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DMC-FZ7K Digital Camera, Black image
 
(based on 3 ratings)
Brand: Panasonic
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6-Megapixel Digital Camera with MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer, High Sensitivity Mode & 12x Optical Zoom.

LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens with a 12x Optical Zoom - The DMC-FZ7 features a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens with a remarkable 12x optical zoom, equivalent to a 36 to 432mm lens on a 35mm film camera. A film camera with an optical zoom this powerful would be so big and heavy, you couldn't handle it with one hand. However, the DMC-FZ7 is small, lightweight and easy to handle. It also has Panasonic's Extended Optical Zoom. While causing minimal deterioration by using the center part of the high resolution CCD, this function magnifies the image to give you total zoom power of 16.5x.

Taking Hand Movement Out of the Picture with MEGA Optical Image Stabilization - All of us have taken a shot that we thought was focused perfectly, only to have it turn out blurry. The most common cause of this is hand movement. Digital cameras are wonderfully light and compact -- but for the same reason they can also be hard to hold still. Even pressing the shutter button can cause the camera to move. And most people use the LCD monitor (with arms outstretched) to frame a shot -- great for getting the shot you want, but most likely adds to the likelihood of hand movement. Basically, hand movement is a real concern anytime you're taking a handheld telephoto shot, macro shot or self-portrait, or when shooting at night or in dim lighting.

The answer to the hand movement problem? An advanced optical image stabilizing system that we call MEGA Optical Image Stabilization. This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate. The system is completely optical - it does not affect the CCD or image processing - so you get sharp, clear images with minimal degradation. It lets you reduce the shutter speed more than 3 steps below the conventionally accepted hand movement limit, which is calculated as 1/focal length (1 divided by the focal length). It greatly expands what you can do with a handheld digital camera.

High Sensitivity Mode Helps Reduce Motion Blur - When there's not a lot of light or you're using a slow shutter speed, hand movement isn't the only potential problem. There's also motion blur -- the blurring that can result if your subject like children or pets move even a little in low lighting. That's why we added a High Sensitivity mode that allows you to shoot at up to ISO 1600 by using the pixel-mixed readout method, effectively raising the shutter speed. It not only minimizes motion blur, it also lets you take clearer, sharper shots in dim lighting without using a flash. The picture quality is good enough for printing at the ordinary 4x6-inch (10 x 15 cm) size.

A Large, Bright 2.5-inch Diagonal LCD with High Angle Mode and In-Line Style EVF - The DMC-FZ7 features a large, 2.5-inch diagonal LCD and the Power LCD function. The pixel-mixed readout method performed by the CCD increases the brightness level of the live image on the LCD, which greatly facilitates shooting in low lighting. Simply touch the Power LCD button and the display becomes about 40% brighter for easier viewing on sunny days. The DMC-FZ7 also has the world's first developed High-Angle shooting function, which makes it easier to check the LCD when you're holding the camera high to shoot over a crowd. In addition, we aligned the electronic viewfinder and LCD along the same line of sight to minimize differences in the images you see when framing shots.

Fast, Precise Response for a High Zoom Model - Thanks to the multi-task image processing in the Venus Engine II LSI, the DMC-FZ7 has a release time lag as low as 0.008 seconds, and can fire off up to 13 consecutive shots at a swift 3 frames per second in Standard Mode. It also has Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, so you can keep shooting until the SD Memory Card full. Moreover, the 1-point high-speed AF boasts super-short shutter time lag for a high zoom model, letting you capture decisive moments that happen all of a sudden.

Easy Manual Operation Using the Joystick - The joystick also makes it easy to manually adjust the exposure and focus. You can set the aperture, shutter speed and focus with your thumb while framing the shot on the LCD monitor. Press and hold down the joystick, and you can also instantly change four key settings (white balance, ISO sensitivity, image size, and image quality) while viewing the subject on the monitor. There's no need to switch to the menu screen.

Flexible Manual Focus with Your Thumb - The joystick on the back of the camera gives you quick, easy and accurate manual focusing. You can also use the Manual Focus Assist function, which helps you set a perfect focus by magnifying the center of the LCD image and displaying a bar graph of the focal distance and depth of field.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.7 stars
(based on 3 reviews)

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Accurate colors(3), Great resolution(3), Nice features and settings(3)
Best Uses:
Outdoors(3), Sports/action(3), Travel(3)

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Briliant camera
By Joel WVerified Reviewer from Portland, Oregon on 1/19/2007
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Pros:
Accurate Colors, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Rugged
Best Uses:
Everyday, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Panasonic DMC-FZ7K Digital Camera, Black:

