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Panasonic DMC-ZS9 14.1MP Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom and 21x Intelligent Zoom Function (Black)

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  • 14.1-megapixel resolution and 1/2.33-inch CCD captures high-resolution images up to 4320 x 3240 pixels
  • 16x optical zoom; 21x Intelligent Zoom function
  • 24mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens system; optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch TFT-LCD screen
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-ZS9K
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 16 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005TGKX9S
  • Item model number: DMC-ZS9K
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,659 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at October 15, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer


LEICA Lens 24mm Ultra Wide-angle 16x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
The compact, versatile lens system is the hallmark of LUMIX ZS series and now this lens system is totally redeveloped for the DMC-ZS9 in both optical and mechanical design. The new high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system is even more versatile with 24mm ultra wide-angle* to powerful 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm). Comprising 12 elements in 10 groups, including an ED lens and 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit suppresses chromatic aberration which tends to occur in telephoto shooting. It also boasts a short total length of lens unit despite its higher versatility with longer zoom range, which is made possible by development of a new mechanism for the structure of lens barrel. The lens system is also compatible with high shutter speed of min.1/4,000 sec.

*Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.

Powerful 16x Optical Zoom
The DMC-ZS9 features a powerful 16x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. It can also be used for shooting movies, and is designed to suppress noise while zooming. This compact, pocket-sized camera can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

16x Optical Zoom

Venus Engine VIVenus Engine VI
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI is incorporated in the DMC-ZS9 to enable the recording of beautiful images with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology. An advanced noise reduction system in the Venus Engine VI applies noise reduction (NR) to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO1600 high sensitivity at full resolution for beautiful night shots or dimly lit indoor shots.

Intelligent Scene SelectorIntelligent Scene Selector Scene Detection
When the camera is in the iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to one of Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait*1, Night Scenery or Sunset. The camera judges it from the various detection results such as focusing and brightness level of the circumstance*2. You are free adjusting settings every time the scene changes when taking images with these frequently used Scene Modes to get beautiful results.

*1 In the iA Mode, the Night Portrait is not identified when the flash is turned off.
*2 With some subject and shooting conditions, it is just not possible to judge the best shooting details. When this happens, it is recommended that you shoot with the Scene Mode that best suits your purpose.

Scene Modes

AF TrackingAF Tracking Subject Detection
Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically tracks it until you press the shutter. When you're taking images of an active subject, like children or pets, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus. The AF Tracking makes sure you don't miss those once-in-a-lifetime shooting opportunities

AF Tracking Sample Image

3.0-inch, 230,000-dot High-resolution LCD
The DMC-ZS9 is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD with 230,000-dot high-resolution. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a photo and video viewer, allowing you and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.

3-inch LCD

iA Mode iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to change any settings, simply choose the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose the iA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. Seven detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you get stunning photos every time. In addition, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA Mode which results in clearer and higher image quality in every photo with extended zoom range equivalent to 20x by the Intelligent Zoom.

POWER O.I.S.POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shake Detection
Everyone has had an experience of taking a photo at night and hoping to capture all the memories and beauty, only to be disappointed at the poor result. Panasonic has worked on the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds.

*The POWER O.I.S. is automatically turned on in the iA Mode and can be turned on or off in the P/A/S/M Mode or some Scene Modes.

Image Uploader LUMIX Image Uploader
The DMC-ZS9 gives you a new form of communication by letting you share your photos and movies. All you have to do is checkmark the photos and movies you want to share and connect the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer. Uploading automatically starts by simply following the guidance.* Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube™ for movies. You can join these social networking services without having to install any special software. It's easy to share photos and movies on the spot, which means that your friends don't have to wait for you to come back home to see them.

Easy Computer Connection
Select "Upload Set" from the playback menu, and then select the photos and movies.

Upload Photos and Movies
The software is launched after connecting the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer.*

Share with Your Friends
You can share the URL by e-mail right after the upload!

Image Uploader Process

* LUMIX Image Uploader starts up automatically on the computer the supplied software "PHOTOfunSTUDIO Ver. 6.0" or later is installed.
In other case, start up the menu by double-clicking the file "LUMIXUP.EXE" in the folder below:
[My Computer] > [Removable Disk] > DCIM > AD_LUMIX (Windows)
* YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
* Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Facebook, Inc.

