Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (Lumix DMC-TZ10)

Announced Jan 26, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 300 mm (12×)
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Announced Jan 26, 2010

Panasonic hasn't changed the basic ingredients of the ZS series (ZS is the North American designation, the range is known as TZ everywhere else) much since its introduction. The GPS-equipped ZS7, like its predecessors, is a solid and pleasantly weighty metal-bodied camera with a good selection of exterior control points, complemented by a reasonably clear menu system.The 12MP ZS7 packs a useful 25-300mm (equivalent) lens which is amongst the most versatile currently on the market. As far as image quality is concerned, the ZS7 turns in excellent results overall, both in terms of detail reproduction and optical sharpness. Although key specifications are very similar to the slightly cheaper ZS5, if we had to choose between the two, we'd opt for the ZS7 for its built-in GPS and higher quality LCD screen.

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Group review, Jul 19, 2011
Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Focal length (equiv.) 25–300 mm
Optical zoom 12×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Format AVCHD Lite
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 218 g (0.48 lb / 7.69 oz)
Dimensions 103 x 60 x 33 mm (4.06 x 2.36 x 1.3)
GPS BuiltIn

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Our review

The Lumix ZS7 is the top of the line of the 'original' travel zoom range, from Panasonic. As an all-purpose travel camera the ZS7 excels, and it's built-in GPS, despite being a drain on the battery, is great fun and very useful when travelling. It's not the best value camera in this group, but it does give some of the best results.

Good for: all-purpose photography, especially travelling, where the built-in GPS is very useful.

Not so good for: GPS drains the battery, and the ZS7 isn't at its best in poor light.

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