Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 Digital Camera

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Long 20x Zoom (24-480mm) Brings the Scene in Close

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS-45 The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 Digital Camera available in Black or White is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera containing a 16MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor to deliver high-resolution still images and full 1080p HD video recording with notable low-light quality and sensitivity to an expansive ISO 6400. Quick performance is also available all through the camera system, including the capability to record full-resolution imagers up to 10 frames per second for as many as 10 images or 2 fps with autofocus tracking.

Complementing the imaging attainment of the camera is the built-in 20x Lumix DC Vario optical zoom lens, which provides an equivalent 35mm focal length range of 24-480mm to accommodate working in a wide array of situations. Aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements assist to create sharp, high contrast images and also work to diminish distortion and aberrations all through the zoom range. An advantage of the extensive zooming abilities of this particular lens is POWER O.I.S. image stabilization, which diminishes the appearance of camera shake to better support shooting with greater zoom magnifications or longer shutter speeds

For monitoring live view and image review, a big 3.0" LCD 460k-dot screen is available and features a 180° tilting layout to handle front-facing and low-angle shooting. The monitor is also useful for intuitive menu navigation when applying a many camera settings, including Creative Panorama and Creative Control modes, as well as access to the built-in Wi-Fi functions. This connectivity provides instant transferring of pictures or videos to remote shooting and viewing capabilities as well as linked mobile devices. ✓

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 18 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto, 100-3200, high sensitivity mode (1600-6400)  
Boosted ISO (maximum) 6400  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24480 mm  
Optical zoom 20  
Maximum aperture F3.3 - F6.4  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X-4X)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)  
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)  
Number of focus points 21  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 1,040,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT-LCD w/180 degree upward tilt  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 6.00 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off  
Continuous drive 10.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)  
Format MPEG-4  
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 78MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n  
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-ion battery and USB charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 350  
Weight (inc. batteries) 249 g (0.55 lb / 8.78 oz)  
Dimensions 108 x 60 x 32 mm (4.25 x 2.36 x 1.26)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5