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Panasonic Lumix TZ1

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Panasonic Lumix TZ1

We've given the TZ1 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

Look out for the Panasonic TZ1; this remarkable compact camera looks too small to contain the long-range 10x optical zoom that's hiding inside of it, but it does. With Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, you won't have to worry about the shakiness of typical ultra compacts; your long-range and regular shots will come out looking pristine. The TZ1 is a really stunning match of functionality and style, and will be far more of a pleasure to tote around than the larger, bulkier extended zoom models that dominate the market.


  • 5 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • ISO 80-1600
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD/MMC card storage (13.4MB internal)
  • Part Number: DMC-TZ1
  • UPC: 840356380810
  • Release Date: Mar 03, 2006

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Panasonic Lumix TZ1 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix TZ1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best camera for traveller. Buy online. (tandavakrishna_tungala — 03/10/2009)

I bought Panasonic Lumix TZ1 through ebay india for Rs.5,995/- only. I purchased this camera after careful study of several users rewiews on several compact digital cameras. I used several cameras for last 30 year. I took several photos and videos with this TZ1. The pictures taken in good light are excellent in quality. Not only 10x optical zoom but also 4x digital zoom perferly working and no need to buy a seperate binacular. Iam satisfied for the working condition of this camera except the performance of the flash in low light. If any body offers for low price, grab it immediately.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera! do buy one! (chicagoan — 07/15/2008)

technology improves vastly every day. i think a used tz1 camera is worth the purchase. the zoom is fantastic and the huge lcd screen is great compared to cameras sold a year before this one came out.

ebay has a few for sale for a good deal.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy (Mary — 07/17/2007)

I purchased this camera in December of 06, 7 months ago. I did not drop it but noticed a crack in the LCD on the right side and the camera would not come on. I contacted Panasonic and even with a warranty, Panasonic repair said I had to pay for the repair and if I did not pay for the repair, they would still charge me in excess of 60.00 for the diagnostic fee. The repair cost is about as much as a new camera. I won't be looking at Panasonic again for my next camera purchase. And to think I purchased the extended warranty for nothing.

  • 2.0 out of 5
poor (hllewellyn — 07/07/2007)

nice features but with only 72 dpi no use.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy this camera unless you plan to float it on a pillow all day long (Eric — 05/08/2007)

To be honest, this was the best camera I'd purchased to date...for about 2 months. Great, clear pictures, a huge LCD on the back, image stabilization. I took over 1,000 images on a 2-week trip, and for the most part, they came out perfectly clear. The 10x zoom was wonderful.

Then, out of the blue, a crack appeared on the LCD screen. I had used the camera to take some publicity shots for work, without any problems. The camera was left in a locked office on a desk for a couple of hours, and when I turned it back on, there was a bluish smudge on the right side of the LCD, and the screen was white. No matter what I did or what mode I set it in, the screen would not change. I shipped the camera to Panasonic's repair facilty, and they tell me I will need to pay $187 to repair the camera. If not, they will charge me a $52.50 diagnostic fee to return the borken camera to me, or they will throw it out if I don't get back to them in 10 business days. If you check other reviews online, this is a fairly common problem. Buyer, most definitely beware.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great for outdoors-not so much for indoors. :( (Carrie — 04/02/2007)

We bought this camera after reading all of the wonderful reviews AND hearing the salesperson rave about it. We were impressed with the price and really looking forward to using it —-until we took pictures of our little girl. The reason we need a camera is mainly for pictures of our children indoors. It is a great camera for zoom, easy to use and a great value. But, I warn against using it primarily for indoor use. If you are looking for a camera to snap shots around the house I advise against it. The picture quality just isn't there. We returned it after one day and went back to our good old standby-Canon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Buy an extended warranty for the TZ1 (Elton Sherwin — 12/11/2006)

Make sure you buy this a long extended warranty for this item.

Great zoom. Great battery life, but can be tricky to get a good picture. Not really point and shoot. Weak low light performance.

But the real killer is that it just stopped working 5 months after purchase.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT "snapshot" camera. Easy for Beginners (Kaye Albe — 12/01/2006)

We bought this camera for my mother. On a recent vacation it out-shot our Canon 20D for the quick snapshot that you don't want to miss- and also for tricky lighting. Although it has a great menu of scene selections to be explored it also has a couple of pretty much no-fail "simple" modes. The 10x zoom in a camera this size is extraordinary and the anti-shake technology makes the 10x zoom usable quickly. We couldn't be happier with this camera for size, ease of use, flexibility. No, you would not compare the finished photo with that of an SLR... but who would think that you should? To us, the portability and the ability to take a quick, successful shot- even at a distance makes this camera fantastic. Even my elderly parents were able to just pick up the camera and use it- making it worth more to them than the most expensive SLR ! We love it !

