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161. Panasonic PV-L759 Palmcorder Camcorder
by Panasonic
list price: $799.95
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Asin: B00000J3I1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 9191
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you're torn between getting a camcorder anda digital camera, look no further--the Panasonic PV-L759lets you have both in one full-featured package. Althoughnot lightweight, the Panasonic PV-L759 is relativelycompact. With its large 4-inch LCD screen, picture-in- picture still, and video mixing capability--plus extrassuch as motion- and audio-triggered recording--thePanasonic PV-L759 is a high-powered video tool.

The Panasonic PV-L759's most impressive feature is itsability to function as a digital camera. Unlike mostcamcorders with still-picture capability, the PanasonicPV-L759 doesn't take stills on the VHS-C tape; instead, ithas a separate CompactFlash card that can store up to 400digital images. You don't need a video adapter card totransfer the images to your PC; just hook the camcorder toyour computer with the supplied serial cable, and theincluded software will let you download captured images. You can even download images as you take them. ThePanasonic PV-L759 also lets you insert still images into avideo recording with picture-in-picture technology.

Inour tests, the Panasonic PV-L759's video recordingfeatures were more than adequate, including a largeselection of fade options, an auto light for dark situations,backlight compensation, manual shutter-speed selection,and a manual-focus option. The camcorder's color filtersare interesting, although we didn't use them in mostsituations. We were surprised to find that the PanasonicPV-L759 doesn't have the black-and-white, sepia,negative, and solarized effects most camcorders havethese days.

The powerful 300x digital zoom is usefulfor faraway events, although we experienced some loss ofdetail at high digital magnification.The digital electronicstabilization is also useful for sporting events, distantsubjects, and shaky situations.

The Panasonic PV- L759 has a unique security detector that triggers recordingat the first sign of motion or sound. (You choose whichone.) Although this might have good applications foractual security, we found it fun for normal socialrecording as well--for example, we left the camera in aroom and it started recording when people entered. Onefinal handy feature is a remote-control holder on theshoulder strap, which prevents you from losing thedevice.

Pros:

  • Built-in digital camera
  • Large LCD screen
  • Powerful 300x zoom
  • Motion and audio detection
  • VHS-C format for universal playback

Cons:

  • Not lightweight
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Features

  • Also functions as a digital still camera
  • Lets you download captured and live stills to a PC
  • Lets you insert stills into video (picture-in-picture mode)
  • Extra-large 4-inch LCD screen
  • Motion- or audio-triggered security-recording feature

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is awesome
I have just bought this camcorder and it is great. I was looking to buy a digital camera, 640 by 480 resolution or lower. I decided to save my money and buy a camcorder instead. When i saw this camcorder, i could not turn it down and so i bought it. To my surprise it performed in both modes above par. I was also surprise with the amount of features it had, so much, i haven't figured some of them as yet(I bought it today). Anyway, i would recommend this product to anyone who wants a good camcorder for their money.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is terrific! The best purchase I have made for baby pics.
This is a great product. The digital still feature allows me to put pictures on e-mails and the videos are great! I would recommend it to anyone. The software is great too!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Does it all....or seems to!
Bought this camera and found it to be a great! I really loved the digital camera function. The camera doesn't take the best picutes in low light situations but I found it well lite situations it did great. Easy to download to the computer. The video functions were what I thought were exceptional. I have used a Sharp ViewCam many times and I think this Panasonic camera outdoes the Sharp hands down. I especially was impressed by the many extra features which I did not know were out in the market. Only disadvantage is that it is a heavier camera than I would have liked.

4-0 out of 5 stars Digital Stills R great 4 E-mail, Not Photo quality
This is a very good Camera I couldn't be happier, but if you think that this can replace a Digital camera your mistaken. I bought this as a camcorder and the digital still camera was a bonus to me, but I will still need to purchase a Digital camera to get photo quality still shots to display on my mantel. Like I stated if you want an exceptional VHS-C camcorder that has the option to attach a photo to an E-mail to help get your point across then you will be more than happy with this camera as I am.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely impressive and easy to use ...A great choice.
Having just purchased the L759 Palmcorder I've used it as a camcorder and a digital camera. In both modes it functions extremely well. The ability to use this camera as TWO different devices is FANTASTIC! It also saved me an additional $700 for a stand alone digital camera. Try it you'll LOVE it! ... Read more


162. Panasonic 3-Volt Photo Lithium Cylinder Battery (CR123APA2B) (CR123APA2B)
by Panasonic

our price: $7.99
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Asin: B0001J0BGI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 26867
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163. Panasonic Model KX-P455 Toner Kit
by Panasonic

