Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
Released January, 2011
The Pros:Remarkably compact--small and lightweight. Intelligent automatic mode works well, displays ISO and shutter speed. Intuitive menu layout is easy to pick through without consulting the manual.
The Cons:Flash is only helpful up to 2 metres. Delay between pictures, while not unbearable, can get annoying after a while. Overall poor audio performance--recorded audio is muffled and quiet, the built-in speaker is barely audible.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is a compact digital camera designed to be stylish and intelligently select the correct settings for any given situation on its own. This is similar to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3, but uses a 12.1 megapixel sensor, is limited to a 7.8x digital zoom, doesn't have automatic red-eye removal, and has only 20MB of built-in memory.
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Otherwise they are the same, with an iA Mode that automatically selects the appropriate scene mode, detects camera shake, moving subjects, and focuses on faces. The lens has up to 4x optical zoom, and can manage up to 240 shots on a single battery charge. Video can be recorded in 720p HD resolution at 30 frames per second, and still images can be shot consecutively in an unlimited number.
- 12.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD
- iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
- MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Shake Detection
- Intelligent Scene Selector – Scene Detection
- Intelligent ISO Control – Motion Detection
- Face Detection AF/AE
- Auto Backlight Compensation / Quick AF
- 28mm Wide-angle 4x Optical Zoom Lens
- 7.8x Extra Optical Zoom
- Sonic Speed AF / Fast Start-up Time / Short Release Time Lag
- Venus Engine VI
- Higher Image Quality with Advanced Signal Processing
- Extended Battery Life
- Approx. 240 Shots on a Single Battery Charge
- Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
- HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30fps in Motion JPEG Format)
- LUMIX Image Uploader
- Large, 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD
- Built-in Memory 20MB
- PictBridge Compatible – Direct Print Function
User Reviews (1)
Remarkably compact--small and lightweight.
Intelligent automatic mode works well, displays ISO and shutter speed.
Intuitive menu layout is easy to pick through without consulting the manual.
2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD is bright and clear, is fairly viewable in sunlight.
Exemplary HD video recording quality for the price range.
Above average battery life--expect a week's worth of regular use.
Flash is only helpful up to 2 metres.
Delay between pictures, while not unbearable, can get annoying after a while.
Overall poor audio performance--recorded audio is muffled and quiet, the built-in speaker is barely audible.
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