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Panasonic DMC-SZ1EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 25mm LEICA Lens and HD Movie)

by Panasonic
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)



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  • 25mm Wide-angle 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
  • 16.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • 20x Intelligent Zoom with Intelligent Resolution Technology
  • Intuitive Touch-control Shooting with 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 9.9 x 5.9 cm ; 113 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: DMC-SZ1EB-K
  • ASIN: B006U98IDQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,714 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

 Compact Digital Camera SZ1

Compact Digital Camera SZ1 - Powerful 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens in Slim, Compact Body

The DMC-SZ1 features powerful 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 25mm ultra wide-angle that fits in the slim, compact body (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm). The new lens system makes the unit’s overall length short to fit in the slim body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto. The 10x optical zoom increases its power to 20x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.

High Quality, High Speed Recording

With DMC-SZ1, there are two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes – 16.1-megapixel high-resolution photos and HD videos. In still image recording, the Sonic Speed AF helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities. In video recording, the DMC-SZ1 can record HD (1280 x 720) videos in MP4 format. This format has high compatibility with computers. A separate button lets you instantly start recording video without the need of extra settings. The 10x optical zoom is available in video recording.

 MEGA O.I.S. Anti-blur Technology
MEGA O.I.S. Anti-blur Technology

The MEGA O.I.S. compensates for blurring caused by hand-shake. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images. The Venus Engine controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens to further increase the detection accuracy and correction effect of MEGA O.I.S. It works for zoom shots and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, and lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination without losing the mood.

16.1-Megapixel High-resolution CCD

The DMC-SZ1 features a 16.1-megapixel high-resolution CCD. Combined with the Venus Engine, 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor enables the recording of beautiful photos and high-definition videos with higher quality signal processing.

Creative Modes

The Miniature Effect Mode in which the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to make the picture looks like a diorama. The video recorded in this mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding making it more comical to watch. The Panorama Shot in the Scene Mode makes it possible to shoot horizontal / vertical panoramic images by overlaying consequently shot images. The Auto Retouch function adjusts contrast and brightness to give different impression to the photo with just a press of a button.

Product Description

Compact Digital Camera SZ1 - Powerful 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens in Slim, Compact Body. The DMC-SZ1 features powerful 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 25mm ultra wide-angle that fits in the slim, compact body (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm). The new lens system makes the units overall length short to fit in the slim body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto. The 10x optical zoom increases its power to 20x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. With DMC-SZ1, there are two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes 16.1-megapixel high-resolution photos and HD videos. In still image recording, the Sonic Speed AF helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
397 of 401 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Kerrigan 15 April 2012
Colour Name:Black
I've always used SLRs for photos but needed a good quality compact for times and places demanded something less obtrusive. This little gem hits the spot completely. A Leica lens produces brilliant sharp images, as you'd expect, enhanced with an optical image stabiliser. The x10 optical zoom is a dream, but of course at full zoom, the better the light the better the image. The HD video is excellent quality and is surprisingly easy to hand-hold and get really good images. And as a real bonus for a HD compact, it allows you to zoom in and out whilst recording. That wasn't the case on our last Sony Compact. Battery life is tops and so is the large, bright 3" LCD screen.

The camera has a range if settings from automatic to a range of pre-settings. Many are as you'd expect (sports, night scene, soft-focus portrait etc) but there's some interesting new or newish options - auto-settings for photos of food (!), photos through glass (which may just be a way of switching off the flash - haven't checked that out and two baby settings. Using these the camera will recognise up to two individual faces (and one for a pet!) Enter their date of birth and if you wish the photos can show the age of the child in question every time a photo is taken! Oh, and a panorama setting which makes taking panorama photos as easy as pie.

I bought mine in Bangkok last week and paid about the same as Amazon are now quoting (£166) but had a leather belt purse (Panasonic DMW-PSS13KK Leather Case) and 4GB card in that price. The 4GB card allows you to take about 650 - 800 photos at 6-6.5MB each, but double that number for 2-3MB photos. And for the record, it worked well in 40 C temperatures.

