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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)

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  • 10.1-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-size prints
  • 12x MEGA optical image-stablilized zoom; 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens
  • Intelligent Scene Selector; Face Detection
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: ZS1 Black
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 12 x
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 1.3 x 4.1 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: ZS1 Black
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,350 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 27, 2009

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

The Panasonic DMC-ZS1 is a members of the new ZS-Series, the successor to the acclaimed LUMIX TZ-Series and one of Panasonic’s newest ultimate compact and powerful digital cameras. The ZS1 features a 25mm ultra-wide angle, 12x powerful optical zoom, plus a 10.1-megapixel CCD, a standard iA mode (no Face Recognition) for still image recording and a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD.

New this year to the ZS-Series, iA mode is also available in Movie Mode. It automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode and helps to correct handshake, focus and brightness problems - making iA mode your one-stop solution to capture beautiful still and motion images. Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion so it turns out perfectly. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. And Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality.

The imaging power of Lumix has further evolved with the Venus Engine HD, which boasts two CPUs to provide approx. 2.4x processing capability and support for AVCHD Lite and HDMI output. It integrates all the advanced functions and camera operations with high performance and low-power consumption. In image processing, luminance noise and chromatic noise are reduced separately before and after signal processing. This is further refined by separating noise two-dimensionally into high-frequency and low-frequency noise. The circuits then effectively reduce only the low-frequency noise to minimize the unwanted noise and help produce beautiful, sharp still and motion images.

Playback with the ZS1 is also easy. Simply insert the camera’s SD memory card into the VIERA HDTV’s Image Viewer SD card slot for a photo slideshow. Alternatively, connect the camera via an optional HDMI mini cable, the DMW-HDC2, to a VIERA Link-equipped Panasonic VIERA HDTV and use the television’s remote control to run mixed slideshows of photos and videos.

Product Description

Here's a camera for the serious tourist that is incredibly easy to use. The Panasonic Lumix ZS1 has a 12x magnification zoom lens that offers extreme wide angle for landscapes and long telephoto making objects far away seem close. This camera takes great still pictures but also lets you shoot movies. Blurry images from normal hand movements? Panasonic's Mega Optical Image Stabilizer helps keep images in focus. Multiple auto focus and exposure modes make use of this camera really easy. Leica optics make the images seem as if you're a professional. The Panasonic DMCZS1K Lumix 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera packs a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 12x optical zoom into a compact body. This versatile photographic tool lets you shoot everything from sweeping vistas at the 25mm wide-angle setting to dynamic 300mm telephoto shots. And the lens system's exquisite rendering ability lets you capture even the subtle nuances of the sights and scenes in your travels. Just set the camera to iA mode, aim and shoot. The camera does all the rest. It automatically determines the most suitable Scene mode and helps correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems. With iA mode, it's easy to get beautiful, clear results. File Format - JPEG (Exif 2.21), Quicktime Motion JPEG 25mm Ultra Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC (25-300mm in 35mm equiv.) 2.7 High-resolution Intelligent LCD with Wide-viewing Angle ISO Sensitivity - Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 Optical Image Stabilizer - MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shooting Mode - Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, My Scene Mode,Scene Mode, Motion Picture, Clipboard iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with AF Tracking Power - Rechargeable Battery Dimensions (H x W x D) - 2.35'' x 4.07'' x 1.29'' Weight - Approx. 7.2 oz

