|iA-mode on the Panasonic Lumix TZ7
This asks for automation inside the camera, which is exactly what Panasonic likes to do and is good at. During the past few years, we have witnessed a constant growth and further enhanced automation within the LUMIX assortment. And we have to admit that many of the automated features are actually convenient in practice and generally deliver an optimal result. Take the iA-mode for example. It was introduced some time ago, and has been further developed since, providing unsurpassed ease and remarkable results. Even the most stubborn photographer will find it hard to resist the ease of the iA-mode.
Zooming with the Panasonic DMC-TZ7
If you want to get going with the Panasonic TZ7 right away; just turn the command dial to iA. And then it is simply a matter of zooming in, making the right composition and pressing the shutter release; what more do you want? It's that simple. Zooming is quite accurate; from 25mm to 300mm is carried out in 36 precise stops. Framing the subject is a piece of cake. To zoom from wide-angle directly to telephoto takes approximately three seconds. The zoom lever around the shutter release button has a swift response and has quite a long rotation which I personally like a lot.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 command dial
During testing, I came across an issue that I have encountered before when working with a Panasonic camera. It often happens that the command dial has rotated inside my trouser pocket or the pouch. Or that it rotated slightly; now captured in between two settings, whilst an error warning is displayed on the screen. This needs improvement. The command dial of the Panasonic DMC-TZ7 seems to be extremely sensitive one way or another and responds immediately. Something else that needs improvement is the readability of the symbols on the buttons of the multi-controller. Even indoors I have a hard time reading the symbols, let alone in bright sunshine. A silver-colored button with a black symbol on it is not likely to win a beauty award, but it would surely make the symbol more readable.
|Panasonic TZ7 video capture button
Capturing a video is easy and simple with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ7. Perhaps even a little bit too easy, as I kept capturing videos unintentionally because of my thumb slightly touching the red button on the back. I do understand why the red button is positioned in this spot, and I also understand video capture starts immediately. No doubt it's only a matter of getting used to, but I would have rather seen it it a different spot.
Relaxed photo shooing with the TZ7 camera
Other than that, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ7 is a nice camera to take along. Compact, light-weight, fully automated and an all-round zoom range combined with the convenient MEGA O.I.S. image stabilizer ensure relaxed shooting without having to worry about any technical details. Panasonic have certainly succeeded in enriching the TravelZoom series with a new generation, except for a few small items that still need improvement.