Summary: Here is where we conclude this analysis. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 does what it knows best and that’s quite a lot. You won’t have to fear it will embarrass you; it won’t, take our word for it. The price and the release date will be revealed sometime soon.
Summary: Paying Rs. 13,000 for a camera that can hide unnoticeably in our pockets, while packing a 10X optical zoom Leica lens along with a 14 megapixel sensor seems like a great deal! This is definitely one of the slimmest and the lightest travel zoom cameras we've played around with, bur, there a nagging question remains - "does a cheaper price also mean cheaper performance?
Pros: Very slim form factor for a 10X optical zoom, Leica Lens offers good sharp images, Simple user interface and menu navigation, Great ergonomics
Cons: Obvious JPG artefact at 100% magnification, Loss of detail at ISO 1600 and above, Video quality average at best
Excerpt: When it comes to camera design, Panasonic have got it pretty much nailed. It's like they can't make an ugly camera - and that kind of makes our life difficult. You see, because the cameras are so nice looking, we tend to fawn over them when they arrive in the office. Then when we're writing the reviews, we have to remain unbiased while not actually finding anything wrong with how it looks. The same can be said for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ7 is a good choice if you are looking for a camera that you can take anywhere, has plenty of flexibility when it comes to picture taking and takes a good quality picture. Looking at its price it offers good value for money compared with cameras with similar features. It has a touch of extra quality about it.
Summary: • Very slim form factor for a 10x optical zoom • Simple user interface and menu navigation • Leica Lens offers good sharp images • Fish eye support • Slim body • Extensive autofocus modes, include face recognition • Obvious JPG artifact at 100% magnification • Video quality average at best • Loss of detail at ISO 1600 and above • Short battery life (Only 220 pictures) • The battery / memory card cover is flimsy • AVCHD Lite not in wide use • Flash may be too close to...
Pros: Very slim form factor for a 10x optical zoom , Simple user interface and menu navigation , Leica Lens offers good sharp images , Fish eye support , Slim body , Extensive autofocus modes, include face recognition
Cons: Obvious JPG artifact at 100% magnification , Video quality average at best , Loss of detail at ISO 1600 and above , Short battery life (Only 220 pictures) , The battery / memory card cover is flimsy , AVCHD Lite not in wide use , Flash may be too close to grip for some hands , Zooming is too jerky for precise composition , Sluggish continuous mode at full resolution
Conclusion: The SZ7 delivers on its "stylish zoom" promise - it looks decent, takes good pictures for the most part and the sizeable 10x optical zoom is a credit to have in such a small body size. However the poor LCD viewing angle and limited battery life are issues that can’t be ignored. If you’re in the market for a point-and-shoot compact camera then there are plenty of highs to be had here. The SZ7 is an attractive and easy to use compact.
Pros: 10x zoom, small size, point-and-shoot ease of use
Cons: Poor viewing angle on LCD screen, point-and-shoot, poor battery life