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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1

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Category: Point-and-Shoot

At last, a camera manufacturer that listened to the hosts of digital camera enthusiasts asking for the return of a digital camera with a long zoom lens -- with image stabilization. Well, wait no more, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 is finally here! It sports 2.0 megapixels resolution, a 12x optical zoom with image stabilization, and a maximum F2.8 maximum aperture usable throughout the entire zoom range!

[Editor's note: In most cameras, the aperture gets smaller at telephoto settings thus limiting the amount of light available for proper exposure. With the Panasonic FZ1, you are able to use the F2.8 aperture at the maximum 12x zoom setting. Quite a feat for the Leica lens!]

The viewfinder eyepiece is also mercifully placed away from the LCD thus avoiding the 'oily nose' syndrome.

Those of you who haunted the virtual halls of eBay to find a used Olympus C-2100UZ or a used Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS can at last satisfy your craving with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1. Why more camera manufacturers do not jump into this lucrative market segment is a mystery.

Panasonic is doing it right. Optical zoom above 6x guarantees blurred shots due to camera shake and necessitates a tripod. By incorporating image stabilization, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 can now be used handheld, without carrying a tripod around (though the use of one is always recommended for long exposures). A trip to the zoo, the ball park, any outdoors sports meet,... you wouldn't want to be without this compact camera.

This is no doubt easily going to be THE camera of the year 2003 for beginners -- unless other camera manufacturers follow suit. Even though the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 only sports 2 megapixels resolution, once again we are making an exception and including it in our favorite digital cameras list; it's just too much of a fun camera.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 qualifies for our OriGenial™ Seal of Approval. It should be a fun camera and should appeal to point-and-shoot photographers desiring a long zoom lens and who will mainly be taking bright outdoors pictures.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 Home Page  
  Image Sensor 2.0 effective megapixels
1/3.2 in. CCD
  Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit  
  Focal Length 4.6-55.2mm (35-420mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture F2.8 (wide to telephoto) - F8  
  Optical Zoom 12x (MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer)  
  Macro 4.9 cm / 1.9 in.  
  Auto Focus Continuous  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Program AE  
  Shooting Modes Simple, Normal, Picture, Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Moving Image, Mega Burst 4fps  
  Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple, Spot (Spot Mode)  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Halogen, White Set  
  Viewfinder Color EVF (adjustable)  
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD (114K pixels and adjustable brightness)  
  ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, 100, 200, 400  
  Storage Media SD memory card (8 MB incl.); MultiMediaCard (optional)  
  Battery Li-Ion rechargeable battery with
Battery Charger/AC Adaptor included
  Included Accessories
8MB SD Memory Card
Li-Ion Battery Pack, AC Adaptor / Battery Charger
Lens Hood, Lens Cap, Lens Hood Adaptor
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROM
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 114 x 70.3 x 83.3 mm /
4.5 x 2.75 x 3.25 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 318 g / 0.75 lbs  
  MSRP US$499.95 / CAD$769.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.


Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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