What's in the box
Lumix ZS9 digital camera, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Product Description

The LUMIX DMC-ZS9 camera features a versatile 24mm ultra-wide angle and powerful 16x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and Intelligent Resolution technology which adds delicate detail that exceeds even optical image quality in both photo and movie recording. The new high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system is even more versatile with 24mm ultra wide-angle* to powerful 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm). Comprising 12 elements in 10 groups, including an ED lens and 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit suppresses chromatic aberration which tends to occur in telephoto shooting. When the camera is in the iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to one of Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery or Sunset. The camera judges it from the various detection results such as focusing and brightness level of the circumstance. You are free adjusting settings every time the scene changes when taking images with these frequently used Scene Modes to get beautiful results.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Printer ink cost so much no one developes (or prints) as much as they did when I was young. Alot of photos that are good for the computer. Until the computer malfuntions...… Read more ›
I see more detail in the pics than I remember seeing in…I'm not a fan of the flash, but it's rare that I find a situation that I need it, low light photos are that good. Read more ›
I find myself wanting wide angle more often than telephoto and this camera fits the bill. The image quality is excellent and it's very easy to use. Highly recommended as a… Read more ›
This is the second camera I've owned and the first that has HD video recording. The quality is amazing in both pictures and videos. The only thing I did not like is the… Read more ›
It is the fourth camera I have had in this line of products and is the best yet. The image resolution is outstanding. If there is any issue with this product it is with… Read more ›
At any rate it is a fantastic little camera for the (currently) $129 price tag. Picture quality is quite nice. Program Mode does better than iAuto, especially for indoor… Read more ›
Looks and feels well built. The zoom is great. I'm totally satisfied. Read more ›
It seems to be very sturdy and should last a long time. The zoom is great and video quality seems to be good so far. The battery lasts for a long time and recharges in only… Read more ›
Although if you are just looking for a point and shoot, and only expect to print out 4x6 photos and shoot mainly outside, the zoom is incredible and this camera may be the… Read more ›
For one who use to use a SLR but wanted something that fits into a pocket for travel this is it. The zoom is great. I would like a view finder vice the screen but I can… Read more ›
The black metal finish looks classy and high-end. The zoom is great! Read more ›
It takes GREAT pictures!!! The zoom is incredible and goes up to 44x (pictures aren't allways as clear when using the full zoom button). My only gripe is that in low light… Read more ›
Great photos. Easy to use. Far better than the Nikon cool pix s6100. Read more ›
My pictures come out great. It's easy to use and small enough to fit in a purse. Read more ›
this thing is easy to use and comes with a ton of features, most of which a person can figure out without looking at the manual. for the cost, even two years later, i don't… Read more ›
I bought this camera based on a consumer reports…It is easy to use, easy to carry -- it can fit easily in a small purse or even in your pocket -- takes great pictures. Read more ›
got it for my wife to upgrade her camera, taken it on several trips. great pictures, easy and intuitive to use, zoom range is fantastic. packs easily, light and doesn't… Read more ›
The lithium battery has a long life between charges. The camera is easy to use the basic functions. To be honest, I have not mastered all of the options that the camera… Read more ›
As others have reviewed it lacks a little in low light…Video is great for a point and shoot, no noise from shutter or zoom and the ability to zoom in video mode is great. Read more ›
Even indoors I couldn't believe how clear it was. This is the first P and s camera I've seen where the video is this brilliant. Even better than the stills. Read more ›
it is the most amazing zoom on a regular digital camera it is worth the price does not come with a sd card but has built in memory video quality is good 720p good camera Read more ›
This telephoto is outstanding for such a small camera and the wide angle is perfect for getting everything in…Video is great ...... now with zooming capabities .... WOW !!! Read more ›
Beyond this, the flash struggles, but all the megazoom compact cameras seems to be this way. The video is great. Overall a good camera for the $. Read more ›
Takes great pictures and videos, I was amazed how good the videos came out. One of the main reasons I picked this camera was because of the Leica Lens. Read more ›
after reading other reviews I was surpised that the wide angle indoor with flash worked well. the controls are not intuitive but easy to remember after you use them. Read more ›
-The different scene modes are easy to find and there is a good number of scenes from which to choose (some of the more interesting setting include Soft Skin, Transform,… Read more ›
I just need to take the time to read the owners manual, which I don't…The auto setting itself is flawless it quickly locks onto your subject and uses the macro efficiently. Read more ›
Compact size perfect for girls. IA mode is brilliant too. First I am lazy, second, the best scenery usually disappears in a second or two. Read more ›
It works beautifully and does everything a…The pictures are excellent, the zoom and macro work really well, and various settings allow for creativity and experimentation. Read more ›
It is compact enough for ease of carrying, has a nice bright viewscreen, intuitive menu, and solid build quality. I love the 16x optical zoom in such a compact Read more ›
I'm very pleased with the camera. It's everything that I hoped that it would be and the price was reasonable. It takes great pictures so far. Read more ›
I've needed one for quite a long time and after reading reviews on the highest rated cameras I chose this…The price is amazing for the features and quality of this product. Read more ›
