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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Silver £233.37 DELIVERED @ Amazon

£233.37 @ Amazon
The price was originally £209.99. It has gone up to £233.37 on Feb 23rd * 10.1 megapixel * 18x wide-angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized zoom * 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD screen * H…
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The price was originally £209.99. It has gone up to £233.37 on Feb 23rd

* 10.1 megapixel
* 18x wide-angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized zoom
* 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD screen
* HD video capture
* Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f4.8 lens
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#1
Nice camera, but getting into the ground of DSLR's at that price heat added though, as would get some nice shots from that :-) looks like one of the better bridge cameras on the market, from this review...

http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2008/08/22/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28/p1
#2
Not really though are you? To get the equivalent of an 18x zoom on a DSLR you'd have to spend quite a bit extra on the lenses.
#3
Gazbert
Not really though are you? To get the equivalent of an 18x zoom on a DSLR you'd have to spend quite a bit extra on the lenses.



Around £200 for an entry level DSLR or a more expensive refurbished number, Can pick up a 75 - 300 mm lense for £75 - £100 for various fitments from various places, so not that far off, and then you obv have a lot more capability ;-) But as I said still a nice camera.
#4
In the recent review of superzoom cameras at dpreview.com the FZ28 came out equal top
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q109superzoomgroup/page7.asp
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q109superzoomgroup/page16.asp

Compared to an entry level DSLR, this is a bit cheaper and quite a lot lighter, with a much wider zoom range. The sensor is smaller, so you won't get the same image quality, particularly in poor light, and you don't have the option of using different lenses.

There are some other thoughts on this camera in this thread http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/343542/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz28-silver-221/

Is a Swiss Army knife better than a chainsaw? It depends whether you want to cut down trees, or trim your fingernails.
#5
I've had one of these since last September. I bought it to replace a much older bridge camera that had broken, and have to say that I'm really pleased with it. I can't comment on the price (as I haven't followed the market since I bought it) but the camera gives great results. In fact my avatar is taken from a photo shot on this camera.
#6
This is the best bridge camera. My brother has had its predecessor the FZ18 for about a year, and I recently got the FZ28.

Unless you take your photography very seriously you would be unlikely to see any benefit from a DSLR.
This is lighter and has a fantastic zoom range, quality lens and plenty of manual overides. I can take this anywhere, but couldn't be bothered to carry a larger, heavier DSLR and a couple of lenses.

The HD video is a nice bonus too.

H&R
#7
bytemaster
This is the best bridge camera. My brother has had its predecessor the FZ18 for about a year, and I recently got the FZ28.

Unless you take your photography very seriously you would be unlikely to see any benefit from a DSLR.
This is lighter and has a fantastic zoom range, quality lens and plenty of manual overides. I can take this anywhere, but couldn't be bothered to carry a larger, heavier DSLR and a couple of lenses.

The HD video is a nice bonus too.

H&R


correcto mundo :-D
#8
Your title to this deal is WRONG! The camera on offer via the link CLEARLY states SILVER!
#9
Tunner
Your title to this deal is WRONG! The camera on offer via the link CLEARLY states SILVER!


:oops:

I had it with silver as the colour when I originally posted it, as I had copied and pasted the text from the other FZ28 deal earlier on. Then I looked at the picture from Amazon and changed it to black. I should have read the description as well :whistling:
#10
If they're going to do 18x, have to wonder why it's 28-504? At the extreme zoom end, that's not easy to hold steady. Personally I'd rather have 24-432, or even 18-324.
#11
http://i.expansys.com/i/b/b172420.jpg
#12
Soulreape
Around £200 for an entry level DSLR or a more expensive refurbished number, Can pick up a 75 - 300 mm lense for £75 - £100 for various fitments from various places, so not that far off, and then you obv have a lot more capability ;-) But as I said still a nice camera.


erm 75-300 isnt exactly far off 18x zoom... more like waayy off! even 18-270mm is ONLY 15x zoom, being the current largest "x" available for a dslr, and also costs somewere around 500.
#13
Nightmare, I wanna buy one of these but it has to be in Black!

