can't achieve similar results.

I'm very pleased that I invested in a 2gb Sandisk extreme card before leaving. There is a noticeable difference between saving pictures to this card and saving to a standard Sandisk card - sometimes of a few seconds. My 2gb SD card will store just over 400 photos at full resolution, I really should get another.

What really sets this camera apart is the zoom function. 18x optical zoom means that you can happily play paparazzi, getting some brilliant shots from far away with no degredation in quality. The camera allows you to disable the digital zoom completely - meaning that you don't accidentally start taking degraded photos.

The best example of the zoom is some of the photos I took whilst away. Taking a photo from the top of a hill of the view down over the harbour you can see a small black object in the sea. Zooming in on this you can clearly see two people sat in an inflatable boat eating sandwiches! Rest assured that you will really be amazed.
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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-versatile, excellent camera! 20 Oct 2008
I wanted an upgrade from my excellent Panasonic TZ3 compact, which would take better low light pictures and allow me more creativity into the bargain.

After a lot of thought, looking at various reviews of various bridge-type cameras, including whether I could afford a DSLR and appropriate lenses, I kept coming back to the FZ28. Having already had experience of the excellent 10x Leica lens in the TZ3 and being impressed with that camera's abilities I decided that the FZ was the camera for me due to it's 27-486mm equivalent lens and the generally good reviews.

So far I've only taken pictures in extremely difficult indoor conditions. My partner is a mobile DJ and part of the reason for getting a better camera was to try to get better pictures of his events. Now I know a DSLR would get better -noise free images (depending on the size of the sensor) but I have been pretty impressed with the FZ so far. Of course shooting in very low light with people moving (dancing) is always going to be very difficult. At ISO800 there is visible noise but the camera's processing keeps in under control enough to allow a decent image for upload to an online gallery or printing at 6x4. I have not yet tried boosting the ISO even more but expect that the image will be pretty noisy - the limitation of a more compact sensor.... and a tradeoff for price and portability!

At wide angle the camera has a relatively large aperture (for a compact type) of F2.8 and I have noticed how much better the camera is than the TZ3 indoors - the lens allows a lot more light in and the pictures are clearer and brighter than the TZ3 in low light.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera 6 Oct 2008
I bought this camera 2 weeks ago and am very pleased with it's performance up to 400 ISO. Above this, pictures are somewhat blurry and unless you really need to shoot at 800 or 1600 ISO don't.

As with a previous reviewer I too went for the lowepro Apex 100 and it's ideal if you are carrying the camera, spare battery and SD card. There's no space for anything else though. It's a good quality bag and I highly recommend it. Don't buy a cheap bag without padding as the camera will break if dropped!

I've bought a Sandisk Extreme III 4GB card and this too is excellent. Beware of slow cards as thy will take for ever to save your images and you can't do anything until the images are saved on the card. Note that not all SD cards are equal. I've tried a few a although not the cheapest do recommend the Sandisk.

Optical Zoom is 18x if you're shooting with 10MP. This increases to 32x as you lower the resolution to 3MP. No optical zoom increase below 3MP.

I've found the battery to be good for 500 shots which is certainly above average for this type of camera.

All in all an excellent camera and highly recommended.
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS! 1 Aug 2008
By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER
UltraZooms have came to bridge the gap between Point-&-Shoot cameras and DSLRs. They may not be the easiest to carry in a pocket (especially in the summer) but offer much better lenses, sensors and features than their mobile-phone sized cousins. This is what has came to be known as the CREATIVITY segment of the camera market - and the PANASONIC FZ28 is the its absolute leader.

For months now I kept borrowing my brother's FZ18 as I was researching the market for my own UltraZoom. Since this could not go on indefinitely (and my summer vacation was coming up), I decided on the NIKON P80. Although a very good camera I found it fickle and unpredictable if left on full Auto. My belief that NIKON would never put out an inferior product was confirmed but I am not a professional photographer: I missed the simplified perfection of my brother's FZ18.
Luckily the Internet merchant I had bought my NIKON from offers an upgrade insurance option: for a small percentage of the total cost I bought the option of returning the camera within 12 months (provided in perfect working condition) and having it replaced with a latest model (from the same merchant of course). So, when FZ28 became available, I did just that.

As with the FZ18, the Intelligent Auto (iA) setting is a dream! Perfect crystal clear pictures under (almost) any conditions, EVERY TIME. There are more tweaking options than one could desire of course, but elusive scenes often do not allow for minute setting fidgeting: a reliable Auto is a good friend in a tight moment.
The older model was reported to sometimes have a problem when there were intense sunlight and shaded areas in the same shot: nothing of this sort with the FZ28. As soon as this becomes available I will post some sample photos to illustrate exactly this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars PANASONIC DMFFZ28
Leica lens. Shooting options, physical size and cost. Easy to use.............. very light for its size. What more could you ask for.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP MARKS FOR PANASONIC
This is an excellent camera, easy to use and good for long distance. It is the second Panasonic model I have bought and I am very satisfied. No hesitation in recommending it.
Published 5 months ago by Robert D. Belmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMCFZ28(used, good)
This camera has a range of features that are more useful than those found in some later models It is easy to use, and still has the benefits of a viewfinder. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr C.E.Ebdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic camera for all situations
I have had this camera for nearly 5 years now and it has always given me perfect pictures. What persuaded me to buy this honey of a camera after comparing many others was the Leica... Read more
Published 13 months ago by TokyoJoe2040
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant first Digital SLR camera!
This camera was my first 'SLR' camera and I really recommend that this is everyone's first. Last year I purchased myself the newer model 'FZ48' and I don't feel it is as good. Read more
Published 18 months ago by F Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars A good compromise
Pros: Compact, Durable, Convenient, Easy to use
I had a point and shoot camera but it was not enough for the type of photo I was doing. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by Melle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive.
I was looking for a camera that was not a compact, as I have large hands & I prefer a big camera as it feels better to use. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by Mr. S. F. H. Gilani
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I wanted to replace my 6 year old, 4 megapixel compact. I didn't feel I could justify the cost of a DSLR and all the lenses I'd need for the range I wanted (both zoom and close... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Richard B
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP PANNY
My first Panasonic camera,having previously always had Sony.I couldn't fault it and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Read more
Published on 27 July 2010 by L.WEST
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
I bought this camera to learn more about photography.
I particularly like shooting animals and this camera does it fantastically! Read more
Published on 1 July 2010 by barefoot
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