Z-1 v Z-1P


Link Posted 01/10/2003 - 23:39
Apart from the "panoramic" function of the Z-1P is there a difference or are they exactly the same camera. Anybody any idea please.


Link Posted 02/10/2003 - 06:43
The Z1 and Z1p have quite a few differences.
I have made a list that appears on my Pentax pages web site - http://www.photon.me.uk , and I have reproduced here:


Brighter viewfinder, about 1 stop
Viewfinder meter has a bar-graph (rather than just + and - indicators)
Extra indication of spot/centre/evaluative metering in the viewfinder
28mm flash coverage (rather than 35mm - the Z1 warns you though at 28mm)
Red eye reduction
Buttons and controls:
Simplified modes (aperture/shutter priority modified)
No interval shooting facility
Easy switch between spot/centre metering (Z1 uses a Pentax function)
Panorama facility (though can be a handicap - you can accidentally switch it over)
More expensive (by quite a long way still)!

Personally, I have found the Z1 to be a superb camera and have really enjoyed using it. It probably depends on your photographic style as to which you would prefer.

For further information, check out my website, and the superb reference on all things Pentax at: http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/index.html

Hope that helps,
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Link Posted 02/10/2003 - 20:06
I used to own a Pentax Z1 and did consider changing to a Z1P.
When I was considering the Z1P I believe I was told you could vary the output power of TTL flash from controls on the camera. Obviously this would be useful for patial fill-in flash.

Thats all



Link Posted 03/10/2003 - 02:44
Thanks for the information. I bought a Z-1 body to use alongside my MZS and so far I'm very pleased with it. I just wondered if I might be missing out on something important. When I bought it I didn't have the extra cash I would have needed for a Z-1P. I think I can live without the changes. Thanks again



Link Posted 03/10/2003 - 02:47
Silly me forgot to log in to post my reply. I wondered why it wouldn't let me use my own name Duh!


Link Posted 03/10/2003 - 09:53

Yes, I think you are right about the Z1p and controlling the flash. However, there's a little trick you can do with the Z1 - it's on my website, but is a little fiddly (using Manual mode) and not too useful for kids (more suitable to studio type work).

The AF360 does have flash output adjustment, BUT, this only works in P-TTL mode, which the MZ-S (and *istD) support. Still, the results I have had from the Z1 and AF360 were very, very good. Sometimes, though I was caught out because it wouldn't throttle down enough when too close and blow out the highlights. The *istD and AF360 is positively amazing and so far I cannot make that pair go wrong!

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