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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1K 5MP Compact Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1K 5MP Compact Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 178 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Price4.8   above average
Screen4.8   exceptional
Image4.6   above average
Stabilization4.5   average
Quality4.4   above average
Setting4.4   above average
Zoom4.4   above average
Size4.3   average
Speed4.3   exceptional
Video4.3   average
Menu4.1   average
Battery3.8   above average
Photo3.8   below average
Lens3.3   average
Light3.2   below average
Flash2.4   below average
Focus2.3   below average
Manual2.2   mediocre
Noise1.9   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Batteries are hard to find and expensive also."
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"Only downside...it goes through a battery like water so it's best to have a few extras, especially for a vacation."
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"Cons:The battery life is only fair, and the small S007 batteries seem to fail totally in too short of a period of time."
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"I have never had the batteries die out on me, so I don't really consider it a problem, although you may."
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"I was disappointed with the battery life, but this could have been because I did not activate the economy mode which switches the LCD monitor off after a fixed amount of time."
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"I have always preferred to use AA's, as they are easily replaced if they run out when you're not in a position to be able to charge them, and high capacity batteries tend to have good life (although obviously this depends on the camera)."
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"Only downside...it goes through a battery like water so it's best to have a few extras, especially for a vacation."
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"found it to be very sturdy and does exactly as expected as advertised, great pictures, easy to use, good battery life."
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"The good thing about the camera is that the battery lasts a long time and charges within a couple of hours."
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"Battery life is pretty good and the battery holds out well over the years."
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Compact

Compact:
"10x zoom, compact, video, great shipping and packaged well."
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"Colors are good and saturation is above what I expected from a compact super-zoom."
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"This camera fills my compact camera need wonderfully, and even gets used as our primary video camera."
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"I was very pleased by the compact size along with 10x optical zoom."
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"If you want one reasonably compact camera that you can carry around to take good quality still shots, zoomed shots (up to 12.5X! )"
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Display

Display:
"The only problem I have had is that the LCD display is hard to see when taking pictures outside on a bright day."
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"Incredible picture quality, decent zoom, large picture display, extremely fast start up time, and the rechargeable battery lasts FOREVER on one charge, and even the most electronic illiterate person will have no problem using it."
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"Has a High Angle mode which works well to see the display above your head."
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"No reflective coating, however this does not cause a problem since the display is viewed straight on."
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"This seems to work well since the display instantly powers on with a touch of any button."
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"Very nice LCD display: 2.5 with 207K pixels."
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Fit

Fit:
"It is a little on the bulky side too, but it's not a big deal unless you are ALWAYS carrying it in your purse or bag(it does not fit in pants pockets).Overall, I've had great results with this camera for several years and I won't be getting a new one until this one stops working!"
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"It's not the smallest camera on the market by any means, but it fits comfortable into my Levis."
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"The 10x zoom is great and it can fit in your pocket."
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"Easy to handle -fits your hand well3."
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"I love, love, LOVE the zoom and the fact that it fits easily in my purse or a jacket pocket."
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Flash

Flash:
"Also, the low light performance isn't impressive, and the flash has a short range inside of which everything is washed out and outside of which everything is dark."
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"While I did not expect an amazing flash, the overall flash results are a bit weak."
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"While the camera sometimes performs well, occasionally it inexplicably refuses to focus and the flash seems erratic."
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"I own this camera since september2 2006, works just fine until less than a year after I got it starts to work all wrong when flash is used."
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"The flash forced on, and still the pictures came dark, because the flash shut way before the lens, a syncronization problem."
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"The underwater pics it took are excellent, and the flash works pretty well too!"
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"While the camera sometimes performs well, occasionally it inexplicably refuses to focus and the flash seems erratic."
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"With a nice 2GB flash card, I can take hundreds of pictures, and then just pop the memory card into my laptop, download the pictures, and keep going."
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"The flash is good, but if you want a camera to shoot indoors without flash, be prepared for fairly noisy images with a lot of artifacts."
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"Picture quality seems to be very good, although the flash doesn't go too far out."
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Focus

