|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ7 digital camera review : As a successor to the successful LUMIX DMC-TZ5, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ was launched. It is quite striking to see that the competitors have allowed Panasonic to continue expanding the success of the compact format megazoom camera for such a long time. Why its rivals did not respond for so long remains unknown, however, Panasonic certainly reaped the rewards!
Panasonic LUMIX TZ7 camera design
The new Panasonic LUMIX TZ7 has not changed much when it comes to the concept. As for its size; it has shrunk a little, and the design looks neater, less bulgy compared to the TZ5. The largest change is found on the lens. Whilst its predecessor featured an already impressive 10x optical zoom, the Panasonic TZ7 even surpasses this with a 12x optical zoom. This brings the focal length to a very interesting 25-300 mm zoom range. In particular the 25mm wide angle will perform wonderfully when shooting landscapes or taking pictures of subjects in a confined space. The zoom lens is supported by Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization system to prevent motion blur.
12 Megapixel Panasonic TZ7 Megazoom camera
In addition to the impressive zoom range, the Panasonic DMC-TZ7 features a 3 inch format monitor providing a high resolution of 460,800 dots. Those who prefer a larger monitor can connect the Panasonic TZ7 to a large screen via the built-in HDMI interface. Not only is the Panasonic TZ7 able to capture still pictures, which are stored in a high resolution of 10 Megapixels, it also allows you to capture high quality video and sound in AVCHD Lite format. Although the camera features a 12 Megapixel CCD, 10 Megapixels are used for the picture. The so-called 'multi-aspect' sensor enables shooting in different image ratios retaining the 25-300mm zoom range.
Panasonic DMC-TZ7 review including a DIWA Labs test
The Panasonic LUMIX TZ7 is a strikingly enhanced multimedia megazoom camera that is able to stand out from the crowd thanks to its innovative and highly technical functions. Time to thoroughly test the Panasonic TZ7 in practice, whilst keeping a critical eye open. In addition to the test in practice, we also had the camera put though a range of extensive technical tests in our DIWA Lab. Our findings can be read in the following Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 review.
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"The Panasonic LUMIX TZ7 is the successor to the TZ5 and Panasonic's hope to continue the successful Travel Zoom series. The specifications aren't bad at all upon first glance. Whereas the TZ5 distinguished itself by featuring a 10x optical zoom in a compact housing, the Panasonic TZ7 even surpasses this with a 12x zoom! This is enough to reach a range of 25-300mm (35mm equivalent) without any effect on the compact size."
Read our preview and view our Panasonic TZ7 test photos.