The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1A produces crisp, clear shots of moving subjects with the ISO 800 setting and high sensitivity mode, thanks to the camera's Venus Engine III. The higher ISO setting lets you use higher shutter speeds to minimize the motion blur that can occur when you're shooting a moving subject, particularly in dim lighting. Even indoors, you can get crisp, clear, beautiful shots of children, pets and other subjects that won't hold still. You can also help avoid motion blur automatically by using high sensitivity mode.
Choose from several auto focus modes -- spot, 1-point (normal or high-speed), 3-point high-speed, and 9-point -- to suit the scene you're shooting. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1A also introduces a unique linear AF system. Using a linear motor to drive the zooming, this system makes it possible to shift the 10x optical zoom from wide angle to full telephoto in a few seconds. You get the kind of quick zooming and fast focusing that lets you catch every shooting opportunity. Plus, the AF Assist Lamp helps when focusing in dimly lit places.
Thanks to the Venus Engine III, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1A takes just 0.5 second to start up after the power is switched on and has a release time lag as low as 0.006 seconds. The camera can also fire off consecutive shots at a swift three frames per second and offers unlimited consecutive shooting, so you can keep shooting until the SD memory card or built-in memory is full.
With its 2.5-inch diagonal size and 207,000 pixels, the high-resolution LCD monitor makes it easy to see text and small thumbnail images. Even bright sunlight isn't a problem. If it's difficult to see the display on a sunny day, simply press the power LCD button and the display becomes about 40 percent brighter. The world's first developed high-angle LCD mode also provides easier viewing when you're holding the camera high to shoot over the heads of people in front of you.
With a convenient built-in 14 megabytes of memory, you can take photos even when you don't have an SD memory card on hand. A travel date stamp function lets you input the time and date of your departure before you leave home, then you can use the camera to capture all the best moments of your trip. When you view the photos later, the camera will display them according to the day of the trip each photo was taken. You can even set the date and time for both your present location and your destination, choosing from 162 cities around the world in 32 time zones. A calendar view lets you arrange images you've shot by the day on which you shot them. This can be a big help when you have a large number of images to organize.