Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS9


A digital camera for this Christmas

Are you clueless when it comes to what present to buy for your loved one and put under the Christmas tree this year? Panasonic has been working hard on its camera line and come with a new one: Lumix DMC-ZS9. The device seems to have it all and more. Everything you always wanted in such a gadget – affordability, performance, features and so on – are all present in large amounts in the product we tested these past days. Want to find out more about it and the results it offered? We hope our review will be of help.

Good design

It’s already common knowledge that Panasonic pays great attention to what customers want and expect from their acquisitions. Looks is something they especially consider when it’s time to launch a new camera, and the Lumix DMC-ZS9 can be summed up as one of the best-looking devices in the world with its black clothes and smooth contours. Like many other Panasonic cameras, this one provides a perfect gripping area that will make you want to hold the device all day long. There are no new things to add to the general description of the product, because it ships with all the buttons and connectivity options as preceding versions.Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS9

The success of Panasonic cameras lies in the fact that they are very easy to operate. And so is the Lumix ZS9. There are a lot of helping suggestions throughout the setting up process and along the way; a user’s manual is also close at hand whenever you feel like you did something wrong. The battery life is longer then the previous generation of cameras.

3 inches TFT LCD

The screen, a 3 inches TFT LCD with 4320 x 3240 pixels, is one of the biggest ones on any Panasonic camera, so it enables a better view of how images look; and let us tell you that they look superb: the tests we performed revealed immense detail, breathtaking sharpness, stupendous colors and very clear text when we used the menus and such to control various settings. The display has another function, other than the obvious one: it works as a video and picture viewer, or to say it more simple, it means the user will be able to look at moving images and stills at the same time.

We’ve been looking for a gadget with a superior auto focus for quite a while and we found it in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS9; this feature was very fast and provided a lot of accuracy. The vast array of modes offer innumerable options for taking a photo or recording a short clip and the lens, a Leica one, is more than professional.

Venus Engine VI technology

Pictures abounded in quality, even at higher ISOs and noise issues were simply nonexistent (blame it on the Venus Engine VI technology). The optical zoom was 16x and when we explored further to write this review we came across the possibility of snapping pictures with priorities set on Aperture/Manual/Shutter/Program; power image stabilization added further wonder to the overall performance. An Intelligent Scene Selector takes things even higher, making the camera adapt its levels of brightness, color and so on to the situation at hand. If you come across something you really need to conserve for all eternity because it is unique, the AF Tracking feature lends a helping hand. Poor results due to heavy hand shaking are taken care of by a POWER Optical Image Stabilizer.

After we took several photos and shot a handful of clips, we shared them with colleagues by connecting the device’s memory card to our laptop and doing as we were instructed on the screen.

Review conclusion

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS9 remains one of the easiest and performance-apt point-and-shoot cameras.

Technical specifications

* 16x optical zoom;
* 21x Intelligent Zoom function;
* 3-inch TFT-LCD screen
* 14.1-megapixel resolution.
* 24 mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens system.
* Minimum focal length: 24.0
* Display Size: 3.0 inches
* Maximum focal length: 384.0
* Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
* 1/2.33-inch CCD captures high-resolution images up to 4320 x 3240 pixels
* Optical image stabilization