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10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

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DMC-FZ28K
Features
  • Intelligent Auto Mode: Helps prevent shooting errors.
  • LEICA DC Vario-Elmarit Lens: 27mm wide angle
  • 720p HD Movie Recording: Shoot beautiful HD motion images.
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Features

Wide-Angle and Zoom Shots at Your Fingertips

The LUMIX DMC-FZ28 digital camera boasts a premium 27mm wide-angle LEICA lens with an 18x optical zoom, ideal for tight indoor shots and long-distance action photos.The 10.1 mega pixel digital camera also features an enhanced Intelligent Auto Mode (iA), with the new AF (auto focus) Tracking function, making it easier for photographers at any level to shoot sharp, well-focused photos, even when the subject is moving making it ideal for action shots.

iA Mode Helps Prevent Shooting Mistakes in Any Situation

The AF Tracking function, the latest component to be added to Panasonics iA system, allows users to lock focus on a moving subject. The camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the need to hold the shutter halfway down. AF Tracking makes it easier to capture moving subjects and spur-of-the-moment action shots.The AF Tracking technology also improves Face Detection (up to 15 faces), by providing continuous adjustment of the focus and exposure, even if the face is turned away from the camera.*

* Face must initially be facing forward to be detected.

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    • Series
    • Model Year
    • Camera Effective Pixels
    • Optical Zoom
    • Image Sensor
    • Extra Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Lens
    • Lens Construction
    • Aperture Range
    • Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focusing Area
    • Conversion Lens Compatibility
    • AF Metering
    • AF Assist Lamp
    • ISO Sensitivity
    • White Balance
    • Exposure
    • Exposure Compensation
    • Backlight Compensation
    • Auto Bracketing ( AE)
    • Light Metering
    • Scene Modes
    • Advanced Scene Mode
    • Shutter Speed/Shutter System
    • Self Timer
    • Auto Review
    • Review
    • Picture Adjustment
    • Color Effect Mode
    • Recording Format
    • Image Quality
    • RECORDING IMAGE SIZE ( Pixels)
    • 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
    • Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
    • Motion Image HD¿16:9 Aspect Ratio)
    • CONVENIENCE FEATURES
    • Burst Shooting Mode
    • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
    • Intelligent Exposure
    • Digital Red Eye Correction
    • Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume/Motion Zoom
    • Still Image Recording with Audio
    • Audio Dubbing
    • Composition Guide Lines
    • Built-in Memory
    • Scene Mode Help Screen
    • Auto Angle Detection
    • Flip Animation
    • Travel Date/World Time
    • Title Edit
    • Text Stamp/Date Stamp
    • STANDARD FEATURES
    • Built-in Flash Type/Mode
    • External Flash
    • Viewfinder
    • LCD Monitor
    • Playback Mode
    • OSD Language
    • Recording Media
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • Interface
    • Direct Print
    • Color
    • Power
    • Battery Life
    • Included Software
    • Standard Accessories
    • ISO Limit Set
    • Multi-Exposure
    • Multi-Aspect
    • Rec Mode (Mode Dial)
    • Color Bracketing
    • Real-time Histogram / Highlight Display
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • Weight
    • UPC
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Reviews

