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Panasonic Lumix TZ18 Digital Camera - Silver (14.1MP, 16x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

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  • 24mm Wide-angle LEICA DC Lens with 16x Optical Zoom and OIS
  • 14.1-Megapixel CCD Sensor
  • IA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • HD Movie Recording (720p) and P/A/S/M Modes for Added Creative Control
  • High resolution 230,000 dot 3-inch LCD

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Colour Name: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.5 x 5.8 cm ; 209 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 581 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DMC-TZ18EB-S
  • ASIN: B004I1KOMG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,027 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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LUMIX Super Zoom Digital Camera16x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens from 24mm Ultra Wide-angle20x Intelligent Zoom with Intelligent Resolution TechnologyiA(Intelligent Auto) Mode with POWER O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer)HD Movie Recording and LUMIX Image UploaderLarge, 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD with 230,000-dot ResolutionEasy Manual Control with A/S/M ModePowerful 16x Optical ZoomThe 14.1-megapixel DMC-TZ18 features a 24mm ultra wide-angle 16x optical zoom LEICA DC lens(35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm), including Nano Surface Coating technology which dramatically reduces ghost and flareThe 16x optical zoom can be used both in photo and movie recording. The 24mm wide-angle lens captures approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to a normal35mm lensWith the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas - are automatically detected. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, this technology precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way according to the area. As a result, images are clear and crisp. The Intelligent Zoom extends zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the image quality even combining a digital zoom. 16x optical can virtually extend to 20x equivalentDimensions mm : 57 x 105 x 33 ( H x W x D )Weight : 210g with Battery and SD Memory Card1 Year Manufacturer Warranty


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For the majority of people looking for a "pocket" camera - they can stop looking. This will honestly do for pretty much everything you really need. It's the newly released little brother to the £100 more expensive TX20. Personally I did have a good look at this and nearly got it but in the end decided that I wouldn't pay the extra money for the Geo-tagging feature on the camera and would make do with just remembering where I was when I took the photo. If you really want to know where you were maybe just take a photo of a road sign nearby ? Works for me anyway :o)

It is not perfect, of course, but even if you take a "money no object" approach to picking an upper premium compact camera - there is currently nothing on the market that is head and shoulders better than this - although there can always be a case made for different qualities.

Big zoom - check

Good "glass" on the front - yep, Leica

Good quality photos - sure, with the caveat that a "full monty" digital SLR will do better - the photos come out are a nice colour (not too vivid but also not too tame and washed out) and they aren't a funny colour in artificial light (some cameras can struggle and give you a funny tint under striplights or old fashioned tungsten bulbs).

Noise levels - definitely there especially at higher ISO's but you get this problem to and exten even with the bigger sensor SLR's up to a year or two ago - and even the best of the modern breed aren't infallible if you read the reviews

HD Video - check, but in MPEG format.
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This is all you need in a camera and more! A huge, smooth, almost stepless 2-speed zoom, sharp results in optimal shooting conditions, Good, natural colour and excellent exposure, Effective image stabilization, Fast (and accurate) focus, Bright, clear, high resolution LCD screen, and excellent EVF. Physically, the camera is good build quality in a nice compact package. With a comprehensive range of controls & fast operation, Well designed menu system, and Lots of in-camera image adjustments, it's exceptionally nice to handle. It has a powerful flash, Good movie mode (16:9, VGA, 30fps), usable raw mode (approx 4 second shot-to-shot with a fast card), and a powerful raw converter. Excellent optical zoom (can be extended even further optically by reducing resolution down from 8 to 5 or 3 megapixels), and the long battery life is very handy.
For travelling and holidays I have found this camera invaluable. It's so light and easy to take around, you never miss a photo opportunity. It takes such great photos, sharp, clear, and bright, and far higher quality than you'd expect from such a small bit of kit! There is very little red-eye syndrome, and it performs well in most lighting conditions. There are even plenty of functions to be able to custom set-up the camera to the way i want it (without the necessary complexity of dSLR's).
On the downside, there is no facility for electronic remote / cable release, lens performance can drop off slightly at long end of zoom range, and there can be some loss of fine detail to noise reduction even at ISO 100. All in all though, I'd say this camera performs exceptionally well for such a small bit of equiptment. It's great value for money and I am well satisfied with it.
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Of course this is not an enthusiast's camera. It doesn't have all the tweeky bits required. But if you want a point-and-shoot model that produces the goods in terms of photo quality then this is the one for you. Image stabilisation works at the extreme end of the 16x zoom enabling hand-held shots that would be impossible without.
There is no optical viewfinder and the colour balance may not be to everyone's taste but if you can accept it - and it isn't that bad- then there is little to fault. All in all, it is good value for the money.
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After months of looking at camera's, spending such a long time weighing pro's and con's for each camera I looked at, I eventually decided to take the plunge and buy the TZ18 because of all the reviews I read, and I am so thrilled that I did.
I wanted a small, compact camera that was able to produce high quality images wherever I went, and would take good close-up shots. I study A-level art at college, and part of the course is going out and taking first-hand pictures to later draw from, this camera is perfect.

When the product arrived, I immediately opened the box to find a stunning camera and the build is of a high quality. The camera is easy to use, it is a good weight, and fits comfortably in my hands. When I took it outside to take some pictures, I wasn't disappointed. The Intelligent Auto mode works brilliantly, taking beautiful, sharp images with great detail. The colour is beautifully balanced. I am also very impressed with the zoom, as it doesn't lose any of the detail.
I haven't yet tried the video recording, but I have no doubt that it will be equally impressive.

Overall, I am really happy that I bought this camera, it really is worth the price.
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