Conclusion: Over the last few years we've been spoilt - cameras have seen huge leaps in capabilities from one generation to the next, whilst at the same time prices have steadily been falling. I think it's safe to say that for the time being we've got to accept that these 'great leaps forward' are fewer and farther between, and the best we can expect from new models is tweaks and minor face lifts.
Pros: Excellent resolution & sharp results, Good, natural color and excellent exposure, Superb 12x optical zoom, Effective image stabilization, Small and light, but well built, Comprehensive range of controls, Very fast operation, Very fast (and accurate) focus using 'High Speed' option, Well designed menu system, Nice handling and improved controls, Easy to use, Bright, clear, large LCD screen, Usable EVF, Good burst mode and fast card writing, Autofocus illuminator and ge...
Cons: Higher than average Noise at ISO 80, Strong color noise at ISO 200+, Mild Chromatic aberration and corner softness in macro mode, Mild vignetting at widest zoom setting / widest aperture, New LCD is bright, but resolution is lower, Occasional focus hunting at long end of zoom in low light, Macro mode pointless - why not a macro button?, High sensitivity mode results next to useless
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 digital camera With the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7, Panasonic offer a truly worthy successor of the FZ5 camera. Its predecessor was already well received, but did leave room for improvement in certain areas. The Panasonic FZ7 has turned out to be a commendable digital camera that leaves only very little room for improvement.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix FZ7 features 6 megapixels, 12X zoom, a large 2.5 inch LCD, an ISO 1600 high sensitivity mode and optical image stabilization. The FZ7 has a nice 12X lens which is slightly faster than on other cameras while the optical image stabilizer gives you 3 to 4 stops of handheld shooting flexibility. The LCD is large, bright and has a wide viewing angle but still lacks resolution.
Pros: Fast 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, Large LCD with good visibility, Powerful flash, Full manual controls with an array of accessories, Unlimited, fast continuous shooting, Fast performance, Good movie mode, Fairly good image quality
Cons: Low LCD resolution, Startup and shut down time could be faster, No jog dial and bad positioning of tripod mount, Fairly high noise, color fringing levels a little high, No focus or zoom available while recording movies
Excerpt: Panasonic je zamenjal svojo uspešno kompaktno kamero FZ5 ( primerjalni test ). Veèjih razlik med FZ5 in novejšo FZ7 ni. Tako oblikovno kot uporabniško je samo evolucija predhodnjih modelov. Ohranili so enak objektiv z LEICA napisom in dodali veèje število toèk, ter s tem med prvimi pokazali, da je za uporabnika veèjega pomena tehnièen podatek kot konèna kakovost slike.
Excerpt: Panasonic doesn't quite headline in the camera market, but the FZ range has done well, and the FZ7's predecessor, the FZ5, proved very popular. The 6MP FZ7 is a refresh of that success with an unchanged core - the excellent Leica optics seem to be the same - surrounded by more technology to improve image quality and extend the feature set.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 remains the
ultra zoom digital camera with the best bang for
the money. It has pretty much everything a beginner
to serious amateur photographer could wish for:
very good to excellent image quality, superb 12x
optical zoom with an effective optical image stabilization,
flexible exposure control, and very fast operations.
Excerpt: Prosumer digital cameras fall into a gray area somewhere between consumer point & shoot digicams and entry-level dSLR cameras. Typically, prosumer digicams provide shooters with a broader array of exposure options and more input into the picture making process than standard P&S models. Many prosumer digicams provide manual exposure capability, expanded in-camera image adjustment options, high-resolution, super fast AF, near real time shutter fire, and monster zooms.
Excerpt: Physical Views The DMC-FZ7 compared in size to a standard CD disc. The 6-megapixel 12x Konica Minolta Z6 and the DMC-FZ7 Continue to Features & Controls Lumix DMC-FZ7 Specifications Image Sensor 1/2.5" CCD, Primary Color Filter 6.37 Total Megapixels 6.0 Effective Megapixels Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x Optical Zoom f=6.0-72mm (35mm equivalent: 35-430mm) F2.8 - F3.3 max.