Photos from Panasonic Lumix FZ18 - Great!

As mentioned this morning, I received my newest camera in Panasonic Lumix FZ18.

Some of the features I like about this camera are:
- a 28mm wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens
- powerful 18x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-504mm on a 35mm film camera)
- MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
- Intelligent ISO Control system
- record WVGA (848 x 480) motion images at 30 frames per second
- ability to record in RAW format

Basically, this is the camera to get familiar with if I do want to venture into the expensive world of DSLR in the future.

Unsure of how to operate some of the setting yet, here are the photos I took this beautiful afternoon. The wonderful optical zoom is definitely noticeable in my photos - the animals are larger and closer and more details are recorded. And I love having to actually zoom out in order to fit the whole animal (e.g. picture of the Great Blue Heron) into the frame. Wow!

Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) & European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) and European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bald Eagle

Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Muskrat. This Muskrat was spotted in a different area than where I usually saw them. Must be a different guy.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Heron. I only used about 15x optical zoom since it was only a few metres away from me.

Looks like Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)

Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens)
Snow Geese

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
American Robin.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Northern Harrier. What a wonderful sighting of it not flying. Came it totally by chance while I was taking pictures of the landscape.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bald Eagle

Final verdict? I love this camera and the pictures it produces, but I still need more practice to master some of these shots. Overall, I am very happy right now and can't wait to go out again soon to take some photos!


Anonymous said...

.. where'd u go to see all these amazing creatures ??

Cicero Sings said...

It does take a while to get used to a new camera ... still stuff about mine I don't remember how to use when I need it!

You got some great shots on your first jaunt out with it!

PSYL said...

Thank you both! The place where I usually go birding is West Dyke Trail on the west side of Richmond. It's the place closest to me where I can go out and enjoy nature (without depending on a car).

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