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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 649 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and performance. The portability and lens also get good comments. There are some mixed views about the energy efficiency and optics. Many are critical about the manual image adjustments and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Review


Panasonic released a wide variety of digital cameras from point and shoot to digital cameras, under the Lumix branding, in the past. Fitted with their German designed Leica lens, the Lumix series have been fairly popular among amateurs and...

The Panasonic Lumix FZ-150 is priced at Rs.24,990. It competes with the likes of the Nikon Coolpix P500, which is a superzoom at a similar price as well and both these cameras are pretty good in their own regard. Though a little expensive, it’s a solid...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150


The Panasonic DMC-FZ150 CMOS-powered 24X superzoom is a replacement for the slightly unloved FZ100 and incorporates a lower-resolution 12MP sensor that the company says will outperform its predecessor's 14MP chip. The camera retains a 25-600mm...

Really useful 25-600mm (equivalent) lens range ; Very good JPEG image quality, with provision for shooting in Raw mode ; Lens impressively sharp with generally good sharpness at all focal lengths ; Effective image stabilization ; Good high ISO...

Slight tendency to highlight clipping in some situations ; EVF a little 'pokey' and prone to RGB tearing ; Noise-reduction takes the edge off fine detail above ISO 400 (but can be tweaked) ; High-quality video files are massive

THE FZ150 is a solid and capable superzoom camera that boasts impressive image quality considering it's 24X optical zoom range. Sharpness is high, aberrations are well-controlled, and its capable optical image stabilization system makes working at its...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1


Manual white balance ; Amazingly fast, stabilized 12x lens ; Lots of fun to use ; Good picture quality

No manual controls except white balance ; Low resolution for its price ; Electronic viewfinder hard to see in low light ; No AF illuminator


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1


Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ1 features a high quality Leica DC-VARIO ELMARIT 12x optical zoom lens, the most powerful zoom lens on any digital still camera. This all-glass aspherical lens is equivalent to a 35-420mm zoom lens on a 35mm film camera and maintai

Ergonomically the FZ1 is a well-designed camera that feels good in your hand. The dials and buttons are easy to access and clearly labeled as to their function(s). The camera is much smaller than you would imagine, it is only slightly larger than palm-siz

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Video Review


Although I'm a little late to the game with this review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 ($430 online), I can safely tell you that this is a camera that will remain quite popular when its newer iteration is released later this year. The Panasonic Lumix...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Review | Neocamera


Feature-rich ultra-zoom with a Leica 24X ultra-wide optical zoom lens.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1


Is this the ultimate "big zoom" camera? Find out now in our review

Ohhh, that lens ; Responsive performance ; Nice movie, playback modes ; Easy and fun to use ; Nice electronic viewfinder, except in low light ; Generally good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Good continuous shooting mode for a point-and-shoot

No manual controls, except for white balance ; Vignetting, noise, purple fringing in some images ; Poor low light focusing ; Redeye ; EVF impossible to see in low light ; Only 2 Megapixel

In conclusion, the FZ1 is a nice choice if you don't need a lot of resolution. If you're doing larger prints (8 x 10 or greater), and don't mind missing out on this nice lens, the Olympus models may be a better choice.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Review


Having extensively used 10x and 35x compact digizoom cameras over the last year or so, I would say the former is a little short … and the latter a little too long for comfortable and successful leisure shooting.

So this model – the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 – with a 24x zoom comes in, as with Goldilock and her three bears’ beds, to be just right! Added to this is the factor of the wide end equating to 25mm in SDLR-speak. Usefully wide!

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 (Romuald Trojanowski, 21 Oct 06)


I have in use many of digital cameras (compact and SLR-s) but Panasonic DMC-FZ1 is one of the best digital camera ever. I buy this model in 2002 year and i've shot thousands of pics, today (october 2006) is in very good mechanical condition and working...

This camera not save images in RAW or TIFF format, but JPEG's is better than RAW's and TIFF's in other cameras

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 (Saugata, 28 Feb 06)


The best part of the camera is the lens. Its got an amazing optical stabiliser and photographs taken at 12x zoom appear razor sharp. Got it at a great price from ritzcamera at $199. An average person rarely need more than 2 megs as most prints are made...

noise at higer ISOs not acceptable

Product Specifications

The lens on the DMC-FZ1K Lumix digital camera has an incredible 12x optical zoom (the equivalent of a 420 mm zoom on a 35 mm camera) that lets you capture the details of a distant subject up close and personal. Plus, its F2.8 brightness across the entire 12x zoom range provides extraordinary image-rendering performance and puts you in control over a wide variety of shooting techniques. You can capture broad, sweeping landscapes with wide-angle shots, or portraits that fix the subject in a sharp focus while a softer-focused background provides the perfect contrast. Lumix digital cameras have a megapixel CCD (charged coupled device), which converts optical data into digital information. It lets you capture crisp, clear images in high resolution, and helps bring out a full range of expressive color and detail. The DMC-F1K has 3.34 total megapixel CCDs. Mega Burst Imaging feature allows you to take consecutive pictures at an incredible quick rate, making it perfect for capturing fast-moving objects in high resolution. You can then view your shots on the camera's LCD screen to choose the shot you want and delete the rest.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Flip-up/Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Action / Macro / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Macro / Night portrait / Panning / Portrait mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Max Focal Length:55.2mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2.1Megapixel/2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:3
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic