Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo (added on 18.01.07)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 is the world’s smallest point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 14.02.06) with 10x optical (equivalent to 35-350mm) Leica DC zoom lens. The camera featuring a 5.0 megapixels (CCD), Image Stabilizer, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. It’s measuring 112 x 58.1 x 40.2 mm (4.41 x 2.29 x 1.58 in, 234 g (7.3 oz) and running on a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack.

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>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 18.01.07)

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Photos @ CamerasUK
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Photos @ Photography Blog
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Sample Photos @ M-J JONES

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Latest Price

>> REVIEWS (last update: 18.01.07)

DigitalCamerainfo reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 was released last year at a time when the ultra-zoom market was beginning to expand and consumers were looking for compact options. The 5-megapixel TZ1 filled that niche, but since its release better cameras have stepped into the market. Snapshooters should be very happy to have a long zoom lens that can fit in a coat pocket. We like the lens quality, but we think Panasonic’s excellent image stabilization takes much of the credit for making the long zoom useful for casual shooters. Though it’s not the camera for enthusiasts who want to experiment and take control of the process, at a budget price, it doesn’t need to be. This easy to use digital camera doesn’t provide stellar image quality, but has a good interface and concept.”

ImagingResource reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“The Panasonic Lumix TZ1 is a nice little camera at a great price, with a 10x, optically stabilized zoom lens, high ISO Scene mode, and large LCD. The large 2.5-inch LCD screen, while less accurate than most, is great for sharing your photos with friends, and makes the menus easier to see. From startup to cycle times, the Panasonic TZ1′s performance was above average. The Panasonic TZ1 did reasonably well overall in our testing, delivering good, bright color, and good resolution, but the significant lens flare from middle to long telephoto raised a red flag. We expect some flare in the corners on most lenses, but flare that insinuates itself across the frame is objectionable. Another failing is the weak flash, somewhat mitigated by the Panasonic TZ1′s ability to shoot in low light. It would be nice to have a controller instead of arrow buttons and some manual exposure options, but otherwise the Panasonic TZ1 is a pleasure to use, and just missed a Dave’s Pick due to the extreme lens flare over half of the zoom range. We think those printing only 4×6 images will be plenty happy with the TZ1, but we just can’t give it our top recommendation. “

ThinkCamera reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 where they rated the camera 7/10 and wrote;
“When Panasonic called the TZ1 a “Travel Zoom” it described it perfectly. The camera can perform well at both the Wide and Tele end of the scale, allowing you to capture both portrait and landscape shots of the places you visit, and the sturdiness of the camera means you can use the camera without a big fear of it breaking in a bag or if you drop it – although I wouldn’t try it. Picture quality is reasonable but not outstanding, with the lens being let down somewhat by the sensor, but it is good enough for any situation. “

Popular Photography compared the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 VS Kodak EasyShare V610 and wrote;
“Both cameras scored Extremely High in color accuracy. And while both keep noise levels below the Unacceptable rating at all ISOs (we tested both up to ISO 800, though the Panasonic goes up to 1600 in certain settings), the Kodak does better at noise suppression…Overall, because neither camera scored a knockout, our three-judge panel awarded a two-to-one split decision to the Panasonic over the Kodak. Its MEGA O.I.S., faster maximum aperture at both wide and tele, less lens distortion, and more secure handling make it the better choice. Despite scoring worse in noise, the Panasonic, at $100 less than its competitor, is a better value.”

Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“..I think that the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 is a very good digital Mega zoom camera to take along as a second camera. The compact format, the optical image stabilizer and the well organized user interface are a nice combination to work with. I have already written about and experienced that once you’ve worked with a digital camera equipped with an optical image stabilizer like the MEGA O.I.S. you won’t ever want to go without. The Panasonic Lumix TZ1 is not totally free of faults, but the scales definitely come down on the positive side. As a camera for starters or a second camera, the combination of a 10x optical Leica zoom and MEGA O.I.S. make the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 an attractive package. “

Digital Camera Review reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 is a joy to use, but with a few downsides. It’s an easy to use camera and has a nice 10x optical zoom with image stabilization, especially given its size. A nice set of scene modes provides plenty of options for the casual shooter. The camera’s focus speed, cycle time, and quick click to capture speed are among the best around. On the downside, Panasonic continues to fight with noise in their images with some pretty heavy in-camera noise reduction that is evident in higher ISO images..”

Pocket-Lint reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“If you’re the type of snapper that requires a neat, well-specified digital camera with plenty of auto control and you will likely print no larger than, say, 5 x 7-inch prints then the TZ1 is a cert to include on your wish list. But…This unique well-made, easy to use and well-specified compact is one that’s let the side down badly at the final analysis by image noise and noise reduction processing that removes vital detail.”

