Decent, good for a first-time digital camera owner, a tad slow.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I got my digital camera last Christmas from my mom and was a little bit disappointed at first, because it wasn't what I asked for. I'm personally a fan of small cameras that don't have the lump sticking out for extra grip, but some people like that, just for a little security when you're worried about dropping it. I also thought that it takes the picture a little bit slowly.
Summary: Having read the reviews, I am not sure why this model in black is nearly TWICE as expensive as the silver model (Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7S)???? Is this black a stealth model? ;-) Guess some vendors don't think we read the reviews?
Excerpt: We had the older version of this Lumix wit 6x optical zoom. Picture quality what fine and it was easy to use--it has a dial with all of the difference settings on it. It has an easy use setting as well as settings for different scenes and one where for more savvy photographers who are accustomed to messing with exposure, etc. It uses regular AA batteries which makes it easy to find replacements when the batteries went dead.
Summary: This is a very good quality camera for the price. I've found that it works best in light situations that are bright (but not too bright) to medium. The image quality is excellent at ISOs 200 or below, and I really love the custom white balance feature and the 6x zoom. In bright sunshine (I took this camera to Las Vegas) the colors look slightly dull, and highlights tend to get washed out if you are photographing highly contrasting objects.
Summary: The image stabilizing zoom and its red eye reduction is great, but it seems like no matter what setting I choose, my pictures never seem bright enough. It's also a little bulkier than expected, and the way the menu options are set up it seems hard to change anything quickly for a spontaneous but great picture.
Summary: I ordered this camera after reading all the great reviews here and on other sites. I was even willing to accept the absence of voice playback on video mode. only after I received the camera did I understand that it is not possible to use the zoom while in video mode. to me, this is a deal breaker. the whole point of video is capturing the dynamics of a situation, where the activity is happening in general, and then zooming in on the action itself.
Makes a lot of noise for a camera without a speaker
31 August 2007
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7K was an interesting candidate to "do it all". 6x zoom, convenience of AA batteries, and Mega OIS, all looked to be great features. The OIS worked very well, the 6x zoom was a refreshing feature in a "compact" camera but what I thought was a convenience in AA batteries actually turned out to be a curse. This camera devours AA's.