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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 digital camera reviews

By on June 24, 2009

panasonicdmc-zs1Panasonic has launched a brother of its popular ZS3 camera. This new model has been christened as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1. If you happen to just pass by this camera, you will actually mistake it for the ZS3 model. But on careful inspection, you will realize that the camera is very different from its brother. The first stark difference between he two models is the absence of the ability to shoot HD movies on the ZS1.

In short, if you are talking about the ZS1 model, you are essentially talking about a camera with a compact design, 12X zoom, a lens with a wide angle feature, very decent features, excellent photo quality, and finally a decent price.

As far as the dimensions of the camera are concerned, the camera measures 2.4 inches × 4.1 inches × 1.3 inches and weighs a mere 7.7 ounces. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 is a 10 megapixels camera. It is available at a price of $300. The camera features a 2.7 inches big LCD screen that offers a native resolution of 230K. The size of the image sensor of the camera is around 1/2.5 inches.

The camera comes with a lithium ion rechargeable battery that will last around 320 shots. Once you hold this camera in your hands, it will feel good to grip and is also very easy to operate at the same time. The compact size of the camera contributes towards it being getting fit easily in your pocket. The controls on the camera are spaced well and the buttons are of decent size. The central menu button takes care of most of the controls on the device.

The ZS1, being a point and shoot device, gives you control over focus settings, light settings, color settings, white balance settings, and exposure settings. The camera features a manual mode and a fully automatic Intelligent Auto mode. The camera features an internal memory of 40 MB. In terms of performance, the camera offers a gap of 2.5 seconds between back to back shots without flash and this time increases to 2.8 seconds with the flash on. The startup time for the camera is 2.3 seconds.

The images come out to be of excellent quality with soft, natural, vivid, and sophisticated colors. The photos show only a bit of noise which is fine enough for a camera of this class. Overall, the pictures from the camera come out with great detail. In terms of video recording, the quality is that of VGA and the audio from it is monaural. Overall, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 is a decent camera that is worth a try.

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