Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
8.8

Image Sensor

9.0/10

Auto-focusing

8.5/10

Image Processing

9.0/10

Still Shooting

9.0/10

Video Shooting

8.5/10

Pros

  • Small, lightweight body
  • User-friendly interface
  • Plethora of fun filters

Cons

  • Narrow ISO light sensitivity range limits use in low light
  • Somewhat slow zoom

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-ZS45 is one of the premier travel cameras available in the market today. With smartphone cameras getting better and better every year. Travelers would instead opt to bring their mobile devices. So why would you spend for a digital camera that priced within the $200 to $300 range?

For starters, the Lumix DMC-ZS45 offers you a wide array of options and features. It would outdo smartphones in the realm of camera flexibility. Here is a quick review of Panasonic’s compact and handy Lumix DMC-ZS45.

A Quick Look At The Camera’s Specs

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-ZS45 Digital Camera is a compact point & shoot digital camera. It features a 16 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor that is an upgrade to previous models.  The MOS sensor enables high-resolution still imaging. Which also manages to record full HD 1080p videos.panasonic-lumix-dmc-zs45

The best marketing pitch for the DMC-ZS45 is the camera’s decent photo quality in low light.  The camera can also expand to a respectable ISO 6400. Travelers can take advantage of the camera’s fast performance. With the ability to record full-resolution imagery with a 10 fps shutter speed for up to 10 images.

Lumix DC Vario 20x Optical Zoom Lens

One of the camera’s best feature is the long-reaching Lumix DC Vario 20x optical zoom lens. It provides a 35mm equal focal length range of 24-480mm. It covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit shooting from almost any vantage point. The Intelligent Zoom and Extra Optical Zoom technology enable the camera to extend magnification. It also minimizes image degradation whenever there a need for extended zoom.

The lens construction integrates three aspherical elements. Six aspherical surfaces and two extra-low dispersion elements. It cuts chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. It also contributes to improving image sharpness and clarity.

Panasonic also included a 3 inch 460k dot LCD screen that’s used for a viewfinder. It can also double as a selfie screen. The LCD screen tilts 180° to support front facing and low angle shooting. Users can also navigate the menu from the LCD screen. Which host most of the camera settings and featured filters. The camera also features creative control modes and creative panorama. It combines for a plethora of fun filters and camera settings.

Lumix DMC-ZS45 has built-in WiFi that allows you to share your photos to your smartphone. The WiFi functionality also supports remote shooting and image viewing using your mobile device.

Sample Photos Taken With The Lumix DMC-ZS45

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

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Photo from Tom’s Guide

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Photo from Tom’s Guide

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The camera is perfect for the frequent traveler on a budget. Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-ZS45 will help you capture vacation pictures with a snap.  Its 20x optical zoom performance is impressive. Producing accurate photos that do not have much image noise even if it is on zoom. Its interface is easy to navigate.

At about $200 to $300, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 offers a lot. For those who want an affordable long-zoom camera they can fit in their pocket, the camera is an easy choice.

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Pixels16 Megapixel
Sensor1/2.33" MOS
Max Resolution16 MP: 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image StabilizationOptical, 5-Way
Lens DC Vario 20x Optical Zoom Lens
ZoomOptical: 20x
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 28.2x
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 45x
Digital: 4x
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 1600-6400)
Shutter4 - 1/2000 second
15 - 30 seconds in Starry Sky Mode
Burst RateUp to 10 fps at 16 MP for up to 10 frames
Built-in FlashYes
Memory78 MB (Built in) supports expandable SD SDHC SDXC

Screen3" LCD Rear Screen (1,040,000 pixels)
Connectivity
AV / USB Multi, AV Output, HDMI D (Micro)
Wi-FiYes, 802.11b/g/n built-in
BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1250 mAh
Dimensions4.3 x 2.4 x 1.3" / 10.9 x 6.1 x 3.3 cm
Weight8.78 oz / 249 g with battery and memory card

 

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Ceage

Ceage is an avid outdoor enthusiast that loves to share his travels through photographs. He's an active advocate for responsible mountaineering and loves to tell stories about his experiences when he embarks for his monthly trek. He has been writing for 3 years and often reviews outdoor and rugged cameras.

Author: Ceage

Ceage is an avid outdoor enthusiast that loves to share his travels through photographs. He’s an active advocate for responsible mountaineering and loves to tell stories about his experiences when he embarks for his monthly trek. He has been writing for 3 years and often reviews outdoor and rugged cameras.

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