DMC-FZ28K is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST camera I have ever owned I looked up as many reviews and stats for similar cameras for months before I bought this one.. I got it at an EXTREMELY low price online. I ADORE this camera. I will never go back to any other make or model. It is very easy to use and I love the zoom and image stabilizer. The HD video is excellent, and I would not change a thing. I have 0 complaints about this camera and would recommend this camera to anyone and everyone. Very satisfied customer.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than a video camera!! I use this camera mostly as a video camera. Nice size, light and fits well in my small hands. Takes great photos, but I use it mostly for video. Only 720p, I wish it was 1080p. The zoom is slow in video mode and very choppy!!! Focusing is also slow for sports, so I keep the focus on manual. Using it outside in the sunlight, the viewfinder is a must, so for the price its much better than a video camera. I tried the FZ35, however it's zoom is much too slower.
Date published: 2010-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly one of the Best Cameras Ever Made What a camera, admittedly I am not a professional however I've got to say that the quality of photos and incredible range of features makes this camera stand out well above any other similarly priced camera. The Auto-Intellegent mode is quite good, but to really see the potential i recommend using the fully manual mode to get the most out of the camera. Although there is a considerable amount of noise above ISO 400, use of a tripod and slower shutter speeds can really bring out the quality in the photos. In some ways i would say that the ease of use is excellent, however i would recommend learning about the selection of features so you can get the most out of every shot. As for value, yes the camera is certainly not cheap - it was a major investment for myself (I am a student after all) but every penny is worth it, everything works fantastically, its hard to find any other camera in this price bracket with the same list of features. I would certainly recommend to anyone this camera - I would also go further to say that learning about the various functions and features would help you dramatically in getting the best out of, what is, a outstanding SLR-Superzoom.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All-in-one camera Taking into account the budget needed for this camera, it is considered an almost perfect choice. The accessories collection could be larger, but if you search a little bit, you will find a few more filters and lenses compatible with FZ28. The video is magnificent, while the audio is not what I expected. I would definitely recommend it to any amateur photographer who would like to experiment with a camera as close as it can be to a dSLR.
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I purchased this camera early in 2009 anticipating a trip to Europe. I have had a number of different digital cameras from different manufacturers - this one gives you the best performance for the money. I shot some 3200 pictures in Europe in early summer and the camera performed quite well. Bright sun light can be a problem so use the lens shield. The controls can be a bit quirky so if you are planning to use this for something special, get it early and practice. Movies are good but not as high-quality as I have seen on other cameras in this price range/ feature. The sensor can easily be over-whelmed in low light in movie mode. The camera performs very well in low light although there were some instances where a little more light gathering capability would be helpful in getting a crisp picture. the RAW feature is nice but frankly its hard to tell the difference - I took a number of back-to-back shots and the camera's rendering in normal mode is quite acceptable. having the feature is nice but I found myself not using it much - pictures take up twice as much or more space in RAW mode as well. Battery life is outstanding and outlives most daily photo shoots. All in all, you won't find a camera for the money.
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best dollar for dollar camera Match all the features this camera has verses other cameras in the same price range and you will have to buy this one. The ease of shooting as well as the multiple configurations you can adapt to the photos makes this one not only easy but also fun to use. Buy it!
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Camera! The camera is a definite step up from the compact point and shoot category in terms of features, functionality and image quality. (I own several P&S and a couple of older SLRs) The menu is simple and intuitive. The lightweight is a welcome advantage when carrying it. The viewfinder is a little on the small side but will probably be used infrequently as the LCD is excellent. The viewfinder works great when you need it and provides an amazing amount of information - I can easily use it wearing my glasses.I was amazed at the quality of the pictures even using the digital zoom (72X magnification!) - I got pictures that I could never get with compact P&S and the quality was very good. Pictures in the normal optical range are amazing and the image stabilization is great. I am having a blast playing with all the features - It is just a FUN camera! I use it a lot more than I thought I would because it is so easy and fun. My only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner!
Date published: 2009-06-11
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  • How do I install firmware in my camera using an SD card?
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.


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  • What size SD Card can I use in my camera?
    Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can only use Standard SD Cards (2GB Max).  Models manufactured from 2007 to 2009 can only use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards (32GB Max).  Cameras manufactured 2010 and later are also compatible to the SDXC memory card format. While your camera?s owner?s manual may state a maximum size, that size was the largest that was available when your camera was manufactured. Any currently available SDXC card, which will eventually increase to maximum of 2 TB is compatible. As the maximum size increases, to 2 TB, we do not anticipate any need for firmware updates. 

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  • Why is the Flash option grayed out and the flash will not operate?
    When the electronic shutter is enabled or when the camera is placed in the "silent mode" the flash option is disabled (grayed out). You will need to turn off the "Silent" mode, depending on the camera model, select either "Camera Setup" or "Custom" in the menu.

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  • What should I do to correct a "System Error Zoom", "System Error Lens", or "System Error Focus" message on my camera?
    We recommend you try removing the battery from the unit for approximately 60 seconds and reinstall the battery. If you still receive the "System Error *****" message you will want to consider having the camera serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


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  • How do I turn off the "Flash" function?
    On most models, press the button just above "menu". It is labeled with a "lightening bolt". Pressing it will offer several options related to the flash operation.

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