Cheapest I can find is around £227 delivered for a black model... pity!
#14
zxcvbnmm;4438063
erm 75-300 isnt exactly far off 18x zoom... more like waayy off!


75-300 on an aps-c dslr is 112-450 equivalent, so not so far off in max zoom. The lower end is covered by the standard kit lens (most dslrs come with an 18-70 or something similar).

Yes, it's not as convenient to have them in two lenses rather than one, but that's the cost of higher image quality. There's a reason in the dslr world you only get limited zoom ranges: it compromises quality to have a single lens doing 28 to 200, let alone 28-500.
#15
arfster
If they're going to do 18x, have to wonder why it's 28-504? At the extreme zoom end, that's not easy to hold steady. Personally I'd rather have 24-432, or even 18-324.


To be honest it's not a problem to use it even on max zoom as the auto stabilisation works a treat. The range they have used gives decent scope at the wide end whilst still giving a very good focal length on zoom.
#16
I got a black one of these from Jessops in Jan for £225. I finally bought it because I was going on holiday to Oz and Hong Kong and found the 10x zoom on my compact camera (Nikon S4) so handy, I wanted more!

It is a babe of a camera. The anti-shake works a treat even at full zoom. It's very easy to use and within a couple of days I was already experimenting with long exposure night shots - all managed by the cameras auto settings. Here's one I prepared earlier:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/ronmanager/HongKong.jpg

It's about half the size of an SLR and very very light which is important for keeping steady. It is allegedly the equivalent of a 27-485mm telephoto. You can also set it to burst mode where you have to reduce it down to 3MP but takes 13 exposures a second! Quite funny taking shots of useless surfers using this mode.

All in all an excellent camera and I can't see myself replacing it for many years. Recommended.
#17
Unlight
Nightmare, I wanna buy one of these but it has to be in Black!

Cheapest I can find is around £227 delivered for a black model... pity!


I dunno what youre on about

Clicking the link in the OP takes you to a black one on Amazon for 209
#19
If anyone is near QVC Outlet at Birchwood, near Warrington, they had this model for £175 clearance price a few days ago, but only in silver. Not sure if it came with a SD card, but they had a few boxes on the shelf. Would have got one but have been very happy with the FZ18 a got sometime ago and I've just spent £190 on the Samsung 22" monitor/LCD posted here last weekend from CDiscount.
#20
chada
I dunno what youre on about

Clicking the link in the OP takes you to a black one on Amazon for 209


Nope, I suggest you look again!
#21
Soulreape
Around £200 for an entry level DSLR or a more expensive refurbished number, Can pick up a 75 - 300 mm lense for £75 - £100 for various fitments from various places, so not that far off, and then you obv have a lot more capability ;-) But as I said still a nice camera.


Apart from HD video, bulkier too. To be honest, I know a lot of friends who were drawn into buying a DSLR as they felt they needed a more 'pro' solution but end up leaving them on Auto all the time. This would have been a far better choice.
#22
I got my FZ28 for this price when they 1st came out and have been really pleased with it - I did try and make a post but got slated for it then the post got pulled as it was from HongKong.

Anyway this is a very good bridge and easy to use. well worth the money.
#23
As an owner of it's predecessor the FZ18 before it got smashed in a car crash (photos on steve's digicams forum), I got the FZ28 as a replacement. I don't think I'd go for an SLR at the moment. £500 for a 3x optical lens - ok the quality of photos is probably better, but you won't get half of the ones you could get with an 18x zoom. The anti-shake is superb on the camera - even at 18x zoom it's hard to get a blurred photo! And as other's have said, who wants to carry round a heavy DSLR with various lenses, which have to be changed. It's a pain enough changing the filters on the FZ28 (which is a lovely feature as you can use 46mm filters such as a polarising, ND and UV which will protect the lens from dirt, dust and scratches).

