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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 16.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver - 3" LCD - 10x Optical Zoom - Optical (IS) - 4608 x 3456 Image - 1280 x 720 Video - PictBridge - HD Movie Mode Reviews
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Average Customer Rating:
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(based on 7 reviews)

57% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:

Exceeded Expectations (3), Inexpensive (5), Convenient (6), Easy To Use (6), Compact (5)

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Poor Quality, Great feature camera

By dew from Boston on 11/08/2012


Pros:

Convenient, Easy To Use

Cons:

W/o Camera For 3 Weeks, Automated Repair Line, Repair Shipping Costs, Poor Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Video/Camera diff't f(x) Not working @5 months


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Unusable AF Macro Zoom "" 6 ft at Tele end!

By Anonymous from Boston, MA on 08/12/2012


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Overall SZ7 is a good compact camera. However its AF Zoom is completely useless! 3 ft is usually the industrial standard for the minimum required focusing distance from the subject at its maximum optical magnification. On this camera AF Zoom the minimum focusing distance from subject requirement increases exponentially and nonlinearly with the optical magnification: 1X " 0.16 2X " 0.98 4X " 3.3 7X " 4.9 9X " 6.6 10X " 4.9 At 9X magnification it needs a minimum distance of 6.6 ft (not a typo!) and then it drops back down to 4.9 ft at 10X. No wonder one user commented Macro Zoom garbage. There is no workaround with this limitation. So if you need to use AF Zoom feature quite a bit, this camera is obviously NOT for you.


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Loveed it except....

By BMW from So-Cal on 07/20/2012


Pros:

Easy To Use, Convenient, Nice Features, Compact, Great Pictures, Inexpensive

Cons:

Very Bas Lcd Screen, Did Not Meet Expectations

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I actually really liked this camera allot, It took very nice pictures and had lots of great features. However I returned it because of one unacceptable flaw...the lousy display screen. Although nice and big, it was to poorest screen I have ever seen. You need to look at it directly square to see the screen properly. From any slight angle, particularly up or down, the brightness and colors change radically. Trying to take a picture over a crowd of people, or out a window was very difficult because you can't see what you're aiming the camera at. It made previewing pictures almost impossible to judge exposure because slightly tilting the camera would make the picture look over or under exposed. Except for that one huge flaw, I loved the camera but I just couldn't accept it. If they offered the exact same camera with a better screen, I would gladly pay $50 more for it.


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Lumix rocks

By selvam from maryland on 07/07/2012


Pros:

Inexpensive, Easy To Use, Convenient, Durable, Compact, Exceeded Expectations

Cons:

Delay In Shipping

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm totally satisfied with this camera features like auto mode,3d, glass shot , video sound effect and image depth.. Every thing in one piece of camera :) .. Planning to buy another 2 camera for my friends ..


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Perfect for non-techi!

By striper2 from Davie, Florida on 06/29/2012


Pros:

Durable, Exceeded Expectations, Inexpensive, Convenient, Easy To Use, Compact

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great zoom, auto mode makes me feel like genius, movies are crystal clear with great audio when I import into my iMac27. As user friendly as a camera can be!


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Great pocket camera - convenience and performance

By Ken from Oregon on 05/30/2012


Pros:

Inexpensive, Easy To Use, Usb Charging And Downloads, Exceeded Expectations, Compact, No Charger Needed, No Card Reader Needed, Convenient

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera slips easily into my pocket or my wife's small purse. Weighs next to nothing, is super-easy to use, has great definition, long zoom range, bright display, good low-light performance, and more available features than we are likely ever to use taking our "happy snaps." Using medium definition we take pictures that blow up to fill my 25" PC monitor with clarity. I can clip out even small areas of our pictures and print them 5 x 6 with no blur, no pixelation. Best of all, unlike some earlier models, we can manage & download pictures and charge the camera over a single USB connection. No separate charger needed, no pulling the memory card in and out. You don't have to be a photo-hobbyist to enjoy this camera's features and performance. We've had it for only a couple of weeks, taken 1,000+ holiday pics of people and places, have no regrets and would highly recommend this camera for ordinary family usage.


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Great camera for the price

By mogulman from Parker, CO on 05/08/2012


Pros:

Compact, Easy To Use, Convenient, Inexpensive

Cons:

Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I looked around at every retail store and online to fine a camera for mother's day for my wife. I've had Panasonic camera's in the past. This one is great so far. The size and the amount of features for the price are amazing. The only issues I've seen are the following: -The zoom makes a little brrrrrpp noise when extending at a certain place during the zoom. I tried 2 different cameras and both had this noise, so I can assume this is normal. Hopefully it doesn't turn into an issue. -Battery life seems a little low.


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