Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS1/DMC-TZ6 10.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver Reviews

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS1/DMC-TZ6 10.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

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Excellent point and shoot

Oct 14, 2010
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  • User Rating: Excellent

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  • Photo Quality:
  • Shutter Lag

Pros:12X Zoom, Leica lens, good battery life, infinite burst mode, Intelligent automation is very good.

Cons:Intelligent mode isn't always. LCD panel is hard to view/use in bright or dim lighting.

The Bottom Line: A good point and shoot that's easy to carry with you. Much better than any phone camera! Also does a good job shooting video.


I bought this camera after checking out reviews for weeks.

My primary reasons for choosing the ZS1 were:

- 12X Zoom (3-5X just doesn't cut it).
- Image Stabilzation (a big zoom is almost worthless w/o it on a P&S).
- Battery life (very good).
- Heft and feel are good while being very portable.
- Leica lens (among the best available).
- Burst mode limited only by card speed and capacity.
- Large selection of program modes for nighttime, fireworks, etc.
- Manual selection of ISO mode and limited shutter speeds.

My only gripes are:

- Are a complete lack of manual settings for f-stops and aperture and no RAW data mode.
- On the ZS1 the pixel count is much less so it is hard to see what you are shooting in bright light. The ZS3 nearly doubles the pixels and is much easier to use for shot framing.
- Intelligent mode work quite well, but quite often picks too slow a shutter speed. One almost has to use Sports scene mode in order to catch any kind of movement.
- Lack of a viewfinder. I find this disorienting and maybe I just need to get used to it, but when trying to shoot a moving or distant object, it is much like trying to find an object through binoculars. I've missed many shots because I couldn't orient the view quickly enough.
- The mode dial moves far too easily out of position.

Best parts:

- Very vivid and sharp pictures, especially in macro and portrait modes. However, shooting in limited light often results in grainy images when using Intelligent mode.
- Extremely useful wide aperture; great for scenic and tall object photos.
- Very useful panoramic assist mode. A translucent image of the previous shot's corsponding edge is superimposed on what you see in real time.
- Very easy to attach and download photos to your PC and uses standard SDHC Flash memory cards.

My advice:

Do not buy this or any camera similar to it with the intention of using it as a mini Digital SLR; it's not.

For portraits, group shots, scenic shots, very good macros and spur of the moent pictures, these camera types are fine. They just don't have the flexibility one needs to really fine tune and take pictures that will truly satisfy the photography enthusiast on a regular basis. However, the Lumix DMCs are excellent examples of reasonable compromise and superior engineering.

 


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 179.00
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use

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