Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is the most expensive pocket superzoom of the pack, but it does deliver solid shots, even in low light, along with a handsome feature set for the discerning photographer.
Pros: Solid image quality, even in low light. Wide and long zoom (25-300mm). GPS for geotagging photos. High-res 3-inch LCD. Stereo audio recording in video mode. Fast shot-to-shot speeds.
Cons: Price is on the high side. Offers shorter focal length than less-expensive competitors. Proprietary USB port.
Excerpt: The ZS7 is a 12.1MP camera with 25mm wide-angle lens and 12x optical zoom. It can record 720p HD video using AVC HD Lite and there is built-in GPS for geo-tagging shots. The full specifications are available from Panasonic .
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 megazoom camera review The Panasonic TZ10 camera has had to allow a few generations to pass by, and that brings us to the fact that Panasonic has little left to improve with such successful models as the TZ7 and TZ5 cameras, both predecessors to the Panasonic DMC-TZ10. Panasonic did not escape increasing the amount of effective pixels, but for the consumer, the difference between 12 and 10 megapixels is negligible.
Excerpt: The GPS-enabled Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is a great camera to bring with you on the road. No it won’t lead you to safety if you’re lost in the Himalayas — it might not even get you home from a trip the mall — but it will geotag your shots so you can digitally place them on a map in programs such as Apple’s iPhoto 09 or Aperture 3.
Excerpt: The super zoom compacts roll on: now with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (also known as the TZ10) Panasonic offers a 12x Leica optical zoom that puts into your hands focal range that matches a 35 SLR camera’s 25-300mm lens. Some lens! Panasonic describes this camera as a Travel Zoom model: compact, pocketable, easy to use but offering a healthy range of exposure options that could handle most photographic challenges, viewed on a 7.6cm LCD screen.
Conclusion: The superb image quality. We also loved the zoom lens - high quality, sharp and so versatile. The inclusion of GPS tagging - a brilliant, easy-to-use feature - is a great addition. As was the fact that the TZ10 now has manual controls.
Excerpt: Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ10 is a high-end point-and-shoot and retails for $490. The biggest feature on this Lumix is its built-in ‘Travel Mode with GPS'. The feature takes advantage of GPS and a built-in database, so that pictures you capture are tagged with the name of the location. Unfortunately, when we tried this the camera couldn't lock on to any GPS satellites and therefore failed to tag our photos.
Summary: CONCLUSION At the top of my review, we asked if Panasonic knew what it was doing by introducing a "superzoom" with a 12x lens when so many other companies are pushing toward the 30x range. With an apology to a certain car insurance commercial, does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?
Pros: Very good image quality and color rendition, Very good lens performance, Very good shutter and AF performance, Full manual controls and good user inputs
Cons: Default video format not widely accepted (yet), Cost
Excerpt: The Lumix DMC-ZS7 ($399) is the follow-up to Panasonic's very popular "travel zoom" DMC-ZS3 . The ZS3 (and the TZ5 that came before it) were already very good cameras, and Panasonic still found a way to make the new ZS7 even more appealing.