Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 8x optical zoom (25-200mm in 35mm equiv), Power O.I.S, HD Video at 1280×720, 30fps, ISO 80-1600, Supports SD/SDHC memory cards, fast 0.3sec AF and a 2.7-inch TFT LCD screen. The camera measures 2.14” x 3.85” x 1.02” and weighs Approx. 0.30 lb lbs

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) Reviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
“Overall image quality is very good with the Lumix ZR1, especially for a camera with a sub-$300 price tag. Images are sharp and bright most of the time.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
“The Lumix DMC-ZR1 won’t bowl you over with fancy looks or gee-whiz features, but it’s a rock-solid sub-$300 camera that offers a lot more than an entry-level snapshooter.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
“The ZX1 delivers on the image quality side of things, with ISO 100-400 perfectly usable for most photos with ISO 800 reserved for low-light situations. It dealt extremely well with chromatic aberrations, colours were a little muted but accurate, and macro performance was good – only slightly soft images and an under-powered built-in flash detracted from the overall performance.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC ZX1 does the job it sets out to do very well. The turn on and shutter lag times are very impressive. The camera takes a good picture in most situations and there are one or two extra features thrown in such as High Definition movies.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) (Google translated page) and writes;
“We find the overall image quality of the Panasonic ZR1 to be very good at ISO 80 with low noise and good image detail. Image quality is good up to ISO 400; at higher ISOs, images suffer from noise and loss of detail.”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
” The good: Simple to use; nice design; excellent performance, photo quality. The bad: No AV output cable included; no shutter speed, aperture controls.The bottom line: With a wide-angle, megazoom lens, a quick AF system, and generally high-quality snapshot photos, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 is a standout compact megazoom.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
” the ZR1 averaged just .32 second from shutter press to image capture—that’s the best number we’ve ever seen for a point-and-shoot camera. Average shot-to-shot lag is also minimal, averaging 2.03 seconds.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
“The ZX1 is a really nice camera to use; it feels solid and well built, and yet is small enough to easily slip into your pocket. Images are bright and punchy with impressive detail even at the full extension of the lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TechRadar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) and writes;
“In fact, we found that with anything over the base ISO 80 level the noise was noticeable – even at around ISO 250 or 320 pictures are unpleasantly grainy when you look closely (we were zooming in to images in Photoshop at 100 per cent view) which means poor print quality..”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) (Google translated page) and writes;
“The noise of the camera is good, but clearly visible that both at ISO 200 and at ISO 800 in each case reaches a greater noise level. To ISO 800 the noise is very low and no share of chroma noise, although it is already visible from ISO 200″
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) (Google translated page) and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1 certainly belongs among the best compact zoom cameras. Who is on the mediocre speed and ignore the moderate video quality, is replaced for around 300 euros a great digicam for the pocket.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 (ZX1) Specifications


Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
Face Recognition (Still)
Optical Image Stabilizer (Still & Movie)
Intelligent ISO Control (Still & Movie)
Face Detection (Still)
Intelligent Scene Selector (Still – Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro, Movie)

Camera Effective Pixels

12.1 Mega Pixels

Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)

Image Sensor Size

Optical Zoom


Extra Optical Zoom
9.8x (4:3 / 8M), 12.5x (4:3 / 5M), 15.6x (under 3M)

Focal Length
f=4.5-36.0mm (25-200mm in 35mm equiv.)

9 elements in 7 groups
(4 Aspherical Lenses)


Conversion Lens Compatibility

Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50cm – infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO : Wide 3cm / Tele 100cm – infinity

AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11pt) / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot

Normal / AF Macro, Zoom Macro


Built-in Flash Type/Mode
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 – 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 2.9m (Tele/ISO Auto)

LCD Monitor
2.7″ TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High-Angle LCD

Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Power Supply
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 895mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)

Battery Life
330 pictures (CIPA standard)

Motion Image (HD Movie)
1280×720, 30fps (Motion JPEG)

Dimensions (H x W x D)

2.14” x 3.85” x 1.02”

Approx. 0.30 lb lbs

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