Panasonic Lumix cameras go from strength to strength with
technological advancements designed to offer the ultimate in picture
performance and user convenience. Building on its digital
still camera achievements, Panasonic presents you with the
worlds smallest 10x optical zoom digital still camera, made
possible by the worlds first integrated retractable lens
system with folded optics technology.
Traveller Zoom - the
ultimate travelling companion
The lens part of the super-compact TZ1 features the integration of a
retractable lens system with folded optics technology, realized by the
inclusion of a prism. Incorporating three aspherical lenses,
the crystallization of Panasonic optics technology, results in an
amazingly powerful 10x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens
contained within a slim and stylish body. The zoom ratio can
be extended up to 12.5x in 3 megapixel resolution mode with minimal
deterioration thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom. Furthermore, in
combination with the 4x digital zoom, a zoom factor of up to 50x can be
The power of the Venus
Engine III engine
The DMC-TZ1 boasts the newly developed Venus Engine III, offering the
ability to take 250 pictures on a single charge whilst consuming only
80% of the power utilised by the predecessor, Venus Engine
II. The TZ1 allows unlimited consecutive shooting up to the
capacity of the 13.4MB built-in memory or the SD memory card.
This new engine, the brain of a digital camera, boasts outstanding
response time with an industry leading shutter release time of only
0.006sec minimum (the time taken between pressing the button on the
camera and the photo being taken) and a shutter interval of
approximately 0.5 seconds, thus enabling easy capture of spur-of-the-
moment shots. In the burst shooting mode, it is possible to
shoot at three frames per second in full resolution.
Offering quick response times and high quality image output, the
TZ1s Venus Engine III also dramatically reduces noise levels
even at increased ISO settings. Shooting up to a manually
selectable ISO800 setting, in full resolution, it is possible to
enhance your photographic potential by taking advantage of high shutter
speeds which suppress image blur caused by subject movement.
A stir without the blur
Panasonic has enabled the TZ1 to shoot at a maximum setting of ISO800,
with its new High Sensitivity Mode. This ingenious mode
reduces image blur caused by moving subjects - especially indoors
by shooting at fast shutter speeds. Made possible
by the mixed-pixel read out method of the CCD, users can now enjoy good
quality 4x6 prints of moments that would
otherwise be lost. Whilst the resolution will not be as high in this
mode, High Sensitivity is the difference between getting a shot or not
In addition to the new High Sensitivity Mode, Panasonic has also
equipped the TZ1 with its globally recognised Optical Image Stabiliser
feature. O.I.S minimises the jitter from shaky hands that causes many
photos to look blurred by shifting the O.I.S lens unit to keep the
optical axis aligned straight against the CCD, to ensure images are
always beautifully clear.
Be it hand shake or subject movement, the TZ1 incorporates the solution
for both major causes of blurred images, resulting in amazingly sharp
photos in various situations.
The fiercely fast linear
The TZ1 is the first Lumix model to adopt a Linear AF system which,
combined with the high speed AF function, achieves an industry-leading
high speed AF response time among high zoom digital cameras, whilst
reducing the noise of the motor. The superior AF capabilities
also enable an increased speed in continuous AF, allowing easy and
precise focusing even when shooting moving subjects. It is now even
possible to zoom in while recording motion images. Together
with the TZ1s overall quick response time and the power of
the Venus Engine III, this linear AF system also contributes to a super
fast start-up time of 0.95sec. The speed in which this camera
operates means youll be able to capture special moments,
Bright and beautiful
In addition to standard VGA (640x680) at 30fps motion image recording,
the TZ1 also records stunning full-size movies in wide aspect VGA
(840x840) at 30fps, enabling you to view them on a widescreen
television. The brightness level is enhanced as a result of
the pixel-mixed readout method performed by the CCD. The
linear AF system enables zooming in while recording motion images,
while the O.I.S ensures blur-free footage.
The perfect travel
companion boasting 18 scene modes
The Lumix TZ1s 18 scene modes allow you to effectively
capture your travelling experience, wherever you go. The
aerial mode assists with shooting through
aeroplane windows, and once you reach your destination, the new
beach mode is ideal for taking photos in strong
sunlight. Used with a separately available marine case
boasting a water-resistance of up to 40m deep, the
underwater mode helps produce spectacular
underwater shots, even at depths where there is no sunlight.
Travellers further benefit from the useful Travel Date
Setting which, once you have preset the date of your
departure, records and displays the images in chronological order of
your trip. The World Time Setting is
also useful as it allows you to set the time and date of 74 locations
across the world.
These modes are welcomed additions to the existing portrait, soft skin,
scenery, night portrait, night scenery, food, party, candle, fireworks,
starry sky, snow and baby mode. Panasonics
Baby Mode has now doubled its appeal with the
ability to set two birthdays for two children. When shooting
in Baby Mode1 or 2, the relevant childs age at the time of
image capture is automatically recorded onto the image, allowing you to
forever treasure your childrens special moments.
...and another first by
Panasonic - aiming high with the TZ1s High Angle
The TZ1 has a 207K high resolution, 2.5 large LCD.
The pixel-mixed read out method performed by the CCD automatically
increases the brightness level of the live image on the LCD, which
greatly facilitates low-light shooting.
Panasonic is the first manufacturer to incorporate the highly useful
High Angle Mode to a digital still camera LCD, making it easy to view
when holding the camera up high to take pictures over a crowd, for
example. With the help of the Power LCD function, which
boosts the backlighting of the LCD by 40%, even shooting in bright
outdoor situations is no longer a problem.
The high-resolution LCD can also display your images in up to 25
thumbnails on a multi-split screen and allows you to date search an
image with the Calender Display Mode.
A travellers treasure the small DMCTZ1 boasts
huge features to make travel photography a real
pleasure. Available from April.