Mark Peters : January 22th 2012 - 18:35 CET
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1
CES 2012 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 digital camera : At the CES Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic unveiled its latest addition of the Lumix SZ camera series, the Panasonic DMC-SZ1 digital compact camera with a 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor and HD video recording capability. The Panasonic Lumix SZ1 camera features a newly developed 10x optical zoom lens with 25mm ultra wide-angle (25-250mm on a 35mm camera) that fits in the slim compact body. The powerful 10x optical zoom lens of the Panasonic SZ1 increases its power to 20x equivalent with the intelligent zoom function with minimum deterioration of picture quality thanks to the advanced intelligent resolution technology. The built-in optical image stabilizer (MEGA O.I.S.) effectively suppress handshake which tends to occur when capturing pictures with high zoom.|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 camera lens
The high-quality Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens is even more versatile with 25mm wide-angle to 10x optical zoom. Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups including 4 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, adoption of ultra thin lens for its new structure optical system makes the lens unit overall length short to fit in the slim camera body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto. The Panasonic DMC-SZ1 boasts exceptional optical performance with amazing clarity with minimum distortion and flare. The iA Zoom (Intelligent Zoom) function is also present at the Panasonic SZ1. It is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom, however, you can even draw the subject 2x closer than the original optical zoom with minimum deterioration of picture quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.
Panasonic DMC-SZ1 photo modes
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 compact camera features a 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor, an all-new Venus Engine (VII HD) and Sonic Speed Autofocus that will help you to catch exciting, spur-of-the-moment photo moments before they pass you by. The Panasonic DMC-SZ1 camera comes equipped not only with strong basic features but also with a variety of photography options to enhance quality, ease and fun. The Panasonic Lumix camera features 2 new photo modes; Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot. The Miniature Photo mode in which the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to look the picture like a diorama. The video recorded in this mode is played back in 10x fast forwarding making it more fun to watch. Panorama Photo mode makes it is possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic pictures with consequent images taken by overlaying the previous picture. With the Panasonic SZ1 your results are amazing.
Creative digital photography with the Panasonic SZ1
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 camera also comes with an Auto Retouch function that adjusts brightness and contrast to give different impression to the picture with just a simple press of a button. Appropriate retouch is automatically applied depending on the picture - if the photo was shot too dark, it can be clear and bright to look it nicer with this function. In addition, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode lets users leave everything to the Panasonic camera to take beautiful pictures with its new Autofocus Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. Once you enter the iA photo mode, these functions happen automatically, so that you can capture your favourite moments without the bother of adjusting camera settings.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 display
The Panasonic camera features a 3-inch large Intelligent LCD display which offers clear view under any lighting conditions by its automatic backlight adjustment. In addition to the conventional AC power supply, you can charge the Panasonic DMC-SZ1 camera easily with an USB charging cable. Users can enjoy their communication with the Panasonic Lumix Image Uploader to share pictures and videos via Social media websites like Facebook and YouTube without the need for a Personal Computer.
Panasonic Lumix Specifications
• Effective Pixels : 16.1 Megapixels
• Sensor Size : 1/2.33-type CCD sensor
• Lens type : LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
• Optical Image Stabilizer : MEGA O.I.S.
• Optical Zoom : 10.0x
• Intelligent Zoom : 20.0x
• LCD : 3-inch TFT LCD display
• Video recording : HD Video 1280x720 pixels
• Built-in-Memory : 70MB
• Power : 680mAh Li-ion Battery Pack 3.6V
• Dimensions : 3.9x2.4x0.9 inch
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 price & availability
The Panasonic Lumix SZ1 digital compact camera will be available for retail in the United States and Europe beginning mid March 2012 and carries a suggested retail price of $200 USD. The Panasonic DMC-SZ1 will be available in the colours black, silver, blue, red and violet. Availability of colors and accessories may differ depending on the country. Please check the Panasonic website in your region for more details.
Panasonic DMC-SZ1 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution sample pictures, followed by an in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 review. In the meantime you can check out our latest Panasonic Lumix reviews.
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