Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 Review

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Review posted 5/9/2005

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The very affordable Panasonic 4-megapixel DMC-LZ1 and 5-megapixel DMC-LZ2 feature a DC VARIO lens with 6x optical zoom (equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm camera), with capability of up to 24x magnification when combined with the 4x digital zoom, and MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer automatically detects and optically compensates for hand movement.

These cameras have a large 2.0 inch TRM (Transmissive with Micro Reflective) crystal-clear LCD display which is extremely easy to view, even outdoors on bright, sunny days. Even with the optical 6x zoom lens unit, the cameras' body size is as compact as an ordinary AA-battery operated 3x optical zoom camera.

You can take up to 7 images in Standard Mode and 4 images in Fine Mode with full resolution. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card or built-in memory is full. All this is made possible by the Venus Engine Plus, which reduces power consumption by about 50% compared with our previous Venus Engine™. The multi-task image processing in the Venus Engine™ Plus LSI has accelerated response speed, giving you more comfortable shooting with a release time lag of 0.006 second minimum.

Auto angle detection, a new feature, records whether an image was taken horizontally or vertically and displays it accordingly, whether viewed on the camera's LCD or on a connected TV. Other features include Burst Shooting Mode, four spot focusing modes, Simple Mode for automatic settings, built-in flash and more.

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. The built-in memory holds up to 14MB of image data, which can be greatly extended with an optional SD Memory Card. You can also use the built-in memory like a photo album to keep and view your favorite pictures on the camera's LCD monitor anytime you like.

Major DMC-LZ1 Features:

  • 4-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2304 x 1728 pixels
  • 6x optical zoom, equivalent to 37-222mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to help prevent camera shake and blurring
  • Venus Engine II LSI for robust camera operations
  • Macro focus with autofocus down to 1.9 inches
  • 2-inch TFT color monitor
  • Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait picture modes
  • High Speed and Low Speed Continuous, AE Bracketing and Timelapse modes
  • 320 x 240 QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps w/out audio
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 8 seconds (Shutter priority and Manual modes)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • Intelligent Multiple and Spot exposure metering
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • 14MB internal memory plus Secure Digital memory card slot
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries

The Lumix DMC-LZ1 is available with a suggested retail price of $249.00. The camera comes with two AA batteries; Video cable; USB connection cable; carrying strap and software on CD-ROM.

Physical Views

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

The DMC-LZ1 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1

The 5-megapixel LZ2 and the 4-megapixel LZ1.
Besides resolution, the difference is the LZ2 can record audio, the LZ1 cannot.

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Lumix DMC-LZ1 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.5" CCD, Primary Color Filter
4.23 Total Megapixels
4.0 Effective Megapixels
Lens Lumix DC Vario 6x Optical Zoom
f=6.1-36.6mm (35mm equivalent: 35-210mm)
F2.8 - F4.5 max. aperture (Wide-Tele)
4x Digital Zoom (up to 24x when combined with 6x Optical)
8 Elements in 7 Groups (2 Aspherical Lenses)
Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F5.6 (2 steps)
Tele: F4.5 - F9 (2 steps)
Focusing Area Normal:
Wide: 1.64 feet; Tele: 3.94 feet-Infinity
Wide: 0.16 feet; Tele: 1.64 feet-Infinity
Focus TTL Contrast-Detect AF System
Normal/Macro, 5-area-focusing / 3-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Spot-focusing
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2)
Image Processor Venus Engine II™ LSI
Recording Image Size (Pixels) 2304 x 1728
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
1920 x 1080 (16:9 HDTV)

Motion Image: 320 x 240

Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels) without audio
Length of movies depends on available memory.
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 64 / 100 / 200 / 400
White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/White Set
White Balance Adjustment
(except for Auto WB)
Exposure Modes Program AE
Scene Modes SCN1 and SCN2 is user-settable for:
Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party or Snow
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Auto Bracketing AE +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Picture Adjustment Natural, Standard, Vivid
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Image Quality JPEG - Fine/Standard
Mega Burst® Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 7 images at 4 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 4 images
Still Image Recording with Audio no
Audio Dubbing no
Built-in Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Forced On/Off
Flash Output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 +2EV)
Wide: 0.98 - 13.78 feet (ISO Auto)
Tele: 1.64 - 8.53 feet (ISO Auto)
External Flash No
Real-time Histograms Yes
LCD Monitor 2" Diagonal TFT TRM LCD Display (85k pixels)

Field of view: approx. 100%
Viewfinder LCD monitor
Built-in SD Card Slot Yes
Recording Media 14MB internal memory + optional SD Memory Card (SD) or Multimedia Card (MMC)
Microphone none
Speaker beep sounds only
Conversion Lens Compatibility No
Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom
Quick Review 1x/4x/8x
OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, French
Playback Mode 9-Thumbnail Display
Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Setting
Direct Print Yes, PictBridge compatible
Interface DC Input, Video Output (NTSC/PAL), USB 1.1
Power Supply Included: Two Oxyride™ AA Batteries

Optional: AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries, AA Alkaline Batteries

AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)

Battery Life Up to 235 pictures (CIPA Standard) with included Oxyride batteries
Up to 390 pictures with NiMH or 175 pictures with alkaline type.
Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.50" x 3.96" x 1.30"
Weight 0.49 lbs
Included ArcSoft® Software ArcSoft PhotoImpression
ArcSoft Panorama Maker;
ArcSoft PhotoBase
Other Included Software SD Viewer for DSC
USB Driver
Included Accessories Two AA Oxyride™ Batteries, Video & USB Cable, Strap, CD-ROM

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)

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