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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Size

Quick menu

Navigation buttons

Shiny silver mode dial

Noise

Noise suppression

Blotchy noise

At 14.6 ounces, the FZ28 is about half the weight of the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS and is light enough to carry around all day without any strain or pain. It measures 3.0 inches high by 4.6 inches wide by 3.5 inches deep, so you won't be able to stash it even in the largest of pockets, but a small camera bag or midsize purse can easily hold the camera.
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A joystick calls up a quick menu for easy access to most-often-changed settings.
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The four-way controller, with a center set button has a little more depth to it than most.
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Atop the grip you'll find the mode dial, AF macro focus, and AF/MF buttons as well as the power switch and the shutter/zoom lever combo
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While the silver mode dial is attractive, it's highly reflective, and under sunlight, the individual icons are difficult to see. Fortunately, the modes are visible on the LCD as you cycle through the options.
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As with many Panasonic cameras, you can see noise artifacts even at its lowest sensitivity of ISO 100, particularly in shadowed areas. In part, this seems to stem from more poorly executed noise suppression in the blue channel than most. There's visible softening as low as ISO 200, and by ISO 800 you lose a significant amount of detail.
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This ISO 200 shot displays the distinctive pattern of Panasonic's noise suppression, and you can see some of the edge softening that results.
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Even at ISO 100 the FZ28 displays yellow blotchy discoloration in more dimly lit areas.
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