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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
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
Conclusion: Vacationers should put the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 on their packing lists. How high on the list depends on your shooting style. If you’re one for pushing ISOs, the FZ7 is not for you. However, if you’re going to stick to ISO 200 and below, by all means give this camera a try.
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,...
Summary: 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.
Summary: Panasonic's latest addition to its Lumix "super zoom" line is the six-megapixel DMC-FZ7. This compact and lightweight camera features a high-quality Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm to 430mm on a 35mm film camera) with Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer.
Summary: : This is a very good digital camera, a definite improvement over the older Panasonic FZ series digital cameras - with a 6 megapixel sensor, a high quality Leica 12x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" screen - albeit with a low resolution. The camera has a very good wide aspect ratio video mode.
Pros: Very good image quality, Sharp Leica 12x optical zoom lens, Image stabilisation, Large 2.5" screen, Joypad allows you to easily and quickly change options (aperture / shutter etc), Large rubber handgrip, High-resolution / 16:9 video modes, High speed continuous shooting (3fps), Very good macro mo...
Cons: Low-resolution screen (114k pixels), Larger than the FZ5 / FZ3 (although not much), High noise / high noise reduction at ISO200+ can cause images to look overly processed and like a watercolor painting, Slightly higher than average purple fringing
Summary: A bit of a let down compared to Panasonic's earlier models. If they could fix the camera's colour response they'd have a winner on their hands, but as it stands this mode isn't quite up to the high Panasonic standard.