Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Review

Review Date: September 15th 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

Image Sensor

Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Mega pixels
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Total Pixel 10.7 Total Mega Pixels CCD
Primary Colour Filter yes

Optic

Zoom Factor
Optical Zoom 18x
Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 21.4x for 7Mega, 25.7x for 5Mega, 32.1x for 3Mega, 2Mega, 0.3Mega 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 21.4x for 6Mega, 25.7x for 4.5Mega, 32.1x for 2.5Mega 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 21.4x for 5.5Mega, 25.7x for 3.5Mega, 32.1x for 2Mega
Digital Zoom 4x ( Max. 72.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) (Max. 128x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Distance f=4.8-86.4mm (35mm Equiv.: 27-486mm)
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 11 elements in 8 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces, 2 ED lenses)
Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8.0 Tele: F4.4 - F8
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/ Mode2)
Conversion lens Compatibility Yes
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity / MF / Intelligent AUTO / Macro: Wide 1cm / Tele 200cm - infinity / Tele Macro (approx. 11x - 18x) : 100cm - infinity
AF Metering Face / AF tracking / multi-area / 1-area high speed / 1-area / spot

Focus/Exposure

Focus Mode Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Joystick), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode : Auto(1600 - 6400) )
ISO Limit Set Yes
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Halogen / Color Temperature / White Set 1 / White Set 2 (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Pinhole modes) / White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, 9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)
Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE mode)
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (auto in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Multi-Exposure No
Multi-Aspect No
Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Rec Mode[Mode Dial] Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, / Custom1, Custom2, Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close-up mode, Scene mode,Motion Picture
Scene Mode Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain
Advanced Scene Mode Portrait mode : Normal, Soft Skin, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative / Scenery mode : Normal, Nature, Architecture, Creative / Sports mode : Normal, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative / Night Portrait : Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Creative / Close-up: Flower, Food, Objects, Creative
Shutter Speed P:1-1/2000sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed) A/S:8-1/2000sec, M:60-1/2000sec? Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.

Flash System

Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On,Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, / Flash Synchro ; 1st / 2nd / Flash output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 - +2 EV) / 0.3 - 8.5m (Wide/Macro/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
External Flash n/a

Feature

Self Timer 2sec, 10sec, 10sec[3 pictures]
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Zoom, Hold
Review 1x, 4x, 8x
Picture Adjustment Contrast 2steps / Sharpness 2steps / Saturation 2steps / Noise Reduction 2steps
Colour Effect Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Color Bracketing Standard / Black & White (2 images), Standard / Sepia (2 images), Standard / Black & White / Sepia (3 images)
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), RAW, DPOF corresponding / image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)+ QuickTime / Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Recording Image Size Still Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3648x 2736 pixels, 3072 x 2304 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels / 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3648x 2432 pixels, 3072 x 2048 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels / 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2056 pixels, 3072 x 1728 pixels, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Image Quality Fine / Standard / RAW / RAW+JPEG
Motion Picture 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps/10 fps / 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps / HD?16:9 Aspect Ratio?: 1280x720 pixels 30fps
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 11 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3), 12 flames/sec (2.5M for 3:2), 13 flames/sec (2M for 16:9) (Speed Priority) / 7 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9) (Image Priority)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting yes
Digital Red Eye Correction yes
Intelligent Exposure yes
Intelligent Exposure_ Off / Low / Standard / High
Easy Zoom n/a
Zoom Resume yes
Motion Zoom yes
Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec
Audio Dubbing Max. 10sec
Real-time Histogram yes
Highlight Display Yes
Composition Guide line yes
Composition Guide line_ 2 patterns
Built-in-Memory yes
Built-in-Memory [Capacity] approx. 50MB
Scene Mode Help Screen yes
Auto Angle Detection yes
Flip Animation yes
Travel Date yes
World Time yes
Title Edit yes
Text Stamp yes
LCD Monitor 2.7" TFT LCD Display (230K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100% / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High angle mode
Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (201.6K Pixels equip.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
Playback mode [REC]/[Play] Selector switch / 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, calendar display, zoomed playback (16x max.), Playback of favorite pictures, Category Playback (playback and slideshow of pictures in category) / Slide show (duration & effect with music is selectable), image rotation / Resizing (selectable number of pixels), trimming, protection, aspect conv. DPOF print setting / Creating still pictures from a motion picture / Image leveling
Category Playback playback and slideshow of pictures in category
Slideshow Mode (duration & effect with music is selectable), image rotation
OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard(Still image only)
Microphone yes
Speaker yes
Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB2.0 High speed
Direct Print PictBridge

General Data

Colour Black
Power
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 460 pictures (CIPA standard)
Dimensions [mm]
Width 117.6
Height 75.3
Depth 88.9
Weight [g]
Body 370.0
Including Battery and SD Memory Card 417.0

Further Specifications

Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer- 2.1E / ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) / SilkyPix Developer Studio 3.0SE / QuickTime / USB Driver
Standard Accessories Battery Charger / Battery Pack / Battery carrying case / AC Cable / AV Cable / USB Cable / Shoulder Strap / Hood (S+L) / Hood-Adapter / Lens Cap / Lens Cap Strap / CD-ROM
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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