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Panasonic Lumix SZ1 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom (Blue)

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  • Powerful 10x z OIS zoom
  • HD Video
  • 3" LCD
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Technical Details

Color: Blue
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00728ZAGM
  • Item model number: DMC-SZ1A
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,670 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2012

Product Description

Color: Blue

From the Manufacturer

The Lumix DMC-SZ1, a part of the Lumix SZ-Series of digital cameras combines a powerful 10x optical zoom with a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, in a slim and compact body, making it extremely portable and easy to carry. The Lumix SZ1 (16.1 megapixels) features 720p HD video recording capabilities, and both models are easy to use thanks to Panasonic's popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which automatically chooses the best camera settings for natural, beautiful images.

Panasonic Lumix SZ1 Highlights

10x Optical Zoom in a Slim Body

The DMC-SZ1 features a powerful 10x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. And its slim, compact body can easily go wherever you go – for both everyday snapshots and traveling. In addition, this single camera lets you record 10x optical zoom in video recording.

20x iA Zoom (Intelligent Zoom)

The iA Zoom (Intelligent Zoom) is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom, however, you can even draw the subject 2x closer than the original optical zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. This means the 10x optical can virtually extend to 20x equivalent.

25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens

The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens* has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. This enhances all kinds of shooting situations, like when you're photographing a group of people at an indoor party or shooting a large structure or sweeping landscape while traveling.

*Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the wide-end.

New LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens System

The new high-quality LEICA DC lens system is even more versatile with 25mm ultra wide-angle to powerful 10x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm). Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups including 4 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, adoption of ultra thin lens for its new structure optical system makes the unit's overall length short to fit in the slim body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto.

Passing Leica's stringent standards, the DMC-SZ1 boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity with minimum distortion and flare.

MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images.

Shooting Modes

The Lumix SZ1 feature two new shooting modes – Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot. In Miniature Effect mode, the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to make the picture like a diorama. Video recorded in Miniature Effect mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding, making it comical and fun to watch*1. Panorama Shot makes it possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking consecutive shots and then overlaying the photos for the effect of a panoramic photo. Furthermore, the Lumix SZ1 features Creative Retouch which includes six filters -Toy Effect, Soft Focus Dynamic Monochrome, Expressive, High Key and Retro, each of which give the photo a more artistic look. It also features an Auto Retouch function that adjusts contrast and brightness to give the photo a different look – all with a single press of the button.
*1 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode

To help ensure that the Lumix SZ1 is easy to use, it features Panasonic's popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. In iA mode, a suite of technologies are automatically engaged and the camera chooses the best setting based on the shooting environment. For instance, iA includes AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, MEGA O.I.S., Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

Additional Features

  • 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD that automatically adjusts the backlight based on the environment's lighting
  • The Lumix SZ1 features a CCD sensor
  • USB power charging in addition to the conventional AC power supply
  • Dedicated video record button which lets users instantly start recording a video without having to make any extra settings. Additionally, the full 10x optical zoom is available in video recording mode
  • High-quality stereo sound via Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator accompanies the realistic HD videos. The stereo zoom microphone comes with zoom noise reduction system, and the Wind Cut function helps to block noise from background wind

Product Description

The LUMIX DMC-SZ1, which combines a powerful 10x optical zoom with a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, in a slim and compact body, making it extremely portable and easy to carry. The LUMIX SZ1 (16.1 megapixels) features 720p HD video recording capabilities, and is easy to use thanks to Panasonic’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which automatically chooses the best camera settings for natural, beautiful images.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