Best bang for your buck... but I would buy black so I'm voting cold... (joke) lol No I'm not, it's whats on the inside that counts! :)
1 Like #24
I have this camera, bought it for my honeymoon to Cuba, and don't regret getting this over an DSLR. Mainly because I was able to take shots so quickly, carry it round the whole time without it being too heavy, get a good range of shots from a single lens and also shoot the odd bit of video.

The image quality isn't as good as DSLR but it is good enough for day to day shooting and even enlargements. I would definitly recommend it.

I took around 4000 photos on holiday (obviously 99.9% of them were rubbish, but it was being able to take quick snaps at any time that was the real value in this camera.)

The only negative thing is that even being small compared to most SLRs, it was still a very "obvious" camera to be carrying around, where a smaller one such as the TZ5 with a 10x zoom would have been easier to pocket and perhaps easier for candid shots

Nightshot:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3427/3229971456_8f2bee5c4a.jpg

Dayshot:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3309/3231585381_dc0f4cdce4.jpg

Even managed a few pictures of a hummingbird in the wild, although was a struggle to get a good shot with such a quick little bird:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3405/3229839784_4fd5bb87b6.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3081/3255050431_f27547bd50.jpg

If you want to check out what the full size image quality is like you can see them here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaymation/sets/72157612870840429/

Anyway I reckon the camera gets 9 out of 10 from me, for what that is worth...
#25
chaymation, very nice indeed - thanks for sharing :)
#26
arfster

Yes, it's not as convenient to have them in two lenses rather than one, but that's the cost of higher image quality. There's a reason in the dslr world you only get limited zoom ranges: it compromises quality to have a single lens doing 28 to 200, let alone 28-500.


I get the impression that it's a lot harder to make lenses that cover long ranges and the relatively large sensors of DSLRs. This will have a much smaller sensor and so the lens' focal length will be shorter, and have to cover a smaller area. I suspect there are less compromises in making such a thing.

arfster
If they're going to do 18x, have to wonder why it's 28-504? At the extreme zoom end, that's not easy to hold steady. Personally I'd rather have 24-432, or even 18-324.


I guess it's just easier this way, very wide lenses are fairly tricky to make. In a zoom doubly so. They have the DMC-LX3 which has something like 24-60mm, but clearly it's expensive and the zoom range is short. The image stabilisation is really quite good too.
#27
I hear the black one has extra secret features.

P.S:
Nice photos Chaymation especially the hummingbird, I could never get a picture like that.
#28
We bought this camera last month (the Jessops deal for £217 for the black one) and we're extremely happy with it. The zoom is fantastic and I have added a picture taken from my front garden a couple of weeks back!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v720/lafolie/P1010170-1.jpg
#29
arfster
75-300 on an aps-c dslr is 112-450 equivalent, so not so far off in max zoom. The lower end is covered by the standard kit lens (most dslrs come with an 18-70 or something similar).

Yes, it's not as convenient to have them in two lenses rather than one, but that's the cost of higher image quality. There's a reason in the dslr world you only get limited zoom ranges: it compromises quality to have a single lens doing 28 to 200, let alone 28-500.


Yes that is the point i was trying to make, since another posted claimed that 75-300 would get you somthing close to 18x zoom range.
#30
price update needed its now
£233.37
#31
whats the shutter response time like, is there a delay like normal digital cameras
#32
zxcvbnmm
Yes that is the point i was trying to make, since another posted claimed that 75-300 would get you somthing close to 18x zoom range.


I said not far off, which it isnt, I was merely offering an alternative, and I did say that it was a good camera all along. Just my personal opinion, back to google with you :thumbsup: :roll:
#33
My husband is going over to Spain Saturday and is going to collect our new Panasonic FZ28 from Dixons Tax Free at the airport,

Rang and reserved it this afternoon and just to confirm it is the black one not silver

For anyone going away soon and is still looking for one this is a really good price for the black version
#34
they have the black at Currys for £250 LINK
for anyone who wants black over silver its only a little more now

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