Focus:
"Regular (non-zoom) photos are OK but lighting, focus, and stability can often be a challenge."
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"While the camera sometimes performs well, occasionally it inexplicably refuses to focus and the flash seems erratic."
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"I reviewed the manual several times thinking I was doing something incorrectly, however to no avail, as the the focus continued to be unreliable no matter what settings I changed."
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"The few cons about the camera is that there is no way to manually zoom and the camera has some minimal problems focusing in dim light."
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"We had a Lumix FZ20 with a 12x zoom, which we loved to death except for three major downfalls -- it was big and clunky, it was slow to focus and wouldn't focus at all sometimes, and it had a major noise problem in lighting that never bothered our previous cameras."
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"While the camera sometimes performs well, occasionally it inexplicably refuses to focus and the flash seems erratic."
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"), the 3 fps burst mode, The selectable autofocus and exposure modes, the easy to use menues for lots and lots of other settings, the (relatively) high sensor sensitivity, fast auto focus, convenience, etc."
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"Great: Panasonic has improved their focus system and added a focus assist light, and the old focus struggles are gone."
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"When we heard that the TZ1 would give us a 10X zoom at 1 3 the size and without focusing problems, we obsessed for months waiting for it to hit the market."
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Image

Image:
"Unfortunately, the photo quality using the zoom is very poor (extreme blurriness), making it virtually unusable for that purpose."
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"Unfortunately, with any videos posted on the web right now, you simply can't see the quality of the video; the websites compress the video footage too much, which degrades the image quality!"
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"Another nifty feature is that you can overlay a grid to help with photo composition(the rule of thirds).The only caveat with this camera is the lack of an optical viewfinder, so you can't really turn off the LCD to save battery power."
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"I was worried about many reports of noise in images and was prepared to try it and send it back if that proved to be a problem."
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"Dislikes (minor):- I wish the image stabilization was a little more effective."
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"So, if you take it at 10x or 12.5x(3mp) that is as good a photo as you can get."
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"The underwater pics it took are excellent, and the flash works pretty well too!"
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"I myself won't be too fussy with the Image Qualty for the simple fact that I purchased this gem at Ritz Camera on Clearance for[...]."
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"Will have an occasional slightly blurry pic, but for a simple to use camera I would def recommend."
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"The camera seems very simple to use, the pics look great, and the screen is awesome."
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Lens

Lens:
"If your lens cap isn't tethered, it's easy to lose and expensive to replace."
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"The flash forced on, and still the pictures came dark, because the flash shut way before the lens, a syncronization problem."
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"I have had one of those auto-closing lens covers fail on me anyway so at least that can't happen."
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"For the folks who have complained about the detachable lens cap... it's really not that big of a deal."
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"Amazing 10X zoom, Leica lenses... Only dislike, from my point of view, is the manual lens cap (should be automatic)."
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"The giant lens produces amazing photos for its size."
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"Very good cameraThe leica lens are really great; this camera use it very wellwith only 5 Mp you get a very good picturesIm sad taht panasonic dont renew this camera with more Mp"
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"I had an old Sony Cybershot before, and it can't even hold a candle to Lumix's image stability, clarity, LOVELY Leica lens, and well, just about EVERYTHING this camera has to offer."
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"the optical zoom is a nice feature, but no built in lens cap and the hefty weight just for some fuzzy pictures is definitely not worth it."
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"I would like to add that this camera has a great lens from Leica."
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Light

Light:
"The negative is that it is not as light as some portable digital cameras."
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"Also, the low light performance isn't impressive, and the flash has a short range inside of which everything is washed out and outside of which everything is dark."
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"For example, the first day I shot about 100 photos at a birthday party, which had minimal light, using the camera's party preset, which slows the shutter speed down and lowers the intensity of the flash."
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"It has a great button called 'burst' that you push and the camera will take multiple pictures in a row...great for capturing animals in motion [or kids for that matter]...the flash has to be off so indoors will probably be fuzzy if not in good light."
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"It's better to haveflash light on when you take picture in a not well lit area instead of usinghigh ISO such as 800 without the flash light."
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"The few cons about the camera is that there is no way to manually zoom and the camera has some minimal problems focusing in dim light."
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"I was a little sad when the newer models went to a wider angle 10x and gave up light efficiency (f2.8 to f3.3) for it."
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"Well if you have Light shinning on your Subject or Background, then you can get Pretty good shoots out of this Revelutionary Camera."
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"At outdoors is exceptional, great pictures when the light is good."
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"But now I'm very dissapointed and I want to buy another camera because I can't trust the DMC-TZ1 anymore at nights or indoor situations, and I don't want to have a camera I can use just in some situations when daylight or good light is on."
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"It takes great clear pictures in the dark and light."
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Manual