Asin: B000093L30
Catlog: Office Product
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 6234
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164. Panasonic PVDV910 MiniDV Digital Palmcorder Camcorder
by Panasonic
list price: $1,395.00
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Asin: B00000JHZQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 5789
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you're looking for a knockout camcorder, we recommend the Panasonic PV-DV910. With its high-resolution digital format, ultra-compact size, and large selection of useful features, the Panasonic PV-DV910 is our camcorder dream machine. It's a good choice for both home users who want the highest quality audio/video and professionals who want high-end editing capabilities.

The Panasonic PV-DV910 isn't much bigger than a point-and-shoot still camera, yet it packs plenty of punch when it comes to recording. It uses the MiniDV format, which gives you over 380 lines of horizontal resolution and lets you download and edit video on your PC (although you do have to purchase a 1394-compliant video capture card separately).

The Panasonic PV-DV910 was a pleasure to use. Once we got the hang of the menu wheel, utilizing the host of advanced features was a snap. We particularly enjoyed the wide range of digital effects, from strobe-like recording and negative, sepia, or solarized effects to the multiple fade-in/fade-out options. The Panasonic PV-DV910 also takes still shots--up to 750 on a tape--along with a portion of audio. This is a great feature if you have a video capture card and don't want to buy an additional still digital camera.

The 3-inch color LCD viewfinder was big, bright, and clear. It swivels a complete 180 degrees, allowing you to tape yourself or let your subjects see themselves as you record. The Panasonic PV-DV910's 18x optical zoom gave us sharp, clear close-ups, and its amazing 300x digital zoom let us in on extremely far-away action--just be aware that video detail decreases with high digital magnification. We found the PV-DV910's electronic image stabilization helpful in events with fast action or when we were mobile ourselves.

One of the Panasonic PV-DV910's best features is its ability to dub audio onto a prerecorded tape. In addition to being able to replace the original soundtrack with new audio, you can also layer a new soundtrack on top of the old one--a great feature for adding background music or commentary. We also found the Panasonic PV-DV910's included light useful for shooting at night or in dimly lit areas.

Overall, the Panasonic PV-DV910 was both easy to use and offered a great range of fun and useful features.

Pros:

  • High-quality digital video and audio
  • Large, bright LCD screen
  • High-powered optical and digital zooms
  • Two-track audio dubbing

Cons:

  • More expensive than most nondigital camcorders
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Features

  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • 16-bit CD-quality stereo audio
  • 18x optical and 300x digital zoom
  • 380+ lines of horizontal resolution
  • Still-shot capability

Reviews (26)

3-0 out of 5 stars photos are poor quality
This camera boasts 380 lines res but they "forget" to say that it is interlaced. That means that each frame has 190 lines of resolution. This is the standard for TV. Printing 190 lines image is almost worse than sketching by hand!

When you pause your VCR you are actually looking at 2 frames (190+190=380 lines). This is great for video. Some fancy software can merge 2 frames into 1 image to get 380 lines BUT if your image moves (or your hand when taking the picture) then you get a terrible image.

My experience... If you want to print the images get a progressive scan video cammera (Cannon Elura, Optura or one Sony model). Otherwise quality is great!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Product
I got this camera as a christmas gift and have been using it 1-2 hours per week since then with no problems. I also purchased a firewire editor (studio dv) and it works great with the PV 910 allowing titles, sound effects, non linear editing and much more. I love the light included with the camera and the size/weight. I highly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but needs improvement
I bought this camera after reading lot of reviews. This is the first video camera that I have bought. Few things which PV-DV910 lacks is that it does not come with any software so as to edit the Digital Video in the PC, no firewire cables - even though it has IEEE1394 port for transfer. Eventhough it says 300x digital zoom, the system does not go beyond 36x. The performance is very poor in low lighting. Out door in normal sunlight, it is great. Overall not too happy for the money that I paid for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Panasonic PV-DV910 Digital Palmcorder
The key features I liked - So small and light to carry around - The photos taken using the "photo shot" (transferred to PC using ATI pro TV card) are really so clear - excellent price (paid $750)

