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Review: Panasonic Lumix S1

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If you’re in the market for a simple point and shoot digital camera, today’s entry-level choices are packed with impressive features.

Panasonic’s Lumix S1 is an excellent example with 12.1 megapixel resolution, 28mm wide angle lens and face detection.

To top it off, users can also capture 720p high definition video with this tiny $129.95 camera that’s smaller than your mobile phone.   

Optical image stabilisation takes the shakes out of your images and the 2.7-inch LCD screen is plenty of room to frame your images and review the pictures already taken.

From a design perspective, the S1 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and its rounded edges make it easy to hold.

What we liked about the S1 was the ease with which we could access the device’s features – especially the shooting modes.

The dedicated mode key brings up the menu to choose whether you’d like Intelligent Auto, Normal, your choice of several scene modes or to shoot video.

The Panasonic Lumix S1 offers lots of impressive features for an entry level camera

In Scene mode alone there are 16 choices which helps the S1 user shoot the best picture for the situation.

These include portrait, self portrait, scenery, sports, night, sunset and beach. There are even modes to take good pictures of food and fireworks.

Users can also capture ultra wide or ultra deep panorama shots that can be aligned and then stitched together.

The Lumix Vario lens has 4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom.

Picture quality is good considering it came from a camera worth less than $130.

On the performance side, shutter lug is almost non-existent so you won’t miss the shots that matter.

Video quality is also surprisingly good and handy for sharing either on your TV or with your friends on social networks.

The Panasonic Lumix S1 has a 2.7-inch screen and a dedicated shooting mode button

Battery life was fair and good enough to shoot up to 250 pictures before you need a recharge.

The Panasonic Lumix S1 offers plenty of bang for your buck with features and quality usually found on more expensive models.

If you’re looking to buy an easy-to-use point and shoot model for yourself or as a gift, it’s hard to move past the S1.

Panasonic Lumix S1

Price: $129.95

Four stars out of five

www.panasonic.com.au