Who it's for: Anyone looking for automated everything in a well-rounded camera
The optical image stabilization is nice. So is the 8X optical zoom, especially the 26mm on the wide end. The Intelligent Auto mode on this camera is great, too. But the stars of the show are two features that may go unnoticed until you have some hands-on time with the Lumix DMC-ZR1: its ultraquiet zoom lens and its ultrafast autofocus. Both of those goodies are also at your disposal while you’re shooting video with this camera, which makes it a well-rounded pocket model for both photos and video. Keep in mind that this isn’t the camera you need if you want a full range of manual controls: It automates almost all of its in-camera functions.
Similar cameras: Canon PowerShot SX200 IS | Casio Exilim EX-H10 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3S