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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

The Good
Built-in GPS, optical image stabilization, high resolution LCD.
The Bad
Zoom is noisy, low-light performance is unimpressive.
Yay or Nay
At less than $400, this camera offers a significant amount of features and performance for a very reasonable price.

 
 
 
Overview

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is a fourth-generation model which comes with a variety of great features, including a wide-angle 2mm lens which has a 12x optical zoom. It’s ideal for all different kinds of picture-taking, whether professional or amateur. The lens itself is extremely high-quality, meaning that pictures taken with it are bound to turn out excellent in terms of how crisp and sharp they are, though there are settings to modify those things. This camera produce 12.1 megapixel photos and also has a video recording option with excellent-quality playback. The overall build of this camera is nice, with a sleek look and a light feel that makes it easy to take with you wherever you go. All of the buttons on the camera are easy to find, so you won’t have to go through any hassle with searching for the function you need at any given moment.

Snapshots

It has optical image stabilization, which makes all of those blurry useless pictures nearly obsolete. With a built-in memory and SD memory card, it is truly one of the better Panasonic models available on the market right now. The “Intelligent Zoom” feature is something else which avid photographers will enjoy. It maintains the quality of each picture, even when fully zoomed. This is just one of the reasons why professional and amateur photographers alike will want to consider this model.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Video

Video recording is available in AVCHD Lite or Motion JPEG, both of which offer HD resolution of 720p. The AVCHD Lite offers multiple settings, and you are able to use the zoom during the recording of videos.

Photo Quality and Extras

One of the features which makes this camera worth the hype is the GPS function, which is built in to the camera, and allows users to track the location of each picture. Face detection is another feature that makes this camera a smart choice for those who demand a little more bang for their buck. When pointed at a person, the lens will automatically detect their face and frame it for easy shooting. Taking pictures has never been easier with this model, whether you are aiming at a person or landscape.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Downside

When it comes to the downsides to having this camera, there are few. However, one of them is the noise, which is fairly evident when zooming in or out. Also, the camera has a lack of sensitivity when shooting in low-light areas. Fortunately, the 3” high resolution LCD screen makes up for any shortcomings that could cause an issue for you. It gives users a crisp and clear view of what they are aiming at, so there is absolutely no guesswork when it comes to taking pictures on this camera. Those who have used previous Panasonic models will be pleased to know that the menu layout has not changed, and is still very easy to use for the average person.

Conclusion

The performance of this model is excellent, with a startup time that is only slightly longer than one second. Even those who are very picky and impatient with regards to startup time shouldn’t have a problem with this model. Between its new and improved features and some of the old ones which still have yet to be improved upon, it is a quality camera for those who want to get as much as possible for what they spend.

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