Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 (Lumix DMC-TZ6)

Announced Jan 27, 2009 •
10 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 25 – 300 mm (12×)
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I bought this camera to replace my Canon IXUS 90 IS. I have a DSLR, but needed a smaller camera as my "Walkabout" that had a bigger zoom range than my Canon. I am very dissapointed with the Panasonic. Operation wise it is slower than the Canon, it takes longer to focus and the image quality isn't as good, with notieable distortion at the wide end of the lens. It also tends to get lots of shots which are out of focus and often focusses on the wrong thing in the frame when you select auto area AF.

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Superb camera. Brilliant Leica lens, very sharp throughout the range, with limited distortion as for superzoom. Very compact, it is very tempting to take this camera out instead of heavy tele lens. Overall very balanced camera. I am very happy about handling and IQ. Problems: Noticeable noise starting from ISO 400.

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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. Problems: 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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cross shopped this with the Canon Powershot SX200 IS - it was cheaper with better aperture/wide-angle/flash/sensor specs. Nice compact size, solid feel and good build quality. Picture quality is great and the indoor flash quality has been excellent. Problems: LCD is difficult to see from side/below angles and shot to shot delay can be atrocious depending on the shooting mode used. It is possible to put your finger in front of the flash without realizing it. Battery life can also be poor ...

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I purchased this camera and sold my G9, since I was hoping for great images with a camera that i could carry in my pocket - which is possible with the ZS1 or ZS3. I decided to save the extra $100 and purchased the ZS1, which has produced excellect images. My latests effort was alot of no-flash night shots on vacation - once you learn the iA modes, the pictures can be incredible. Problems: My only fear is that the retracting cover over the lens is a flexible material, you have to be careful ...

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This is one great little camera! I have an Olympus Stylus and two Canon Powershot cameras (A570 and A590) that I used for the past couple of years - but I was never happy with the image quality - it was pretty soft, especially around the edges. So this year, just before a 3 week China trip, I puchased a ZS1, based on the review in dpreview - which promised better image quality and low-light performance than the Canons. I am very glad I did. The image quality of this camera is excellent - ...

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I had 2 of these cameras in the last 2 months. The images are very sharp, but this camera is totally unacceptable. Problems: Indoor pictures are very dark. There is no flash compenstion adjustment on this camera. I have a light tan wall and no matter how I set the exposure, it comes out grey. Outside shots can be compensated for by the expose setting either +1/3 or +2/3 but NOTHING helps indoors. What was Panasonic thinking??? Maybe a future firmware adjustment might fix this but for now, I ...

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I have owned several Panasonic Lumix cameras, from the FZ28 to the FX35 & 37. I started with Lumix probably 5-6 years ago and have remained as they were the first to do a good job of wide angle in their cameras. I just replaced my FX37 with the ZS1 and I am very happy. The camera is a little larger, but what I get in image quality and lens zoom make it a good trade-off. When compared to the FX35, the images are a little nicer in my opinion, which surprised me with the extreme lens range they ...

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I bought this camera to replace a Ricoh R4 and I am very pleased with the image quality. The long zoom and extra wide angle are real bonuses for travelling. The ability to switch to a destination time zone is a plus too. Of course a viewfinder would be good but few compact cameras have them now. I haven't encountered problems with the mode selection dial and in-camera flash is never the best option but compared to other compact cameras I think it rates well. I use a video camera so the ...

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I bought this to replace our aging Canon SD500. I was convinced to purchase the Panasonic by the sales person who told me about how highly rated it was on dpreview. I trust dpreview, so this is the camera I came home with. I have spent the day testing it indoors and outdoors and I'm quite disappointed with the image quality, particularly indoors. The pictures are all very grainy, and the flash casts a very harsh light. I went around and shot the exact same picture in the auto setting on the ...

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