Panasonic Lumix ZX1 review

Panasonic squeezes a full 12MP sensor into this tiny compact camera

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Panasonic lumix dmx zx1

We liked

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1 is a small but slick bit of camera kit. It's quick and easy to use and it takes top shots with very little input from us. If you're feeling lazy, and like to leave your compact on auto or use Scene modes, that's ideal. If you like to take control of your photography a bit more and set apertures and shutter speeds… well, perhaps you need think about a DSLR!

We disliked

You only get Basic Operating Instructions in the box, you have to get the more in-depth manual from the supplied CD.

When taking photos using the flash, we had to be careful composing our shots square on to our subjects, otherwise we got nasty shadows appearing across the sides of our images.

And as the flash is to the top right side of the lens, this means when taking very tight shots (macro close-ups for instance) and flash, if you angle the camera to the right, you could shadow appearing from the lens itself. A small point, but an important one nonetheless.

We also didn't like the high noise levels above ISO 200.

Verdict

Small enough to slip into a shirt top pocket and light enough to go unnoticed in a handbag, the DMC-ZX1 is an ideal camera to take with you to get some happy snaps. It's impressive that Panasonic's managed to fit in so much when you consider the DMC-ZX1 is so small – 97.8x54.6x26.0mm to be precise.

It's also worth noting the DMC-ZX1 is also available in blue, red or black as well as traditional silver – a colour choice for everyone then.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Product FamilyLumix ZX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)138 g
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height54.6 mm
Width97.8 mm
Depth26 mm
Product SeriesZX
Focal Length4.50 mm to 36 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-ZX1
Product NameLumix DMC-ZX1 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-ZX1EB-R
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Compact Digital Camera ZX1 25mm Wide-angle 8x Optical Zoom Leica DC Lens in a Ultra-compact Body. Panasonic achieved the world's first incorporation of 0.3mm super thin aspherical lens and industry first 0.3mm spherical lens into the newly developed lens unit. This makes it possible to fit the 25-200mm high performance lens in a slim and compact body.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-ZX1 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year