Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7

Announced Jan 31, 2007 •
7 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 37 – 222 mm (6×)
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As any camera this one has its highs and lows. AA-NiMH Batteries last very long and the interface is easy to use. Unfortunately, the noise at ISO 400 and higher is ruining many pictures. I also tried action shots at the long end of the zoom and they are just terrible. Resolution drops in the tele region and because of the smaller aperture you sometimes need higher ISO. Also no aperture or shutter priority modes.

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I've had my LZ7 for about 6 weeks and am quite happy with it. I bought it for the 16x9 aspect ratio and the pictures come up quite nicely on my LCD HDTV. I also print out 8x10s for the wall and at that size the sharpness and picture quality are excellent. I have no problems with the noise levels that everyone complains about from Panasonics, even with evening and early dawn shots. The optical image stabilization and intelligent IOS seem to work as advertized. The 6x zoom lens is ...

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I really WANTED to like this camera, however I really did NOT, and returned it the next day! The zoom is nice (as is the EZ Zoom feature that skips right to 6x), however, the noise is horrible. I think there are many other options out there if you're looking for a purse sized P&S camera for the price. It's a nice looking design (especially if you want the option of a 'black' camera case), and the screen is a good size, but again, the picture quality is most important, and I just didn't find ...

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The impressive spec, especially the range of zoom settings attracted me to this camera. First the good news, noise seemed much better than I had expected given reviews of other Panasonic cameras. There are no manual overides which has not bothered me before because I can get the results I want by using Scene modes, usually - in my case - Sports setting. For (relatively) still subjects all was well. Problems: However, the settings Sports mode were frankly bizarre: small f numbers, and slow ...

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I was concerned with the noise issue tagged to most Panasonic cameras. It turns out to be a non-issue for me. It is certainly present in lowlight (eg post sunset) conditions, but does not detract from images printed at A3 size (approx 16" x 12"). Otherwise, it'd have got a 5 for image quality. The optical image stabilisation works very well. Even at long zooms. EZ zoom to 9x quite handy. Startup and shot to shot times are very good, even with the flash (some delay). I am comparing to my old ...

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The picture contrast of this camera is what I have been looking for. It has many features I am still exploring. The oxyride batteris supplied only lasted two days but NiMh rehcageables have a much better life and I have been shooting for three days and no sign of discharge although the manual says the icon may not be accurate for batteries made by other mfrs. Zoom is incredible and for much beyond 12x a tripod would be desireable. It will take some time to exercise all the options of which ...

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