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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 72 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 8.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Image4.7   above average
Quality4.3   average
Video4.2   average
Size4.1   below average
Price4.0   below average
Flash3.2   average
Light3.2   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Finally, battery life is a problem."
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"Walked away and literally ten minutes later it's beeping-the battery is DEAD."
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"The battery life is phenomenal."
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"The included battery charger worked well and was again easy to use."
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"I have had no issues, the battery stays charged quite well, and the pictures translate nicely to places like facebook."
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"Excellent battery life."
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"I popped in the charged battery and a 4 GB Class 4 SD card (easy to do without reading the manual since both can only fit in the correct manner), pressed the power on, and started shooting everything in sight using the default IA (intelligent auto) mode."
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Flash

Flash:
"The flash is weak and has a weak range, which I think contributes to the camera having problems focusing sometimes in low light."
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"For still shots the image stabilization and IA (intelligent Auto) mode do a good job of focusing when and where you want it to, but the problem is the flash and low light performance."
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"It is a great camera but not so great for indoor shots without the flash."
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"ProsSmall and light, very portableExcellent in IA (intelligent automatic) mode - ISO and shutter speed displayedEasy to use without reading the manual (but read it anyway - eventually)Nice, clear LCD displayHD video is OUTSTANDING (audio, not so much)Very good macro (close up) camera with flash off (my preference)ConsFlash is only good to about 2 metersDelay between pictures is acceptable but not excellentCamera audio speaker close to worthlessBurst feature (constant shooting while holding shutter button) is poorUPDATE 22 MAY 2012 (a year after acquisition): Durability is excellent."
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"Like most digital camera at this price range, the flash is inadequate."
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"Second, the picture quality is inconsistent even w the flash on the automatic mode."
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"Another reviewer said the flash was good only to about 2 meters."
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"It was my impression the flash is adequate and will go out a little further than than."
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"high detail , it does its job well , makes me be embarrassed of my 5.0 cellphone camera ,but thats why i got this , love the flash too although its not that strong at night at long distances as expected."
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"For still shots the image stabilization and IA (intelligent Auto) mode do a good job of focusing when and where you want it to, but the problem is the flash and low light performance."
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"The flash on this camera is amazingly small and not surprisingly does not perform."
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Image

Image:
"I tried to change all kind of settings and ISO values too, but the pics were no good ."
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"Bought it for the good image stabilization but will probably return it."
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"Takes great pics!"
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"However, from all reports, it is a great little pocket camera, takes good pics."
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"Buy it on sale, is a very basic acamara in all aspects of high quality but with some focus issues but nothing that can not calm arreglarcelas to take a good photo, I seems it for $ 50 you pay what you pay received ."
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"The image quality is as good as you can expect, and the video quality is far better than I expected."
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Light

Light:
"So when I started putting together a trip to Thailand where we were traveling light and fast I didn't want my nice LX5."
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"As you'd expect for a camera this size and price range, the picture quality isn't phenomenal, especially in low light."
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"The flash is weak and has a weak range, which I think contributes to the camera having problems focusing sometimes in low light."
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"For still shots the image stabilization and IA (intelligent Auto) mode do a good job of focusing when and where you want it to, but the problem is the flash and low light performance."
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"It is very light and the case is made of a very lightweight plastic which unfortunately gives it a very cheap feel."
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"But if you want great pictures, especially in low light, you'll have to shell out more."
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"It's a great simple camera to use and light weight."
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"It is light and small, which is nice."
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"The camera styling is very nice, small, light and sleek."
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"The plastic body is light and slim, with nicely finished details."
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Price

Price:
"As you'd expect for a camera this size and price range, the picture quality isn't phenomenal, especially in low light."
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"If you need a cheap camera and don't bother about the noises and terrible LCD, this camera would be right for you."
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"In addition, I think this camera feels a little cheap and flimsy, especially compared to nicer Lumix camera in the same line."
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"It is very light and the case is made of a very lightweight plastic which unfortunately gives it a very cheap feel."
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"Summary:For the price, this model is hard to beat and offers a lot for the dollar."
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"That it has areas where it isn't outstanding - well, every camera has these, those in the higher price ranges are no exception."
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"Nice , cheap backup camera..."
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"This was a gift to the local animal lover that helps find homes for shelter animals, She has been using it for well over a year, and taking decent enough pictures for the price."
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"I'd recommend this camera for someone looking for a good camera in that lower price range."
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"Great price and seems to work well so far."
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"I chose it as I have confidence in the panasonic name, represents quality, had good customer reviews, good price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not very good picture quality or features."
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"As you'd expect for a camera this size and price range, the picture quality isn't phenomenal, especially in low light."
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"Unfortunately, although the video quality is comparable, getting to the video mode and the overall ergonomics are definitely lacking."
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"Second, the picture quality is inconsistent even w the flash on the automatic mode."
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"It has good quality picture, even in dark background"
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"It has very good quality pictures."
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"I am very happy w all aspects features of it, picture quality, shutter speed,multiple options settings,video, battery life."
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"I chose it as I have confidence in the panasonic name, represents quality, had good customer reviews, good price."
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"As others have mentioned, the video quality is excellent for any camera, but especially for one this size and price range."
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Size

Size:
"One of the problems I've had with point and shoots is that they are sometimes too small to actually use."
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"This strikes a nice balance - it's small enough to fit easily into a pocket, but not so small that I find it hard to use."
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"Most of these are likely attributable to compromises needed to give this camera it's tiny size."
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"As others have mentioned, the video quality is excellent for any camera, but especially for one this size and price range."
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"This strikes a nice balance - it's small enough to fit easily into a pocket, but not so small that I find it hard to use."
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"I bought this camera for my wife who wanted a small camera that she could take anywhere and that was very easy to use."
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"It is light and small, which is nice."
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Video

Video:
"one thing I'm not happy that I can't make zoom with videos."
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"I would use the video only when the sound is not really important or you will be disappointed."
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"Unfortunately, although the video quality is comparable, getting to the video mode and the overall ergonomics are definitely lacking."
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"It takes horrible stills and it's only 5MP, but it's built for video and has more options for it.)"
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"ProsSmall and light, very portableExcellent in IA (intelligent automatic) mode - ISO and shutter speed displayedEasy to use without reading the manual (but read it anyway - eventually)Nice, clear LCD displayHD video is OUTSTANDING (audio, not so much)Very good macro (close up) camera with flash off (my preference)ConsFlash is only good to about 2 metersDelay between pictures is acceptable but not excellentCamera audio speaker close to worthlessBurst feature (constant shooting while holding shutter button) is poorUPDATE 22 MAY 2012 (a year after acquisition): Durability is excellent."
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"It is a slow lens so flash distance is limited but everything else (including the HD video) is great."
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"the Lumix series of Panasonic is the best cameras I used, I'm using 3 cameras of this series and I'm very setisfied, it's easy to use, make clear pictures, and nice videos."
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"The Daytona Beach video, alas, never happened; they don't allow personal cameras on your ride in the racecar, but the other video at the speedway is great!"
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"We bought a high speed media card for him to shoot video at Daytona Beach Speedway so that should be an excellent test of the video feature."
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