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Panasonic ZR1 / ZX1 Review

Review Date: Oct 02, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Compact Ultra Zoom
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Compact Ultra Zoom 

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 / ZX1 is the first of a new series that combines a powerful zoom with a slim and compact body that makes it pocketable. It features a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 8x ultra wide-angle optical zoom lens (25mm-200mm equiv.) that conveniently retracts into the stylish body with an integrated lens barrier protecting it. The long zoom reach allows you to bring distant subjects close while the ultra wide-angle lens allows you to include all your friends in the picture or capture an architectural or expansive landscape in a single shot. POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps reduce camera shake at the long focal lengths.

Panasonic's digital cameras are well-known for fast performance and the new Ultra High-Speed AF in the ZR1 is now about twice as fast as the one on the DMC-ZS3 / TZ7. Fast and accurate AF means you can catch the action at its peak moment.

The newly developed POWER O.I.S. also nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of its previous MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic claims correctly exposed hand held night scenes are now possible with this new hand-shake correction image stabilizer technology.

Intelligent Auto Mode activates seven detection and correction functions simultaneously (POWER O.I.S., Face Detection AF/AE, Face Recognition, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure) to optimize camera settings.

Movie is at 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps with mono sound. [Though the Panasonic ZR1 records 1,280 x 720 HD video @ 30fps, the North American model will not output HD.] The 8x optical zoom is available during video recording.

A large 2.7-in. LCD monitor (230K dots) has a wide viewing angle and the Auto Power LCD function automatically adjusts the backlight brightness according to the ambient light intensity.

If you are into underwater photography, the optional marine case DMW-MCZX1 is available and is certified to a depth of 40 meters.

If you always wanted a long zoom but thought they were too big, check out the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1. At 26mm (1.02 in.) thick, it easily fits into a large trousers or coat pocket.

Available in Black, Silver, Blue, or Red (in US); Black or Blue (in Canada); Black, Silver or Red (in UK). A White model may also be available in some countries.

If you want more zoom and don't mind a slightly (7cm) thicker body (32.8mm / 1.29 in.):

For about $20 more, you can purchase the DMC-ZS1 / TZ6 which has 12x optical zoom, a 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD and records 848 x 480 movie @ 30fps with mono sound.

For about $120 more, you can purchase the DMC-ZS3 / TZ7 which has 12x optical zoom, a 3.0-in. (460K dots) LCD, and records 1,280 x 720 HD movie @ 30fps with stereo Dolby sound.

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QuickFact™ Sheet
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1US | CA | UK | Lumix Site
Image Sensor 12.1 Effective MegaPixels, 1/2.33-in. CCD
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR with Optical Image Stabilization
f = 4.5 - 36.0 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 25 - 200 mm)
Optical zoom: 8x
Exposure

Program AE

Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, Scene Mode, My Scene Mode, Motion Picture, Clipboard
Still Image Scene Mode

Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist*2, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater*1

*1 Not available on ZR1 for China.
*2 Not available on ZR1 for Americas.

Shutter Speed

1 - 1/2,000 sec (up to 8 sec. in i-Night Scenery; Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec)

Aperture

F3.3(W) - 5.9(T))

ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set

Motion Picture Recording

848 x 480 pixels 30 fps with mono sound.
[Though the Panasonic ZR1 records 1,280 x 720 HD video @ 30fps, the North American model will not output HD.]
Continuous Shooting Mode

2.3 fps, max. 3 images (Fine) or 5 images (Standard)

LCD 2.7" TFT LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : Approx. 100%, Wide-viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Recording Media Built-in Memory (40MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card
Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Typical: 950 mAh / Minimum: 895 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)

Included Accesories

Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable*2, USB Connection Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) (Not available on ZR1 for Americas), QuickTime
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 97.8 x 54.6 x 26.0 mm / 3.85 x 2.14 x 1.02 in.
Weight (camera body only)

Approx. 138 g (0.30 lb)

MSRP

US $279.95 / CAD $349.99 / UK £269.99

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Technical Specifications
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1US | CA | UK | Lumix Site
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
9 elements in 7 groups
(4 Aspherical Lenses)
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Zoom

