Panasonic FZ28

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 417g - 118 x 75 x 89mm
  • Launched January 2009
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  • Alternatives
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Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Panasonic FZ28 overview

Panasonic FZ28 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially launched on January of 2009. The camera houses a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The FZ28 is positioned #237 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #1048 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. You can test our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Panasonic FZ28 family

The Panasonic FZ28 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ80 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ80
FZ28 vs FZ80
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ300 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ300
FZ28 vs FZ300
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ70 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ70
FZ28 vs FZ70
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FZ28 vs FH10
26-130mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FZ28 vs F5
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ200
FZ28 vs FZ200
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ60 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ60
FZ28 vs FZ60
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ150 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ150
FZ28 vs FZ150
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FZ28 vs FH8
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FZ28 vs FH6
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FZ28 vs FH7
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FZ28 vs FX90
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ47 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ47
FZ28 vs FZ47
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FZ28 vs FX78
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FZ28 vs FH27
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FZ28 vs FH2
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FZ28 vs FH25
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FZ28 vs FH5
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FZ28 vs FX700
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ100 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ100
FZ28 vs FZ100
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ40
FZ28 vs FZ40
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ35 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ35
FZ28 vs FZ35
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FZ28 vs FX75
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FZ28 vs FH1
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FZ28 vs FH22
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FZ28 vs FH20
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FZ28 vs FH3
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FZ28 vs FS25
29-145mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FZ28 vs FX48
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FZ28 vs FX580
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ2827-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009

Panasonic FZ28 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic FZ28 based on things which are normally seen as essential in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decently wide (27mm)
exports RAW files
flash built-in
focusing manually
long zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
very long zoom (486mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Time Lapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.4)
megapixel count low (10MP)
no phase detect AF
screen is small (2.7")
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FZ28 Sensor details

The sensor measurement in the Panasonic FZ28 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW format is supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the FZ28's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The FZ28 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ28 dimensions

Panasonic FZ28 weighs around 0.92 lb (417 gr or 14.71 oz) & has exterior dimensions of 118mm x 75mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Panasonic FZ28 is very similar in comparison with other competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Panasonic FZ28 alongside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the FZ28.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ28 Lens specs

The FZ28 is equipped with a built in lens and it has a focal range of 27-486mm making it a 18.0 x zoom which is very good and is going to enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 27mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 making it somewhat slow and not ideal for low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to increase the ISO setting causing noisy pictures. On the tele end, 486mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f4.4 making it very sluggish and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FZ28 Connectivity

The FZ28 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send photos and sometimes adjust camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Panasonic FZ28 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Panasonic FZ28 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should try to get a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have got little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to have a look at another model should you want decent audio for your video clips.

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Panasonic FZ28 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FZ28 doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.

Panasonic FZ28 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ28 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Panasonic FZ28 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders are very useful during sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Panasonic FZ28 Shutter specs

Panasonic FZ28 has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic FZ28 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic FZ28 has only integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Panasonic FZ28 Autofocusing specs

Panasonic FZ28 has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Panasonic FZ28 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required during low light occasions or you want to have more exact focus control.

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Panasonic FZ28 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest (600) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

Panasonic FZ28 for various categories of photography

The following illustration displays a summation of the Panasonic FZ28 for various categories of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FZ28 Portrait photography highlights

The Panasonic FZ28 receives a score of 36 which is subpar, and means the camera is just not good for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos and flexibility to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
supports RAW files
external flash not possible
low MP (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ28 Street photography advice

Having a average points total of 56, the Panasonic FZ28 is relatively appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ28 Sports photography highlights

A subpar sports photography rating of 33 indicates the Panasonic FZ28 is just not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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long zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (3.0 fps)
low resolution (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FZ28 Travel photography advice

Portability is pretty critical in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic FZ28 gets a average 52 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly adequate to take with you on your vacations.

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built-in flash
reasonably wide (27mm)
great zoom (486mm)
does not have Timelapse function
sensor resolution low (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ28

For anyone planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor will be image quality. The Panasonic FZ28 with it's subpar grade of 40 as a landscape camera is just not good compared to its competitors.

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has manual focus
really wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ28

A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic FZ28 is just not good for vlogging as it gets a subpar score of 24.

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relatively wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic socket

Panasonic FZ28 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the FZ28, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart below provides you an overview of the FZ28 compared to it's top ranking rivals mentioned earlier.

These are some more cameras you may look into as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2009-01-15
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW support
Highest native ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
27-486mm (18.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-4.4
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7"
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
DXO scores
DXO All around score
27
DXO Color Depth score
17.9
DXO Dynamic range score
10.1
DXO Low light score
79
Features
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
8.50 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options
Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
417 grams (0.92 lbs)
Dimensions
118 x 75 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5")
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
One
Retail cost
$599