Manual:
"I reviewed the manual several times thinking I was doing something incorrectly, however to no avail, as the the focus continued to be unreliable no matter what settings I changed."
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"Amazing 10X zoom, Leica lenses... Only dislike, from my point of view, is the manual lens cap (should be automatic)."
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"Some of the menus are confusing and the manual is not as explanatory as I would have liked."
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"Some faults in the manual are just carelessness."
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"The only drawback is that there is no manual mode, but this is a beginner camera."
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"The only problem that I have with this camera is the lack of manual controls."
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"Some manual options would be nice too."
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"I have been an avid amateur photographer for many years and enjoy using manual as well as automatic point-and-shoot cameras."
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"A serious photo enthusiast would probably be less satisfied with this camera, since it does not have full manual controls."
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"After having a point-and-shoot camera and being unhappy with its performance, especially in low-light conditions, I had hoped to be able to play with manual settings on my next model."
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"The instruction manual is easy to read and understand, giving the photographer many flexible setting to use."
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Menu

Menu:
"Some of the menus are confusing and the manual is not as explanatory as I would have liked."
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"Unnecessary Hassle: While the menu system is easy to navigate, we wish we had to use it much less."
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"The settings and menus are easy to use and understand."
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"Lack of dial presets means you must navigate many menu screens before being able to compose and shoot."
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"It has good easy to read LCD screen and very intuative menus."
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"I'm the techie, but she thinks the dials and menus are intuitive and easy quick to use."
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"It has Panasonic's well-designed menu functions and is very easy and intuitive to use."
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Noise

Noise:
"The reviewers especially mentioned the noise problem."
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"I look forward the the TZ2, which hopefully will address the noise problem, add a bit of resolution, and if not full manual controls, at least add shutter and aperature priority modes."
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"I was worried about many reports of noise in images and was prepared to try it and send it back if that proved to be a problem."
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"I had read every review I could find of the camera, and was a bit wary of the noise complaints, but I decided that I had to give the camera a try for myself."
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"Like I said, I really wanted to love this camera, but the noise problems were too severe."
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"We had a Lumix FZ20 with a 12x zoom, which we loved to death except for three major downfalls -- it was big and clunky, it was slow to focus and wouldn't focus at all sometimes, and it had a major noise problem in lighting that never bothered our previous cameras."
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"It takes a great picture ( and that's what we are looking for) and the noise isn't a problem."
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"the ajustable shutter speed is helpful for some very low light pictures from 1 8 to 1 sec, ajustable ISO mode is also a good feature, there is still a little noise in darker pictures but all in all this is a fantastic camera at any price, and whats even more, the video is fantastic 640x480@30fps is un-heard of in a camera this price and size and it works well till the card is full which is a long time on a 2gb SD."
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"I know how to get good photos from a camera, but this one is just too noisy to be useful in low-light."
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"Like I said, I really wanted to love this camera, but the noise problems were too severe."
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"Instead, I found I had to sort of trick it by changing different modes to get a clear (darker) shot, or change iso levels and suffer pretty bad noise artifacts."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"Befores having this camera I was a cybershot user; since that I believe this camera has great characteristics as: a good flash level to take close pictures, several especialized modes, compact size for a 10x zoom, great outdoors pictures (vivids and colorfuls).My main complain is about software: I can not choose diferent flash intensity levels (shots in not well iluminated indoors are really poor)and I can not choose the ISO mode (to avoid bad pictures of objects in moving).Besides the night shots mode is not as good I expected."
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"At outdoors is exceptional, great pictures when the light is good."
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"It takes beautiful, detailed, sometimes breath-taking photos in good outdoor lighting (nature photos = wonderful)."
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"Photos are not sharp and the exposure, except for outdoors is sketchy and poor at best."
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"Outdoor shots under good lighting conditions are just handled with extraordinary ease by this little megazoom wonder."
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"Both indoor and outdoor snaps are good."
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Photo

