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Panasonic FZ7 Review

Review Date: Apr 24, 2006

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 replaces the award-winning FZ5 and improves on the latter with 6MP resolution and an extra larger 2.5 in. LCD monitor. It adopts the overall form and shape of the FZ30 with more rounded corners.

Improvements over the FZ5 are:

  • Program Shift.
  • Mega Burst of up to 13 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
  • 2.5 in. LCD monitor (114K pixels).
  • A joystick on the back for quick change of exposure settings and Manual Focus (also new)..
  • A very interesting 16:9 format movie mode.
  • A slow shutter speed of up to 60 sec. in Manual Mode.
  • A couple of extra scene modes.
  • Optional wide-angle, tele and close-up lenses, and filters.
  • A High Sensitivity scene mode that simulates ISO 800 and 1600 (at lower resolutions).

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 offers a great package and should appeal to those desiring a long image stabilized zoom in a compact body. And, it's compact and light enough to take anywhere, especially to outdoors sports events.

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QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7Homepage
Lumix Site
 
  KEY FEATURES    
  Camera Effective Pixels 6.0 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/2.5"
6.37 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
 
  Optical Zoom 12x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
14.7x fpr 4 Mega, 16.5x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1Mega, 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
16.5x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
16.5x for 2 Mega
 
  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 66x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)
 
  Focal Length f=6.0-72mm (35mm equivalent: 36-432mm)  
  Leica DC Vario Lens 11 Elements in 8 Groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses/3 Aspherical Surfaces)
 
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8
Tele: F3.3 - F8
 
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )  
  PERFORMANCE FEATURES    
  Conversion Lens Compatibility Yes  
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity
A/S/M: Wide 5cm/Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro, Motion Image, Simple (except for Tele): Wide: 5cm/Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro, Motion Image, Simple (Tele Macro Mode): 100cm - infinity
 
  AF Metering 1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
9 points
Spot
 
  Focus AF/MF Switchable
Manual Focus (Joystick)
Normal/Macro (Dial)
Continuous AF On/Off
 
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400
High Sensitivity Mode: Auto / 800 / 1600
 
  White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/
Flash/White Set 1/2
White Balance Adjustment
(except for Auto WB)
 
  Exposure Program AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
Manual
Program Shift (P mode)
 
  Exposure Button No  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at simple mode)  
  Auto Bracketing (AE) +/- 1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot  
  Scene Modes Dial: P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, Macro Simple
SCN Mode: Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, High Sensitivity
Moving Image, Playback
 
  Shutter Speed 1 - 1/2,000 sec.: Program AE;
8 - 1/2,000 sec.: Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE;
60 - 1/2000 sec.: Manual
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
 
  Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds  
  Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom  
  Review 1x/4x/8x  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction  
  Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system), DPOF corresponding
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
 
  Image Quality TIFF/Fine/Standard  
  Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels), 640 x 480 pixels (only with SD Memory Card)
 
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 2816 x 2112
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
 
  3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 2816 x 1880
2048 x 1360
 
  16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 2816 x 1584
1920 x 1080
 
  Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio) 640 x 480, 320 x 240  
  Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio) 848 x 480  
  CONVENIENCE FEATURES    
  Mega Burst Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 13 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 7 images
 
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes
( Number of shots may vary depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression. The consecutive shooting speed varies depending on the memory card or the built-in memory.)
 
  Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds  
  Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds  
  Real-time Histograms Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes  
  Built-in Memory No  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Economy Mode No  
  STANDARD FEATURES    
  Built-in Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Forced On/Off
Wide: 0.3 - 6.0m (ISO Auto)
Tele: 0.3 - 5.4m (ISO Auto)
 
  External Flash No  
  Viewfinder 0.33" diagonal Color EVF (114k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
 
  LCD Monitor 2.5" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (114k pixels, Transflective Type)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High Angle LCD Mode
 
  Playback Mode 25 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Favorite Pictures
Resizing
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Print Setting
 
  OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French  
  Recording Media SD Memory Card
Multimedia Card
 
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Color Black  
  Power Supply Included: Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710 mAh)
Optional: AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)
 
  Battery Life (*1) Up to 320 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Up to 340 pictures with EVF
 
  SOFTWARE  
  ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® Panorama Maker™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® PhotoBase™ Yes  
  USB Driver Yes  
  Lumix® Simple Viewer Yes  
  Photo Fun Studio Yes  
  ACCESSORIES    
  Battery Charger Yes  
  Battery Pack Yes  
  SD Memory Card 16MB  
  Lens Cap Yes  
  Lens Hood & Adaptor Yes  
  Cables AV & USB  
  Strap Yes  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 112.5 x 72.2 x 79 mm /
4.43× 2.84× 3.11 in.
(Not including protruding parts)
 
  Weight (Camera Body Only) 310 g / 0.68 lb  
  MSRP US $399.95 / CDN $599.99  

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