Panasonic DMC ZX1 Review

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Panasonic DMC ZX1 Ease of Use 9
Features 8
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 9
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
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Overview

The Panasonic Lumix DMC ZX1 is an impressive digital camera. It offers extra zoom over more standard cameras with an 8x zoom lens. The lens has a focal length equivalent to 25 - 200mm in 35mm format. This means it has wide angle capability. This can be a big help if you are trying to squeeze wide scenes into your photographs.

The first thing to strike me about the Lumix DMC ZX1 was how quick it was to turn on and take the first picture. On top of that key features include the ability to shoot High Definition movies, image stabilisation and a travel mode that helps you to organize any photos you take by destination, date and world time.

To increase the versatility of the Lumix DMC ZX1 extra zoom becomes available when shooting at lower resolutions. The maximum zoom available is 15.6x if you decrease the resolution to 3 megapixels. The default resolution is 12 megapixels.

Why Buy The Panasonic DMC ZX1

As well as the features mentioned above I like the simple design of the camera. You should also find the Lumix DMC ZX1 easy to use.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

12
8x
2.7 inches
97.8 x 54.6 x 26mm
138g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

3cm
Yes
No
Lithium-ion Rechargeable
SD/SDHC

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Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom): Looking at this picture I would like to have seen a little more colour in the sky. On the day the sky was a darker shade of blue than shows here. Aside from that the camera does well. There is some detail lost from the back boat where the sun strikes it, but the brickwork on the building is in sharp focus.

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): Considering the fact that the lens offers such a wide angle the sharpness of this picture is good. Having noted in the first shot that the sky lacked a bit of colour the Lumix DMC ZX1 has more than made up for it here with a very deep shade of blue.

Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): This photo looks about right. You can see how the extra zoom can get you in that much closer than a more standard sized lens. Sharpness is good once more and the colours look as they did on the day the picture was taken.

Outdoor 4 (Building): Apart from a slight fall off in focusing on the very left hand side of the photo at the most distant part of the shot, sharpness levels are good. In terms of over all sharpness and definition in my test shots I would award the camera around eight and a half out of ten.

Portraits

Outdoor Portrait: There is not a great deal to report here. This is a standard looking portrait shot and is inline with what I would expect from this type of digital camera.

Indoor Portrait with Flash: I like the way this test has turned out. Lighting levels are strong enough to light the photo and give an even light. The burst of light is not overpowering though and there is pink in the skin tones and only a small amount of light bouncing back off the face.

Indoor Portrait without Flash: This is a very bright effort. There is a lot less noise than I am used to seeing in this test shot as well. The camera has coped well with conditions.

Macro, Colours and Noise

This is a fair attempt. The shot is sharp, but I would like to have seen the Lumix DMC ZX1 add a touch more brightness in places.

On the whole the colours are more vivid than most brands manage. This is something I have noted with previous Panasonic digital cameras I have tested. I am unsure why the sky in the first test lacks depth of colour.

As you can see from the indoor portrait the camera is able to work well when light is not perfect. If you push the ISO levels up you will notice noise appearing, especially in darker areas of the photo.

Summary

On the whole the Lumix DMC ZX1 has come through my tests well. It compares well with most snapshot cameras and does a good, all round job.

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Style

I like the look and feel of the Lumix DMC ZX1. It looks neat and tidy and the small grip area on the front adds to the camera in my opinion. A range of colours is available, with versions in black, silver, red, white and blue.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Fast

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.2 seconds
10.2 seconds
0.42 seconds
10.52 seconds
1.07 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy The control dial on top of the camera places key settings at your fingertips. I also find the Panasonic menu system easy to work through.

Points I Like

Picture quality - simple design - value for money - turn on time - shutter delay time

Where it Could Improve

There is nothing that springs to mind as a serious weakness

Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix DMC ZX1 does the job it sets out to do very well. The turn on and shutter lag times are very impressive. The camera takes a good picture in most situations and there are one or two extra features thrown in such as High Definition movies.

Product Shots

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Front View

Back View

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Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

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Review Date

October 2009

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