So lots of plusses, but the HD video tops the bill for me.
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191 of 197 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little camera 15 May 2012
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
My trusty old Canon Ixus 70 (my third Canon) finally packed up. I researched in Which?, read all the reviews, and decided to go for the Panasonic Lumix on the personal recommendation of two different people, who had one themselves. I paid a bit more for the DMCSZ1, fairly new on the market, because it offered the Leica lens and the 10x Super Zoom. I like its very simple design, its easy-to-use instructions and its intelligent auto mode which gives good clear shots and excellent colour. It also does well in evening half light, which is nice. You can also photograph quite a large object in a small room without having to stand too far away from it, which is very handy. The Lumix has a brilliant small, light and simple charger, and the memory card from my Canon camera fitted it, which was useful. In fact you don't need to use a memory card. Having got used to the new camera in grey, rainy London, I then took it to Paris in the Springtime, which was bathed in brilliant sunshine, and there one big drawback revealed itself. Unless one could find a patch of shade to stand in, it was almost impossible to take pictures in bright sunshine; all you got was a reflection of yourself in the big viewfinder. You couldn't see your subject at all and had to aim and shoot and hope for the best. This is such a pity, as the big viewfinder itself is excellent (out of the sun), and the zoom is fantastic - I took a brilliant picture of Sacre Coeur from literally miles away. Why oh why have all the manufacturers of compact cameras got rid of the small extra viewfinder that you used to be able to look through if you needed to. As a non-techie, I have not yet tried to use the advanced features, but I am sure they will all work well. Read more ›
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid! 8 Jun 2012
By VC
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
I have previously always had Canon cameras, but was sorely tempted when I saw the pictures taken by a number of fellow travellers in India using Panasonic. This camera is a joy! The camera body is excellent in both handle and the quality of build. It couldn't be more simple and pleasant to use. Interesting options to try, particulary like the panaroma option....once I followed the arrows! The 10x zoom combined with a Leica lens all make for a purchase I am more than happy with.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic Compact Camera 29 July 2012
By Fred
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Excellent camera, easy to use and available at a good price. It was a present for my wife and she found it straightforward to use and is delighted with the performance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMC-SZ1EB 16.MP 10xOptical Zoom. 5 Sep 2012
By Mike
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Very good little camera,i have dslr just wanted a small neat camera to go in my shirt pocket,that takes good photos i was not disapointed what a great camera this is i take it everywhere now thanks panasonic...
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera! 8 May 2012
Colour Name:Red|Verified Purchase
I'm no expert by any means,so I don't have techical advice. If you want a camera you can just aim and take pictures/videos at the press of a button and get great results.
I bought this camera as I lost my previous Lumix which was the lesser version but still very good.
The extra button for videoing is so much better than having to change the settings....and then forgetting that you have!
I love both this one and my previous one.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so compact and easy to use with great results 26 July 2012
Colour Name:Blue|Verified Purchase
I own a Nikon DSLR, which is fab, but rather bulky to carry around for holidays etc, reviewing the range of compact cameras, the Panasonic DMC-SZ1EB-A caught my eye. It seemed to tick all the boxes I required, including a good price, so I ordered it. I am delighted! The picture quality is excellent, the zoom far exceeds my expectations and it all fits neatly inside my pocket or bag.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good camera
Published 17 days ago by brianparkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Snap Happy
Excellent Camera' As With All Panasonic Goods ' Hi Tech Features And Easy To Use' I Wouldn't Hesitate To Recomend This Product
Published 1 month ago by Dave Hitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idiots camera
I have used this camera extensively. It is easy to use and does so many tricks I am still, 18 months on, discovering all its features. I am very pleased with the results.
Published 1 month ago by D. Hadley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not covered by one year warrantee....Beware!
After nine months of owning this camera it developed faults...blurry white photos etc, I was so disappointed but thought I would be covered by my standard one year warrantee. Read more
Published 3 months ago by roy harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Camera is brilliant until it stops working after just 18 months
Can't fault the camera for ease of use, quality of results. It stopped reading SD cards after 18 months of light use. I was quoted £54 to fix it - half the cost of a new one! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. T. Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit dissapointed
Dissapointed with the quality of this camera, I have the older version, which was made a lot better ... this obe is quite tinny so like i say quality of product a let down
Published 5 months ago by joolyR
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Camera
Just great. Simple to use and takes super clear pictures. Contains it's own rechargeable battery so no need to hunt around for batteries. Lightweight and compact.
Published 6 months ago by honeybunch
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for size...
Great little camera for a 'carry all the time' purpose. However, only good as point and shoot... those hoping for pictures that will print large would do better with a camera with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Penman
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic digital camera
An excellent buy - great value, in excellent condition and delivered promptly. It was all that I expected and more - an excellent everyday use camera with all the technical... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael 1927
5.0 out of 5 stars So much in so little
Absolutely delighted with the performance of this pocket gem. Having previously been used to 35mm I now would not be without this
star performer
Published 9 months ago by Graeme Gittings
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