Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7K 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD, AVCHD Lite Movie, Manual Controls, Black

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About Panasonic

The Panasonic DMC-ZS7 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). Incorporating Panasonic's advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness.

The DMC-ZS7 features a powerful 12x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. It is also available in movie recording with the mechanism designed to minimize the noise of auto focusing or zooming. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do - for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

The DMC-ZS7 features a large 1/2.33-inch CCD. Conventional cameras generally use almost the entire CCD area when recording an image. The DMC-ZS7, however, employs a 1/2.33-inch CCD with a total resolution of 14.5-megapixel. n addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-ZS7 can record high-definition motion images in AVCHD Lite. P

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (5),Compact (4),Good image quality (4),Zoom range/performance (4),Easy to use (3),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Good in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (5),Family photos (4),Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Panasonic Features

  • 25mm Ultra Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
  • Powerful 12x Optical Zoom
  • Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition
  • 12.1-megapixel with 1/2.33-inch CCD
  • Multiple Aspect Ratios / Multi Aspect Mode
  • 16x Intelligent Zoom / 23.4x Extra Optical Zoom
  • Sonic Speed AF
  • Fast Start-up Time
  • Venus Engine HD II
  • Intelligent Resolution Technology
  • 16x Intelligent Zoom
  • High Image Quality in High-sensitivity Shooting
  • Extended Battery Life - Approx. 300 Shots on a Single Battery Charge
  • MEGA Burst Consecutive Shooting in Full Resolution
  • HD Movie in AVCHD Lite
  • High Quality Sound
  • Wind Cut
  • Motion Picture Button
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Movie
  • Scene Mode for Movie
  • Color Mode
  • Video Divide
  • Seamless Slideshows with Still and Motion Images
  • Cut Animation
  • VIERA Link / HDMI Compatibility

Panasonic Specifications

Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
10 elements in 8 groups (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical Surfaces / 2 ED Lenses)
Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Zoom
Optical: 12x
Extra Optical: 14.7x (4:3 / 8M), 18.8x (4:3 / 5M), 23.4x (under 3M)
Intelligent: 16x
Digital: 4x
(Max. 48.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 124.0x combined with Extra Optical Zoom and Intelligent Zoom)
2-Speed Zoom
Yes
Focal Length
f = 4.1 - 49.2 mm (25 - 300 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity / Tele 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent Auto / Clipboard: Wide 3 cm (0.10 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Focus Range Display
Yes
AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / 11-area / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot
AF Assist Lamp
Yes
Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor
1/2.33", 14.5 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Focus
Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On / Off, AF Tracking
Focus Icon Select
Yes (in Face Recognition only)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600 - 6400)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Sports, Panorama Assist, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic, Underwater)
Exposure
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (only in Intelligent Auto Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Multi-Aspect
Yes
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Mode Switch
[Recording] / [Playback]
Rec Mode (Mode Dial)
Intelligent Auto, P (Program) Mode, A (Aperture Priority) Mode, S (Shutter Priority) Mode, M (Manual) Mode, Custom, My Scene Mode 1, My Scene Mode 2, Scene Mode, Clipboard
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater
Shutter Speed
Still: 60 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Aperture
F3.3 - 4.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F4.9 - 6.3 (T))
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Auto Review
1 sec / 2 sec / Hold
Quick Menu
Yes
Picture Adjustment
Contrast: ± 2 steps
Sharpness: ± 2 steps
Saturation: ± 2 steps
Noise Reduction: ± 2 steps
Color Effect Mode
Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.21)
Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.21) + QuickTime
Motion Image: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio
4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Recording Image Size - 4:3 Aspect Ratio
4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M),
3,264 x 2,448 pixels (8M EZ),
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
Recording Image Size - 3:2 Aspect Ratio
4,176 x 2,784 pixels (11.5M),
3,392 x 2,264 pixels (7.5M EZ),
2,656 x 1,768 pixels (4.5M EZ),2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ),
640 x 424 pixels (0.3M EZ)
Recording Image Size - 16:9 Aspect Ratio
4,320 x 2,432 pixels (10.5M),
3,552 x 2,000 pixels (7M EZ),
2,784 x 1,568 pixels (4.5M EZ),
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 360 pixels (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality
Fine / Standard
Motion Picture Recording 4:3
VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Pic Recording 16:9 Aspect Ratio
WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels,
AVCHD Lite (GSH, SH: 17 Mbps / GH, H: 13 Mbps / GL, L: 9 Mbps):
[NTSC] 60p CCD output is 30p.
[PAL] 50p CCD output is 25p.
Motion JPEG: 30 fps
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames / sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority), Approx. 6 frames / sec (Image Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode)
Face Recognition
Photo
Intelligent ISO Control
Photo
Face Detection
Photo and Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure
Photo & Movie
AF Tracking
Photo
Dig Red-Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology
Photo and Movie
Zoom Resume / Optical Zoom in Motion Pic
Yes / Yes
Macro Zoom
Yes
Still Image with Audio Recording
5 sec
Real-Time Histogram
Yes
Composition Guide Line
Yes (2 patterns)
Built-in-Memory
Approx. 15 MB
Scene Mode Help Screen
Yes
Orientation Detector
Yes
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes / Yes
Built-in-Flash
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.3 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.6 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
LCD
3.0" TFT Screen LCD Display (460,000 dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide-viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Max. 16x
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, GPS Playback, Travel Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
Calendar Display
Yes
Set Favorites
Yes
Playback Still Images with Audio
Yes
Playback Motion Picture
Yes (AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode
All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / GPS Area / Travel / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / Off)
Show Histogram
Yes
Delete Image
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Resize/Cropping/Aspect Cnvrsion/Leveling
Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Microphone
Stereo (Dolby Digital Stereo Creator)
Speaker
Yes
Interface
AV Output (AVCHD Lite: NTSC or NTSC / PAL), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Startup Time (Approx.)
1.28 sec
Release Time Lag (Approx.)
0.006 sec
Shutter Interval (Approx.)
1.0 sec (minimum)
One-Touch Movie Button
Yes
Continuous Recordable Time(Motion Pics)
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [GSH / SH]: Approx. 100 min
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 100 min
Actual Recordable Time(Motion Pictures)
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [GSH / SH]: Approx. 50 min
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 50 min
Cut Animation
Yes
Video Divide
Yes
VIERA Link
Yes
HDMI Output
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p for PAL)
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Movie Rec Guide
Yes
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture
Yes
GPS
Yes
Battery Life (Approx.)
300 pictures
Power
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition (5.0 HD Edition for China), QuickTime, Adobe Reader
Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D)
103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm (4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 inch)
Weight (Approx.)
218 g (0.48 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
196 g (0.43 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card