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Customer Reviews

I think its picture quality is very good in its class, and the same applies for video recordings. It is a pity that it does not have HD video support. Read more ›
A friend had this camera and had taken great pictures on her last trip to Africa. The quality and sharpness of each picture was superb. I bought with the same expectations… Read more ›
It fits easily into my shirt pocket. The picture quality is good even for hand held shots that utilize the zoom feature extensively. Only two problems have been noted so far. Read more ›
amazingly sharp pictures in good light. Image stabilization works well, but for extra sharpness, prop camera against support (I have a 12x picture of 5 people at > 1 mile… Read more ›
Small enough to easily keep in in a purse, yet large enough to handle well. We like its black and silver color and the pictures have been great. I especially like the grid… Read more ›
The camera is pretty easy to use, and we <3 it. The pictures are so clear and crisp. Read more ›
Excellant camera the zoom is spectacular and the steady shot gives very sharp images. The video with the zoom is very effective and still shots from distances are very clear. Read more ›
I LOVE this camera, it does so much and is very easy to use. The zoom is fantastic. It is much more "pockety" than my old camera, and love how many settings it has, as well… Read more ›
exactly as described. zoom is incredible and pictures are perfect. easy to use and understand. my daughter loves it. [she's 15] Read more ›
This camera is definately worth the extra money. We've had very clear photos and the zoom is great. Read more ›
-the zoom is fantastic! It brought up things from really far away-much closer than I had expected. Read more ›
I will reccomend this camera to anyone. The zooming capabilites are amazing. At a sporting event, we took a picture of the field in play. Read more ›
Just great! So easy to use, Inteligent Auto mode is simply flawless, couldn't believe how good the pics were! Also all those other modes-you have everything at the tip of… Read more ›
Bought this for my girlfriend. It was really easy to use and the menus are easy to navigate. She is not very tech savvy. Read more ›
Super camera, takes great pictures and has lots of wonderful options. Sturdy enough that you won't drop it either and the lens zooming options are terrific. Read more ›
For someone that does not want to fool around with manual modes, this is the perfect camera as it takes beautiful shots in iAuto mode. Read more ›
For one picture of a flower I could see the tiny pieces of pollen that had fallen on one of the petals! The menus are easy to access and use. Although I was a bit worried… Read more ›
Great pictures. Great options. Read more ›
EASY to use with gorgeous pictures. Easy to take terrific spur-of-the-moment shots. Read more ›
I take a lot of macros photos as I market jewelry. It is easy to use and takes beautiful pictures. I dont use the IA but it seems to work ok. Read more ›
There are newer models of it out now that might be a better overall choice for a super zoom point and shoot. Is very easy to use and the zoom is substantial. However, for… Read more ›
This was purchased as a gift and the person for whom it was purchased tells me it is perfect and every easy to use. Read more ›
I have this camera and purchased a second one for my daughter for Christmas. It is easy to use and delivers excellent pictures. Great camera for the price. Read more ›
The camera is very easy to use. The Intellegent Auto feature is awesome. Read more ›
The user interface is intuitive, even for me who are new to the brand. The lens are fast and covers an incredibly versatile zoom range of 25(!)-300mm equivalent. Read more ›
This is by far the best the macro I've seen on a point and shoot, and the lens is solid all the way to 300mm equivalent - and yes, the image stabilization does really help… Read more ›
I have had several compact digital cameras in the past decade. This one has the best image quality and the best lens I have experienced so far, while being Read more ›
I was worried I would break the camera if I carried it around with the lens extended, though…The smaller size but less convenient lens makes it a wash with my old TZ-1. Read more ›
I was extremely impressed with every aspect of…It was extremely easy to use, the construction is solid, the wide lens created incredibly crisp pictures with a lot of depth. Read more ›
Nice Camera good quality and sharp lens Small sensor 1/2.5 compared to number of mega pixel it has Read more ›
12x zoom is good, but very slow Battery is pretty good, but you cannot use non Panasonic brands My Canon A95 from 2004 takes much better photos. Read more ›
It is easy to use and the wide angle is great. Also, the battery life is fantastic. I can get through a good 300 pictures before having to recharge. Read more ›
- iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is really effective in getting great results. - Battery life is quite good. - Image stabilization is more effective than most models I have used. Read more ›
PC and AV cables, as well as one battery and charger, are included (no memory card, although 40MB is built in). Other acessories are expensive, if not a gouge. Read more ›
The pictures are fantastic, the battery life is unreal and it fits in my pocket! Great camera, very happy I went with a super zoom compact camera becauses the zoom always… Read more ›
If you want something small, with great optics, great images, a good flash for a small camera and a great battery life (by the way, don't upgrade firmware because all the… Read more ›
The Lumix DMC-ZS1 10 MP…I like the LEICA lens a lot, the pictures quality is GREAT .I like the feel of the cameras body ,it fits in my hand fine ,the Price is very good. Read more ›
