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Old May 11, 2010, 6:57 AM   #1
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What are the main differences between these two models of cameras?
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Old May 11, 2010, 9:58 AM   #2
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Initially there was just the Panasonic ZR-1 and no ZS series until near the end of 2009.Then with the start of the new year of 2010, we suddenly saw the ZR series, the ZS series, and the ZX series. All we "spin-offs" of the development work that went into the ZR1. Even today, these cameras are very similar, and thing remain in a state of flux. Eventually they we be separated by their own features. But for now they seem to overlap a lot.

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Old May 11, 2010, 10:23 AM   #3
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So is the zr1 a good auto camera? Looking for something to turn on and start shooting.
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Old May 11, 2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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the ZR1 and the ZS1/3 are both pocket superzoom cameras.

the ZR1 uses the same sensor and a slightly newer image processor and image stabilization system, but has a shorter 8x zoom versus 12x zoom on the ZS series. the ZR1 shoots full HD video in motion jpeg. The ZS1 shoots VGA video, and the ZS3 shoots full HD video with AVCHDlite compression.

They are great cameras. I have the ZR1 because it is slightly more pocketable and the 8x zoom is sufficient for me.
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Great. I like the zr1 size better. The zoom doesnt matter much for me either since i have my xsi for that.
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Old May 12, 2010, 9:55 AM   #6
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Initially there was just the Panasonic ZR-1 and no ZS series until near the end of 2009....
Sarah, you are mistaken. The ZS1 was announced 1/2 year before the ZR1 (Jan/09 vs. Jul/09), reason why the ZR1 has a newer sensor.
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Oops, Tullio-

My mistake, you are entirely correct. I was typing to quickly.

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Would you consider the ZR1 over the ZS3 ,ZS5 or ZS6?
Is the the ZS6 the same as the ZS7 without the GPS?
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Old May 20, 2010, 8:17 AM   #9
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I hope Panasonic's marketing department is reading this thread and gets a clue.

Better yet, I hope Panasonic's senior management is reading this thread and fires their marketing department.

While I am relatively camera savy, I had the same question, but worse, my head was spinning when trying to decipher their closely related alphabet soup. The role of marketing is to motivate people to buy and structured confusion doesn't do it. Keep it simple!

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