Photo:
"Regular (non-zoom) photos are OK but lighting, focus, and stability can often be a challenge."
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"However, this camera is not the best at indoor low-lighting photos."
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"I have owned this camera for 13 months and recently it began taking terrible photos when using the flash."
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"It will work fine at first...and mine still does take awesome day photos....but eventually the flash and shutter will get out of sync and you will be extremely disappointed and unable to use this camera for any indoor photos or other photos that require a flash."
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"I'm just not happy with the quality of the photos, and I'm going back to my old flame Canon."
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"The giant lens produces amazing photos for its size."
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"), the photos come out with such clarity and accurate color and shadows."
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"This camera is capable of such amazing quality photos!"
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"It takes beautiful, detailed, sometimes breath-taking photos in good outdoor lighting (nature photos = wonderful)."
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Price

Price:
"Based on the price, and the size zoom compromise, I assumed that this camera would do the trick for a Safari where size weight is important and the zoom to get good animal shots."
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"I was looking for a high optical zoom, 5 MP, and ease of use, for a good price and this camera foot the bill"
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"We are new parents and are very happy to find an affordable 5MP camera with reliable settings so that we don't have to fiddle with our camera while hoping to catch baby smiling, crawling or just being cute."
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"This camera has some very nice features for the price."
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"All in all a very good camera and a great one for the price, I would highly recommend it."
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"For the longest time I was researching on the Internet for a device that would make both good pictures and decent video clips at a reasonable price (i. e. under $[...] when adding SD card)."
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Quality

Quality:
"Unfortunately, the photo quality using the zoom is very poor (extreme blurriness), making it virtually unusable for that purpose."
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"I'm just not happy with the quality of the photos, and I'm going back to my old flame Canon."
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"Unfortunately, with any videos posted on the web right now, you simply can't see the quality of the video; the websites compress the video footage too much, which degrades the image quality!"
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"Picture quality is very good but I would not say that it is great."
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"The reviews I read on Amazon made the camera sound great, although reviews on other sites complained of poor picture quality."
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"But the overall quality of the pictures has been somewhat disappointing compared to my past experience, even with a digital camera five years old."
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"This camera is capable of such amazing quality photos!"
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"Incredible picture quality, decent zoom, large picture display, extremely fast start up time, and the rechargeable battery lasts FOREVER on one charge, and even the most electronic illiterate person will have no problem using it."
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"Great picture quality and so very easy to use."
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"Panasonic makes some very high quality devices, and we really liked the various modes available on this camera."
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"The quality of 640x480 video at 30 fps is excellent."
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Screen

Screen:
"There is no optical viewfinder to supplement the LCD screen and I have missed photographs since I could not see what I was aimed at."
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"Still viable as a point-and-shoot for day-to-day applications; it takes pictures that look quite good on a computer screen, even as a desktop on a modern monitor, though that is near its resolution limit and noise becomes visible but not prevalent."
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"The screen is good-sized and adequately bright even for direct sunshine, and it looks good too."
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"The camera seems very simple to use, the pics look great, and the screen is awesome."
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"Lack of dial presets means you must navigate many menu screens before being able to compose and shoot."
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"The lcd screen is also very clear, unlike the Casio and other camera's similar to this one."
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Setting

Setting:
"For example, I took a better night picture using another setting (I don't recall now what I was, but I had time to try some different settings - so I suggest you use trial and error and get a feel for what works)."
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"and the only challenge I can find is perhaps discovering which setting is most appropriate."
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"Many reviews complain about not enough user or manual settings, I find this camera to be quite adjustable."
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"Hassle Saver: In contrast to the bizarre shortage of settings available on the mode wheel, there is an extremely handy dedicated button for adjusting the exposure value."
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"The settings and menus are easy to use and understand."
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"ISO setting allows me to take great shots at sporting events."
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"If your settings are tweaked, you'll be able to get some nicely-toned and less-washed out images."
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"The multiple scene settings work quite well and all of the macros are set for you."
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"The panasonic TZ1 camera takes great pictures in a variety of settings."
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Size

