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|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.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||6.0 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||5cm|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||36 - 432mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||1600|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.3 m - 6 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Card, SD Memory Card|
|Viewfinder Type||Digital, Electronic|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||100%|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.33"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||DPOF 1.1, JPEG, TIFF|
|Max Video Resolution||848 x 480|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Audio Dubbing, Audio Recording, Backlight Compensation, Built-In Speaker, DPOF Support, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red-eye Correction, Resizing an Image, USB|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|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|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Cool, Sepia, Warm|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Halogen (Preset), Manual|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
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.
Average review score based on 37 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I was looking for a good buy in an extended zoom camera on ebay, and I did a lot of research on the leading brands for point-and-shoot extended zooms. I looked at Olympus (longest zooms), Fuji, Kodak, and finally noticed the Panasonic Lumix camera showing up as comparison standards in many of the tests.
Reviews on the Panasonics were quite good, and seemed to avoid the inevitable "except for" flaws that showed up in the other reviews.
The DMC-F27 is an out of production camera, dating from 2006 and carried into 2007. It's been superceded by the FZ8 with another megapixel of resolution, but little else of significant improvement. The FZ7 showed up as a new item on ebay, and I purchased at a good price, less that what I would pay retail for the bottom of line extended zooms.
I find the Panasonic controls are well-located and intuitive. It takes excellent pictures, is lightning fast to focus, and fast on turnaround; one of the reasons for my purchase was fast recycling between shots in comparison to many of the other cameras.
I have yet to really test it, though I have taken pictures under most normal situations and been happy. Shots are sharp and appear sharp corner to corner (though most of these camera show some softness in corners when you delve deeply into them; certainly fine for normal viewing.
I was pleased to find that the 12X zoom is actually more when you run with a lower resolution setting. I see no reason to take huge pictures suitable for printing off into almost posters when you are likely only going for 8 X 10 if not smaller and the resolution for that is fine. I set my shots for the 3m setting, yielding me shots 2048 X 1536, and the zoom takes the centre out of a larger resolution and gives what really is a 16.5 power zoom at that resolution, without resorting to digital zoom! This is almost to the Olympus 18X zoom, and that much of an extension is difficult for holding solid in any event.
The lens extends out relatively far for zoom, but certainly less than the Pinoccio-like extension of some other cameras. It's equipped with a Leica lens, for many decades known for being one of the world's finest companies for lenses and cameras.
The only things I don't like are things I have to learn... unless it has a setting I haven't located yet, the flash has to be opened manually (button on top left) to have the flash on; you tend to forget this and it will take the picture without flash, many times OK for exposure, but soft because of slow shutter speed. Secondly, when you forget the lens cap in turning the camera on, it gives beeps and a message to this effect, and you have to tap the right arrow to clear this (after removing the cap). The right arrow is a little more tricky to quickly find than just tapping the joystick (a special feature on this camera for moving through menus and reviewing pictures), or just half-pushing the shutter--- these would have been easier things to clear the lens cap warning feature.
I'm only a few weeks into ownership, but at this point extremely pleased with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7.
Update after a year of owning... still very pleased with the camera. Pictures are excellent. Took many shots recently of para surfers in the DR, fast action as they swept past, and the focusing ability was excellent on these difficult targets. I sometimes detect a slight smearing of the colors, particularly red(effect of angles of refraction), at extreme zoom range (16.5
This camera is reasonably priced when bought used on ebay.It's 12x zoom operates smooth as silk. There is very little shutter lag and it operates well in most low light situations. I bought one on eBay for my Son and liked it so well I bought a second camera for myself. The mega optical image stabilization is one of the best systems on the market thus minimizing picture blur caused by moving the camera during shooting. It is available in both silver and black camera bodies. Many prefer black however the silver is very classy looking. I love this camera as it is easy to use and can be operated manually like my old SLR. The battery capacity is excellent and the battery charger shuts off when full charge is obtained.
The only negative I am aware of is Panasonic's repair shop fees are high. I have not had any problems with my Lumix DMC FZ7 cameras. Also I have been able to purchase Square Trade Warranties for extra protection.
I am sold on LUMIX Cameras. Also I purchased a LUMIX DMC TZ1 camera which works fantastic and was the first design offering folded optics.
I bought this camera to take close-up shots of horse/donkey hooves before and after trimming. Nice. Easy to focus. I love the grid feature that blocks everything for me (makes it so nice to know if I have the hoof shot straight and at the right angle). (then there is the feature that lets you know if there is backlight, etc.
It takes pictures fast as well, which is important when handling hooves, I can't wait more than 3 seconds for the camera to take the picture, the foot might not be there. ;)
Nice and light weight, handles easily with one hand. No irritating flash unless I open it. I can shut the shutter noise off too.
It also does great distance shots. Can't say much more, I'm no photographer.
My only complaint would be that the display doesn't flip out since I do work at odd angles at times, but I knew that when purchasing it and thoroughly accepted this drawback before buying.
I'm happy with this camera and I highly reccommend to everyone.
The panasonic FZ 7 has the Renowned leica lens and has 6 mp. I see so many people choosing a camera based on how many megapixels it has. I wonder how many poster size pitures they are planning to print. Most people don't print beyond 8x10 and a 2 megapixel camera with a quality lens [Olympus UZ 2100] can make beautiful 8x10s. The FZ 7 has 12x optical and that equals a 432mm in 35 MM lens. Within this range you can expect quality pictures. Especially at the lower 80 and 100 ISO settings. Going into the combined digital you will loose some quality but you can get pictures unatainable with most cameras. Drop down to 3mp and you can zomm to 66x. I will give you an example of this. From my house in the country I told my nephew to look at the house on the horizon. He said it looks to be grey or maybe blue then I zoomed to 66x and took a picture. Then I said see that ford pickup in the driveway. He could not believe it could capture what the naked eye could'nt see. He went home got on ebay and bought one. Another example was at a concert in the cheap seats. I dropped down to 3 megapixels and was able to get some good closeups not great but good. But considering no one else could get any from that range in low light it was pretty impressive. This may not be the perfect camera but it is the best I have owned sense my Olympus UZ 2100. For outdoor pics this camera does great. Indoor it is good but flash does not carry far so further pictures tend to be on the darker side. The fact that I can get pictures that most cameras can't and it doe's the things most important to me. I rate it excellent for the price. I will always choose quality over the number of megapixels. Hope this helps.
My first Panasonic--Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 12X Digital Camera, Black--was bought after several hours of research. My need was for a zoom lens to carry on with my hobby of bird photography and for use at events for which I am paid (sometimes). When I read that a news-photography organization had chosen the Panasonic FZ7, that sold me: I bought it and had great success with it over several years. Within a month it paid for itself with taking event-photos.
Always looking forward to new technology, I bought a Lumix DMC-FZ18 with an 18X lens. I had some success with the camera but the photos were not as sharp as with the 20. I was debating getting another camera when a thief made the decision for me: he made off with my backpack. "Life may not give you what you want, but it often gives you what you need." I started looking again:
I saw the FZ7 up for auction, did the usual research, liked what I saw, bid on eBay and won it at a good price. I was so happy with the results I bought a second one, also on eBay, as a backup (I believe in Murphy's law). The second one worked perfectly except for the advertised defect of not going past 2X in telephoto. Sounded like a mechanical, not electrical, problem, so I bid on it and got it for a ridiculous price. It was mechanical. I fixed it and it is every bit as good, if not better, than the other 7. For a non-SLR, this is a great camera. Of particular note is the fine prints I get using the macro-lens--both clarity and color rendition. I recommend it without reservation.