6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

About Video Transcript

First Look: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

2:11 /

With a flexible lens in a pocketable package, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 is a pleasing point-and-shoot megazoom--both in design and photo quality.

>> Hey I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews and this is a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1. Like its line mate the ZS3, this is a 10 megapixel point and shoot camera; the 25 millimeter equivalent wide-angle lens and at 12X optical zoom all in a package small enough to slip in a pocket. However, the ZS1 is $100 less expensive because it dropped some features, the biggest one being that it doesn't have a High-Def movie mode. The ZS1 is VGA only. But the rest of the package is very good with a 2.7 inch LCD on back, straightforward control layout; nice sturdy built quality including this big grip on the right that makes it comfortable to shoot one handed if necessary. The only thing that was a bit of a problem was how freely the mode dial spends because the slightest nudge results in an error message. Since the ZS1 is for the most part a snapshot camera, its shooting options are fairly limited. You get Panasonic's intelligent auto that determines the most suitable scene mode and helps correct any blurring, focus and brightness issues. And of course you get a set of scene modes; you can even assign one of the scene modes to a My Scene spot on the mode dial. There's also a program auto option if you want control over settings like ISO, white balance and auto focus. Photo quality is very good for its class. Things that mega zoom photos typically exhibit--softness, barrel distortion; purple fringing; didn't seem to trouble the ZS1 and photos below ISO 200 were generally sharp with good detail, excellent color and exposure, though there was some highlight clipping. Performance was more of an issue, mainly shutter lag which took just less than a second from release to capture in good lighting. In spite of that though if you want a pocketable Point and Shoot Mega Zoom camera, this is one of the best options around. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Panasonic LumixDMC-ZS1.

New releases

Samsung's premium-looking gas range costs less
2:06 March 28, 2015
The $1,699 Samsung Gas Range with True Convection, model number NX58F5700, has a lot to love at a reasonable price.
Play video
PicoBrew's automated beer maker too pricey for most home brewers.
6:28 March 28, 2015
We're cloudy on the benefits of the PicoBrew Zymatic, especially for $2,000.
Play video
Meerkat or Periscope? Which is better?
1:54 March 27, 2015
With Twitter's Periscope hitting the scene, we had to see how it measures up to Meerkat.
Play video
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: What's the difference?
2:30 March 27, 2015
Paralyzed by choice? CNET's Jessica Dolcourt helps you decide if you can really be happy with the base model S6, or if the S6 Edge's...
Play video
2016 Kia Sorento
5:28 March 27, 2015
CNET Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham test-drives the new 2016 Kia Sorento Limited Trim model and checks the tech on this comfortable,...
Play video
Mercedes F 015: Car of the future (CNET On Cars, Episode 62)
20:50 March 27, 2015
Mercedes asks what shall we do when driving ends, the new safety tech that must be on your new-car shopping list, and the Top 5 affordable...
Play video
Imagine a 10TB Solid State Drive
2:58 March 27, 2015
Could a 10TB Solid State Drive be in our near future? Amazon fluffs up their cloud service, Lyft goes social and Tim Cook gives ba...
Play video
It shoots. It scores.
2:53 March 27, 2015
Mirrorless Samsung NX1 takes on dSLRs for action photography.
Play video