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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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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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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...
I have used SLRs and DSLRs for almost 3 decades but as I get older, I find that the weight and volume of the camera, bag and lenses is a burden which has led to me to often leave the camera behind. And last year in SE Asia, I had to keep my DSLR wrapped in plastic during most of the Lao New Year Water Festival to protect it from all the spraying water. This little camera would have been much more useful as it would have been easier to protect and take out to grab a photo of the festivities. I missed many photo opportunities with the DSLR.
I also tried several smaller cameras and have used a few of the "super zoom" compacts with zooms from 20X to 26X, but I have't been real happy with the image quality. The additional zoom length simply compounded image quality problems due to the exaggeration of camera shake at extremely long focal lengths, even with image stabilization. From my experience, I think the 20X and up zoom capability is more a sales gimmick and leads to...
First the pros: 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...
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