Summary: You can shoot panoramic photos, too, simply by holding down the shutter button and sweeping the camera across the scene. The camera shoots a bunch of photos and stitches them together seamlessly into one panoramic shot. This works well in Waller's test at EPhotoZine.com. A mini HDMI jack lets you view your videos and photos easily on an HDTV. The Panasonic SZ1 also has a combination A/V-USB jack.
Pros: 10x zoom, Good overall photo quality, Very slim and lightweight
Cons: Video is only 720p, Burst shooting is low-res only, Slow shot-to-shot times
Conclusion: At this price level it is hard to find fault in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 which manages to pack in a number of features and yet retains its relatively slimline small design. There are a number of shortcomings on the SZ1 but nothing too detrimental, mainly noisey images at higher ISOs and the lack of decent video which it's competitors all have to deal with as well.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix SZ1 is available in India at an MRP of Rs. 10,990. This camera is stylishly designed and will appeal to all those who want a minimalistic looking handset. For a camera priced at this amount, it is rich in features and one can certainly benefit from the 10x optical zoom when clicking images outdoors. The only real issue with it is the inconsistent indoor performance.
Excerpt: Gone are the days when a 10x optical zoom had to be a large, brick shaped affair with a slow, lumbering operation. Thanks to cameras such as the Lumix DMC-SZ1 from Panasonic, getting a huge zoom can still mean slipping the camera in your pocket.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a simple, pocket camera that gives you some extra zoom and takes high quality snapshots the Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ1 is a very good choice. Compared to other cameras with similar features available at around the same price this camera has the edge when it comes to picture quality. It takes sharp, colourful photos and offers excellent value for money. Recommended.
Pros: Picture quality, small size, extra zoom
Cons: Blue tint to pictures taken with artificial lighting
The Lumix DMC-SZ1 is a decent, but uninspiring compact camera from Panasonic
Good Gear Guide.au
1 July 2012
Summary: The Lumix DMC-SZ1 is a small camera with a big lens that's easy to carry around for everyday use. However, its image quality isn't great, with some noticeable blurring and occasional mishandling of exposures.
Pros: Compact, Easy to use, 10x zoom
Cons: Noticeable blurring at the edges, Didn't always handle exposure correctly
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix SZ1 is a new range of "Super Zoom" ultra compact cameras with a 10x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor and 3 inch screen it sure packs a lot into an ultra compact body. The other model in the range is the SZ7 with Full HD and 14 megapixel Live MOS sensor, compared to the SZ1 with 720p video and CCD sensor.
Pros: Ultra compact 10x zoom, Panoramic mode, Stylish metal body, Fast focusing, Easy to use, Good colour, Better than expected battery life
Cons: Some purple fringing, Lacks grip, Limited ISO range
Excerpt: Weniger als 150 Euro kostet die handliche SZ1 mit 10fach-Zoom. Die restliche Ausstattung bleibt jedoch schwach. Aber zumindest gibt es einen schnellen Autofokus. Bei Tageslicht gelingen scharfe Fotos, allerdings sehen Sie in allen Lichtsituationen Rauschen in den Aufnahmen.
Pros: Schneller Autofokus, 10fach-Zoom
Cons: Bildrauschen, Display mit niedriger Auflösung, Video in 720p