I recommend this camcorder for every one.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great When it Works - If It Works
Beware! I'm not as unlucky with this as some others. Thecamera worked great through my wedding and honeymoon. After that it'sbeen all downhill. I've spent the better part of the last yearsending my camera back and forth to Panasonic. Customer Service is the biggest oxymoron possible here. I've now got one more problem--my AC adapter died. Panasonic wants $150 for a new one, and it's backordered for 3 months. It's time for Sony. If you do buy this product the EXTENDED WARRANTY IS A MUST. You will use it, I guarantee it. I only wshi I knew that when I got mine. ... Read more


165. Panasonic PVDV102 MiniDV Multicam Digital Camcorder w/ 2.5" Color LCD and SD Drive
by Panasonic
list price: $649.99
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Asin: B00005YTWZ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 4237
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Combining 1.3-megapixel stills--albeit interpolated--with a 10x optical zoom, the PV-DV102 wraps some great features in its plastic and metal body. Images are stored on SD cards (sold separately), and they can be downloaded to your computer via USB. For those that like to shoot in low-light conditions, the camcorder also features a built-in color-recording mode for those types of situations. According to Panasonic, the mode will help reduce the graininess often associated with low-light shooting.

A zoom mic and a built-in light are included with the PV-DV102, along with an MPEG-4 movie system, which lets you capture compressed video clips for e-mailing to friends and family. The camcorder also features a composite video out, and, of course, IEEE 1394. ... Read more

Features

  • MiniDV camcorder
  • 10x optical, 700x digital, zoom with image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch color LCD with black and white EVF
  • 1280 x 960 (interpolated) digital still resolution--records onto both tape and SD card (card not included)
  • Includes built-in light and zoom mic

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the price
This is my first Camcoder, the other choice I considered was JVC-DV120, I liked JVC's 16x optical zoom, but its construction looked cheesy and it's much bulkier. The DV102 looks much better and has some nice features I like: zoom-mic and build-in light. It's a real good deal.
Camera is pretty easy to use and takes good picture, the image stablization does a good job, I took a lot of video by holding it without a tripod, sometimes I need to walk around, and the image wasn't very jerky. The sound quality is very good, no background noise at all.
In low light the image is a little bit grainy, but still very acceptable.
I'm not worried about the SD card, though I do have a spare one from my digital camera, I rarely use it, the still picture quality is too low to justify the price of a card. If Panasonic removed the SD drive and offered it with a remote, I'd have given it 5 stars. The other thing I missed is it doesn't have S-video output.
The Camcoder offers some manual feature such as iris lock, backlight and program AE, which are essential to cope with certain light conditions.
The camera's control buttons are a little hard to reach for me by just using one hand, my hand is relatively small, so make sure it's good for your hand.

Overall I feel it's perfect for begainers on a budget.
Btw, the software is virtually usesless.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good - But dont get misled by the Digital Camera feature.
Lets get down straight to the pros and cons of the product

Pro
1. Extremly small - really 'palm held'
2. Extremly Light
3. Jog dial a very nice feature

Cons
1. The pictures captured on the SD card are "average" quality
2. No remote comes with this
3. The SD Card is additional priced
4. The software is so very average.

Considering that I moved up from the DV 52 model for this model hoping to get

a. Remote (optional I am told)
b. Digital picture capability (v v average)

c. Software (that fell way short)

I would suggest that you buy the Panasonic DV 52 Model.Its a 100 bucks cheaper and buy yourself a seperate digitial camera - even at 1.2 m pixles they will outperform these palm comders !!

Tough learning but I hope you learn from my mistakes !!

2-0 out of 5 stars THIS CAMERA IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!
I bought this camera my birthday and thought it was great. A couple months later, I began to notice that the sound skips, and it would constantly eat tapes. And then it goes on some sort of safety mode where it wont let you do anything on the camera because it thinks it might break itself. And whats up with all that extra space around the flip screen? I should have done more research before I bought this camera, and now im paying the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!!
I can't say enough good things about this camcorder. I've made a Las Vegas documentary, a skateboard movie, and simple home movies with it. Not only that, I managed to make them look professional. It transfers video without flaw onto the software I use to make movies (Windows Movie Maker) and also makes flawless re-transfers back onto the tape. Using an SD card, it can be used as a digital camera (albeit a very low quality one... it's still-pic mode is only .5 megapixels).

