May 20, 2005

Panasonic DMC-LS1 Review

The Panasonic DMC-LS1 features an optically stabilized three times optical zoom lens and four megapixel CCD. This camera is a follow-up to the budget-priced DMC-LC70, the biggest change being the introduction of Panasonic's OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), a first for a low- priced compact digital camera. reviewed this camera today and had a few things to say about it-
"The DMC-LS1 uses a 4.23 million pixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD of which 4.0 million pixels are effective to produce an image size of 2304 x 1728 pixels. The CCD's sensitivity covers a range of 64 to 400 ISO (64, 100, 200, and 400 ISO), and also has an Auto setting that lets the camera adjust sensitivity from 64 to 200 ISO when the flash is not used, and from 64 to 400 ISO when the flash is used.

Optical image stabilizers are still rare, and are often reserved for longer zooms than the 3x zoom of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1.

Generally, optical image stabilizers have a twofold purpose. First, they act to physically compensate for the inadvertent movements of the photographer, movements which become amplified by telephoto focal lengths and which can be the cause of a blurred image."

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