A review of the Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Mega Pixel Digital Camera reveals an impressive camera with a wide variety of on board functions. The Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Digital camera is available for $899.99 from Best Buy or bestbuy.com. A quick look at the technical specs of this camera thanks to www.bestbuy.com: 12.1 Mega Pixel resolution, 14-45mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens, included battery and charger, 4/3 lens mount, wide selection of shooting modes, three adjustable burst shooting modes, white balance option, pop up flash, HD or standard definition video capable, and a mammoth 3″ LCD view finder/screen . That is quite a mouthful for a camera, but the Panasonic Lumix pulls it off quite nicely.
The first noticeable characteristic of this camera is the weight. With all that hardware and features the camera comes in a little over one pound in total weight. The balance is just fine, and the device actually feels great in the hands. This seems perfect for taking pictures of live events or anywhere speed is necessary. The 12.1 Mega Pixel resolution may not be the best available resolution with regards to other cameras, but the photographs look amazing. The with balance option helps keep colors sharp and vibrant, and the crisp look of night time photos looks just as great. The mico 4/3 lens mount means that a wide variety of lenses can be purchased to add on to the camera package, depending on how much gear the user is looking to lug around. The adjustable burst shooting modes are extremely handy. The high setting captures 3 frames per second, low is good for 2 fps, and there is a 7 pic setting for fast action scenes. Tracking the action is pretty easy thanks to the three-inch LCD viewfinder. Sharing is made easy with an SD or SD high capacity or SDHC card.
The existence of an HDMI port on the camera lends itself to the HD video capability of this camera. Users can record video in HD or standard settings and either using the A/V port or the HDMI port it directly to the television or monitor. However, buying a camera like this just to take video seems a little on the weird side, as several other viable HD camcorders that are smaller can be purchased for well under $200. Still the Panasonic Lumix 12.1 Mega Pixel digital camera is not necessarily aimed at the entry level video taker or budding photographer.
This is a camera for medium to advanced skill levels. Not that the Lumix is hard to use, just that at close to nine hundred dollars only serious photographers are going to give it a chance. That being said, the general purpose of the camera also has to be carefully considered before making a purchase. This is just too much camera to take on vacation at grab shots of the kids. This is a camera for toting out to the ball field or hiking trail every weekend for professional well-done photographs or videos. Anyone looking for a great camera should pick this one up and give the store display a try, you will be shocked at how great it performs with camera hundreds of dollars higher in price, however, novices should likely pass.