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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 / DMC-TZ6

alaTest has collected and analyzed 877 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and image quality. The lens and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the features. Comments are divided on the manual image adjustments.

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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-ZS1 / DMC-TZ6 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix ZS1 Review

 

New for 2009 from Panasonic is the Lumix ZS1, a 10.1-Megapixel compact digicam with a very large optical zoom. One of the main features is the Leica DV Vario-Elmar 12x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-300mm, which adds a great deal of...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 (Silver)

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 may look identical to its linemate, the ZS3 , but give its specs more than a cursory glance and you'll find it's a different camera. The make-or-break difference, though, is the ZS1's lack of HD movie capture. So if you...

Compact wide-angle lens with 12x zoom; good build quality; uncomplicated operation.

Mixed performance; few manual features.

With a flexible lens in a pocketable package, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 is a pleasing point-and-shoot megazoom--both in design and photo quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

 

There's an old saying in photography—the best camera is the one you have with you. Meaning something is always better than nothing for capturing snapshots. That said, while we all have cell phones with built-in cameras, for any function other than...

Extremely compact; good photo quality; 12x wide-angle zoom; attractive screen

Few manual adjustments; proprietary connections; no HD video; forget ISO 1600 and high sensitivity setting

The Lumix DMC-ZS1 is a good, compact digicam with an excellent 12x wide-angle lens that takes high-quality photos.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

 

Please update. There is no complete written owner's manual included with the camera. A short basic owner's manual showing parts and how to load battery, but for info. on how to use all features, no manual for that. there is a CD-ROM, but if you have a...

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Lasted 1 year 2 months

 

a digital camera should work longer than 1 year and 2 months, features don't mean much if it dosen't work.

I got a error message saying to turn the camera off an on again. Did several time with the same message. An error message "System Error (Focus)". I charged batter over night The problem presisted. $200 to repair, a new one costs a few dollers more

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"Lasted 1 year 2 months"

 

a digital camera should work longer than 1 year and 2 months, features don't mean much if it dosen't work.

I got a error message saying to turn the camera off an on again. Did several time with the same message. An error message "System Error (Focus)". I charged batter over night The problem presisted. $200 to repair, a new one costs a few dollers more.

Size and zoom

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

 

Fine pocket camera that usually produces good results, especially in good light. Movie mode is good, can use the optical zoom, but it's saved in large .mov file format versus the newer mp4.

Had to return in 3 months because of probable sensor problem, many photos where showing with very strong magenta cast all of a sudden

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"Deal Breaker: Odd, proprietary USB cable"

 

I've ALWAYS been a Canon elph fan, but the last 2 Canons that I have purchased have really been bad. Also, I didn't want to spend $300+ for a point & shoot. I decided to get this camera at Costco for well under $200. I take the usual point &...

Easy to use

Odd, proprietary USB cable - DEAL BREAKER!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

 

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 (black)

 

I've ALWAYS been a Canon elph fan, but the last 2 Canons that I have purchased have really been bad. Also, I didn't want to spend $300+ for a point & shoot. I decided to get this camera at Costco for well under $200. I take the usual point & shoot pics...

Easy to use

Odd, proprietary USB cable - DEAL BREAKER

Product Specifications

The DMC-ZS1 is the world's smallest digital camera with 12x optical zoom featuring 25mm ultra wide-angle f/3.3-4.9 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. Incorporating Panasonic's advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses/3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness. This lens system enables a remarkable 25 to 300mm range of focal lengths in this compact body. The powerful zoom of the DMC-ZS1 can be freely controlled even when shooting motion images. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the Leica Elmar lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful pictures any time, any place. The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the DMC-ZS1 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. It is now featured on the entire LUMIX range, and is highly popular with users around the world. 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. The Venus Engine IV controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens with even greater precision to further increase the detection accuracy and correction effect of MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). It works for zoom shots and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, and lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination to preserve the mood. In short, it lets anybody take beautiful, blur-free shots with ease. The Intelligent ISO Control function in the DMC-ZS1, made possible by the Venus Engine IV, detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. When it detects subject motion, it automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when the subject is still and no movement is detected, it takes beautifully natural photos with a low ISO setting. Intelligent ISO Control gives you stunning images with ease because there is no need for complicated settings. The Face Detection function detects faces and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure settings. It prevents the blurry faces that happen when the camera focuses on something in front of or behind the subject, and keeps faces from appearing dark when shooting indoors or against the light source. It detects up to 15 faces at a time, making it extremely convenient for group photos. Once the camera detects a face, Face Tracking follows it even when the subject moves around. Plus, the system keeps on detection if a face turns sideways to the camera. The DMC-ZS1 is also equipped with Digital Red-eye Correction. The camera takes care of the red-eye effect that often happens when shooting with a flash, to ensure attractive facial expression always.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.3in
Height:2.4in
Weight:7.3oz
Width:4.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Clipboard / Film grain / Fireworks / Food / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Pet / Pin hole / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset / Underwater/Portrait mode / Party/indoor / Night portrait / Self-portrait / Pet / Scenery / Food / Fireworks / Panorama assist / Night scene / Underwater / Sports mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity / Starry sky / Soft skin / Baby1 / Baby2 / Aerial photo / Hi-speed burst / Clipboard / Film grain / Pin hole

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-ZS1-K/DMC-ZS1-S/DMC-ZS1PU-K/DMC-ZS1PU-S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4.9
Max Focal Length:49.2mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Silver
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm/Cool / Warm / Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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