There is a lot of talk about high ISO noise with this camera. I almost didn't buy it for this reason. I have experience with the cannon s3 is and many Nikon and Olympus point and shoots and I can tell you that the difference in detail or noise at high ISO is so small that you need to review pics at 100% to see the difference. The only reason to do this is A: you are bored, B: you make a habit of taking pics way too far away and then cropping them down 90%, C: you intend to enlarge pictures to poster size. If (A) is an issue for you, I don't know what to suggest. If (B) is an issue work on filling the frame with what you want to actually photograph. If (C) is an issue, buy a DSLR, yes they are less convenient and yes it will cost a tun for a DSLR with equivalent quality lens and speed and zoom but if you can afford poster prints money won't be a problem for you! There is simply no small ccd / cmos cameras that come anywhere near the high ISO performance of a DSLR and the difference between small CCD format noise levels is not that great. If you are like most of us most of your pics will end up as 640X480 web pics or 4X6 prints and the solution is simply to shoot at 6 Megapixel and then reduce pic size to the resolution you need. The pics will look terrific at lower resolution / average print size. On the other hand if you are like me, most of your bad pictures are due to bad focus, camera shake, wrong camera settings, missed opportunities, and poor exposure. In all of these areas the FZ7 is head and shoulders above any other camera I have ever used anywhere near this price range. Focus is extremely fast and gets it spot on even in low light low contrast scenes 99% of the time. I have never had this camera display the green "in focus" indicator and chime and not be in focus! In contrast I had the Cannon s3 is wrongly claim focus lock about 25% of the time in difficult focus situations. If you have not used a camera with optical image stabilization before you are in for a real treat! 1/4" second exposures at 35 equiv of 200mm with no camera shake blurring (yes you have to have a steady hand but this is impossible for me with a camera without image stabilization). I Can't count how many great pictures I failed to take because the focus failed to lock on a camera in time to take the shot or the half to full shutter lag allowed the subject to lag right out of the frame!!!!!! Half to full shutter lag is not even detectable on this camera to me and in high speed 1 or 3 spot focus on this camera at wide angles approaches the speed of high end DSLR cameras with ultrasonic expensive lenses, at tele zoom settings it is not as fast but still best in class for a sub 600.00$ camera. Expect focus lock to be about 1/10th of a second in most cases! The menu system on this camera is fairly simple to use and very quick. You don't have to remove your finger from the scroll button to hit enter to select a setting, just click over one more time and the setting is activated or just press the shutter half way once the setting is highlighted and it is activated. Also the camera can display in both the LCD and EVF all of the relevant settings and if you hold down the joystick button for 1 second a quick menu pops up showing current settings of pic size, ISO, metering mode, focus mode, and white balance, you can also change all of these settings from this quick menu from the very joystick your thumb held in to access this menu. The metering is very accurate and does not tend to blow out highlights even in the snow. With other cameras I have frequently had to reach for the EV setting to get proper exposure, with the FZ7 I only reach for this control when I want a night shot to look dark. This camera is more usable and will take more good shots then anything else in it's class that I have used.
Bottom line.
If you like to play with neat features, all of witch can be duplicated with a photo editor anyway and are not really concerned with taking great pictures get the Cannon s3is, it is a fun little camera.
If you want a camera that will get the most comments for being a wild design (articulating body), is super compact for a 10x camera, and still takes good pictures get the Nikon coolpix s10
But if you want to actually get the most great shots that are not ruined by blur, lag, or wrong settings GET THE Panasonic Lumix FZ7. Yes the high ISO noise is slightly higher then the class competition but to compare apples with apples you would have to compare the noise from the Panasonic with the noise you didn't see with the competition because you didn't get the shot!
I bought the FZ7 for my girlfriend but used it for 2 weeks while she was out of town (I bought the FZ50 for myself), and let me tell you, I had a hard time giving it up. If she wasn't so good in... Well I wont go there but safice it to say I miss the FZ7, It is one cool little camera.

Images shared by: Joel W

g/f took this pic on her first day with the FZ7

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ISO 200, hand held 1/4 second macro!

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RitzCamera.com Response: Thank you for your excellent review and images.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great camera for a low price
By RyGuy from Florida on 1/17/2007
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Accurate Colors, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings
Cons:
Not Good In Low Light
Best Uses:
Everyday, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Panasonic DMC-FZ7K Digital Camera, Black:

This camera had just about everything I was looking for. All the manual features I wanted, but with a price that wouldn't break the bank. You can still get some other lenses as well, so you won't miss out on telephoto and wide angle shots! The only feature that I wish it had was an accessory shoe so I could add an external flash. Other than that, this camera has been up and down the country and has been used in just about every state between New York and Florida with great results!

[50 of 52 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great camera for it's size and value.
By greenfritosVerified Reviewer from Colorado on 11/12/2006
Describe Yourself:
Advanced Amateur
Pros:
Accurate Colors, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Simple Controls
Cons:
No RAW mode, Not Good In Low Light
Best Uses:
Outdoors, Sports/Action, Travel

Comments about Panasonic DMC-FZ7K Digital Camera, Black:

This camera is great for it's size, and perfect for travel. It is much more of a camera then a point and shoot that most people travel with. Still, it's smaller size makes it a great alternative to a dSLR. I've traveled with this camera and have no complaints in it's use. Photos come out clear and true. The camera has plenty of manual adjustments to get a great shot. Only drawback is that this camera should have a RAW mode. The TIFF mode is ok, but it's already a processed file and takes well over 10 mb per shot.

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