Pros:
-Great for beginners to home movie making
-Great for beginners to digital camcorders
-Amazing film quality
-SD card slot to save still pictures
-Great sound
-LCD screen

Cons:
-Poor explanation of how to use the digital zoom
-Lens cap is detatched
-Doesn't come with a FireWire, which is necessary to transfer video to the computer
-Still pics saved to the SD card are very low quality

Besides these four problems with this camcorder, it is a dream come true for those into amateur movie making. It really couldn't be any easier to use, save the digital zoom control. Other than these flaws, the camera is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to make professional-looking home movies. Great product, strongly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder
This is an excellent camcorder. I have had mine for a about a year and I have had no problems at all with it. The buttons on top are a little small for large hands but if you buy the optional remote control then you don't have to worry with them.I create digital movies on my computer using the USB cable that was provided. The special effects built into this camcorder work excellent. I have recommended this camcorder to all of my friends. ... Read more


166. Panasonic REPLACEMENT LAMP FOR LB10 SER ( ET-LAB10 )
list price: $289.00
our price: $333.99
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Asin: B00025AKSU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic Office Automation
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Product Description

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. ... Read more


167. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1K 2MP Digital Camera w/ 12x Optical Zoom (Black)
by Panasonic
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00008IHUB
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 3936
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 features the industry's first 12x super-optical zoom function, which is enhanced by Panasonic's Mega Optical Image Stabilizer feature. The Lumix line of digital cameras integrates the world-renowned optical technology of Germany's Leica with Panasonic's advanced digital audio-video technology.

Optics and Resolution
With its 2-megapixel resolution, you can create 1,600 x 1,200-pixel images for enlargements up to 8 by 10 inches. The Lumix DMC-FZ1 offers a Leica 12x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to a 35-420mm zoom lens on a 35mm film camera (the camera also has a 3x digital zoom). This 12x super zoom function is enhanced by the DMC-FZ1's Mega Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to prevent vibration, which is often a problem when zooming to a distant subject. It even works to minimize the slight shake caused when the user presses the shutter button, helping ensure clear, sharp images.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on either Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage-class connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

More Features
The Lumix DMC-FZ1 offers a highly responsive operation, with reduced start-up time, a shorter time lag between shutter activation and when the image is captured, and a reduced shutter interval time. A newly developed digital signal processor enhances image quality and boosts processing speed while improving the diagonal resolution by about 50 percent and producing smoother edges.

Other features include:

  • 1.5-inch TFT (transreflective) LCD monitor and an electronic viewfinder
  • Burst mode of 4 frames per second
  • Self-timer of 2 or 10 seconds

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included). It measures 4.9 by 2.8 by 3.3 inches and weighs 12.5 ounces. This package includes the Lumix DMC-FZ1 digital camera, battery and battery charger, USB and AV cables, hand strap, and CD-ROM with imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor creates 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 12x super optical zoom enhanced by image stabilizer
  • 1.5-inch LCD, electronic viewfinder
  • Compatible with Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) cards
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (19)

4-0 out of 5 stars An awesome camera for novices!
First, I'd like to say that I've owned about 7 different digital cameras, and this has got to be my favorite out of the bunch. I travel a lot, so I enjoy taking a lot of photos, and this camera has just made picture taking fun again! Its controls are easy to use, making it a great point-and-shoot camera for someone who's new to digital photography. The 12x optical zoom using a Leica lens is the BIGGEST optical lens on a digital camera, and the image stabilization help to make this huge zoom usable without a tripod. Thanks to the Leica lens, colors are vivid, and the photos come out crisp.

I only have two complaints about the camera, but only one is important: it's a 2 MP camera. With a lens like this, Panasonic should've made it at least a 3. That's the only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating...but I was still tempted to. I like to make 4x6 pics, but 2 MP doesn't make for nice 4x6's. The other complaint is that many controls and settings are preset, so serious photographers won't like it (but serious shooters would avoid it anyway, because it's a 2 MP).

