|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-S1 12.1 MP Camera - Silver *BONUS* CASE & MINI TRIPOD|
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|The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the DMC-S1 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Apart from the digital image correction, the MEGA O.I.S. corrects a jolt of light axis by shifting the O.I.S. lens unit to offset it. Thus the image is not affected digitally nor deteriorated at all. You get clear, sharp images in exchange for nothing. The MEGA O.I.S. lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination to preserve the mood, and works for macro shots and zoom shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake. In short, it lets anybody take beautiful, blur-free shots with ease.The DMC-S1 features a newly developed 28 mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom f/3.1-6.5 LUMIX DC VARIO lens into a compact body. Comprising 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body yet achieving exceptional optical performance.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 112mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1600 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||6400|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.4 m - 3.3 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||20 MB|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||MJPEG, QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||720p HD Movie Recording, Audio Recording, Auto Backlight Compensation, Auto Power Save, Automatic Face Tracking, Built-In Help Guide, Built-In Speaker, Date/Time Stamp, Direct Print, Exif Print Support, Intelligent Scene Selector, Motion Detection, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image, Scene Detection Technology, USB 2.0 Compatibility, YouTube Capture Mode|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Baby, Beach, Fireworks, Food, High sensitivity, Night portrait, Night scene, Panorama assist, Party/indoor, Portrait mode, Scenery, Self-portrait, Snow, Soft skin, Sports mode, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Cool, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid, Warm|
Average review score based on 3 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This is a nice and quick to use pocket camera. A built-in lens cover automatically slides in place and the lens folds up completely flush so nothing sticks out to catch on your pockets.
No mode dial, so you do need to be careful about keeping track of what you're about to shoot next time you power up - either video or still images. The on-screen icon is easy to lose track of unless you take a moment to see what it looks like. Some color-coding to indicate modes would be nice. The mode icon is always a red square with the mode icon in white inside the square.
There's only one video mode selection, and three choices for taking photos, so it's easy to decide which mode to use. A dedicated mode button lets you change modes quickly using the arrow and set buttons to make a selection.
There's a scene mode, which brings up a sub menu of a nice selection of extended modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Baby, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Fireworks, Beach, Snow. On-screen tips scroll by for each mode. For example, in 'Baby' mode you are informed that this is 'Suitable for taking pictures of your baby. Age can be displayed with pictures if you set the birthday.' Selecting this mode brings another sub-menu giving the choice of on/off/set. Choosing 'set' brings up a screen to enter a day month & year.
On-screen tips are very well thought-out at all times. When selecting a different resolution different print sizes are recommended. The highest setting says it's good for A2 prints or 16" by 20".
The optical image stabilization works well, preventing blurry shots most of the time. But if I have one too many, then anythings possible...
The hole for the supplied wrist strap is square-bottomed and very hard to thread, so don't make the mistake I made. I went and took the attached tag off before thinking about putting the strap in place. The instructions don't say anything about this, but it's obvious to me that you really want to hook the wrist strap to the end of the tags string before pulling it out. I wound up having to patiently work a piece of waxed floss through the hole.
I used a Sandisk Extreme HD Video, 16 gig card that's rated for 30 megs a second. That gives 8 minutes of 1020 video or over 3000 photos.
The lithium-ion battery comes with a nice charger. No cord to get tangled as a set of wall prongs fold out of the charger, making it nice to take along. I see spare batteries on ebay at a good price, but I haven't needed a spare yet. Of course I always try to keep the flash off.
One very important thing I can say here is that the software which comes with this camera is not all that exciting. In fact, if you were to toss the disk in the trash before unwrapping the camera - you would be much better off. There are no drivers, the camera is just another removable hard drive as far as your computer is concerned. The default windows photo transfer wizard works fine with this camera. As far as doing any video editing, I prefer to use NCH software at: www.nch.com.au This camera uses the mov file format for shooting video, and VideoPad by NCH works with this format just fine. Plus being able to output in avi, wmv, asf, mpg, 3gp, mp4, mov, flv, swf & rm - and all with a variety of output settings for resolution and aspect ratio among others. I use Paint.Net to edit my pics
It's always nice when a camera fulfills its promise. The Panasonic Lumix unassuming outer shell doesn't stray from the company's other compact megazoom cameras, but what's inside does with a re-engineered autofocus system, an ultracompact, wide-angle lens with zoom, and a revamped optical image stabilization system. Add in fast performance and very good photo quality, and you get a pretty great pocketable megazoom camera.
I bought this camera, so I can stick it in my pocket and its quick and easy to opperate. I like the fact that is very light, looks nice takes very good pictures and extra bonus good quality video to. The only problem I can see with this is that if you drop it it will brake. So I would recomend a bag, or cover for it.
Havent tried other ones but I like this a lot. Good product. :)