Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 is one of the most pocket friendly answers to the increasing demand of smart phones. Here’s a review to understand this camera better.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 is built around a 16.1 Megapixel CCD Sensor. This is a 1/2.33in-type (7.66×6.17mm), which is a fraction smaller than the sensors found in most other consumer-level compacts, but bigger than the average smart phone sensor. That said, its small size accounts for a limited ISO range. This camera has ISO 100-1600 ISO sensitivity, although a High-sensitivity mode is selectable from scene modes. In High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400), the resolution is scaled down to 3 million pixels or lower to aid noise reduction. The camera also features a 24-120mm (equivalent) f/2.8-6.9 wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom. This is stabilized using Panasonic’s Mega OIS image stabilization system, and has an additional 8x digital Intelligent Zoom. This is a pocket friendly zoom camera, but the issue is that there are plenty other competing cameras with the same features and size. Sadly, this camera does not offer all that great results in low light and it also does not have Wi-Fi functionality. However, this camera makes for an inexpensive and thereby preferable option.
Design & Display:
The first prominent thing noticeable about this camera is its incredibly compact size. Standing out at just 14mm (excluding the lens housing)- this is an ultra slim camera. The dimensions of the camera are 93.8 x 53.5 x 17.6 mm, thereby claiming its position as one of the smallest and thinnest compacts on the market. With exceptional styling, this camera carries dual-colour finish. The body of the camera carries a very looking high-gloss white. Black, red and violet finishes are also available, as well as patterned versions, such as leopard print. As far as the layout goes, this camera carries a pretty standard control layout. The buttons are raised and that makes it easier to locate them. The menu system on this camera is limited and pretty basic, but that does not mean that it is simple to operate. The LCD on this camera is pretty bright and responsive and becomes pretty difficult to see at sharp angles in bright places. With a resolution of 230-k dots, this camera’s resolution is lower than that of a smart phone. But, it is fairly standard for most compact cameras around the same price. This camera is designed for automatic operation, but does not have manual control over aperture or shutter speed. This also includes plenty of scene modes, including a Sports mode for a short shutter speed. There is also a creative control mode with plenty of artistic filters and an in-camera panorama mode.
The battery on this camera lasts for 260 shots over a fully charged battery. This camera can be charged via USB and it can also be powered-up via a laptop or even an external power pack.
Slim, definitely. But, the DMX XS1 is not too feature friendly.