All that said, at this price, you won't find a better point-and-shoot camera with a big zoom lens. The camera is compact (it still fits in the palm of my hand), has a fast start up time (considering the lens) and a fast shot-to-shot time. The controls and settings are easy to understand for beginners and did I mention the 12x zoom? It's a great camera for fun photography. If you don't make too many 4x6 prints, this camera is incredible--buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars EASY QUICK AND PAINLESS DIGITAL PHOTOS
This is my first digital camera, having used a Kodak Advantix with some zoom capability for the past several years. The cost of film, development, lost pictures and negatives made the purchase of a digital camera a no brainer. However, the one thing lacking from most digital cameras I had seen was an optical zoom. Digital zoom is almost meaningless, so don't be fooled by ads such as "3x Digital Zoom" which doesn't do much alone. I researched various other models, including the Olympus zoom models, but chose this camera because of the terrific price, quality glass Leica lense, compact size and the unbelieveable 12x optical zoom with picture stabilization, which is necessary to take non-blurry pictures at full zoom. The only concern I had was some negative comments by Amazon reviewers regarding low light photos. The first thing I did when I received the camera was take some photos of people in low light conditions at distances over 10 feet with the flash on. I discovered two things: (1) The pictures came out fine. (2) Hey I can use this thing without even looking at the instructions! It is a very simple camera to use, the screen menus are easy to navigate and activate options. The key theme here being the lack of frustration. There is a dial on the camera with little pictures or icons such as: a camera (when you are in normal photo mode), a car (to photo moving objects), a flower (to photo extreme close-ups), a person with a star above them (night photos). It can't be easier than that. Turn that dial to shoot video, press the shutter and you now are recording home video- as long as your memory card permits. I recommend purchasing a large memory card, 128 Megabytes is sufficient, since the 8 MB card that comes with the camera will only let you take about 30 high quality photos. The instruction manual is the best I have seen for an electronic product. Each page has a large heading at the top for the action you are trying to accomplish, i.e., take photos, record video, play back video, delete pictures. This makes it quick to find the topic. Underneath that heading are the simple steps, with diagrams showing you what to do. A positive of this camera is that once you learn how to accomplish an action, it is so intuitive you will likely never have to refer to the manual again once you have tried it.

I was unconcerned about some mild criticisms about the lack of manual adjustability of certain camera-tech related functions, which I admittedly do not understand. I am not a professional photographer so I don't feel as I am missing anything, nor will you if you just take casual family, event and vacation related photos.

The second day I had the camera I took it outside and shot some full zoom photos with the picture stabilization feature on. I was stunned by the detail, clarity and quality of the pictures I could obtain from objects at incredible distances. I cannot imagine ever using a camera without an optical zoom again. It simply opens up a whole new world of possiblilites for your pictures and frees you from the limitations of a regular camera, without the need to carry around a bunch of bulky zoom lenses like you might see a professional photogopher use.

The camera seems very sturdy, comes with a nice strap, fine lense cap with its own micro strap connecting it to the camera if you like, to prevent it from being lost. I was initially dissappointed that Amazon only offered the black model, but it looks nicer in person then on the web page. I am now glad they only sell the black version because it looks sharp. If you want some technical oriented reviews, versus an anecdotal review, there are many fine detailed reviews, with examples of actual photos taken using the camera on the web. I liked the one at Digital Camera Resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Poor Man's Digital SLR
Dumbfounded by the deluge of digicams? Spending more time obsessing on which digicam to buy, more than you did buying your house? Like the fact the users seem to fall in love with this little wonder but are put off by the fact it's only a 2 megapixel camera? Don't worry about the megapixels. The Lumix FZ1/FZ2 is rightfully developing quite a cult following with consumers, photography enthusiasts, and even professional photographers (read "FZ-1: A Pro-Level Digital Point & Shoot" by Frank Van Ripper from the Washington Post available on-line at CameraWorks.com) If you can live without more megapixels, this compact camera has so much to offer. 2MP is more than you need for PC viewing, e-mail, and the web. It can and does provide sufficient resolution to make excellent photo-quality prints up to 5X7, and supposedly makes nice enlargements up to 8X10.

This is a compact, responsive, point and shoot camera with a robust feature set - including a capable burst mode (great for sports action shots and not found on cameras in this class), and true TTL framing via an EVF. There's enough to this camera to satiate the enthusiast - night portrait, portrait, panning, "normal" mode etc., and also has a fully automated mode if you want to let the camera do all the work, and just "focus" (pardon the pun) on composition. But what sets this digicam apart is the big zoom fixed Leica lens. It really is a word-class piece of glass with remarkable specs, especially considering its size. Combine this remarkable lens with an effective image stabilization system, and you have a "different animal" all together. This is a unique versitile and fun digicam that has so much more than others in its price range. Its limitations (weak pop-up flash, EVF cuts out in low light, noise above ISO 200, etc) are really more attributable to its class ($300 point and shoot) than the camera. However, it is capable of producing remarkable images, and once you start shooting with its high quality lens with an IS system, you'll never want a camera doesn't have them. Plus, it is an excellent value. If you don't do a lot of enlargements or cropping in a photo editor, I would recommend the FZ1 in a heartbeat over any other camera, regardless of the number of megapixels, in its price range, and most cameras that cost two or three times as much.

