There are many digital cameras available for around $200 or £150. One such camera is the Panasonic Lumix TZ18, a member of Panasonics award winning TZ line of digital cameras. This camera has been out for a while now and is available for discounts of up to 50% over its original RRP. The specification of the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 includes a 14.1 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD and 16 times optical zoom. In this article we will have a look at the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 to see whether it provides good value for money.


The specification of the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 includes:

  • 14.1 megapixel sensor
  • 16 times optical zoom lens
  • Wide-angle lens with optical image stabilisation
  • 3 inch LCD
  • 720 p HD video recording

Image performance

The image performance of the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 is good, with good colour and lighting. The speed of the zoom is fast and the high quality lens produces sharp photos but it can struggle when at its maximum zoom.  16 times optical zoom makes the camera highly usable when “cropping” the image in the viewfinder. The Lumix also supports the RAW file format, giving more flexibility to users who want to edit their photos further in applications such as Photoshop or Lightroom. 

Design and ergonomics

Holding the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 should be easy as its design follows that of most compact cameras. It has a slight bump to allow your right hand to hold the camera more comfortably, and the 3-inch screen is common in most compact digital cameras of this type.

The build of the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 is excellent, with a metal body and a general feeling of solidness. You should be able to put this camera in a bag or pocket and not worry about it disintegrating.

Other aspects

The Panasonic Lumix TZ18 also has functionality such as intelligent scene detection for modes such as portrait, scenery and night modes. Functions such as these can be useful to optimize settings and reduce noise in the outputted photo. It also uses SD cards to store its photos and videos.


  • Good quality lens
  • Excellent value for money
  • 14.1 MP sensor


  • No geo-tagging
  • No 1080 p video recording
  • Lots of noise at high ISO settings
  • The lens can struggle with definition when at maximum zoom

Is the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 right for you?

The Panasonic Lumix TZ18 is a good value camera, boosted by its price reduction due to the newer model. It would be suitable for anyone wanting a good quality compact camera, especially with its 16x zoom for taking holiday snaps. It has a good build quality and the Panasonic Lumix TZ range is well known. If you were to buy this camera, looking around for deals would be a must. You may well be able to find free or discounted cases, SD cards, batteries and more. An Internet search or look round local camera shops could save you money.


As ever, before you buy any camera you preferably want to try it out. Using a friends or a test model in a shop will allow you to get a real feel for the camera. Testing aspects like shutter speed and ergonomics will help you to figure out if you want to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 or not.

If you liked this review then you may also want to read about the Canon IXUS 115 HS, the Nikon Coolpix S3100, the FinePix HS20EXRSony DSCW570 Cyber-Shot and the Canon IXUS 220 HS.

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