Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

The advancement in the design and form factor of all widgets is increasingly at a faster pace, and the same is true in the case of cameras either.  Panasonic has launched its one of the modern cameras - Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1.  The Lumix DMC-ZR1 carries along 0.3mm aspherical and spherical lens capabilities.

This new series also adds along an 8x optical zoom lens, 12.1mp sensor and 2.7in LCD. It also incorporates Panasonic's most modern optical image stabilization that assists to reduce the shake-contain effect. DMC-ZR1 is attaching 25mm ultra wide angle, and 8x optical zoom lens*1 either.

Panasonic appears very keen to bring out highly technologically advanced widget that is why DMC-ZR1 is an obvious headway on the same trajectory, inducting the latest features in this latest model camera.  DMC-ZR1 is the award winning Lumix range of compcams (compact cameras), for offering the capability of picture efficiency and facilitations.

Amazingly, this latest series that is a part of high-definition DMC group that lends a far more compactness, while augmenting an 8x optical zooming capability either.  This new widget offers unmatched capabilities, like 12.1mp sensor, a powerful 8x optical zoom and so on.

Panasonic has taken a great leap by equipping world's first 0.3mm super-thin aspherical lens and industry's first 0.3mm spherical lens - the DMC-ZR1 and lends a stunningly slim and compact quality.  The lens unit of camera consists of 9 elements in 7 groups, comprising 4 aspherical lenses with 6 spherical surfaces.

25mm ultra wide-angle capability is best for both covering the images of landscapes and indoor shots like internal parties evens in restaurants or homes, so let the photographer to get a close-up of a broader view of natural landscape.

In its 3mp resolution mode, the extra optical zoom function employs the central part of the CCD to lend additional magnification, enlarge the zoom power to 15.6x.

It is a gratifying indicator that the camera producers have identified new avenues and trying to design slimmer and thinner yet with superzoom capability, that is a choice for all camera enthusiasts.

Before inducting these slimmer and thinner pocket size cameras, the conventional cameras were having low zoom capability, and a common optical standard.  So in this state of affairs, you had to opt either for a wider lens cam or lower lens body, the solution we found, when these both qualities were garnered in one gizmo like this latest series.

Panasonic's TZ-series, the Lumix ZS3/TZ7 is slimmer and thinner, with a more zooming capacity, yet this series is chunky to adjust in a pocket and at such time ZR1 where it's playing its due role.

This new series is a quarter inch slimmer and a quarter inch shorter than the ZS3, and the 8x25-200mm zooming range covers a lot of territory.  It is not as commanding as the ZS3.  It is a camera that can be liked not only by the expert photographers even the novice cameramen either.

Panasonic has aptly taken the advantage of its amassed optical technologies, mega OIS has been added into the Lumix camera series from the experience of its earlier stages of camera advancement. Now mega OIS has leaped into a highly advanced phase, like power OIS vividly gets the close-ups in its ultra telephoto lens range, in the conventional system, a tripod was essential for this purpose.

Those models which were having shake controlling capability, this latest DMC-ZR1 camera is having double than theirs, exclusively efficient for the night time snapping with a lesser shutter speed.

Key Specs and Features of Panasonic DMC-ZX1

Sensor: 1/2.33" Type CCD, 12.7 million pixels total, 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4000 x 3000, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4000 x 2672, 3264 x 2176, 2560 x 1712, 2048 x 1360, 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4000 x 2248, 3264 x 1840, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1080

Movie clips: 1280x720 pixels @ 30fps, 4:3: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels @ 30 fps, 16:9: 848 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps, Quick Time Motion JPEG

File formats: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21, QuickTime (Motion JPEG)

Lens: 8x optical zoom, 25 - 200mm (35mm equiv.), f=4.5-36mm, F3.3 - 5.9, LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR, 9 elements in 7 groups (4 Aspherical Lenses)

Image Stabilization: Power OIS lens-shift stabilization

Digital zoom: Yes, up to 4x

Focus: Normal, Macro, Zoom Macro

AF area modes: Face / AF tracking, 11-point, 1-point high speed, 1-point, Spot

AF assist lamp: Yes

Metering: Intelligent Multiple

Focus distance: Normal: Wide 50cm - infinity, Macro / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 3 cm / Tele 100 cm - infinity

ISO sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600 - 6400)

Exposure compensation: ± 2EV, 1/3EV steps

Exposure bracketing: ± 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames

Shutter speed: 8-1/2000 sec, Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60sec

Aperture: F3.3 - 5.9 / 2-Step (F3.3 - 10 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))

Modes: Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, SCN, My SCN, Motion Picture, Clipboard

Still Picture Scene modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater

White balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set

Self timer: 2, 10 sec

Continuous shooting: Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 fps Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode), High-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 10 fps (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9) (Speed Priority), Approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)(Image Priority)

Image parameters: Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm

Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Range: 0.3 - 5.1m (Wide/ISO Auto),  0.3 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)

Viewfinder: No

LCD monitor: 2.7" TFT LCD Display, 230K dots, Field of View: approx. 100%, AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High angle mode

Connectivity: USB2.0 High speed, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), miniHDMI, DC Input

Print compliance: PictBridge, DPOF

Storage: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, 50MB internal memory

Power: Li-ion battery, Charger included, AC adaptor (optional)

Weight (no batt):  138 g

Dimensions: 98 x 55 x 26mm, (3.9 x 2.1 x 1.02 n)

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