Size:
"Cons:The battery life is only fair, and the small S007 batteries seem to fail totally in too short of a period of time."
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"Based on the price, and the size zoom compromise, I assumed that this camera would do the trick for a Safari where size weight is important and the zoom to get good animal shots."
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"If you want the big zoom but don't want to haul around an SLR size camera, and you are tired of missing the great shots because the camera is slow this is the camera for you."
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"My compromises: This isn't as small as the Sony W50 I bought my dad but it's got a longer zoom and it was less expensive and it's smaller than my old camera."
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"My other problem is that it lacked a Manual mode where aperture size and exposure can be manually set."
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"Takes great pictures for such a small camera."
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"The giant lens produces amazing photos for its size."
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"Friendly use, easy, great pictures, small.... what else do you need? "
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"Video can only be recorded in VGA or the smaller QVGA sizes, but at 30 fps it looks good given its size."
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Speed

Speed:
"If you want the big zoom but don't want to haul around an SLR size camera, and you are tired of missing the great shots because the camera is slow this is the camera for you."
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"For example, the first day I shot about 100 photos at a birthday party, which had minimal light, using the camera's party preset, which slows the shutter speed down and lowers the intensity of the flash."
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"I suspect, however, that it may have been the ultra high speed, 2GB card that I was using since I have not had the problem after replacing it with a standard 1GB SD card."
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"If you want the big zoom but don't want to haul around an SLR size camera, and you are tired of missing the great shots because the camera is slow this is the camera for you."
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"The continous shooting and fast response time is very nice."
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"The image stabilizer seemed to compensate well for the slower shutter speed, allowing me to hand-hold the camera for everything."
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"This is great for sports and fast moving grandchildren."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"This is much better than without stabilization at all, but not nearly as good as on the cannon s2 s3 or Sony h5, where if I'm still I can get clear images down to almost 1 3 of a second at 10x zoom."
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"Dislikes (minor):- I wish the image stabilization was a little more effective."
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"Because the camera has built in image stabilization, deeply zoomed pictures look terrific."
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"The image stabilization is fantastic & so much more important than I thought it would be."
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"movie recording is fantastic too, stabilization works there along with the zoom!"
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"What I like: The 10X lens (in a compact body), the Mega Image Stabilization (This is really a great thing."
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"Took excellent pix, with lots and lots of setting options...all worked well and the picture quality was great with the image stabilization."
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Video

Video:
"Then I shot a stablized video, and while its was not perfect, it was better than my non-stabilized 12x video camera!"
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"Unfortunately, with any videos posted on the web right now, you simply can't see the quality of the video; the websites compress the video footage too much, which degrades the image quality!"
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"Definitely not HD, but good enough to share short videos with friends on a TV and more than sufficient for emails and YouTube postings."
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"Videos are produced as .MOVs which is slightly annoying but can be worked with and are really great from a point-and shoot camera."
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"10x zoom, compact, video, great shipping and packaged well."
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"The video is HD and very clear as well."
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"This camera fills my compact camera need wonderfully, and even gets used as our primary video camera."
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"I use this all the time for taking videos of my friends surfing and it is great."
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"It has a video feature that allows zooming while running which is a nice plus."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Unfortunately, the photo quality using the zoom is very poor (extreme blurriness), making it virtually unusable for that purpose."
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"As with most digital zoom devices, the digital zoom didn't look as good as the regular zoom, but it was better than most of the other cameras we looked at."
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"Digital zoom is degrading the pixels."
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"Amazing 10X zoom, Leica lenses... Only dislike, from my point of view, is the manual lens cap (should be automatic)."
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"Based on the price, and the size zoom compromise, I assumed that this camera would do the trick for a Safari where size weight is important and the zoom to get good animal shots."
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"10x zoom, compact, video, great shipping and packaged well."
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"Though 10x zoom is nice, it is useless for distant scenery, but that's the result of haze and I see no way that could be avoided."
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"Incredible picture quality, decent zoom, large picture display, extremely fast start up time, and the rechargeable battery lasts FOREVER on one charge, and even the most electronic illiterate person will have no problem using it."
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"The 10x optical zoom packed into such a small package is outstanding."
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"I was very pleased by the compact size along with 10x optical zoom."
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