Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Review
Panasonic has stuck to the tried and tested design formula that they established back with the FZ7, and the FZ18 is externally very, very similar to the FZ8, though it has had a minor facelift to make it a little less boxy. This is no bad thing, recent Lumix FZ generations have been nice to look at and managed to integrate good ergonomics, SLR like controls and a massive zoom range in a very compact package.
In your hand
Unsurprisingly the FZ18's handling is almost identical to its predecessor's. The small dimensions don't harm the camera's handling at all. It feels stable, safe and solid, and operation of the main controls (zoom and shutter release) very easy. The excellent handling - along with the image stabilization - means the FZ18, just as the FZ8, feels perfectly safe to use with one hand. It is very well balanced and not too heavy (though inevitably you'll get less camera shake if you support the right side of the camera with your 'spare' hand).