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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1221 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and lens are on the whole positive. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the features and memory. There are some mixed opinions about the water proof.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

 

With warm weather breaking out all over, wanderlust is infecting the country. And what better way to document your travels than with a potent 12x mega-zoom digicam that bring subjects in your face–for better or worse. Canon, Panasonic and Sony are the...

6MP; 12x optical zoom; optical image stabilization

Relatively slow response; manually operated pop-up flash

This one is a good choice for travelers who want a 12x optical zoom that delivers a range of 36-432mm (35mm equivalent).

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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...

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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.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7K (Black)

 

Extensive set of manual features; 12X optically stabilized zoom lens; relatively speedy.

Image flaws such as blooming, fringing, and unusually frequent image noise.

The Panasonic DMC-FZ7 is a solid megazoom alternative for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

 

Panasonic's latest addition to its Lumix "super zoom" line is the six-megapixel DMC-FZ7. This compact and lightweight camera features a high-quality Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm to 430mm on a 35mm film camera) with Panasonic

Bottom line - I was very happy with the FZ7. It is a robust performer that captures beautiful 6-megapixel images, possesses a generous 12x zoom range, and let's not forget it can be easily used by every person in your household or office. With 6-megapixel

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

 

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...

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...

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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Digital Camera Review

 

The Panasonic DMC-FZ7 replaces the FZ5 from last year, retaining the excellent 6-72mm Vario-Elmarit lens, but boosting resolution to 6 megapixels and dropping the list price by $150 to $349.95. All Panasonics have excellent image stabilization, and to...

- Joystick in combination with four-way controller - Great image stabilization - Good manual controls - White balance fine adjustment - Manual focus is better than old system

- Image noise high - Inaccurate color reproduction - LCD and viewfinder resolution are low - Viewfinder is tiny, hard to see - ISO 800 and 1600 poor quality, available only in High Sensitivity scene mode - Fit and finish is rough

The FZ7 should attract a loyal following. It's easy and fun to use. It's versatile, and cheap for what you get. In our experience, no one does image stabilization better on compact cameras than Panasonic up to this point, and we give the company credit...

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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...

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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'...

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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...

Product Specifications

The FZ7 features a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens with a remarkable 12x optical zoom, equivalent to a 35 to 430mm lens on a 35mm film camera. A film camera with an optical zoom this powerful would be so big and heavy, you couldn't handle it with one hand. The FZ7, on the other hand, is small, lightweight and easy to handle. It also has Panasonic's Extended Optical Zoom. While causing minimal deterioration by using the center part of the high-resolution CCD, this function magnifies the image to give you total zoom power of 17.5x - roughly equivalent to a huge 1680mm lens on a 35mm camera. Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FZ7 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working-all you'll see are the outstanding results! High-Sensitivity Mode helps suppress motion blur by automatically setting the ISO sensitivity to 1600, which increases the shutter speed. It also lets you take clearer, sharper shots in dim lighting without using a flash. The FZ7 features a large, 2.5" diagonal LCD and the Power LCD function. Simply touch the Power LCD button and the display becomes about 40% brighter for easier viewing on sunny days. The FZ7 also has the world's first developed High-Angle LCD feature, which makes it easier to check the LCD when you're holding the camera high to shoot over a crowd. The large LCD lets you check the focus, frame the shot, and use functions like 25-thumbnail display and Calendar View in comfort, with no eye strain. Also, Panasonic aligned the electronic viewfinder and LCD along the same line of sight to minimize differences in the images you see when framing shots. You can snap off up to 14 consecutive shots at a swift 3 frames per second in Standard mode. The FZ7 also has Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, so you can keep on shooting until the SD Memory Card is full. The joystick on the back of the camera gives you quick, easy and accurate manual focusing. You can also use the Manual Focus Assist function, which helps you set a perfect focus by magnifying the center of the LCD image and displaying a bar graph of the focal distance and depth of field. The joystick also makes it easy to manually adjust the exposure and focus. You can set the aperture, shutter speed and focus with your thumb while framing the shot on the LCD monitor. Press and hold down the joystick, and you can also instantly change four key settings - white balance, ISO sensitivity, image size, and image quality - while viewing the subject on the monitor. There's no need to switch to the menu screen.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.1in
Height:2.8in
Weight:0.7lbs
Width:4.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby1 / Baby2 / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky/Fireworks / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB

General

Designed For (MG):Camera
Product Type:Power adapter
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FZ7/DMC-FZ7K/DMC-FZ7S/DMW-AC7
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic/Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.3
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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