Panasonic recently introduced an entry-level Lumix digital camera that might suit those who want to have their first digital camera without breaking the piggy bank and compromising key features. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is a compact, simple-to-use, entry level camera that has the essential functions that you would want on a basic camera.
The Lumix DMC-S1 sports a wide -angle 28mm DC Vario lens that can do 4x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm). It’s not Leica lens that most Lumix have but what can you expect from a budget camera right? I really don’t care much about megapixel count but if that’s a big thing for you, you’ll be glad to know that the S1 has a respectable 12.1 megapixel count.
As for the essential functions, the S1 has an Optical Image Stabilizer that would really help prevent blurring from camera shakes. There’s also face recognition for better focusing when shooting people. You can also record 720p HD videos on this compact camera by the way.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is available in five colors: Silver, Black, White, Pink and Blue and will retail for only Php6,990. The Canon Powershot A800 is still the cheapest branded entry-level at Php3,950 but that one doesn’t have any sort of image stabilization which is a big factor when taking photos based from experience.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Specs:
- 28mm Wide-angle 4x Optical Zoom Lens
- 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD
- 12.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD
- Venus Engine VI
- iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
- MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
- Intelligent ISO Control
- Face Detection AF/AE
- HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30fps in Motion JPEG Format)
- Auto Backlight Compensation
- Built-in Memory 20MB
- Approx. 240 Shots on a Single Battery Charge
- Colors: Silver, Black, White, Pink and Blue
- SRP: Php6,990