Excerpt: Panasonic's 5-megapixel DMC-TZ1 comes with something rare on a compact camera: a lens cap! Pop off the lens cap, and you're greeted by a big, bright Leica OC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-4.2/5.2-52 Aspherical 10x zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 35mm-350mm f/2/8-4.2) which bulges proudly from the textured silver body. Add a pronounced finger grip and an array of dials and buttons on the top and reverse and you've got a digital camera with the timeless feel of a compact rangefinder.
Conclusion: Putting aside all talk of noise reduction and other image quality metrics I should firstly say that I really liked the DMC-TZ1; it offers a unique twist on the popular 'super zoom' concept, and having such a huge focal range in an (almost) pocketable package is an appealing proposition.
Pros: Unique compact with 10x image stabilized zoom, Good resolution, surprisingly sharp folded optics lens, Bright, breezy punchy results out of camera, High quality construction, Highly versatile 35-350mm zoom range, Good shot-to-shot speed, Reliable white balance with fine tuning, Generally feels fast and responsive (though see below), High speed (and accurate) focus; near class-leading performance, Big, bright, high resolution screen, Decent movie mode with 848 x 480 pi...
Cons: Noise - and heavy noise reduction - make ISO 200+ usable only for small prints, Noise visible in shadow areas even at ISO 80, No manual control of shutter speed or aperture, Some metering issues, particularly in backlit scenes, Default contrast and saturation quite high, Occasional exposure problems and blown highlights when shooting in very bright light, Longer than average shutter lag - up to 0.3 seconds.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 Mega zoom camera The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 is a surprisingly compact Mega zoom digital camera that comes from an unexpected source in the photo trade. It is striking that so many manufacturers whose background is not in photography are coming up with photographic innovations as Panasonic has done with the Lumix TZ1 digital camera.
Excerpt: When introduced back in February, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 was the world's smallest 10x optical zoom camera. It has since lost that title to the Kodak Easyshare V610. However, it's still very compact and the benefit of Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (optical image stabilization) is hard to beat. Read on to see our full review of the TZ1, a 5 megapixel camera with 2.5 inch LCD and 10x optical zoom.
Summary: While the Lumix TZ1’s neither the slimmest nor sexiest compact on the market, it’s nothing short of remarkable to find a 10x optical zoom lens in there. The flexibility and convenience of having such a long reach in a relatively pocketable body cannot be underestimated. You’ll enjoy the kind of opportunist shots which only a long zoom can deliver, but at times when you’re unlikely or unwilling to carry a larger camera.
Pros: Huge 10x optical zoom for a compact, Optical Image Stabilisation, Good build quality, Widescreen videos with anamorphic TV output
Cons: Noise levels high even at low sensitivity, Little or no manual control, Smearing on High Sensitivity mode, Ultimate image quality beaten by some compacts
Excerpt: If you want a camera with a lot of zoom power, but are frustrated with the bulk of a typical ultra zoom then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 ($349) may be for you. The TZ1 packs a 10X optical zoom lens (with image stabilization) into a body the size of your typical compact camera. You'll also get a 5 Megapixel CCD, 2.5" LCD display, infinite continuous shooting mode, and a widescreen movie mode.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), 10X optical zoom in a small package, Optical image stabilization system, Well built metal body comes in at least two colors, Large 2.5" LCD display is visible in low light; handy Power LCD and High Angle features, AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Superb performance, especially with a high speed SD card, Great movie mode; records in widescreen; zoom lens usable during filming, Very good continuous shooting mode...
Cons: Images noisier than they should be, especially at high ISO sensitivities; unimpressive high sensitivity mode, Redeye, Flash is on the weak side, No viewfinder of any kind, Some manual controls would've been nice, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, Very little built-in memory, Below average battery life, Plastic tripod mount
Summary: --- :"\302\240The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 is a very good all round digital camera, compact and pocketable (in large pockets) yet features a Leica 10x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation. The camera produces very good images with excellent colour, saturation and exposure, assuming you use the lowest ISO settings. Purple fringing was slightly higher than average and was noticable in flash reflections on when using the full 10x optical zoom but isn't a huge problem.
Pros: Very good image quality, Rich, saturated colours, Easy to use, Good macro mode, Good battery life, Optical image stabilisation - works well for low-light or zoom photography, Very compact for a 10x optical zoom digital camera (world's smallest with optical image stabilisation), Very good video mode, High resolution 2.5" screen, Almost pocketable (with large trouser pockets), Good value for money
Cons: High sensitivity / High ISO 1600 mode only available as a scene mode makes images overly blurry., Plastic Tripod mount close to the edge of the camera, Some purple fringing (mainly at full optical zoom), Higher than average noise at all ISO settings rough edges and detail loss at ISO200 and above.
Summary: If you need a 10X zoom in the a compact form factor, then the TZ1 is probably for you. However there are other cameras out there that take better shots, so if this isn't a primary concern you may be better served by another model.
Pros: Big zoom in a compact body, Low chromatic aberration, 1600 ISO
Cons: Images below expectation, Large for a compact model