Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 reviews and prices: camera

97 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 97 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1: 16.6 MP (Megapixels), 10x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital camera. See full product description

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Faye, Enthusiastic amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent quality photos in all sorts of conditions and a good battery life, all in a very slim and smart case.
Bad points:
None.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 May 2013

Scott, Doncaster Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great camera for those who don't like to bogged down with too many features. Excellent photo quality. Easy to use.
Bad points:
Could do with a close-up/ macro setting.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 3.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2013

Anne, Dorking Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good camera and easy to use
Bad points:
Lack of printed basic instructions. Not available when needed on holiday
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 May 2013

Andrew, nottingham Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
ease of use
Bad points:
info book not very clear just pictures
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 May 2013

Phil, London Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well built, good size weigh nice compact camera great to take on holiday
Bad points:
retractable lens
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Jun 2013

Douglas,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Takes great photos.
Bad points:
Battery doesn't stay charged for long.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Jun 2013

Ian, Scunthorpe Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Takes good clear photos
Bad points:
the fact that it has no view finder is a downer especially in the sun.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Jun 2013

Product Features

Optical zoom ratio 10
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D Yes
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Weight (g) 114
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
In-built memory (Megabytes) 70
Release date 2012-04-12
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 250
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 25

Also known as: Panasonic SZ1, Lumix DMC-SZ1, Panasonic LUMIX DMC SZ1, Panasonic Lumix SZ1

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Manufacturer's Description

Compact Digital Camera SZ1 – Powerful 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens in Slim, Compact Body

The DMC-SZ1 features powerful 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 25mm ultra wide-angle that fits in the slim, compact body (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm). The new lens system makes the unit’s overall length short to fit in the slim body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto. The 10x optical zoom increases its power to 20x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.
With DMC-SZ1, there are two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes – 16.1-megapixel high-resolution photos and HD videos. In still image recording, the Sonic Speed AF helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities. In video recording, the DMC-SZ1 can record HD (1280 × 720) videos in MP4 format. This format has high compatibility with computers. A separate button lets you instantly start recording video without the need of extra settings. The 10x optical zoom is available in video recording.

The MEGA O.I.S. compensates for blurring caused by hand-shake. 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 controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens to further increase the detection accuracy and correction effect of MEGA O.I.S.. 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 without losing the mood.
The DMC-SZ1 features a 16.1-megapixel high-resolution CCD. Combined with the Venus Engine, 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor enables the recording of beautiful photos and high-definition videos with higher quality signal processing.
The Miniature Effect Mode in which the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to make the picture looks like a diorama.

The video recorded in this mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding making it more comical to watch. The Panorama Shot in the Scene Mode makes it possible to shoot horizontal / vertical panoramic images by overlaying consequently shot images. The Auto Retouch function adjusts contrast and brightness to give different impression to the photo with just a press of a button.


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