Now a word about megapixels. A megapixel is 1 million pixels (they're the little squares that make up the image...). So, this camera produces images that are 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high. 1600X1200 = approx 2 million, hence 2 megapixels. Since going digital, I find that I view 90%-95% on my PC/laptop monitor. It's convenient, and priting them all would cost a small fortune, since now that I can snap away with wreckless abandon since film (for me) is a thing of the past. (I still use a lab to print. I would rather "borrow" the lab's $200,000 printer than own a $300 dollar consumer photo printer, plus it costs much less per print when you factor in the cost of the printer ink...) Okay, so my laptop's highest 32 bit resolution setting is 1024X768, the resolution of the FZ1 (1600X1200) exceeds that. Point is that since I view most of my pictures on a PC now, I gain NOTHING from a higher resolution camera with more megapixels in most circumstances. The 5% to 10% of pictures I print, I usually print at standard 6X4. Anything over 200 pixels per inch (ppi) is considered "photo quality" for printing, 150 ppi is considered "acceptable". As you get beyond 250 ppi on a print, the differences in resolution from a normal viewing distance are virtually invisible to the naked eye. IMO, I would fail a blind test, probably, if asked to guess the resolution of a picture between the 200 and 250 ppi range. 1600 (pixels)/6(inches) = 267 ppi, exceeding 250 ppi in length on a 6X4 (Note: technically, this formula isn't entirely accurate but is close enough for government work, and serves better as a quick illustration...). A 5X7 is 228 ppi, and an 8X10 is 160 ppi. Hence, this camera produces "photo-quality" images up to 5X7 and "acceptable" resolution up to 8X10. Most photo editors worth their disk space, like Photoshop, can resample images using bicubic interpolation to add pixels and boost resolution for the (very) occasional larger print. A very good product for this is Qimage, a free trial is available, and it's quite inexpensive to purchase. A hot shoe would have been nice but my understanding is that a "digital slave flash", which are quite reasonably priced, like the Vivitar AF200, work very well when you need a big flash.

Now consider, not a "scientific survey" but 3 or 4 folks I know own 3 to 5 megapixel cameras. (The 5 megapixel guy has a 10X optical zoom camera, made by one of the usual suspects, that cost 2X as much as the FZ1, but he doesn't even attempt zooming out beyond 5X without blurring the image, since his camera doesn't have IS). None of them kept their cameras on the highest setting thereby "using" all the megapixels. Why? Because the larger image files cut the amount of pictures they can store on their flash cards in half, their camera annoyingly "locks up" for a couple seconds while it writes a larger image file (often very frustrating), and they really can't notice a difference in quality on their prints, and they view most of their pictures on their PC. Let's say you have a 6 megapixel camera that had a cheap lens that introduced all sorts of distortion and a processing engine that rendered inaccurate colors. What would you get? A crappy picture with distortion and inaccurate colors rendered in all their ugly glory in high resolution. The FZ1 has the "best" lens on the market, and an excellent, innovative processing engine that provides "enough" but not "extraneous" megapixels to provide photoquality resolution for 99% of "real world" viewing formats. I believe that camera companies are exploiting the conspicuous consumption factor of camera consumers who wear their camera around their neck like jewelery. (The "name" + many megapixels = "the guy" equivalent of a pearl necklace to wear on a night out). It is therefore a great way for the camera co's to (finally) introduce planned obsolence into their offerings, dispensing with the days when folks held on to their cameras for decades until they finally died. I'm glad at least one manufacturer withdrew from the "great megapixel wars" and offered an excellent product based around real user needs and the true advantages of the full range of available technology - like IS and its processing engine, and did so at a very reasonable cost, instead of being just another combatant exploiting one aspect - "the megapixel", and the conspicuous consumption factor.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Hot Camera
I bought this camera in December of 2003, It's my first digital camera, and I know nothing about digital cameras or photography. There are some people where I work that are really into cameras and photography. A few of the people cringed when I told them I bought a Panasonic. When I showed it to them and told them about the features such as the 12x optical zoom and the Leica lens, those people quickly changed their minds about my camera. I read all the reviews here and someone mentioned that it doesn't take good 4x6 prints....to that person, are you nuts? They looked great to me, I used this camera to document the assembly of an engine for my friend's hotrod, I have taken about 40 pictures so far. I had them printed on ofoto.com as 4 x 6's and had one picture printed in 8 x 10 and they looked amazing! My friend was also impressed. One tip, purchase a bigger memory card than the 8mb that comes with it, it'll allow you to take about 8 pictures at full blown size and quality. I purchased the 128mb card and an extra battery. The bottom line is, buy this camera and 90% of the people you run into will be green with envy over your camera! Occasionally you'll run into someone who uses a high end camera who might snicker at this camera, but keep in mind folks, it's not a professional camera, it's a great amateur camera! In this price range, nothing can touch it. This camera is also offered in a 4MP model, When I saw that, I instantly wanted to upgrade because of the pixels. After reading these reviews today, I'm saving my money! Again, great camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Camera
I made lots of research before buying this camera. I previously owned a Sony DSC-F707 which I sold because it was too bulky to carry around. The Sony was a great camera but I wanted something with a more powerful lens and an image stabilizer. The Panasonic was the only camera that seemed to fit my needs. I was hesitant at first because my Sony was a 5.0MP camera and the Panasonic only a 2.0MP camera. I read numerous reviews from other owners and researched websites like Steves Digicams, DC Resource and Megapixel.Net that spoke very highly of this camera. What I learned is that megapixels is an important feature to consider when choosing a digital camera, but there are other more important features to consider like the quality of components being used. This camera has a Leica lens. If you don't know anything about Leica, you should do some research and you will be amazed to know that Leica is a high end professional brand that is not cheap and considered one of the best in the world. The other item that stands out about this camera is the processor that converts the image to a digital image. This is a really important feature to consider because the processor is what determines how effective it is at converting the image to the original shot. This camera uses Panasonic's Venus image that does numerous functions at the same time which allows the camera to operate faster and smoother which is similar to the Digic processor on Canon cameras. This processor also increases image quality by 50%, because of this, the photos are far superior to any 2.0MP camera out there. The camera is extremely well built and very rugged. The photo quality from this camera is amazing, it honestly does not seem like a 2.0MP camera. The quality of the photos seems to close to a 4.0MP camera. The lens is extremely quiet and fast. The image stabilization works extremely well and allows you to take photos at full telephoto view without any problems. I highly recommend this camera. You will be impressed with the quality of construction, features and picture quality. ... Read more