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Photocompanion for Travelling (Otto Grubl — 11/28/2006)

The best camera I have ever had, with the 10x optical zoom it is marvelous to do wildlife photos an videos as well as other details;with the different modes you have a creative choice, also night photos and photos inside of f.ex.cathedrals with ISO 800/1600 are getting well,however getting sometimes grainy;it is very flexible and compact enough for quick snapshots too,ideal for travelling and parties, also the videos are fun, though the volume of the micro is on the low side.

  • 4.0 out of 5
TZ1 great camera, but... (Bert Phillips — 11/21/2006)

Small size, 10x zoom and rave reviews on this website were the factors that sold me on the TZ1. The ease of use and picture quality have left me and others highly impressed with it.

I am short on patients for complex electronics. For this reason I don't have a cell phone or PDA and was slow to go digital. This camera was extremely easy to learn and has taken some awesome pictures. In some settings it does not compare to my old SLRs, but because it is so convenient, I use it much more than the SLRs were getting used. I have loaned it to several others and all have been impressed by ease of use, flexibility, picture quality, size and the 10x zoom.

My only complaint is the camera does not have an eyepiece viewer, it only has the LCD screen. As good as the screen is, I cannot see its image in bright sunshine. In bright conditions, pictures are taken by aiming the camera in the general direction and hoping that what I want is properly framed. Only later, when I am in low light and can see the screen, can I check for picture quality and composition. Amazingly this method results in some good pictures, but not always. As I do a lot of outdoors photography, this has been a problem.

  • 4.0 out of 5
amazing camera (Josh — 11/13/2006)

i just got the camera today (11/12/06). ilove it already. Even though it only has 5 megapixels the pictures are very clear. ilove the 10x optical zoom. Only one bad thing, sometimes when you turn on the camera you have to hold the shutter button down for it to get into focus. Overall this camera is a must in digital photography

  • 5.0 out of 5
best camera on earth (bestcamera — 10/19/2006)

Its one of the best cameras i have seen.

  • 5.0 out of 5
terrific TZ1 (zac coupland — 10/10/2006)

Very happy so far having taken over 1000 pict of a now 4 month old! Great outdoors, though indoors under low light distance from the lense becomes an issue. Zoom is awesome and the antivibration technology is second to none. LCD is great though I would have preferred if it came with a viewfinder as well.
I was shopping for a compact, high zoom, moderate mega-pixel camera with a lithium battery! I didn't think my wish would come true but panasonic came through!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Dam Camera Around, Especially for the Price! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned digital cameras since they started. I can honestly say this is the best camera I have ever owned. The complements don't stop. Pictures are lifelike and clear clear. Everything about this camera is a plus, but owning one and showing the pictures is the best. Panasonic stand up and take a bow. What a GREAT product. Thanks!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Panasonic TZ1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After shooting more than 4Gb of pictures I have come to conclusion that the TZ1 doesn't earn more than Good. It's not the Leitz lens but the software and the electronics.
The results is a combination of Lens and the electronics/Software in the camera.
Same as a mechanical camera its a combination of Lens and the camera/film combination.

With digital camera the electronics + software is responsible for the quality of the picture.

My negative experiences are;
1. Camera does not react fast enough, especially in weak lighting.
2. Never try to use the flash in bad lighting as colors and sharpness is just poor.
3. Macro is not by far to what I have expected.
4. Electronics is not fast enough to do fast shooting, especially at weak lighting.

I wish there is a similar size camera with the same lens quality (10x zoom) but with a manual aperture or shutter speed choice.

I get the idea that the maker of all these camera's aren't fanatic Photographers.

I will keep my eyes on a few camera makers based on their lens quality which is, Canon, Nikon and Leitz.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Third and best (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have been in photography since the mid-forties.graduating from Speed Graphics, Linhofs Rolleis, Contax To digitals-Minolta to Panasonic FZ3, FZ5, Tz1, the cream of the crop! 10X zoom,Image stabilization and numerous bells and whistles plus a Leica lens with prismatic
light path give incredible capabilities in an unbelievably small package - what next?

10X zoom plus

  • 5.0 out of 5
Lumix TZ 1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent zoom- I've had the Canon Powershot D50 which sadly was dropped. This is my replacement camera and I'm very pleased, the 10X zoom with the 4X optical is really a surprise. I've just started to experiment with the video mode and so far am thrilled.

