Versatile, Pocketable Superzoom

The Lumix ZS1 looks, feels, and performs very much like its sibling, the Lumix ZS3, which is a great camera. The main differences are the ZS3's slightly larger 3.0" LCD and its support for HD video. The ZS1 has the same amazing 25-300mm image-stabilized zoom lens.


The ZS1 is solidly built and is comfortable to hold and use. It's also relatively compact for a superzoom. Its lens's huge zoom range - 25mm extra wide to 300mm telephoto - should cover most subjects. A Lumix feature that we really like and use for night photography is the STARRY SKY mode which allows the choice of three slow shutter speeds: 15, 30 and 60 seconds (see the night pictures in the photo gallery).

The Lumix ZS1 is easily one of our favorites under-$250 cameras. Given the versatility, it makes an excellent travel camera.


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  • responsive, easy to use
  • very good image quality
  • compact, attractive, well built body
  • excellent, versatile 25-300mm zoom lens
  • effective optical image stabilization
  • smooth optical zoom for video
  • excellent 2.7" LCD
  • long Starry Sky exposure: 15, 30, 60 sec.



  • no manual exposure mode

  • great travel camera
  • compact superzoom
  • price when tested: $237
  • 1.2010 street price: $199
  • colors: black, silver
  • image stabilized zoom lens 25-300mm
  • multi-format: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
  • 2.7" LCD
  • video with 16:9 wide mode
  • SD/SDHC memory card (40MB internal)
  • rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • dimension: 4 x 2.4 x 1.3"
  • weight: 0.45 lbs
  • Lumix ZS1 info @