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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1With a wide-angle, megazoom lens, a quick AF system, and generally high-quality snapshot photos, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 is a standout compact megazoom.
[ Music ] >> Josh Goldman: Hi. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews, and this is a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC ZR1. With 12 megapixels, ZR1 uses new superthin lens elements that allowed Panasonic to squeeze a 25 millimeter wide-angled lens with an 8X zoom to a lightweight camera body that easily slips into a pants pocket. The camera's very much a point and shoot with no controls over shuttle speed or aperture. What you do get is a program auto for adjusting things like exposure and ISO. Panasonic's reliably good intelligent auto mode for snapshots under any conditions. A boatload of scene modes and HD-quality movie capture with use of the very quiet zoom lens while recording. The ZR1 also features the company's new power OIS image stabilization to help with hand shake when the lens is extended, which worked very well. Controls are simple. Should be easy to pick up for just about any user. The 2.7 inch LCD on back is nice and bright making it viewable in direct sunlight. Photo and video quality were generally excellent except in the camera's highest ISO settings, which causes some color issues. Lastly, the auto focus system is quick, and there is little shutter lag in bright and dim lighting. Only its shot to shot times were average but still good for a megazoom. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Panasonic Lumix DMC ZR1. [ Music ]