Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 Review
Announced at the end of July (alongside the lower-spec FX2), the DMC-FX7 is an ultra-compact replacement for the well-respected FX5. As well as being smaller than the FX5, the FX7 boasts the Venus II engine for improved responsiveness and the new two-mode MEGA O.I.S image stabilization used to great acclaim in the FZ3/FZ15/FZ20 models. Panasonic has also managed to squeeze a huge 2.5-inch LCD screen onto the back of the FX7, though it did so at the expense of an optical viewfinder. Here's a quick rundown of the headline features to whet your appetite:
- 5 Megapixel CCD
- 35-105mm equiv. (3x) Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Optical Zoom
- 4x Digital Zoom
- Advanced Mega Optical Image Stabilizer
- Mega Burst Mode
- 2.5-inch LCD
- 9 scene modes
- Venus II Engine
Panasonic DMC-FX7 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $440
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" CCD, 5.4 million total pixels
5.0 million effective pixels
• 2560 x 1920
|Movie clips||• 320 x 240 (10 / 30 fps)
• With audio
• Limited only by storage
• 35 - 105 mm equiv. (3x zoom)
• Normal: 0.5 m - Infinity
|White Balance|| Auto
Cloudy, daylight, incandescent, manual (custom)
White balance fine tune
|Image parameters||Color (Natural, Standard, Vivid)|
3 fps high speed, 2 fps low speed
|Flash|| Built-in flash
Auto, on/off, red-eye reduction: on/off, slow sync with red eye reduction
Range (ISO auto): W 0.3m - 4.0m (0.98 - 13.1 ft)
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Full speed
|Power||• Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Charger included
|In the box*||
|Weight (inc batt)||153 g (5.4 oz)|
|Dimensions||94 x 50 x 24 mm (3.7 x 2.0 x 1.0 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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