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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR1 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic announces 8x zoom Lumix ZR1
(Monday, July 27, 2009 - 11:00 EDT)

Panasonic has today announced its Lumix ZR1 digital camera which features an inch-thick compact body.

Offering twelve megapixel resolution, the Panasonic Lumix ZR1 is said to be the first digital still camera to use an aspheric lens element with a thickness of just 0.3mm. This allows the combination of a generous 25mm wide angle and 8x optical zoom range while retaining a pocket-friendly profile when the lens is closed. The ZR1's Leica DC Vario-Elmar branded lens includes Panasonic's POWER O.I.S. stabilization system, which the company describes as offering double the stabilizing power of its previous MEGA O.I.S. systems.

The Panasonic ZR1 includes a 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 dot resolution on which images and videos are both framed and reviewed. The 11-point autofocus system featured in the DMC-ZR1 offers tracking capability, and is complemented by a face detection function capable of detecting up to six faces in a scene. In addition, the ZR1 can be programmed to recognize the faces of three specific individuals for labelling purposes. Among a whopping selection of twenty nine scene modes, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 includes a new High Dynamic mode which increases dynamic range and offers three settings - standard, art or black and white. The Panasonic DMC-ZR1 also has an updated Intelligent Auto mode, which is now linked to the POWER O.I.S. system to correct for camera shake. The Lumix DMC-ZR1 also offers an unusual Travel mode which allows the user to specify a destination as well as the travel dates, with the camera then automatically organizing photos by trip.

As well as still images, the Panasonic ZR1 can capture high definition 1280 x 720 pixel movie clips using QuickTime Motion JPEG compression. The Panasonic Lumix ZR1 includes both a Secure Digital card slot and 40MB of built-in memory, and features USB 2.0 High-Speed connection, as well as both standard and high-definition video outputs. Power comes from a proprietary Lithium Ion battery pack with ID-Security feature that prevents use of counterfeit or third-party batteries.

The Panasonic DMC-ZR1 will ship from September 2009, with expected pricing of $280 or thereabouts. For more details, read our Panasonic ZR1 preview.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR1 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberDMC-ZR1
Dimensions3.9 x 2.1 x 1.0 in.
(98 x 55 x 26 mm)
Weight5.6 oz
(160 g)
Planned Price$280.00
Planned Availability September 2009
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.33" CCD
12.70 megapixels (total)
12.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4000 x 3000 (12.0 megapixels)
4000 x 2672 (10.7 megapixels)
4000 x 2248 (9.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1814 (5.9 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 2.3 frames per second
Image Quality3 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.7", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR, 9 elements in 7 groups, 4 Aspherical
8x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.5 - 36.0mm (actual)
25 - 200mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.3 or f/10 (wide) / f/4.4 or f/18 (tele)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11pt) / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 1.2" - 4,082" (3 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set , Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Range: 0.6 - 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.9m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesPortrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic, Photo Frame, UW
Digital ZoomUp to 4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie FormatQuickTime Motion JPEG with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.21)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input, HD AV Output (component)
Battery Type3.6V, 950mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker)
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory40.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR1 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR1 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR1 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR1 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR1 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Panasonic Lumix Features World's First 0.3mm Thin Aspherical Lens*, Making Super-Slim Digital Camera

New Compact LUMIX DMC-ZR1 Digital Camera Packs 25mm Ultra-Wide-Angle, 8x Optical Zoom Lens** Into Ultra-Slim Design

Secaucus, NJ (July 27, 2009) – Today, Panasonic introduced the new LUMIX DMC-ZR1 digital camera, featuring the world’s first 0.3mm thin aspherical lens*, allowing for a compact body that still features a powerful, 25mm-ultra-wide-angle, 8x optical zoom** LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens.  Known for its long-zoom, yet compact digital cameras, Panasonic’s newest ZR1 compact digital camera gives consumers increased flexibility.

“The ZR1 answers the call of consumers looking for a truly pocketable digital camera, while still featuring a zoom more powerful than typical compact cameras,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.  “We know consumers want to catch every shooting opportunity, and with the ZR1, this is possible through unique features such as the ultra-wide-angle lens and Panasonic’s popular iA Mode.”

With a zoom range of 25-200mm, the ZR1 allows for both expansive scenery photos as well as close-ups. This powerful zoom also works during video recording. The 12.1-megapixel resolution allows photos to be greatly enlarged while still retaining outstanding detail.

Another key feature of the ZR1 is its fast, high-speed Auto Focus (AF). This, combined with a high-speed start-up of only 1.1 second, helps the ZR1 to catch even the quick action shots. Making this camera even more versatile and easy-to-use, the ZR1 has a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD, and a powerful battery life with the highly energy-efficient image processing LSI – Venus Engine V*** – which takes approximately 330 pictures during a single charge. As found in all Panasonic LUMIX cameras, the ZR1 features Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode, now with POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.), which features double the repression power, compared to MEGA O.I.S., the previous image stabilization system, to help capture blur-free images. 

Other features of the DMC-ZR1 include:

  1. Additional Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode Features

    1. Hand-Shake Component – Answers the problem of natural hand-shaking that goes along with pressing the shutter button.

    2. Face Recognition – Up to six faces can be registered, and up to three can be simultaneously recognized to show their names once registered.

  2. Travel Mode – Users can quickly organize information related to travel, including destination, date and time. Playback of these photos is just as easy, by designating the date or period of travel on the calendar menu interface.

  3. High Dynamic Mode – Helps to capture a scene with moderate exposure even when the scene may contain both bright and dark areas.

  4. PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 – Included software allows the user to view, edit and archive captured photos and videos. It features dramatic speed-up of operation and also allows users to store and sort photos by a specific, recognized face in the image.

The LUMIX DMC-ZR1 will have a suggested retail price of $279.95 and will be available in September 2009 in black, red, blue, and silver. 

* For digital still cameras
**35mm film camera equivalent: 25-200mm
***Based on a CIPA standard

  • Recognition performance varies greatly depending on shooting conditions, i.e., according to factors such as angles, facial expression and lighting, so operation under all conditions cannot be guaranteed. Because the camera searches for faces that are similar to registered faces, there are cases where the faces are not correctly recognized when the registered image and the shooting image vary significantly. When facial characteristics are similar, particularly between parents and their children or brothers and sisters, the camera may not distinguish the faces.

  • Dynamic tracking function may fail to lock, lose the subject in AF Tracking, or track different subjects depending on the recording conditions.

  • Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

  • The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company's quality standards.

  • All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

  • This unit is compatible with both SD Memory Cards and SDHC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using a SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)

  • Some accessories are not available in some countries.

  • The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.

  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In its commitment to provide consumers with extensive imaging resources, Panasonic LUMIX established the Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide workshops designed to instruct consumers how to optimize the features on their digital cameras and produce high-quality photos. Panasonic is honored to support OUR PLACE – The World’s Heritage, a project that will create the world’s largest photographic collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites, with acclaimed photographers exclusively using LUMIX digital cameras to capture all images.

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