Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 Review

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Features & Controls

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

The all-glass aspherical Lumix DC VARIO ELMARIT 6x zoom lens is equivalent to a 37-222mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a F2.8 to F4.5 maximum aperture. This lens is constructed of 8 elements in 7 Groups (2 Aspherical Lenses.) No lens cap is needed, a built-in shutter protects the lens when the camera is powered down.

Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-LZ1 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working-all you'll see are the outstanding results!

The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 1.64 ft (W) / 3.94 ft (T) to infinity in normal mode and from 1.97 in (W) / 1.64 ft (T) in macro mode.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

The 2-inch color LCD has 85,000 pixels of resolution and is used for framing, review and menu operations. There is no optical viewfinder.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

The built-in speedlight features Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, Slow-sync Red-eye, Fill and Forced Off modes.

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Controls on the back:
The DISPLAY button toggles the amount of overlay information is shown on the LCD.The 4-way selector in Record mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it adjusts exposure compensation. Press "Left" to activate the Self-timer and press "Down" to use the Quick Review mode to examine the last image captured. In Playback mode the 4-way selector is used to select images and of course in both record and play modes it is used to navigate the menu screens. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The Drive mode button selects normal or sequential shooting mode, in playback it is for deleting images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

Controls on the top include the combination shutter release and zoom control ring. The zoom ring is used in playback to enlarge the image or display an index page. The button to the right of the shutter release turns the MEGA O.I.S. on/off. Below that is the Power on/off switch.

The Mode Dial has positions for:

    Movie - Capture motion JPEG without audio, length is limited only to available memory

    flower icon - Macro focus mode for closeup photography

    E - Economy mode, point-n-shoot mode for maximum battery life

    camera icon - The normal Program AE point-n-shoot mode

    Play - Playback of still images, movie or audio notes

    heart icon - Simple mode for beginners, minimal menu choices

    SCN1 - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Panning, Fireworks, Party or Snow

    SCN2 - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Panning, Fireworks, Party or Snow

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

The A/V Out port sends the video to a television set, the video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. This is also the USB 1.1 data I/O port, it is Mass Storage compliant and also supports the PictBridge direct-print standard.

An optional AC power adapter or external battery pack can be connected to the DC IN port.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

Still images and movie clips are stored on 14MB of internal memory or optional removable Secure Digital or MultiMedia Card flash memory cards. We had no problems using a fast and spacious SanDisk Ultra II 512MB SD card. Panasonic claims compatibility with FAT12 and FAT16 file system SD cards up to 1GB.

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The DMC-LZ1 can be powered by two AA alkaline or two rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. Included are two Panasonic Oxyride batteries that allow you to take up to 215 photos. Alkaline batteries let you take about 140 photos and nickel-metal hydride batteries allow up to 370 photos.

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