Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Review
The DMC-TZ1, announced in February 2006, takes the successful big zoom formula established with the FZ series of cameras and squeezes it into a much more compact body. The result is the world's smallest optically stabilized 10x zoom camera (on a technical note this was also the world's first use of a retractable lens system with folded optics). Whilst not what you'd call 'pocketable' (unless you have very large pockets), the TZ1 is considerably less bulky than its 'SLR-like' siblings (and their competitors), and, though it offers little in the way of truly manual control, it is packed with features. So does the TZ1 prove that smaller can be better, or is it a case of diminishing returns? Let's find out, starting as usual with the headline features:
- 5.0 million effective pixels
- 10x (35-350mm equiv.) Leica DC Vario-Elmarit optical zoom
- MEGA OIS image stabilization
- Venus III Engine processor
- Fast Linear autofocus system
- High Resolution (270,000 pixel) 2.5-inch LCD
- Movies up to 840 x 480 pixels (WVGA) @ 30 fps
- 18 scene modes
As is the case with most of Panasonic's Lumix models the TZ1 is available in either silver or black (though this may not be the case for every country and / or every retailer).
|Street price|| US: $300
• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 2560 x 1920
• 640 x 480 @ 10 / 30fps
|File formats||• JPEG (Exif 2.2)
• QuickTime Motion JPEG
• 35-350mm equiv
|Image stabilization||MEGA OIS: mode 1 / 2|
|Digital zoom||4x, up to 40x with optical zoom, up to 50x with extra optical zoom|
|Focus||• Auto Focus system
• Normal / Macro (dial)
• Continuous AF on / off
|AF area modes||• 1 / 9 point
• 1 / 3 point high speed
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||• Normal: 40cm-infinity (wide) 200cm-infinity (tele)
• Macro / Simple / Motion: 5cm-infinty (wide) 100cm-infinity (tele)
|Metering||• Intelligent Multiple
• Center weighted
|ISO sensitivity||• Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 800-1600 High Sensitivity Mode
|Exposure compensation||• +/- 2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
|Exposure bracketing|| • +/- 1/3EV -1EV
• 3 frames
|Shutter speed||1/2000 - 8secs|
|Aperture||F2.8-5.0 (2 steps / wide) F4.2-7.1 (2 steps / tele)|
|Scene modes|| • Portrait
• Soft Skin
• Night Portrait
• Night Scenery
• Starry sky
• Aerial Photo
• High Sensitivity
• Baby 1 / 2
|Self timer||• 10 or 2 secs|
|Continuous shooting||• 3 / 2fps max 5 images (Standard mode)
• 3 / 2fps max 3 images (Fine mode)
|Image parameters||Cool, Warm, B&W, Sepia|
• Auto with red-eye reduction
• Slow synch with red-eye reduction
• Forced on / off
• Range (Auto ISO, wide): 0.3 - 3.7m
• Range (Auto ISO, wide): 1.0 - 2.4m
|LCD monitor||• 2.5-inch TFT LCD
• 207,000 pixels
• Field of view 100%
• DC in
• AV out
|Storage||• 13.4MB internal memory
• SD / MMC compatible
|Power|| • Li-ion battery pack included
• Optional AC adapter
|Weight (inc batt)||234 g (7.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||112 x 58.1 x 40.2 mm (4.41 x 2.29 x 1.58 in)|
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