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
Summary: The Panasonic DMC-SZ7's small size gives little hint to the impressive lens, decent resolution and quality video features packed within. At £200, it's a keenly priced, feature-packed snapper that's perfect for everyday use.
Cons: Some noise on overcast images; Very slight colour fringing in some instances.
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.
Pros: Picture quality, small size
Cons: There is a blue tint to pictures taken under artificial lighting
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix SZ7 is the first in a new line of "stylish zoom" compacts. Its combination of a small body yet significant 10x optical zoom (25-250mm equivalent) lens sounds promising. Does the SZ7 balance up both style and substance?
Pros: 10x zoom, small size, point-and-shoot ease of use
Cons: Poor viewing angle on LCD screen, point-and-shoot, poor battery life
Excerpt: Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-SZ7 is a small everyday camera that can be easily carried with you anywhere you go. It's the type of camera you can pocket and then whip out at a moment's notice to snap an opportune pic — and it'll do a much better job than your phone. It relies on a 14-megapixel MOS sensor and a 10x zoom lens, and it's quite a versatile little unit thanks to this lens.
The Lumix DMC-SZ7 is small, yet comes with a 10x zoom lens and features very good image quality
Good Gear Guide.au
26 April 2012
Summary: The Lumix DMC-SZ7 is a small camera, but it has a big lens that makes it a versatile camera. Its picture quality is good, its ease of use is high and it's a great little compact camera to carry with you in your pocket for all sorts of events, and even on a daily basis.
Pros: Easy to carry and use, Good lens, Very good image quality
Excerpt: The SZ7 has a 14.1 megapixel sensor with Intelligent Noise Reduction to allow shooting in low light conditions possible using ISO settings up to 3200. There is a 10x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 25-250mm, which can be extended to 20x using Intelligent Zoom. Panasonic claim that the camera has a 0.1 seconds speed autofocus and quick start-up.
Pros: Full 1080p HD video recording, Good amount of zoom in compact body, AWB performs well, Fast focusing, Panoramic mode
Cons: Limited number of shots in continuous shooting modes, One of the more expensive 10x optical zoom compacts