Panasonic XS1 overview
Panasonic XS1 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally announced on January of 2013. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The XS1 is ranked #99 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #903 out of 1428 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your custom criteria.
Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic XS1 Gallery
You can check the XS1 from several angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic XS1 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic XS1 based on features which are generally viewed as crucial in a digital camera.
Panasonic XS1 Sensor details
The measurement of the sensor on the Panasonic XS1 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 16MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so the user has less margin for error.
The image underneath displays the XS1's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The XS1 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic XS1 dimensions
Panasonic XS1 weighs 0.23 lbs (103 gr / 3.63 ounces) & has outside measurements of 94mm x 54mm x 14mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Panasonic XS1 is lighter in comparison with other competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Here is a image of the Panasonic XS1 next to a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will show you the button design on the XS1.
Panasonic XS1 Lens specs
The XS1 provides a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be ideal however it could be convenient in certain circumstances.
At the widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 which will be fairly slow and not the best for low light events and you will probably struggle to get good bokeh. You could also have to boost the ISO setting giving you noisy photos. At the tele end, 120mm comes to f6.9 which is pretty slow and you would need to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic XS1 Connectivity
The XS1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer files and at times change camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Certain applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Panasonic XS1 Video specs
The maximum video resolution on the Panasonic XS1 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really target at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone socket so you get little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for another model if you need good audio for your videos.
Panasonic XS1 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Panasonic XS1 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.
Panasonic XS1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic XS1 has a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder details for Panasonic XS1 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite helpful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Panasonic XS1 Shutter specs
Panasonic XS1 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Panasonic XS1 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Panasonic XS1 has only inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.
Panasonic XS1 Autofocus specs
Panasonic XS1 has just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.
It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Panasonic XS1 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode can be useful during low light conditions or you want more exact control on focusing.
Panasonic XS1 Battery life
The battery for the Panasonic XS1 is made to last for 260 photos according to the CIPA specifications which is comparable with it's rivals. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest possible (470) battery life within this range of cameras.
Below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Panasonic XS1 for different styles of photography
The following bar chart displays a analysis of the Panasonic XS1 for different styles of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Panasonic XS1 as a Portrait photography camera
The Panasonic XS1 has a points tally of 31 which is horrible, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & capability to use off-camera flash.
Panasonic XS1 Street photography information
Coming in at a above average score of 64, the Panasonic XS1 is a fine choice for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Panasonic XS1
A horrible sports photography rating of 41 means the Panasonic XS1 is simply not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic XS1 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is pretty critical when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Panasonic XS1 gets a nice 69 as a travel camera which is a very decent choice to take with you on your travels.
Panasonic XS1 Landscape photography features
For anybody who is planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic XS1 with it's horrible grade of 39 for a landscape camera is simply not good among it's rivals.
Panasonic XS1 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera really should come with a moving screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Panasonic XS1 is simply not good for vlogging as it comes to a horrible rating of 32.
Panasonic XS1 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the XS1, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart underneath gives you a bird's eye view of the XS1 versus it's highest scoring competitors mentioned above.
Here are a few more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To see a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.