Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Superzoom

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An Easy to use Compact with a Lot of Zoom

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 An impressive 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor for beautiful image quality. It boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom and a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens in a compact body for easy, convenient portability. A 3.0" (7.6 cm) Intelligent LCD monitor automatically adjusts the backlight depending upon the environment's lighting. Record 720p HD video via a dedicated video record button, allowing you to instantly begin recording without selecting any extra settings. The full range of the 10x optical zoom is available in video recording mode.

Take advantage of 2 new shooting modes: Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot. Miniature Effect defocuses objects at the periphery while emphasizing saturation and contrast to make the image resemble a diorama. When you record video in Miniature Effect mode, it's played back at 10x fast-forward speed, making it comical and fun to watch. Panorama Shot enables you to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking consecutive shots and then overlaying the pictures to give the effect of a panoramic photo.

Also enjoy Creative Retouch, which includes 6 filters: Toy Effect, Soft Focus Dynamic Monochrome, Expressive, High Key and Retro, each of which lend the picture a more artistic appearance. The Auto Retouch function adjusts contrast and brightness to lend the photo a different look. Both retouch functions work their magic with ease at a single press of a button.

Enjoy iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, which employs a whole suite of technologies to automatically select the optimal camera settings for natural, gorgeous images. Included under the iA umbrella are AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, MEGA O.I.S. / image stabilization, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

The SZ1 is compatible with SD/ SDHC/ SDXC memory cards. It offers USB power charging in addition to the traditional AC power supply.

Note! Sound is not recorded with Miniature Effect in Creative Control Mode, and roughly 1/10 of the time period is recorded. If you record for 10 min, the resulting motion picture recording will be about 1 min long. - Jan 10, 2012

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16.1 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 16.6 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)  
Sensor type CCD  
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25 250 mm  
Optical zoom 10  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69")  
Macro focus range 4 cm (1.57")  
Number of focus points 23  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 230,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT Color LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.1 - F5.9  
Minimum shutter speed 8 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 5.6 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction  
Continuous drive Yes (1.3 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 70 MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 250  
Weight (inc. batteries) 131 g (0.29 lb / 4.62 oz)  
Dimensions 99 x 59 x 21 mm (3.9 x 2.32 x .83")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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