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
[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'
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.
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
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.
Battery Charger/AC Adaptor included
8MB SD Memory Card
Li-Ion Battery Pack, AC
Adaptor / Battery Charger
Lens Hood, Lens Cap, Lens
A/V Cable, USB Cable
x H x D)
114 x 70.3 x 83.3
4.5 x 2.75 x 3.25 in.
318 g / 0.75 lbs
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