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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.20 (out of 10)
Now here's something you don't see everyday: midsized cameras with a big zoom lens and image stabilizers! And that's exactly what you'll get with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 and DMC-LZ2. The two cameras share the same body design, 6X optical zoom lens, optical image stabilizer, and 2" LCD display. The only differences are the body color, resolution, and sound recording abilities. The LZ1 ($250) is silver only, while the LZ2 ($300) is available in silver or black bodies (there are minor trim differences between the two models, as well). The LZ1 is 4 Megapixel, while the LZ2 is 5 Megapixel. And finally, the LZ2 can record sound, while the LZ1 cannot. With that in mind, this review will be a little different than most. I will be reviewing two cameras in one review, using the LZ2 as the "model" in the product photos. I will offer sample photos and some test shots from both cameras. If you're ready to learn about the "LZ twins", read on!

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PC Magazine 7.50  04-08-05 Read Full Review
This new addition to the Panasonic Lumix series of digital cameras offers some interesting features in a lightweight, relatively compact body. The 4-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 is not the sexiest or sleekest model in town, but no one will laugh at you if you pull it out at a party. And at $249.95, it won't leave you broke, either. Image quality, however, suffers a bit from exposure problems, and flash shots have some jagged edges.
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Cameras.co.uk 7.33  12-11-05 Read Full Review
"The Panasonic DMC LZ1 is a four megapixel digital camera. The feature that makes it stand out from the crowd is its 6x optical zoom lens. This is twice the standard length. It is a very easy to use model and the DMC LZ1 is very reasonably priced when you take into account its lens size. It is likely to appeal to anyone who is looking for a straightforward point and shoot digital camera with increased zoom capabilities.

If you do not want to spend a fortune on a digital camera, but you are still looking for image quality then buy the Panasonic DMC LZ1. It is rare that I make such a recommendation for a camera, but at this price I think the camera is an absolute steal. It is so easy to use and is certainly worth the money."

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CNET Reviews 6.00  07-13-05 Read Full Review
Priced about $50 less than its 5-megapixel Lumix DMC-LZ2 sibling, this affordable point-and-shoot offers the same 6X zoom lens with a 37mm-to-222mm reach (35mm-camera equivalent) and the same highly desirable optical image stabilization to counter shaky hands at slow shutter speeds or high magnifications. Panasonic trimmed about a million pixels to create this 4-megapixel version, but its image quality is almost as good as the higher-res model's. The only key feature missing is a microphone to record video sound clips.
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Hardware Zone 5.71  08-18-05 Read Full Review
First Impression Preview: As seen from the test shots below, the 8.4-megapixel Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX1using Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens captures clear details and colors that are definitely better than 5-megapixel ultra-compact cameras that are of similar size as this Panasonic. We are really impressed with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX1 and we would recommend this amazing camera for amateurs wanting to step up to professional photography, but with an ultra-compact body that makes it very portable and the convenience of having preset and manual controls. This is truly a hybrid camera with a unique flavor that should appeal to a wide target audience.
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DigiCam Review 4.50  07-02-05 Read Full Review
This is a joint review of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 and LZ2. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 and LZ2 both feature a 6x optical zoom lens, the main difference is that that LZ1 is a 4 megapixel digital camera, whereas the LZ2 is a 5 megapixel camera. The LZ1 is available from around £170, and the LZ2 is available from around £195 - they are both quite compact considering the zoom power - the 6x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 37-222mm on a 35mm camera. They both feature a 2" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver plastic body, with the LZ2 being available in silver or black. It records unlimited 320 x 240 / 30fps videos without sound on the LZ1, and with sound on the LZ2. The camera's quite compact, takes AA batteries and measures: 101 x 64 x 33 mm (without protruding parts), and weighs 224g (without the battery and memory card)
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Imaging-Resource -----  08-23-05 Read Full Review
he five megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 is closely related to the LZ2 which was announced simultaneously, and which we reviewed earlier this year. Both share the same lens and a near-identical body, but the LZ1 has a lower resolution imager, slightly broader ISO range, and subtracts the microphone. The Panasonic DMC-LZ1 offers a 6x Lumix DC Vario zoom lens, incorporating Panasonic's own "Mega OIS" Optical Image Stabilization technology. This makes the LZ1 and LZ2 the first cameras we've reviewed that features a stabilized lens with less than a 7x zoom range. Panasonic is somewhat unique in this area, offering stabilization on camera models that offer as little as 3x optical zoom, where other manufacturers have until recently restricted the feature pretty much exclusively to their long-zoom cameras.
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