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Panasonic DMC FZ7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 621 reviews of Panasonic DMC FZ7. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the image quality and zoom are overall positive. The performance and portability also get good opinions. There are some mixed comments about the shutter and color. There are some critical reviews about the memory and storage.

usability, portability, performance, zoom, image quality

flash, viewfinder, storage, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic DMC FZ7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic DMC FZ7

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Panasonic DMC FZ7 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and durability. The zoom and image quality also get good feedback, but many are critical about the image stabilizer and design.

portability, image quality, zoom, durability, performance

design, stabilizer

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMC-FZ7S 6MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)Panasonic DMC-FZ7S 6MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Thomas Ricker (engadget.com)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ7 reviewed

 

PC Magazine just laid-out a postivie review on Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ7 six megapixel superzoom shooter. The reviewer fawned over the "excellent image" produced by this "very inexpensive" cam's "outstanding" VARIO-ELMARIT 12x optical zoom lens...

Apr, 2006

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

 

Megapixels: 6, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Re...

12X optical zoom. Excellent image stabilization features. Decent video capabilities. Very inexpensive for a superzoom.

Some shutter lag. Nonarticulating LCD.

With 12X optical zoom and excellent image stabilization, this addition to the Lumix line wins our Editors' Choice for a budget superzoom.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Review

 

Almost a year to the day since the introduction of the hugely popular FZ5 (and 4MP sibling the FZ4) - itself an upgrade to the FZ3 - Panasonic has announced its successor, the 6 megapixel DMC-FZ7. As well as a design facelift and an extra megapixel,...

Excellent resolution & sharp results Good, natural color and excellent exposure Superb 12x optical zoom Effective image stabilization Small and light, but well built Comprehensive range of controls Very fast operation Very fast (and accurate) focus...

Higher than average Noise at ISO 80 Strong color noise at ISO 200+ Mild Chromatic aberration and corner softness in macro mode Mild vignetting at widest zoom setting / widest aperture New LCD is bright, but resolution is lower Occasional focus hunting...

Over the last few years we've been spoilt - cameras have seen huge leaps in capabilities from one generation to the next, whilst at the same time prices have steadily been falling. I think it's safe to say that for the time being we've got to accept...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

 

Physical Views The DMC-FZ7 compared in size to a standard CD disc. The 6-megapixel 12x Konica Minolta Z6 and the DMC-FZ7 Continue to Features & Controls Lumix DMC-FZ7 Specifications Image Sensor 1/2.5" CCD, Primary Color Filter 6.37 Total Megapixels...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Panasonic Lumix FZ7 Test

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ7 Test : Anfang dieses Jahres hat Panasonic das Nachfolgemodell für die FZ5 eingeführt: die Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 Digitalkamera. Neben der Erweiterung von 5 auf 6 Megapixel, hat die Panasonic Lumix FZ7 viele zusätzliche...

May, 2006

Excellent!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 review

 

Early this year Panasonic introduced the successor of the FZ5: the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 digital camera. Besides the upgrade from 5 to 6 Megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix FZ7 is equipped with several extra settings. The entire camera has in fact...

With the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7, Panasonic offer a truly worthy successor of the FZ5 camera. Its predecessor was already well received, but did leave room for improvement in certain areas. The Panasonic FZ7 has turned out to be a...

Expert review by (photographyblog.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Review

 

The Panasonic DMC-FZ7 offers a 12x ultra-zoom lens, equivalent to a focal length of 36-432mm, in a relatively compact and stylish body. The DMC-FZ7's Leica-branded lens doesn't just offer a...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Dan Havlik (imaging-resource.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

Generally good image quality, very crisp-looking photos, Long 12x zoom lens, Very effective optical image stabilization, Large 2.5" LCD display, LCD/EVF viewfinders work better than average in low light, "High Angle" mode for LCD display is great for...

Significant chromatic aberration in the corners of the image at full telephoto, Higher than average image noise at ISO 400, some noise present even at low ISO settings, Tiny 16MB memory card that's included is pointless - Buy a large card right along...

Not too long ago digital cameras with advanced features and SLR-mimmicking long zoom lenses were considered "chunky" or bulky. But with the public's increasing demand for smaller and smaller cameras with longer and longer zooms--and with manufacturers'...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

 

One thing that hasn't changed is the excellent optical image stabilization system, which is found on all of Panasonic's cameras

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; 12X optical zoom lens ; Optical image stabilization system ; Large 2.5" LCD display is visible in low light (though see issues below) ; AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing ; Superb performance,...

Images noisier than they should be, especially at high ISO sensitivities ; Some average redeye ; LCD resolution isn't great ; High sensitivity scene mode does not impress ; Can't remove memory card while camera is on tripod ; Tiny memory card included

Despite a few flaws (most notably noise in images), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 is a very likable ultra zoom camera, and one that I can recommend. It combines high quality optics, image stabilization, manual features, and performance, without breaking...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : LRY (photographyreview.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

 

In the good old days you could carry around a gigantic 400mm lens and people thought you were cool. If you tote around such big glass now, you're likely to be considered a low-life paparazzo - plus you'll throw out your back after a day or two.

Nov, 2006

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:710
Battery life (CIPA standard):320
Battery performance:710
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.2
Power source type:AC

Camera

Calendar: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating, Trimming
Image quality adjustment:Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (TR), DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN
Photo effects:Black&White, Sepia
Scene modes:beach, Fireworks, Night landscape, Night portrait, party (indoor), Portrait, Sports / Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Party (indoor), Portrait, Snow, Sports
Self-timer:2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Manual, Movie, Program, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5
Display resolution (numeric):114000
Field of view:100

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):11.8 - 212.6
Flash range (wide):11.8 - 236.2

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Extra/Smart zoom:16.5
Focal length range (f-f):0.236 - 2.83
Lens structure:11/8
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/8
Optical Zoom:12

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / SD

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.42 - 17
Aperture range (F-F):2.8 - 3.3
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:60 - 1/2000 / 8 - 1/2000
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.43 x 3.11 x 2.84
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.42 - 17
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Leica DC Vario-Elmarit
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, ArcSoft PhotoBase, USB Driver, Lumix Simple Viewer\n / Lumix Simple Viewer/Photo Fun Studio/\nArcSoft PhotoImpression/ArcSoft PhotoBase/ArcSoft PanoramaMaker / Lumix Simple Viewer/Photo Fun Studio/\nArcSoft PhotoImpression/ArcSoft\nPhotoBase/ArcSoft PanoramaMaker
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Bridge camera / Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPG
Image Sensor Size:1/2.5
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Megapixel:6
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1360,2048 x 1536,2304 x 1728,2816 x 1584,2816 x 1880,2816 x 2112
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:6.37

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.11
Dimensions (W x D x H):4.43 x 3.11 x 2.84
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):4.43 x 3.11 x 2.84
Height:2.84
Weight:0.68 / 10.9
Weight (imperial):0.68
Width:4.41