But for…It's probably discontinued by now and newer models have replaced it, but if it's still available and you can pick it up for a good price, it's worth the investment. Read more ›
If I hadn't found the upgrade camera at such a good price, I'd not have replaced my ZS1. My rational thoughts are to sell the ZS1 for whatever price it will fetch, but my… Read more ›
Let's just say that when it comes to electronics, we tend to buy Panasonic because the quality has always been great, the price is always reasonable for what you get, and… Read more ›
The excuse was they…My suspicions are that they advertised a great price just for marketing purposes and had no intention of actually selling the item for the quoted price. Read more ›
Lumex has a good len as everyone already knows. Good combination in terms of functionality, price and quality Read more ›
Takes video that is very clear and nice. Read more ›
And for the price, you can not beat it!!!! I also took some videos, and even though this camera doesn't record in HD the videos were still great. I definitely recommend… Read more ›
My wife discovered the video feature and has been using that more than the stills. The videos are awesome. My daughter shoots alot of school events and her albums have are… Read more ›
From the very first, I oh so loved this camera; it's small, and I could have it with me all the time…When new, it took great pictures, and videos, with terrific sound. E… Read more ›
I recently bought this camera to take on vacation with me and I have to say that I…I own several other cameras all different types (SLR, DSLR, compact digital, video, etc.) Read more ›
The…Although Panasonic's higher model the ZS3 has significantly more features like HD video capturing, I find that the video quality is sufficient for the day to day things. Read more ›
2) It…3) It has good video (good still shots and respectable video combined in such a small size is a wonderful thing when you don't want to lug around a lot of gear.) 4… Read more ›
I previously had a Kodak subcompact. Weight and size are good, still easy enough to carry in a purse or pocket. The wide angle takes a huge sweep of area in the photos. Read more ›
Purple…The processing has a bias towards smoothness, so the detail is not great at full size on the computer, but fit-to-window and printed pictures look very nice. Read more ›
I bought this camera as a gift for my…The options that drew me to this model were the large LCD screen, the 12X optical zoom, the compact size, and the great price. We… Read more ›
* Can zoom while recording video which you cannot with the Canon. * Nice size. Can actually put in your shirt pocket or pants. Read more ›
It is a good camera if you need good optical zoom in a compact size Read more ›
The amount of zoom that this small camera provides is awesome, it gives you the flexibility to either use it as a…In any case, the colors produced are always brilliant. W… Read more ›
It takes great pics, really fabulous. Colors are just wonderful. Screen is big that is great for viewing and playback. Read more ›
Not pleased with picture quality. It does not seem to capture the full color of what it's viewing. It doesn't compensate well in too much light or not enough light. Read more ›
The presets are fabulous and finally you can take flattering portraits of people that aren't so HD that you see each pore on…Just nice pics, great color and great presets. Read more ›
I haven't learned all the features yet, but the pictures I've taken are incredible. The images are clear, and the colors are bright. The zoom feature is very easy to use,… Read more ›
There are NO zoom lenses or digital cameras available at ANY price level that will outperform the Panasonic ZS series for ultra-low distortion, rich colors and excellent… Read more ›
love it, zoom is great and usually in a low light room pictures are not good but with using no flash they are great, even tried some with flash and they were good also,… Read more ›
This camera works like a gem. It focuses quickly, has a long-lasting battery, several scene options, a good flash and easy downloading. Overall it helps the average Joe… Read more ›
Light Takes great daytime and flash photos Small Read more ›
The Lumix also has a very weak flash, which seemed to increase blurriness in lower light. The Sony has a very powerful flash, but thankfully you can adjust its intensity. Read more ›
flash: i personally don't like the flash as it literally destroy the original color of the image. but when i need it, it's quite bright for indoor, or outdoor brightening… Read more ›
If you want something small, with great optics, great images, a good flash for a small camera and a great battery life (by the way, don't upgrade firmware because all the… Read more ›
This model fit our budget and had good reviews. The picture quality is great for my needs- the LCD screen is huge and sharp and amazingly detailed. The shutter speed is… Read more ›
The body feels quite sturdy and has some weight to it unlike many of its competitors. The 2.75 inch screen is a nice change from the tiny one on my Nikon Coolpix 5200. Befor… Read more ›
Image quality seems superior to the…I am an older person with an older person's eyesight, and the LCD screen is the best of the few I have used in daylight situations. T… Read more ›
LCD size at 2.7 is adequate, but not large as the other reviewer stated. The smaller screen is not nice, but it helps save battery life. Without the flash on the automatic… Read more ›
The only draw back is the viewing screen is hard to…This may not be an issue with the more expensive ZS3 model which has a larger, brighter screen according to the specs. Read more ›
I did nikon. cannon. BUT this Lumix DMC-ZS1 is nice. smaler screen than I wanted but It works great. I am a pro so called . Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

