This is my second digital camera. The first was a Canon A70. Like that point and shoot camera the Panasonic FZ28 has a full range of manual options that provide results you have always dreamed of obtaining. Although the camera looks like an SLR there is no interchangeable lens and it weighs less than 15 ounces with the battery installed.
How good? I zoomed to the end of my block and photographed a house as if I were immediately in front. It is about 700 feet away. A wide angle photo allowed me to capture the entire main hall of Union Station in Los Angeles including a table less than 10 feet from the camera and everything was crystal clear. Zoom out and focus on something up close and you obtain the effect of depth of field that you might want when shooting pictures of the president or just your dog. Technical specification: Focal Length f=4.8-86.4mm (35mm Equiv.: 27-486mm). The high ISO ratings enable many indoor pictures without using the flash.
The viewfinder viewing option provides a feature that is fast disappearing from cameras but you will appreciate. The manual is easy to understand and the controls are easy to use.
The long lens will prevent you from putting the camera in your pocket. However because it’s so light in weight you might forget the strap is around your neck.
If you want really extraordinary results you will love this camera.
December 22, 2010 Interestingly even today this camera is rated more highly by DP Review than the three newer versions. Available on Amazon for about $490.00. One reason for this camera’s success may be its total weight of about 15 ounces including the battery. Newer models have some enhancements but the total weight is considerably higher.
May 27, 2012
The newest version of this camera is the FZ150 model. Although it is not perfect it offers some significant improvements that caused me to make the upgrade. I do admit not liking the extra weight. My explanation and justification is on https://coastcontact.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/photography-is-ever-evolving/