Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Mark Peters : January 25th 2012 - 16:30 CET
CES 2012 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 digital compact camera The Panasonic Lumix SZ camera series (Stylish Zoom) is proud to enter the retail market with the introduction of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 digital camera. Introduced at this years CES Show, the Panasonic DMC-SZ7 camera offers style and compactness whilst also boasting a high-quality 10x optical zoom lens with Full HD Video recording. This new Panasonic hybrid camera the perfect companion for day trips, business and leisure. The 14.1 Megapixel MOS sensor integrated in the Panasonic Lumix SZ7 realizes high speed signal output & high sensitivity image recording to make many advanced camera features possible.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
The S/N ratio of MOS sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system in the Venus Engine image processor makes both photo and video recording in any light condition possible, with great photographic results. The high speed digital signal output technology lets the Panasonic DMC-SZ7 camera shoot 10fps in 14 Megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5fps with continuous autofocus. It also enables the Panasonic Lumix camera to record full HD 50i smooth video clips. The frame rate, autofocus setting and the recording resolution can be easily selected according to the movement of the subject. The Panasonic Lumix SZ7 boasts approx.0.1 sec Light Speed autofocus that helps to capture the most fleeting photo opportunities together with a fast start-up.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 camera lens
The Panasonic DMC-SZ7 packages an large 10x optical zoom lens into its compact stylish body. The new Leica DC Vario Elmar lens system is even more versatile as it is a 25mm wide-angle lens (25-250mm). A mere 21mm in depth, including the lens barrel (18.6mm excluding the lens barrel), it’s amazing that this new addition can house such a large zoom range. This is made possible by the adoption of an very thin lens for its new structure optical system, making the lens unit’s overall length short to fit in the slim camera body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto. The Leica lens unit of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 comprises of 9 elements in 7 groups including 4 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces.
Full-HD Video Recording with the Panasonic SZ7
The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 digital camera is capable of recording Full HD 1920x1080 50i movies in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. The built-in stereo microphone comes with zoom noise reduction, and the 'Wind Cut' function blocks out most of the noise from background wind. The AVCHD format excels in the compatibility with Audio/Video equipment like HD-TVs or Blu-ray Disc players. A dedicated movie record button is located on the top of the camera. User can start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra camera settings. Alternately, users can choose MP4 at 25p for video recording, which has higher compatibility with Personal Computers.
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Photographs and videos recorded in AVCHD format on SD memory cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA HDTV by simply inserting the memory card into the VIERA Image Viewer on Panasonic VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player or by using mini HDMI cable to playback your contents. With the included software it is easy to view and edit your recorded movies. You can also choose to upload your HD videos to YouTube.
Panasonic DMC-SZ7 photography features
The Panasonic Lumix SZ7 camera features a wide variety of creative photography options. One of these is the 'Miniature Effect' mode in which the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to make the image look like a diorama illusion. Another new photo mode is 'Panorama Shot' which makes it is possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic pictures with consequent images taken by overlaying the previous image. The Panasonic DMC-SZ7 camera also includes 'Auto Retouch' function that adjusts the contrast and brightness automatically with just a simple press of a button. Furthermore, the Panasonic DMC-SZ7 camera offers 'Creative Retouch' that offers 6 special filters -Toy Effect, Soft Focus, High Key, Dynamic Monochrome, Expressive and Retro. Panasonic also added the 'Intelligent Auto' mode in the Lumix SZ7, so everybody can use the camera without having to change the settings.
Panasonic Lumix SZ7 digital camera
This new Panasonic camera offers AC / USB power charging so users can connect to an AC outlet or Personal Compter for quick battery recharging. Compact and easy to carry around, this new charging solution will be much appreciated. Combining an massive 10x optical zoom packed into a small body, the new Panasonic Lumix SZ7 digital camera is set to be firm favorites. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 is a photographers dream!
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 price & availability
The Panasonic Lumix SZ7 digital camera is available for retail in the United States and carries a suggested retail price of $480 USD. The Panasonic camera will be available in the colours; black, white and brown. Availability of colors and Lumix accessories may differ depending on the country. Please check the Panasonic Lumix website in your region for more details.
Panasonic DMC-SZ7 review
At the moment we receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an full Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 review. Check out our latest Panasonic camera reviews.