168. Panansonic PV-L671 VHS-C Camcorder with 3.0" LCD
by Panasonic

Asin: B0000636RU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 14418
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169. Panasonic ET LAD7500W - projector lamp unit - 2 PACK ( ET-LAD7500W )
list price: $1,200.00
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Asin: B0007D9QRS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic Office Automation
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Dual pack of replacement lamps forPTD7500Uand PTD7600U Panasonic projectors. ... Read more


170. Panasonic KX FA77 - drum kit ( KX-FA77 )
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171. Panasonic PT-D5500U DLP XGA 5000 Lumens 30.2LBS Dual Lamp Networkable
list price: $12,000.00
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Asin: B0006HHZCS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PANASONIC
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The PT-D5500U/UL brings together three advancement DLP technology, dual lamp system, and liquid cooling to deliver bright, high-quality images and quiet, reliable operation. Panasonic's acclaimed dual lamp system generates 5,000-lumen brightness, so the vivid, high-resolution images made possible by DLP technology are easy to see in any installation environment. In the Dual Lamp system, the lamp relay function in single lamp mode automatically switches the bulb when one of the lamps burns out, allowing continuous, non-stop operation. Panasonic's newly developed liquid-cooling system directly cools the DMD chip, giving the PT-D5500U/UL the reliability needed for 24/7 operation. The cooling system also reduces the number of cooling fans needed, so operating noise is greatly reduced. You'll find the PT-D5500U/UL quiet enough to use almost anywhere. ... Read more


172. Panasonic PVDV701 MiniDV Digital Palmcorder Camcorder with 3.5" Color LCD Monitor
by Panasonic
list price: $1,099.99
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Asin: B00005Y4RR
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 7409
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • MiniDV camcorder
  • 10x optical, 500x digital, zoom with digital image stabilization
  • 3.5 inch color LCD and color EVF
  • Records digital stills onto included 8 MB MultiMediaCard (also compatible with SD cards)
  • Analog inputs for digitally archiving old video footage

