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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little camera, 15 May 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic DMC-SZ1EB-K Digital Camera - Black (16.1 MP, 10x Optical Zoom with 25mm LEICA Lens and HD Movie) 3.0 inch Intelligent LCD (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
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. My only other tiny complaint is that the little metal cover for inserting the USB connection cable to recharge or download photos looks as if it won't survive intact very long. 2013 review: I have now had this camera for nearly a year and am still raving about its quality. The little metal cover I thought would come off in no time is still there in one piece, so that was unfounded. I would recommend this camera to anyone, despite the lack of extra viewfinder. It takes lovely photographs.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2012 18:52:12 BDT
There's a 'Power LCD' mode available that helps when viewing the screen outdoors.

Posted on 18 Jul 2012 15:29:29 BDT
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Posted on 25 Sep 2012 15:45:08 BDT
Tony Howard says:
Very useful to have negative aspects mentioned. Ta

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2012 15:45:55 BDT
Tony Howard says:
Very helpful. Thanks

Posted on 20 Oct 2012 10:50:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2012 10:50:26 BDT
Oh yes, "why oh why have all the manufacturers of compact cameras got rid of the small extra viewfinder?" I won't buy any camera without a small extra viewfinder!...

Posted on 24 Nov 2012 11:59:43 GMT
Jane says:
Hi, what do you think of the flimsy USB cover now you've had the camera a while? I've just bought this camera and totally see what you mean - if it snaps off, as it feels it will do, I'm wondering how much it will cost to replace or repair.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014 11:05:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2014 11:06:12 BDT
Alan Johnson says:
Totally agree about the comment regarding taking pictures in bright sunshine, it is just impossible. On a recent trip to the States where the weather was particularly bright at the time all I could do was to point the camera in the right direction, press the button and hope for the best.
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