Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 / DMC-ZS1
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I fell in love with this camera, then it spurned me
D. Jackson, Amazon
23 March 2012
Summary: I learned to take pictures using film and an old 35mm. It was difficult to make up my mind on choosing a digital camera. I researched for years before being satisfied with what I heard about the Panasonic Lumix series. From the very first, I oh so loved this camera; it's small, and I could have it with me all the time without lugging a big machine for special occasions only. When new, it took great pictures, and videos, with terrific sound.
Good, but could have gotten just as good for less money
8 November 2010
Summary: I was really excited about this camera. I read so many reviews for days. But now, I'm mostly disappointed. Pros: Good amount of pixels for no grainy images. Good amount of zoom for a small camera. Easy to use controls. Easy to transfer pictures to computer. Large display on back to view picture. Seems durable/quality material. Doesn't use store-bought batteries.
Summary: First, I have to say I love this camera. I didn't purchase it for its camera function however, I purchased it to be able to have a portable HD video solution with superior optics (as compared to the "digital" only zooms of many of the other single purpose HD handhelds), one that I could easily have with me and whip out to record whenever and wherever an opportunity presented itself.
Summary: This is a nice camera for the price. It takes okay photos, better than other similar cameras I've seen. My only problem with it is its complexity. It is not an easy camera to learn to use properly. Some of the instruction booklet is difficult for an older, technically chalenged person to understand, yet there are issues that I've had with the camera that seem simple but are not addressed in the book.
Great camera for daytime photos or with flash. Nightime shots, not so much.
S. Douglas, Amazon
24 January 2010
Summary: Bought this camera for a trip to Italy. We didn't want to "haul" our Nikon D40 and few lenses around everywhere with us. This camera fits nice in a jacket or cargo pants pocket and was very convenient for tourism. I was duped by the 12x OPTICAL zoom and the Leica lens. The zoom and lens work well together and take some really beautiful pictures.
Summary: I AM A VERY FREQUENT USER OF LUMIX BY PANASONIC..STARTING WITH TZ1...THE GUYS IN DEVELOPMENT DO NICE IMPROVEMENTS BUT ARE NOT ALWAYS BUILDING ON WHAT WORKS..THE MAJOR VALUE OF THESE POCKET ROCKETS IS THE ASPHERICAL 10X OR 12X OPTICAL PLUS GIGITAL WHICH PEAKED AT TZ5..THE NEW SERIES WAS UNDERMINED BY HAVING A 12X OPTICAL LENS THAT ONLY OPERATED AT 3X WHEN IN VIDEO MODE...HAVING OPTICAL ZOOM IN VIDEO IS MY PRIMARY REQUIREMENT AND MAKES SENSE..
Excerpt: I had 2 of these cameras in the last 2 months. The images are very sharp, but this camera is totally unacceptable. Problems: Indoor pictures are very dark. There is no flash compenstion adjustment on this camera. I have a light tan wall and no matter how I set the exposure, it comes out grey. Outside shots can be compensated for by the expose setting either +1/3 or +2/3 but NOTHING helps indoors. What was Panasonic thinking???
Summary: I purchased this camera for my wife. Her hands shake a little but I thought the Image Stabilization would win this battle for her. Most of her pictures with this camera are blurred. When she uses my Canon cameras her pictures are sharp as a bell. Obvious difference in the designs. The flash pictures are warmer than natural and when the flash is used in macro (in auto mode) you never know how the lighting is going to come out.
Excerpt: I bought this to replace our aging Canon SD500. I was convinced to purchase the Panasonic by the sales person who told me about how highly rated it was on dpreview. I trust dpreview, so this is the camera I came home with. I have spent the day testing it indoors and outdoors and I'm quite disappointed with the image quality, particularly indoors. The pictures are all very grainy, and the flash casts a very harsh light.