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, great value
I bought this camera because it earned Editors' Awards from ... extremely reliable on their reviews. Considering that comparable models from other makers...were priced well above [$], the sub-[$]price was also a significant plus.
I've owned this since March and it has delivered fully in every aspect. Very small yet not too small, it is very light and portable. It shoots great pictures, and contrary to other reviewers here, I haven't had any trouble at all using it in conjunction with my Windows XP PC for editing using Pinnacle Studio 7. Not one problem. In fact, I did some really heavy duty stuff with the PC and the camera delivered with aplomb.
For anyone with average/moderate video needs, I think this camera would be perfect. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera, one small problem
I was going on vacation and decided to get a videocam/still camera to record the festivities. After reading reviews from many different sites (epinion, various computer and video mag sites) I decided on the PVDV701. I have used it numerous times for still shots and video without a single glitch. The monitor is bright, the menu system easy to use, and the video quality is great. I have read some complaints about drivers and repairs. Maybe I've been lucky, but I also did things to prevent myself from getting in the same situation. I bought a 3rd party extended warranty which covers everything, including replacement of the unit, which anyone should do anyway for a 800 dollar investment. Also, I have experienced the same problem with the Windows XP drivers, but in foresight, I bought the Pyro Digital Video 1394DV card/software package at the same time. It included a firewire care and software for 69 dollars which is more than worth the investment. I get my video via Firewire and still shots via SD card and USB. Using USB to pull down video cannot be fast or good quality (this is just my opinion, considering the slow rate of USB data transfer). My videos come down at full speed, no dropped frames and highest quality audio that the camera will allow.
I've been to the Panasonic site and the have updated all but one of the drivers to XP compatability, which I have updated and have had no problems with them.
For the price and the features I think I got the best value for the money.

1-0 out of 5 stars I recommend that you stay away from this unit.
I purchased this unit because I liked the features and the price was reasonable. It comes with a light that fits in the hot shoe, and a remote control. It has both digital and analog inputs/outputs, and USB & firewire interfaces. However, my experience has not been good. Thirty days after my purchase, I used it for the second time. I noticed a dead spot in the video. I contacted Panasonic Customer Service and they instructed me to send it to the Service Center for repair. Well, as of 4/3/02 they have had it for three weeks and they are still waiting for a part. Worse yet, they said that they are consolidating the Factory Service Centers and it will be 7-10 weeks before a technician is assigned to repair the unit. In my view that is ridiculous. They will not replace the unit. Panasonic seems to be completely comfortable with this absurd repair time. I WOULD STAY AWAY FROM THIS UNIT, and any other Panasonic product unless you can get the retailer to extend their return policy to 60-90 days -in writing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Users - Don't Buy This Camera
Nice camera but Windows XP users should be advised that this camera does not support XP drivers and will not work with Windows XP. I wish I had known this prior to purchase. Panasonic says that XP drivers will be ready in early Summer of 2002. We can only hope.

1-0 out of 5 stars Heaven forbid your's should ever need repair
Mine did. When customer service finally found the unit lost in its repair facility, they were of little or no help in making it right. I have had to have it repaired three times in 6 months. Until I brought my attorney into it, Panasonic was slow to help. ... Read more


173. Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 37 72-BATT PK ( CF-VZSU14BW )
by Panasonic Office Automation

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Asin: B00009M974
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic Office Automation
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174. Kv-s2065w Dupl 62ppm/116ipm600dpi Ledger SCSI No Returns
by Panasonic

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Asin: B00006B8YU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
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175. Panasonic 3-Volt Photo Lithium Cylinder 3000mAh Battery (CR2PA2B) (CR-2PA2B)
by Panasonic

our price: $7.99
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Asin: B0001HWL9A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 54997
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176. Panasonic KV-S2025C Duplex Clr Scanner
list price: $849.99
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Asin: B00006HZKK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic Office Automation
Sales Rank: 124507
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Product Description

Well the KV-S2025C offers colour duplex scanning in a compact footprint. This workgroup/departmental scanner provides high durability of 3 million pages of scanned documentation. The scanner also provides up to 600dpi optical resolution, and features many high tech processing functions such as automatic colour cropping and de-skewing. ... Read more

Features

  • Image Enhancement Technology
  • Automatic Cropping and De-Skew
  • RTIV Image Capture Utility

177. Panasonic Cyan Toner Cartridge For All ( Kx-Cltc1 )
by Panasonic

our price: $70.99
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Asin: B000098XKR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 8764
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178. Color Cart for KX-CL500/510
by Panasonic
list price: $409.48
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Asin: B00009XSXV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
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179. PANASONIC CGADU 21/1b Camcorder Battery
by Panasonic

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Asin: B0001WV09M
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 703
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180. Panasonic CGA-S002 Rechargeable Battery Pack for DMCFZ3/FZ15/FZ20 Digital Cameras
by Panasonic
list price: $43.99
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Asin: B00012EYM2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 379
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Features

  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Compatible with DMC-FZ1 & DMC-FZ10 digital cameras

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