Optical: 8x
Extra Optical: 9.8x (4:3 / 8M), 12.5x (4:3 / 5M), 15.6x (under 3M)
Digital: 4x
(Max. 32.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 62.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)

Focal Length f = 4.5 - 36.0 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 25 - 200 mm)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 3 cm (0.10 feet) / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11-area) / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Image Sensor 1/2.33", 12.7 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Focus Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Continuous AF (On / Off), AF Tracking (On / Off), Quick AF (On / Off)
Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)
ISO Sensitivity
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Transform, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, Underwater*1 Mode)
White Balance Adjustment (±10 steps, except for auto set)
Exposure

Program AE

Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, Scene Mode, My Scene Mode, Motion Picture, Clipboard
Still Image Scene Mode

Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist*2, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater*1

*1 Not available on ZR1 for China.
*2 Not available on ZR1 for Americas.

Shutter Speed

1 - 1/2,000 sec (up to 8 sec. in i-Night Scenery; Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec)

Aperture

F3.3 - 5.9 / 2-Step (F3.3 - 10 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))

Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec
Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / Hold / Zoom
Quick Menu Yes
Color Mode

Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm

Recording File Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with Audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Recording Image Size Still Image
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M),
3,264 x 2,448 pixels (8M EZ),
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
1,600 x 1,200 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,672 pixels (10.5M),
3,264 x 2,176 pixels (7M EZ),
2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,248 pixels (9M),
3,264 x 1,840 pixels (6M EZ),
2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ),
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ)
Image Quality

Fine / Standard

Motion Picture Recording*3
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)

*3 In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to HD, WVGA or VGA, we recommend using a high speed SD Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.

4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames / sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority), Approx. 6 frames / sec (Image Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

Approx. 15 - 100 shots.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions,
card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode Max. 5 images (Standard Mode)
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode  
Face Recognition
Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer
Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control
Photo
Face Detection
Photo
Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure
Photo & Movie
AF Tracking
Photo
Digital Red-Eye Correction
Photo
Easy Zoom /
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Yes /
Yes
Macro Zoom

Yes

Still Image with Audio Recording 5 sec
Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec
Real-Time Histogram Yes
Composition Guide Line Yes (2 patterns)
Built-in-Memory Approx. 40 MB
Scene Mode Help Screen

Yes

Orientation Detector Yes
Travel Date /
World Time
Yes /
Yes
Copy /
Title Edit /
Text Stamp
Yes /
Yes /
Yes
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.3 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.9 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
LCD 2.7" TFT LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : Approx. 100%, Wide-viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Travel Playback, Favorites Playback
Thumbnails /
Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails /
Max. 16x
Calendar Display Yes
Set Favorites  Yes
Playback Still Images with Audio Yes
Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Travel / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram

Yes

Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting /
Set Protection
Yes /
Yes
Resize /
Trimming /
Leveling
Yes /
Yes /
Yes
OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
Recording Media Built-in Memory (40MB), SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Microphone Yes (Mono)
Speaker

Yes

Interface AV Output (NTSC / PAL), HD AV Output (Component)*2, USB2.0 High Speed, DC Input
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the AV Output on the products that are available in your market.
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Typical: 950 mAh / Minimum: 895 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Startup Time (Approx.)

1.1 sec
*The time for start-up varies depending on the shooting condition.

Release Time Lag (Approx.) 0.007 sec
Shutter Interval (Approx.) 1.1 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF.
Battery Life
(Approx.)
330 pictures
(CIPA Standard*4)

Included Accesories

Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable*2, USB Connection Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) (Not available on ZR1 for Americas), QuickTime
Dimensions and Weight  
Dimensions (W x H x D)
(Approx.)
97.8 x 54.6 x 26.0 mm /
3.85 x 2.14 x 1.02 in.
Weight
(Approx.)

138 g (0.30 lb)
160 g (0.35 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card

*4 CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. Temperature: 23°C (73.4°F)/Humidity: 50% when LCD monitor is on. Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB). Using the supplied battery. Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [AUTO].) Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording. Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording. Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases. The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode and Power LCD Mode.



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