Reviews about this item

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4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

good camera

I bought this camera for travel as my 35 mm Canon is just too heavy and bulky for our style of travel. so for so good with the camera and the best is the very easy to view screen in all kinds of light conditions

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
5.0

Great camera

By

from Columbia, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this camera to replace a previous Panasonic. A fellow traveler had one and I was so impressed I upgraded. This is a great little camera which I use especially during travel as a backup for my Canon 50D. It takes high quality photos even in low light, is very light weight and easily fits in your front pants pocket. The only con for me is the manual on line is too long, too complicated but the camera is similar to many others so don't let this "con" stop you from purchasing this camera.

 
5.0

Great little camera

By

from Columbia, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my second Lumix camera. I was pleased with the first but decided to move up to this camera after seeing a fellow traveler with one on trip to Costa Rica. I am very happy especially with the 12X optical zoom. This camera takes great landscape, macro and sports shots. It's easy to use as you can quickly move from auto to one of the "scene" modes. Photos are sharp...camera is light and easy to carry. On trips,I take a Canon 50D as my workhorse camera but use this Panasonic as a back up and for those shots that require quick set up.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stunning camera!

By

from Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula  -  Pro Photographer

I bought the ZS7 to be a "walking around" camera -- one to keep on my hip, at the ready, for unexpected opportunities or to meet requests for a quick pic from the pro at meetings, etc. It is a stunning collection of well-thought-out technical innovation. I am particularly impressed with its video capabilities -- excellent follow-focus, wide zoom range, excellent image stabilization, great variety of file sizes. For stills, the zoom range and detail, even on digital zoom ranges, is much more than I hoped for. For me, noise even up to 800 and 1600 is quite acceptable, and noise at 6400 is something I can live with. Image stabilization on stills is just as impressive as for video. Picture resolution is wonderful. As of now, it does not appear that Panasonic is making the A/C adapter set-up available (at least not on their website), so order several extra batteries, and order the "smart" batteries with the Lumix brand so there is no compatibility problem with after-market batteries.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatility in a pocket-sized camera

By

from Louisville, KY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this camera as my pocket camera when you can't get away with a big, honkin' DSLR or bridge camera. I've used this in a concert scenario using only the stage lights and obtained some really great images. It's the perfect take-with-me-everywhere camera.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good camera

By

from Loreto BCS Mexico  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this camera for travel as my 35 mm Canon is just too heavy and bulky for our style of travel. so for so good with the camera and the best is the very easy to view screen in all kinds of light conditions

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