This camera is perfect for the price and meets my needs. Great zoom for a compact camera. Read more ›
But in 99% of dayly use, it is hard to beat it. Excellent for that convenient price. Read more ›
Last December I found this camera, the ZS9, on amazon at a terrific low price. I read reviews carefully and bought it, because it has a much longer zoom than my trusty old… Read more ›
The image quality is excellent. Well worth the price. Being able to manually set f-stops and shutter speeds as well as click to an auto setting is a big plus! Read more ›
I use this camera for work (I'm a Real Estate Appraiser) so I take hundreds of pictures a week. This camera has a nice wide angle lense, a good zoom and is easy to carry. I… Read more ›
The Z8/9 is more user friendly than the previous models in that it explains…The Zs8/9 has a sweet 24mm wide lens, which is wider than the 25mm wide lens on the Zs3 and Zs7. Read more ›
I'm keeping my…The ZS9 can produce some very good stills and video, it has a very nice zoom, no lens errors or jams, and it is fun to learn what this camera is capable of. Read more ›
The product came in a timely manner from Amazon and works as described. For what I need it for, it's the perfect camera with a good zoom lens. Read more ›
I did quite a bit of research prior to ordering this camera…When I told my camera buff friend what I was ordering she told me all about the great Lumix Lense that it has!! Read more ›
This is a solid camera with a solid lens and electronics and a solid bargain. Read more ›
The electronics are FAST to respond and intelligent to the context of your images. And the battery life is absolutely stunning! My last camera ATE batteries. Read more ›
Also love the 24mm wide angle lens -- expands the field of vision beautifully. The camera is solid and well designed and the battery life is shockingly good. I bought mine… Read more ›
- Incredible Price - Battery life is excellent even with flash and constantly using zoom - Decent flash at this price point Read more ›
Easy to use and operate once you…I haven't used it on a long trip or over a long enough period of time to really tell just yet, but the battery life has been great so far. Read more ›
There is a little button next to the shutter which zooms you in to the max automatically in order to get that close-up shot quickly. 4- Battery life is excellent. I took… Read more ›
I have had this camera for over a year and I am more than happy with it. Photos and video still excellent as well as battery life. I didn't need to bother with a spare… Read more ›
There are plenty of fun features including a plethora of scene…To its credit, the autofocus works well in video mode and the IA (intelligent) mode is reasonably effective. Read more ›
T…And the focus is fast but, of course, you should not just jam the shutter down, but rather press it halfway to focus, then press it the rest of the way to take the picture. Read more ›
It takes great pictures in low light and indoors without using the flash. It still has sharp focus at full optical zoom outdoors while being hand held. It fits in your pocket. Read more ›
(b) the auto focus is not sensitive when the camera is at…I do not see a sharp focus, in comparison to other Lumix cameras which has slightly lower zoom ratio, e.g. 12X. Read more ›
Makes it much easier to do the typical setting changes you want to see. Zoom moves in and out quite fast and focus is OK, but a little slower than we would like. Colors &… Read more ›
I've managed to get some great close-up shots of wildlife I would not have been able to get without the…I also like the auto focus and face recognition features as well. Read more ›
Red eye seems to be less of an issue than our old camera. It is a good size and is easy to use. Read more ›
You never know when you might run across that once in a lifetime photo opportunity, and this remarkably…Great compact size, but not cheaply built..., has a little heft. D… Read more ›
Hold steady and zoom/pan judiciously, any problems have been my technique. This camera feels well built and a great size/weight. If this unit has long term reliability it… Read more ›
A really nice camera, and conveniently small in size. The pictures are amazing, you can use "auto" for most things, but perhaps you will want to take the time to figure out… Read more ›
It takes great pictures and I love the size and super zoom that it has. I can take all of the pictures I need with this camera Read more ›
I use the autofocus, and it takes great pictures both inside and…The camera is not the smallest - but I like the size and also the heft - it feels like a quality product. Read more ›
Being on duty in Afghanistan I am able to get great…The colors are nicely saturated and can be enhanced with settings on the camera( a few photos a touch soft on edges). Read more ›
I've taken indoor pictures, as well as pictures of my snowshoeing trip. All have been excellent (turned flash off for indoor pics), and color rendition has been quite good. O… Read more ›
The modes are intuitive however I have had better macro pics in aperture priority with no flash and good lighting. Color is excellent. All resolutions yield good photos… Read more ›
WOW! The pictures are bright, clear, and the colors are incredible. Using the same "mode", the pictures I took at night of the various lighted billboards in Times Square… Read more ›
One with this camera and the other one with my previous camera and the difference is amazing. The pictures are crisp and colors stand out. If I went back in time, I would… Read more ›
Even in full daylight, or full fluorescent light (incl. w/ flash), or full incandescent (incl. w/ flash), and forcing the camera to ISO 100, it is still pretty bad,… Read more ›
The controls are intuitive and the attention to detail is good down to the way the battery cover springs open and the latching mechanism within the battery compartment… Read more ›
Great pics, easy to use, multiple settings to get feel for the right…Would recommend if wanting easy point and shoot camera with beautiful pictures that have great details. Read more ›
Put this thing in the full auto mode and you will get a very…The zoom works great and the macro was perfect for detailed shots of electronics and circuit boards. Good… Read more ›
I have 8X10 that show every pore in my skin from 40 ft away. The optical zoom of 16X is more that adequate to see a small bird from 200 ft with great details. The key is… Read more ›
The zoom lens is just awesome. Pictures from far away have amazing detail. There are some issues with low light situations (I saw this in previous reviews), but I'm still… Read more ›

