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(Be advised, this is a 'layman's' review!)
I have owed my Lumix for around a year now and it has definitely become my trusty friend.
Like all friends it has its good and bad points.
- Compact and lightweight
- Nice design with choice of colours
- Quick response (there is probably a technical term for this but what I mean is that for a digital camera you can point and shoot without a big delay)
- Focuses easily and user friendly so if you want it to re-focus or focus on something else this is easy to do. Like with most cameras it involves a half-press of the shutter so you can see what it is focussing on.
- Functions and menus are straightforward eg turning auto-flash on and off etc. I have no patience for this type of thing but easily worked out how to turn on all the little features like if you are taking pics at night, or the panorama gismo where you take a picture, line it up and move along to take a second and third, creating an aligned panorama with 3 pics.
- Of course it has an Intelligent Auto system so you don't have to do any of the above if you don't want to.
- I find the battery lasts ages
- Video function which is easy to use.
- Good quality pictures and zoom which transfer to good quality files on my PC
- The dial mode selector is easily dislodged which can be frustrating if you want to take a picture QUICK and then discover it has switched to a non-picture taking mode, or the wrong mode etc. This for me is the biggest negative point.
- Although the battery lasts a while the indicator changes from full to empty very fast which has caught me out a few times.
- The E-zoom is not good quality, but then I believe this is the case with any compact digital?
- It is very 'flash-happy' which is not a great problem as you can of course turn off the auto-flash, but if on auto I do find it tends to want to use the flash when there is plenty of natural light so I often have to turn it off when I would have happily otherwise used the intelligent auto function and let the camera do the work.
This is our 'secondary' camera which we take along when we just need a point and shoot, rather than the Nikon SLR we have which takes a better quality picture but of course is MUCH bigger. it does the job well and all in all I would recommed it.
I love this camera, only the second digital camera ive ever had but still, its much much better than my first one, i dont think theres any negatives too it, maybe the price if your looking for somthing cheap, but my advice would always be to spend that extra few pounds on somthing thats going to work well, and for the price of this you get everything you need.
12.1 megapixels, i think that the highest you can go isnt it? and for the price thats really good in my eyes.
I find it really easy to use, simple menu layout, and not like some cameras where you accidently press a button and it deletes all your photos!!, not good! i also think its really cute looking, not that the appearence of your digital camera is a massive thing. Overall i really good product, i wouldnt be anywhere with out mine, use it all the time.
Oh and forgot to metion about conecting to computer, un like some cameras, the photos actually turn out like what they look like on the little screen, maybe that becuase its high mega pixels i dont know, but overall i love this camera.
The lumix DMC ZX1, is typical of what we've all come to expect from Panasonic. Good solid chasis, strong build quality, not to mention cutting edge specs.
Firstly it comes with a 8x optical zoom (this means the lens will extend to the power of 8 manually) this is ideal for familys who go on excursions, e.g safari and need a powerful lens to get closer to the subject.
8X optical zoom is well above the average for a compact camera, and I applaude Lumix for keeping the large lens in a less than large body.
Leica is the german brand who make the lens, arguably the best lens maker in the business! It also comes with an ultra 25mm wide angle lens , meaning you can get more in the shot, (great for panaoramic shots, vistas and landscapes!)
The menus are clear and intuitive to use, it takes (as is standard now) a normal sd card. Unique features such as flash burt mode prove a whizz to use and yield suprisingly good results even in low level lighting.
As a final point, this particular model does indeed support movie mode, and the results when played back I found quite startling, black levels seemed natural and edge detail was very crisp!
All in all a fine balanced camera.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC - ZX1 is a great point and shoot camera. Its small, slim design allows you to take this camera anywhere. It fits neatly into a back trouser pocket, so you will never miss a moment again. I was impressed by the large LCD screen that is incorporated into such a small camera. Its quality is sharp and allows you to navigate around the cameras functions with ease. The build quality of the camera seems sturdy and is finished quite neatly.
Overall I was impressed by the quality of the images taken. The colours are vivid and sharp, and the 8 x Optical Zoom Ultra Wide-angle lens allows you to get right up close on your subject and doesn't distort when taking the picture.
This Panasonic Lumix DMc - ZX1 is a fantastic camera for its price bracket, and is simple to use. (What more could you want out of a point and shoot) My only bad point about this camera is the battery does not seem to last long, and spare batteries are expensive.
Panasonic Lumix is a great quality camera and the pictures definitely do come out really sharp and captures the scenery the best I have seen it! I'm really impressed with the quality and it was definitely worth buying - good price!
Although I must say I don't think it is true that it's for people who don't know how to use a camera as it's not as straight forward as it could be! I found that at times despite holding down the button halfway till the green light comes on the picture came out awkward or fuzzy. I found it doesn't work so great at night time as the pictures don't fully capture the scenery as well as you would like! I think you need plenty of practice before you master it especially if you're not great with digital cameras!
Oh I love the video function on this - it's brilliant quality and captures it as it really is so you can really appreciate those holiday moments again and feel like you're there!! One issue I found was that the battery runs out fast it doesn't go a full day without needing a charge - only downside though!
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1
8 x Optical Zoom
Ultra Wide-angle lens
This is by all means a perfectly good compact digital camera that takes nice pictures at high megapixels and looks nice, with a large display screen on the back. It lacks in zoom and the picture quality isn't the greatest for its price range.
I have been using this camera for around a year and a half now and although it has a good wide angle lens that can take good landscape pictures but lacks in taking good quality portraits.
When taken onto a PC, the photos are high resolution and displayed at a good quality and although i've never printed pictures from it on photo paper, the normal prints work very well and are suprisingly high quality for what I have used previously.
Reliability-wise this camera is one of the best i've ever used. It had never broken, the battery life is really great and there have never been any problems with it. Again with the ease of use, this camera is perfect, with only a few buttons and user-friendly menus. I really reccommend this camera to someone who does not have much previous experience with cameras.
The features let this camera down slightly. For the proce you pay, there are many things that could be included although I believe this is mainly down to the fact that it is not meant for professional photography and just as a personal digital compact.
As I said before, within this price range, there are other cameras that provide a better picture quality and if this is what is most important, then it may be an idea for you to browse the market a little more.
Overall, this camera was a good purchase and the only problem I had personally is that I overpaid for it due to it's recent release then and now it has come down in price, I reccommend it as a camera for purely personal use and not so much for high-grade professional looking photography. A good purchase and highly reliable.