For the price I can't beat it. So far so good, The picture quality is good enough for me. For a hand size camera I am very happy with the device as a whole. Read more ›
I've had it for almost a year now, and it has not once disappointed me. The pictures are all clear and once in a while I get a picture that looks like a professional took it. Read more ›
But it still has one of the fastest shutter speeds of any pocket camera. Picture quality is good too Read more ›
For a small camera, it packs a big punch!! The photos are awesome the zoom lens rivals it bigger, over-sized counterparts. Well worth the money. Read more ›
I'm sure I…Feels like I've trown away my money... Picture quality itself is very good, but that means nothing if every picture comes out with a bunch of black spots on it. Read more ›
A great choice. Action and night shots were crisp and clear. My only complaint is common across all point and shoot cameras is the lack of a viewfinder. Read more ›
Can't say enough good things about this camera. It is very easy to use and the picture quality is great. We were in search for an inexpensive camera that was compact and… Read more ›
Got this camera to replace an Olympic camera that finally had its last day. This camera is easy to use and operate. Read more ›
My wife loves her Panasonic Lumix SZ1. It takes clear pictures, is easy to use, and fits in her purse. Read more ›
Have not had a new digital for about eight years and decided to upgrade. I am still learning about all the features, but it is easy to operate and takes great pictures. Read more ›
The picture once you have correctly set settings n…I've compared this camera to my Canon n I find it easier to use, better to review pics n has a very attractive color. R… Read more ›
I love this camera. The pictures are great and it is easy to operate. I would definitely purchase this camera again. Read more ›
Great pictures. Has plenty of features and the long zoom is fantastic. Read more ›
It takes great indoor and outdoor pictures; in low light and bright sunlight; close-up and far away. Pictures taken with the zoom are clear and crisp. I would recommend… Read more ›
At 16 megapixels I can't imagine needing anymore camera strength than this. It also has a 10x zoom that is smooth to operate as well. I love the fact that it came with a… Read more ›
so i looked around for days to…Crazy zoom, even digi zoom is great, great video, easy to use and still has advanced options IF you know how to adjust for exacting pics. I… Read more ›
There is no delay with photos- most of my pictures are of moving kids and it focuses really fast and lets you take…The 10X zoom is very clear- much better than I expected. Read more ›
This is a fine machine, takes good pictures. Settings are fairly easy to access and use. Nice and compact, fits in your pocket. Read more ›
She loves it! All the features are great, although sometimes hard to navigate. It takes a while to get used to as with any new device. Read more ›
It takes nice, clear pictures. The controls are easy to use so that even an amateur like me can take great pictures! Read more ›
This camera is excellent as a substitute for my DSLR when…The picture setup options are quite intuitive or else I can just use the auto settings with good success as well. Read more ›
It's hard to hold a small camera steady, but this camera makes up for it. The menu system is intuitive and easy to use. Quality of photos is excellent. Read more ›
The metal body feels very sturdy and very well made. The pictures that it takes with any of the settings are all fantastic - with or without the zoom. The intelligent auto… Read more ›
This one was about $40 cheaper but had same qualities. Battery life is good. Speed of pictures was pretty good. Read more ›
Love the lens! Battery life is excellent Recommend this little camera to everyone. Read more ›
This camera takes clear and sharp pictures. It's easy to use and I can take pictures all day and the rechargable battery is still strong. For a little more than $100, this… Read more ›
this camera is awesome, I purchase in january 2013 works well the battery also all functions, images clear and brilliant Read more ›
Awesome zoom. Fast on and off, Great battery life. I'd recommend this to anyone who's looking for a straight forward, great, small camera with big features. Read more ›
I never have been able to get the camera to work! Right out of the box, with a fully charged battery, the camera began giving error/malfunction messages. I did print out… Read more ›
The camera has many features for the user. The Leica lens is worth the price, and the price is reasonable for this camera. One caveat: Ham-handling of the camera is not… Read more ›
Fast compact thorough and priced right. Panasonic Lumix is top shelf and at this point I would buy no other brand. Read more ›
Would purchase again. Outstanding value. Read more ›
A good camera and a decent price. Easy to use. Read more ›
This is an excellent camera and great value for money. I've been taking photos for years and started with film cameras in the 1960s. Read more ›
this is a very good camera, especially considering the price. I think it's the best value for money you can find. Its zoom capacity and picture quality are very good, and… Read more ›
