Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Review
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Tuesday 4th April 2006
Written by Dennis Hissink
Introduction
Just before the start of the PMA 2006 in Orlando, Panasonic introduced a new model of its Lumix series. The Lumix digital camera seems to become more and more popular and, with the introduction of the Panasonic DMC-L1 digital SLR in mind, we believe that Panasonic means serious business for 2006. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1, of which we will give you a more in-depth preview, is the world's most compact digital camera incorporating a 10x optical zoom lens. The body is compact and it is nothing short of amazing that Panasonic has succeeded in integrating such a large optical zoom into such a compact camera. In addition, Panasonic has incorporated its Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which enables you to use it in the field without carrying a tripod with you. Without this, just forget about taking pictures with a telezoom,; the result would only be blurry images. So, what do we have here? Just an ordinary digital camera or a camera that is simply one of a kind? The following preview will give you an inside look and feel of what you may expect of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Digital Camera Preview
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Digital Camera Preview
Panasonic Lumix TZ1 - Secure Digital Panasonic TZ1 - Lithium Ion battery
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Secure Digital Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Lithium Ion battery
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Secure Digital Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Lithium Ion battery
Panasonic is one of the three brands (the others being SanDisk and Toshiba) that established the SD Card Association (an open industry standards organization that promotes SD as a worldwide standard). Therefore it does not come as a surprise to see Panasonic Lumix digital cameras using the Secure Digital flash memory card as its main storage medium. The Panasonic TZ1 comes with a built-in memory card of approximately 13.4MB capacity. In the battery compartment of the camera you will find a Secure Digital slot. The Secure Digital card comes in various capacities and speeds. Some manufacturers, like SanDisk, have even transformed the SD card into a dual function flash memory card: memory and USB interface in one package, clever! Note that if you use the built-in memory, the picture/movie size is fixed to 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA). The Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 supports Secure Digital cards up to 2GB.
The Lithium Ion battery, Panasonic CGA-S007E, has a capacity of 3.7V, 1000mAh. The battery needs to be charged via the external charger. It is important to know that you need to fully charge the CGA-S007E battery before you can use it. When the battery is ready;, open the compartment on the bottom side of the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 camera and insert the battery next to the Secure Digital card. It will take approximately 170 minutes for the battery to be fully charged. The number of recordable pictures and the playback time will vary, depending on the operating conditions and storing condition of the battery. Generally, the average playback time will be approximately 260 minutes. The number of recordable pictures is approximately 250 pictures, which is about 120 minutes of recording time. These numbers are the result of taking pictures every 30 seconds, with full flash on every second picture, and with the LCD monitor on as well.
DMC-TZ1 White Balance DMC-TZ1 ISO settings DMC-TZ1 Aspect ratio
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 White balance Panasonic DMC-TZ1 ISO setting Panasonic DMC-TZ1 Aspect ratio
Sometimes the user will need to adjust the white balance of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC TZ1 by hand. The white balance functions allow you to reproduce a white colour close to real life in pictures recorded in sunlight, halogen lighting etc., in which the white colour may otherwise appear reddish or bluish. In the menu of the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 you will find the following white balance settings: Auto, Daily, Cloudy, Halogen and White Set.
In automatic mode the sensitivity is automatically adjusted according to the light conditions. There are times, however, when the automatic setting does not suffice, and you need to change the ISO setting. The Panasonic Lumix TZ1 offers an ISO range of 80 - 1600 ISO. The auto mode uses ISO from 80 to 200, when using flash the camera uses from 80 to 400 and when using High Sensitivity mode the camera uses ISO 800 or 1600.
By changing the aspect ratio, you can select an angle of view that matches the subject. 4:3 has the same aspect ratio as a regular TV or monitor, 3:2 has the same ratio as a 35mm film and 16:9 is suitable for landscapes etc., where a wide view is preferable. This is also suitable for playing back pictures on a wide-screen TV, high-definition TV etc. In Movie mode you can select 4:3 or 16:9.
Dennis Hissink
Lumix TZ1 Play on TV Lumix TZ1 Built-in Flash Panasonic TZ1
Lumix TZ1 Play on TV
Editor's comment:
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 is a surprisingly compact digital camera considering it has an impressive 10x optical zoom on board. The digital camera is very easy to handle, and offers a user-friendly menu through which you can swiftly and effortlessly navigate. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 offers a 5 Megapixel resolution, which is enough to give you a clean and sharp looking photo. Of course the Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) is a very welcome feature and gives you the perfect tool to handle the 10x optical zoom. In practice the Mega O.I.S. is just the thing! By this I mean that once you've used it you will simply never want to go back to a camera without an image stabilizer. It enables you to shoot a faraway subject in a snap with sharp end results; there will be no more blurry pictures! I am pretty sure that Panasonic is one of those brands we should definitely keep an eye on this year..."
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 Play on TV Panasonic DMC-TZ1 Built-in flash
The Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 comes with a cable for audio/video to connect directly to a television. Once connected you can show the captured images on a large size screen. Sharing your favourite moments with family and friends on different occasions is only a matter of taking the Panasonic TZ1 with you and connecting it with the AV cable. The setting for NTSC and PAL can be found in the menu of the camera.
The Panasonic TZ1 has a built-in flash and comes with several flash modes. These are: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction (this can be used for portraits and works best when the subject is well within range of the flash and looking at the pre-flash), Forced on, Forced on with red-eye reduction, Slow Sync with red-eye reduction (this is auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds and anti red-eye) and Forced off. The flash range is approximately 30cm to 3.7m.
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