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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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|Screen Size||2.7 in||5 in||2.7 in||3 in||2.7 in||2.7 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.35 x 1.29 x 4.07 in||3.75 x 0.87 x 2.14 in||1.97 x 2.13 x 0.87 in||1.5 x 4.4 x 2.5 in||5.51 x 6.3 x 1.77 in||0.77 x 4.08 x 2.3 in|
|Item Weight||0.5 lb||4.4 ounces||4.48 ounces||0.62 lb||5.07 ounces||5.07 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 megapixels||12 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||—||—||16.1 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||480p||720p||720p||2160p||30p||720p|
|Viewfinder||None||fixed LCD||None||—||fixed LCD||None|
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
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.
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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. Panasonic better come up with a firmware update addressing this issue soon ,else they might start seeing a lot of returns.
In summary, a very flexible, well built and powerful camera squarely aimed at the traveler or occasional photo enthusiast.
The camera does have the potential to take breath taking images, but it is definitely not a photographers tool; although, given its price, size and sturdiness might work well as a "just in case" gadget for those "ouch" moments when your main camera is not available.
A curious observation:
this camera is endowed with a fabulous lens and an almost interminable list of scene modes and other automatic feature, yet it omits simple aperture priority and shutter priority modes which would have probably placed it in a class by itself. As I said before, what a pity!
Great zoom and great in low light. It will be difficult to find situations where you need the flash. Only the competing Sony can beat it on sharpness during zoom, but that may be because the wide angle lens penalizes the ZS1 on sharpness. Video is VGA/WVGA which I prefer because I only need it for internet video. I can't imagine the amount of PC time required to transfer, edit, and upload HD. Macro is as good as they get.
The "fair" attributes, adequate compared to other cameras:
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 setting, color and everything else seems great. My own settings can hardly ever do better. Lighting is strong unlike the reviewer's comment, but the wide angle makes it difficult to get even lighting in such a wide field. Backing up and zooming to look more like a regular camera (to decrease the field of view) enables the flash to be more consistent, maybe more consistent than others since you are further away. If you don't back up and zoom, expect more shadows from the flash because it's too far to the side of the lens, especially on the sides of the wide field. If the flash were above the lens, the shadows would be beneath the subject and therefore much less noticeable and more natural. But again, low light ability is so good, I do not expect to ever use flash. I value even and natural light more than the extra sharpness that the flash provides. Operation seems as sensible, good, and fast, about like the others I've tried. It's "complicated" without the automatic setting like all the others, and just as easy and accurate as the other on the automatic settings. Anti-jitter allows going from 1/60th or 1/30th to 1/8th shutter speed, which is a great improvement for all cameras that have it, despite the comment from the other reviewer about this feature being over rated.
Those who are used to regular digital cameras may not the wide angle which causes a "fish-eye" effect. For example, if you're doing family or people shots, you will need to be a little closer or use the zoom. On the other hand, the wide angle is preferable in some instances. For the higher-end user, the wider angle will allow shots other cameras can't get (there's no "reverse zoom" on regular cameras). Microphone is on top instead of in front which causes more echo from ceiling in rooms, the person recording to sound too loud, and many people will be placing their left index finger over the mic.
Wide angle is much nicer for video than pictures. Zoom is painfully slow during video, which is intentional because most people zoom too much in videos. But it does not begin zooming right away and is too slow. This is my only complaint about video. As with many cameras, videos are stored as Quicktime .mov files. Editing beginning and end of video on camera is not possible which would have been nice. Memory usage is 1.2 MB/second so 16 GB class 6 SD card will store 3.8 hours. For internet usage, I've found converting to .avi with Indio 85% compression was resulted in files 5 times smaller. You must convert from .mov to .avi using one of several free tools online in order for a Windows machine to edit it.
10 MP not better than 5 MP:
My biggest complaint is that there is no difference between 5 MP and 10 MP settings. Regular pictures, zoomed in shots, and macro all appeared to be identical quality under 5 MP and 10 MP settings even when letting the timer prevent blur. Selecting 5 MP standard compression compared to 10 MP fine compression resulted in files 4 times smaller with no change in quality under any conditions when blowing the shots up to look at the details. The smaller files are much less likely to hang your computer up when editing and viewing thumbnails.
Maybe the 10 MP is used to get better digital zoom. This situation may exist with all 5 MP+ cameras. All this is not relevant to the typical user who is only using pictures for the computer, in which case 2 MP is plenty.
Most MP settings are disabled in auto mode:
Sadly standard compression is disabled in automatic mode so 80% of users will be stuck with files twice as big as necessary. My favorite 2 MP is not allowed. I have to use 3 MP. Combined with disabling the standard storage, all my files therefore have to be 3 times bigger than any computer work needs if you use automatic settings. A typical computer screen is less than 1 MP, so it seems insane that so many cameras (like this one) do not allow 1 MP pictures. Since this camera is not improved with anything above 5 MP, you basically have only 3 settings in automatic mode: 3 MP (4:3), 5 MP (4:3), and 2 MP (16:9), with forced fine storage (low compression). The last 16:9 may actually be good for wide computer screens and HD TVs playback.
Macro can show things you could only see with a microscope at 30x. It can show the hairs on the legs of a flea, 1 inch from the lens in sunlight. It can show the detailed imperfections in each R, G, and B emitter in each pixel of my computer screen.
Other interesting features:
They went overkill on settings for different subjects and lighting conditions. lots of options if you want them. For example, baby picture and flower modes. Focusing and lighting options are advanced, like tracking a subject once you lock on with half a click, or setting lighting to background, foreground, or spot. Individual face recognition is there, but not synced with eyes open. To have almost zero delay between pressing the button and the picture being taken, you have to press half-way first.
In short, I think I will get used to the wide lens and even be glad I have it. Certainly I love taking pictures without the flash. The zoom is great. It's nearly a disaster that they don't allow standard storage in automatic settings.