The only reason I give it 4 stars is because on high defintion video the sound does not always match the lips of the…But the pictures and video are super good quality. Read more ›
The pictures are nice. Video button is separate, fast access. Cons: the colors are a bit boosted. Read more ›
It's got a huge zoom for such a little guy. The video recording does well and it has lots of features to play around with. Read more ›
Really impressed with this, even when it's not that steady it takes great high quality pictures and…Audio clarity on video is also great, much better than our last camera. Read more ›
The printed images look great. Having a separate button for video is convenient too. Read more ›
It's my first digital camera so I can't compare it to others, but I can say that it's very easy to figure out right out of the box, starts up quickly, takes decent videos,… Read more ›
This camera has a very beauty design and the sizes are perfect!. I don't try all your services yet, but I could start using it easily, the main commands are very simple. Read more ›
I takes absolutely the best photos possible without having an expensive camera! It is a great size and is super portable. You can change the settings to just about anything… Read more ›
This camera was a gift to my wife's stepdaughter. She absolutely loves it -- convenient pocket size, sharp detail, easy to operate, easy uploads. With the sharpness of the… Read more ›
The SZ1 is very easy to use, and with its compact size for a 10x zoom camera, it's a perfect fit for the hiking trail. It takes beautiful pictures and with the scenes menu,… Read more ›
Purchased this camera based on a recommendation about the quality of the lens, and I liked its compact size and ease of operation as I was looking for something easy to… Read more ›
The good thing is that you actually have it WITH you (I carry it in a smartphone leather holster, fits perfect) so that a semi-quality picture is better than NO pic because… Read more ›
Great camera for what I need, excellent macro, and the zoom is amazing. Small size makes it easy to carry. Read more ›
I bought this for my mother. She was going on a trip and wanted a compact camera to carry with her. I told her she should just use her phone, but she insisted on a camera. Read more ›
I really like the zoom as it's as long as the lens I have on my DSLR. It's very tiny and easy to carry around on vacation. I highly recommend it. Read more ›
The Panasonic Lumix is very small and light and its so easy to carry in my purse. So far I've enjoyed the pictures I've taken with it. Read more ›
I own several camera's including 35mm SLR's, pro-sumer level Nikon…I like to have something compact to carry all the time and my other camera's are too bulky for that. I… Read more ›
Overall it's a pretty nice camera. It takes good photos, is light/easy to carry, and has good battery life. Read more ›
Just tap the button, and the camera automatically determines what settings to use to capture the…Snapping pictures is quick, and focusing is practically instantaneous. I… Read more ›
I was stunned when I saw the quality…They were sharp, the colors were stunningly rich and the focus was right on target, even though it doesn't have a spot focusing option. Read more ›
This is easy to use. Had great focus unlike my previous camera and is small enough to fit conveniently in my wife's purse Read more ›
Camera is very small and light, easy to carry in a pocket. Operation is simple, focusing and processing are fast. After a week of use I've been able to get many good photos… Read more ›
I took a lot of landscape, animal, and rock formation photos, and they came out very well. The camera does a good job of focusing quickly. Several shots were taking out of… Read more ›
Very impressed with the auto focus and exposure, great results. Easy to use. Read more ›
The Panasonic's display is the best I've seen on a point and shoot--perfect for a slide show (with special effects) shortly after taking the pictures (here's where the tiny… Read more ›
I replaced an older Lumix with this camera and love the Lumix line in general. The size is great, the screen is awesome and the controls are fairly user friendly. Read more ›
The solid…There's a lot to learn to use this camera's features perfectly but for travel and general use it's easy and small, with a good sized LCD - an ideal P&S for sure. Read more ›
We were wrong, this camera is better than the one I use! It has a clear screen and awesome zoom. Definitely worth the money! Read more ›
Moreover, "Consumer Reports," in rating the SZ1 above the DMC-FH27, gives the advantage to the SZ1 in the following areas: improved image stabilization; better audio… Read more ›
Received it right before Christmas eve so I was able to use it for the holiday season. It's simple to use and the blue color is really sharp! Read more ›
....and the color is beautiful, won't get lost in the woods if I drop it either :) Read more ›
I was stunned when I saw the quality…They were sharp, the colors were stunningly rich and the focus was right on target, even though it doesn't have a spot focusing option. Read more ›
I love the color and the amount of optical zoom this camera has. Great value.....great product. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