CameraLabs reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“Noise is the TZ1’s biggest issue, although again it’s mostly avoided at the lowest sensitivities and barely visible on smaller print sizes. It’s just not the camera for anyone who wants to make large prints, examine images at 100% or shoot at high sensitivities. While higher than average noise levels along with little or no manual control reduces our overall ranking of the Lumix TZ1, the fact you’re getting a 10x optically-stabilised lens in a compact body is enough to earn it a Recommendation. “

CamerasUK reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“One of the strengths of the DMC TZ1 is just how easy it is to use. Buttons and dials on the camera are kept to a minimum and the menu system is one of the most straightforward you are likely to find. The options in the menu system can be cut right down if you still find them confusing. This is achieved by switching the camera to simple mode. “

PCMag reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“Overall, I thought the TZ1 did a good job at capturing our still-life scene set up here in PC Magazine Labs. Both the daylight and flash shots revealed a little noise. The colors were vibrant and had good saturation, but tended to be a little on the warm side. The flash shot seemed to display better, truer color than the daylight shot. There was no purple fringing in either shot. Even though both images were somewhat underexposed, they had good dynamic range. “

CNET reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“Images from the Lumix DMC-TZ1 showed accurate, natural colors, with plenty of saturation. Plus, exposures were generally accurate, though it had a tendency to clip detail from the brightest portions of our field test images. Unfortunately, we also saw moiré in the finer details of our test images, which were noticeably soft and suffered from JPEG artifacts and fringing.”

DCRP reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“Camera performance was excellent. The TZ1 starts up in a second, focuses very quickly (especially if you’re using the high speed AF modes), and there’s no shutter lag to speak of. Low light focusing was very good, thanks to the camera’s AF-assist lamp. If you’ve got a high speed SD card then you’ll be able to take full advantage of the TZ1′s great continuous shooting mode, which lets you shoot indefinitely at 2 frames/second. The one downer in the performance department is battery life: the expensive CGA-S007 battery lasts for 250 shots, which is below average these days.”

DigicamReview reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“The buttons are fairly easy to use, and they are in a good position and in easy reach for using the camera with one hand. There seems to be the right amount of buttons. The buttons feel okay, the shutter release is quite decent. The buttons are labelled fairly well. I thought the camera felt very good ergonomically, and was the correct weight. The hand grip seemed good, with a decent sized front grip and a decent sized thumb grip on the back, I was quite impressed considering the small-ish size of the camera. All of the compartments and covers seem well positioned and are easy to open. The only design problem, which is a fairly minor one, is the location of the plastic tripod mount, which is quite close the the edge of the camera – this could cause problems if your tripod is quite small and light.”

ePhotozine reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“The Lumix TZ1 does offer a lot of features. The 10x zoom, compact body and large clear LCD screen are the kind of features that will get you to part with your hard-earned cash when looking at the camera in a shop.Unfortunately it also has its less obvious weak points. I was surprised by the levels of noise at all ISO sensitivities, and the image quality at the long end of the zoom is less than I expected from a ‘Leica’ lens. The drop in contrast and soft ethereal look the images have is less than satisfactory for me.”

Megapixel reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“Pros: Very good to excellent image quality outdoors, Innovative, high quality 10X zoom, Very effective stabilization system, No chromatic aberration, no serious optical distortion, Good movie mode, Good value for money.
Cons: Built-in flash a bit weak unless sensitivity is set to Auto, No Manual or priority modes, No uncompressed format. “

PhotographyBlog reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“Image quality is on the whole good, although the inability to alter sharpness in the camera is frustrating as the images are soft. The 5 megapixel 1/2.5 inch sensor used in the DMC-TZ1 is not as noisy as those used in other Panasonic cameras that I have tested, with ISO 80-200 being perfectly usable…. The TZ1 may be just a simple point and shoot camera in terms of creativity, with no control over aperture or shutter speeds, but you may also find that the focal range is simply too liberating to ignore. Highly recommended.”

CNET reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 and wrote;
“Overall, image quality from the Lumix TZ1 was acceptable though colors turned out to be slightly muted in some of our pictures. We didn’t have significant problems with purple fringing, though blooming could be noticed in some heavy backlit images.
Noise, however, was an issue especially beyond the ISO 800 range. Though it was still relatively contained between the selectable ISO 80 and ISO 400, we’ve seen other compact cameras performing better.”

>> USER MANUALS

- Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 User Manual (English/Spanish)

>> PRESS RELEASE

5-Megapixel DMC-LZ2 and 4-Megapixel DMC-LZ1 Featuring Optical 6x Zoom and MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer)

Panasonic is introducing the incoming LUMIX models 5.0-megapixel DMC-LZ2 and 4.0-megapixel DMC-LZ1, incorporating MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) and 6x optical zoom(equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm film camera) lens, that run on 2 AA batteries. Panasonic is the first company in the industry to have succeeded in incorporating MEGA O.I.S. into a compact digital camera. Compared to the previous models, the DMC-LC80/70/50, the image processor Venus Engine has been upgraded to the newly developed Venus Engine Plus, which achieves about 50% low energy consumption while providing even higher image quality and quick response. The new models have a large 2.0 inch TRM(Transmissive with Micro Reflective) LCD display which is extremely easy to view, even outdoors on bright, sunny days. And despite the equipment of optical 6x zoom lens unit, the body size is yet as compact as ordinary AA-battery operated 3x optical zoom camera.

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