  • 2.0 out of 5
What happened to real resolution? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I truly enjoyed several things about this camera - the 10x zoom is fun, the interface is easy to use and easy to learn. But am I the only one who cares that these 5 megapixels are at 72dpi? Who needs an image that in its raw form is a printable 35 x 23 inches at 72 dpi? I went though two manuals, one customer service rep and finally had customer service by email to determine that if I wanted anything more than 72,I would have to use somebody's interpolation algorithms - either Panasonic's or Photoshop. I took my best shot with this camera - and it's going back to the store. Leica lens - check. Lots of other great features- check. Picture quality? Nope.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very nice camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera to use as a vacation point and shoot. It has over exceeded my expectations. This camera allowed me to take really nice pictures through the window of my hotel room, daylight, night and indoor shots. I went to Las Vegas and neon lighting was no problem for this camera. Dancing water shows at the Bellagio came out great too. At a car show I snapped off shots that later made me wonder which I liked better, the live look or the picture later. Overall this is a really nice camera for me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera but watch out! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I waited patiently to receive my TZ1 and finally it arrived. It was very simple to understand and use even though it was a brand that I had not normally been accustomed to. It took great quality pictures with very few pictures not looking great. But watch out! This camera is very fragile, it warns you that this is a Precision instrument and not to expose it to shock. They weren't kidding...after a fall from waist level still while in a protective case the shutter button and zoom lever became displaced and broke when I moved it back into place. I am attempting to get it looked at, but I am afraid that I might just have to eat this one. It was my fault that it was dropped, but I sure didn't think that given the small distance that it fell that it should have been damaged like it was. Will let you know what became of my service request.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love the pics - hate the lens cap (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Best in class - small compact 10x zoom with great crisp photos at low ISO and good lighting. Some caveats - "high intensity" using ISO 800-1600 autoset by the camera produces brilliant small photos but any enlargement is hopeless - patches of blurry colors with no resolution...another caveat is that you have to use an external lens cap which if you attach to the camera with a string gets in the way, BUT THERE IS NO WAY TO FIX A UV FILTER onto this camera - so the lens is always at risk.

Food photos are brilliant!
Telephoto to 10x zoom are excellent, and even with digital zoom to 40x in daylight produces usable detail...

No regrets buying this - I have used many digital cameras including my Olympus E-1 and this is one of the BEST.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Compromise to a Digital SLR (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my third digital camera, after using several SLRs over 20+ years and taking pictures around the world. Overall, I feel this camera was a great purchase for the price ($300 + 99 for an Extreme III 1GB SD Card) and would buy another one as a gift without hesitation. Using the natural (ISO consideration) setting, noise is a minor issue. The menus, and menu numbering system (1/6, 2/6, etc.) are easy to use and logical after you get accustomed to them. Potential settings (Pre-selected scene menus (20)+, flash options, white balance/EV on-the-fly-adjustment (-2 to +2) plus auto-bracketing (-1 to +1) allows the serious amateur (or someone willing to read the manual and has a good grasp of photography) to take great photos without too much fuss. Buttons are positioned well, but the he feel (depth and click) is really great (!) and the particular selection of actions they programmed into the (few) buttons is awesome��some great thinking here. My setup (EIII 1GB Card) allows really fast cycles. As you would expect, the lens (Leica) works flawlessly when one of the 5 metering functions is correctly used.
PROS. Once you get used to the various (and somewhat complex) menus and their impacts to your photo composition (every shot has so many variables), you can really get some great photos (@5mp density) without pulling your hair out. The histogram/white saturation indicator is too much! Almost all of my photos are taken of scenery, people, or wildlife��bright sunlight, difficult backlighting, total shade with white saturations, etc.��the whole range of outdoor compositions including flight and quick movements) and I was able to quickly pick the correct setting or use that auto bracket for a great result. I personally don��t believe that many of the non-SLR digitals take very good indoor pictures, so I didn��t and won��t go there. The LCD is super sharp, top-tier, and the power LCD setting beats them all for picture composition in bright sunlight.
CONS. This camera can��t compete with a fully manual / auto digital SLR for those times you want a specific EV/Speed or depth-of-field setting. (Although the exceptional range of fixed scene settings will allow you to control these settings to a degree) so don��t expect it to. Because the camera does have advanced features and (maybe too many) numerous menus for us amateurs, you really have to understand how photography works and take time to study the manual to get consistently great photos��which this camera seems to do time after time (poor pictures are cited in too many camera reviews because the USER had selected (or not selected) the proper settings for the intended picture. The battery life is very good (rated at 250 pictures against the standard), but I felt like I needed an extra battery so I plunked down over $50 for another (these just came out). To be fair, this is true of most inexpensive digitals. If it broke, and I had about $500 to spend on one digital, I would buy this one again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first Panasonic camera, I have had for a few weeks and am very happy with the photos and the features. The zoom feature is great, the interface is simple and easy to use. The stabilization works as advertised. The construction seems very solid, controls are well designed and easily accessible. Having previously owned and operated Canon and Pentax digital cameras I feel that this unit compares very favorably both in photo ability and quality. I will update this review once I put more 'miles' on this camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good sized, great quality pics, and super quick especially with high speed sd card (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

So far I like what I see, super quick start up time and nice burst mode you've come to expect from Panasonic. You can actually use the zoom in the movie mode now too. They come out looking great even better in 16:9 ratio. Overall very solid camera, glad I bought it. Looks of great quality too unlike the LZ series, at least the body.