246 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jay on April 14, 2012
Color Name: Black
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First up, I actually own the DMC-SZ02 which is available at a certain store in my area founded by Sam Walton... :) I am 99.9% certain this is the exact same camera as the DMC-SZ1, please correct me if I`m wrong. But dont confuse either of these with the DMC-ZS1 (note the ZS and SZ difference), which is also available but quite different. Cant they get a little more creative with the product names?

I`ve owned and tried out many "pocket" cameras over the years. I`ve usually ended up with Casio Exilims, even though I have tried out Canon Elphs (just cant get myself to like the tiny Elph), Nikons (good features but poor pic quality), a Samsung (terrible) and even one other Lumix (can't remember why I didn't keep it) in the past. This Lumix is by far my favorite.

Granted that you must understand what you are getting with a pocket camera. They will not be top quality photos with everything intended to be framed as art. But they are more than fine for capturing many (I have thousands of) memories to be stored on the hard drive and you do get an occasional really nice bonus picture to print as an 8x10. The good thing is that you actually have it WITH you (I carry it in a smartphone leather holster, fits perfect) so that a semi-quality picture is better than NO pic because you didn't want to drag around a full size camera.

OK having said that, this camera is very impressive. The zoom especially stands out. I never imagined the zoom on a pocket camera could ever be improved this much. I found myself saying "Wow" many times after taking some test shots. Even the digital zoom turns out to be useful, when it fails miserably and is a joke on every other camera I`ve tried it on.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Alanwagen on June 16, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Let me qualify this and let me say that I don't know if this is this best camera, just an opinion.

First things first, in a basic sense of what you buy a camera for is to take sharp pictures. That it does so I am pleased.

Now the perks which are sort of neato mosquito: It does self stitching panoramic photos with out software, you change mode and hold the shutter button down and pan and it stitches away. This includes side to side as well as up and down like you would need for a tall building.
Another mode will decorate your picture with a frame, my favorite is the heart frame. It does baby scenes where you can have text of the name of the baby and his or her age in months and days. It automatically figures this out from the birth date.
All told there are 15 scenes.

Another feature which may come in handy is that it uses the new SDXC memory cards, a very high capacity card like 64 gig or 128 gig. So if are going to shoot a lot of video, you will be set. It records in the MP4 format. It has a separate shutter button for movies so you can shoot on the fly and not have to change modes. Who needs a separate video camera? It does let you zoom while shooting video.
You can also set the viewfinder screen to bright for when you are outside.

Summary: A great little handy, capable, and excellent camera. My wife has the Lumix DMC-FH25 Panasonic DMC-FH25K 16.1MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black) which if also a good camera (see reviews) but I like mine better.

BTW It will use after market batteries if price is a concern.
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By coffee lover on May 16, 2012
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
I just received this camera and so far I am very impressed - normally I don't write reviews until I have had something a little bit longer but with so few reviews anywhere on the internet...... When you first open the Amazon box you are struck with how tiny the box it comes in is- and then you open the box for the camera! The thing is definitely pocket-sized but not flimsy! The metal body feels very sturdy and very well made. The pictures that it takes with any of the settings are all fantastic - with or without the zoom. The intelligent auto (iA) mode does a great job discerning what is required of the shot. I am also very impressed with the 10x zoom and the 20x digital zoom. It is however lacking in that you cannot choose a lot of the "scene" features, they are chosen for you in iA, if you are looking for a point and shoot that you have the ability to control more- look at something more along the lines of my other camera- Canon PowerShot SX200IS. Overall I think it is going to be a great camera that I can put in my back pocket, not worry about taking to Disney World but yet get some amazing pictures by just pushing a button - all for less than $200.
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91 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Chell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
The more expensive (and powerful) ZS20 is currently the best-selling point and shoot on Amazon, but most shooters will achieve equally satisfying images from the equally high-rated (and recommended by Consumer Reports), smaller and less expensive Panasonic SZ1, while enjoying longer battery life (the touch-controls of the ZS20 take a significant toll). As for other Panasonic choices, the prices of the DMC-FH25/27 and the newer (by one year) DMC-SZ1 are practically identical, but the SZ1 has a wider-angle lens (25mm vs 28mm), a longer telephoto lens (10X optical/20X digital vs. 8X zoom; ), and is even lighter (5oz. vs. 6oz). Moreover, "Consumer Reports," in rating the SZ1 above the DMC-FH27, gives the advantage to the SZ1 in the following areas: improved image stabilization; better audio quality (mono) during video use; dramatically faster start-up time (almost instant with the SZ1); a brighter and larger LCD screen (3" vs. 2.7" for the FM25 and 2.9" for FH27's touch-screen).

Panasonic Lumix SZ1 vs. Panasonic SZ7:

The SZ7 was released within days of the SZ1, and the price differential between the two cameras is less than expected (currently approx. $40). Dimensions and weight are virtually identical. The SZ7 offers 1080p HD movie mode; the SZ1 has 720p HD (a noticeable difference only if you plan on showing movies on a 50" screen or larger). The SZ7 has a stereo microphone; the SZ1 has a monaural mic (an imperceptible difference when separation is this minimal). The SZ7 advertises speeds of up to 10 sharp images per second at full resolution; the SZ1 is less than two images per sec (but at 2 megapixels sharper than the SZ7). What isn't clarified is that the SZ1 also permits speeds of 10 images per second but at a resolution of 3mp instead of 16.
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