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450 of 455 people found the following review helpful By I.Peters TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
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The Lumix DMC-ZS9 is my 7th digital point & shoot and my third Panasonic ( I also own a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 (Violet), and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 (Black)). After playing with it for a while, these are my thoughts:

- Features:
I got this camera as a lightning deal here on Amazon and was very pleasantly surprised what all it offers for the price (even when one buys it at regular price it is still impressive). There is the Leica lens, for starters. Cheaper Panasonic cameras usually do not have Leica lenses so I am very happy. Moreover, the wide-angle is 24 mm - very nice as well. Add to that the 16x optical zoom, the Power image stabilization and the ability to shoot with Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Program and Panasonic's own iA mode (Intelligent Auto mode) and a variety of more or less useful Scene modes, the HD video capability, and many other features such as Macro and Macro Zoom mode, and one really gets a full-featured, very compact camera with a quality lens for a very good price.
- Custom Modes:
I like that this camera allows me to assign two of my preferred Scene modes to positions on the dial on top of the ZS9. My DMC-FH20 also has scene modes but I cannot assign them to any buttons, etc. This is definitely progress and appreciated. I tend to mostly photograph landscapes and pets, so my MS1 (stands for My Scene Mode 1) is set to Landscape mode, MS2 to Pet mode.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By lrquade on November 22, 2011
I wanted a digital camera that I didn't have to mess with all the settings to take a picture. The reviews kept saying how easy this camera was to use so I bought it. I took it on vacation without even reading through the manual and it was so easy to use. My pictures came out so beautiful that I surprised myself. Everyone commented what an amazing photographer I was which made me laugh because all I did was leave it on the "intelligent mode" which basically lets the camera decide what setting it thinks it should use. The zoom is amazing. After 3 different digital cameras I am finally happy with my choice. I would definitely recommend this camera.
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183 of 211 people found the following review helpful By utahphil on November 12, 2011
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Okay, first off I bought this during the lighting deal at $149. I was concerned with everyone saying Amazon had made a mistake and that this was the ZS8. Well I just got it and it says it is the ZS9. The manual (which is made for the ZS8 and ZS9) appears to suggest the sole difference between the two is that the ZS9 does stereo recording in video while the ZS8 only allowed for mono. So, Amazon did not make a mistake. ZS9 is written write on top of the camera. Found it odd Panasonic's own web site did not mention the ZZ9.

**Update 11/19/11. Camera continues to work well. I have never expected much from flashes on point and shoot cameras but this one seems to have less output than most. If you plan on shooting with a lot of flash I am not sure this would be the best camera (though I try to never use the flash anyway). I also learned that firmware on some of the Panasonic cameras (and I believe this one) prevent the use of third party less expensive batteries (ugh). If you are like me and stock up on cheap extra batteries you may want to look into this as an issue. The Panasonic battery runs about $33 bucks while one can usually find third party batteries around the $10 range.

**Updated 11/26/11. After having enough time with the camera I decided that the flaws, at least in my situation, made this a camera not suited for my use. My house tends to be darker with a majority of the lighting coming from incandescent light. The low light photo quality was just not very good. Even when using the flash on auto the camera would sometimes set an ISO of 800 which I could not understand. At ISO 800 the pictures have noticeable noise. I would say that the low light quality even with flash would be best for facebook, etc.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Greenspan on December 2, 2011
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Just received this camera a few days ago and have only had the opportunity to shoot pictures indoors. Most of the shots have been of my grandchildren and pets but I am amazed at the clarity of the pictures! This is not my first Panasonic Lumix point and shoot camera, it is actually my third! The others have taken fantastic pictures when we went on a Mediterranean cruise, clear, concise shots of butterflies and flowers when we were in the Caribbean, and we captured some very precious moments when our twin grandsons were born! In a well lit room the color and clarity is perfect. In a dimly lit room the colors are more muted unless you are taking a portrait shot.
I absolutely love the zoom, which is the only reason why I purchased another Lumix! I enjoy my other small Lumix point and shoot but I wanted a more versatile camera!
We are going on a cruise in January and I think that I am going to leave my digital SLR at home, along with all the $$$ lenses, and take this one along!
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