311 of 317 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Powell on July 8, 2009
Color Name: Silver
I've had quite a number `point and shoot' digital cameras over the past decade-it seems I replace them about every three years. As a believer in the maxim, the best camera is the one you have with you, they have all been Canon Elphs But this time...I wanted more. One of the new compact designs with a big optical zoom, plus the wide angle lens. So it was natural that I picked out a Canon PowerShot SX200IS for an for a birthday trip to Italy. Glad I checked it out prior to departure - its form factor didn't really work for me ...A friend suggested the Lumix ZS1, which just happened to be on sale for $229 at Costco - a hundred dollars less than the Canon.

And I am so glad I made the exchange! The Lumix ZS1 delivers beyond all expectation. There was a point on the trip where I had a vision - imagine (if you go back to the 70's as I do) having an entire photographers bag - say a Nikon F, with a kit of Nikor lens say a 24mm perspective control, 50mm macro, a couple of zooms, multiple camera backs, the flash, the motor drive- in a package that fits in your shirt pocket. The last camera that blew me away like this was the Olympus XA (old school 35mm) which delivered amazing optics in a shirt pocket size.

Cutting to the chase:
Unbelievable Leica lens. You can't imagine what a difference there is between 25 mm and 28 mm at the wide end. Imagine taking pictures of building facades and interiors as your eye sees them - and without distortion - extraordinary, and worth the decision to go with this camera alone. Even better - this lens works at all levels.
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Don-Doncow on July 6, 2009
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
Panasonic finally delivers on the noise end of things.
This is the first Lumix prosumer camera that I have seen where image noise is not a serious issue.
In fact, just prior to purchasing this camera I had to return a Lumix DMC-FX35K, which I found totally unacceptable in terms of image quality (see my other review).
This camera boasts a clean picture with properly controlled noise (very little smudging), it can produce a usable and very printable image up to 800 ISO. Images at 400 ISO are surprisingly good (for this kind of camera).
Awesome optics,from a very wide angle to a medium long telephoto, little distortion, no observed vignetting, very acceptable chromatic aberration, a veritable photographic powerhouse in your shirt pocket!
Exposure, good if only a bit on the overexposed end (to my taste).
All kinds of automation, too much to cover here.
Two types of optical stabilization, which on the whole a care little about, in my opinion the technology is far overrated (applies to all brands). You want tack sharp pictures in very low light, lean the camera against a wall a tree or a railing or mount it on a tripod, bean bag or just set it on a table.
Very good macro capabilities.

Shortcomings, mainly two:
1 - very limited manual controls (that kept me from giving it 5 stars)
This limitation precludes its usability as a serious photographic tool (pity!). Albeit, it can still take some tremendous pictures but at the mercy of its automation.

2- Absolutely terrible Auto White Balance under artificial light, especially the new compact fluorescents. Compensates a bit with an easy to use manual control but that is effective in skilled hands only.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Alan Houston TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 1, 2009
Color Name: Black
Leica is famous for the quality of their lens designs. A 24mm super-wide angle lens provides a MUCH greater field of view than the more common 35mm wide angle lens. That makes it possible to take interior photos that show a large portion of a room, or to take architectural photos of entire buildings, even in tightly packed urban areas.

BUT, Leica's famous 24mm super-wide angle lens costs about $3,500. Now Leica has designed a 25mm to 300mm zoom lens for the Panasonic ZS1 and ZS3 which has even LESS visible distortion (bowing of straight lines, such as doors and window frames) and vignetting (darkening of the photo's corners) than does Leica's famous 24mm lens. So, the owner of an LS series Panasonic gets the photo quality of a $3,500 lens for less than $250.

The Panasonic DMC-ZS1 and ZS3 share a superb Leica-designed zoom that provides outstanding performance from the super-wide 25mm range, through to the 50mm "normal" range waaay up to very long telephoto zoom of 300mm...and the lens provides excellent color and contrast in every part of that very long range.

There are NO zoom lenses or digital cameras available at ANY price level that will outperform the Panasonic ZS series for ultra-low distortion, rich colors and excellent contrast throughout the entire ultra-wide 25mm to 300mm long telephoto range of the ZS cameras.

The Panasonic ZS series cameras are designed to be easy to use. Putting them in the "intelligent auto" mode enables the camera to make all of the decisions. You simply zoom in on your subject, press the shutter very slightly to pre-focus, wait a second to see the focus confirmation "dot", then press the shutter to take your photo.
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