Secaucus (NJ) – Compact digital cameras usually have pathetic optical zoom, but Panasonic is changing that with its new LUMIX DMC-FZ18 with an amazing 18X optical zoom. The 8.1 megapixel camera uses a 28mm LEICA DC lens and has optical stabilization to get rid of the blurry shots.
The camera will be available in either silver or black body colors. Pictures are previewed on the 2.5-inch color LCD screen on the back of the camera. The new LUMIX takes high capacity SDHC cards and regular SD cards, but you can still take pictures without any card because the camera has 27 MB of integrated memory.
Panasonic has also added a Face Detection System that correctly focuses and exposes pictures by detecting up to 15 human faces in the frame.
The LUMIX DMC-FZ18 will be available in September for approximately $400.