|Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 digital camera review : Early this year Panasonic introduced the successor of the FZ5: the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 digital camera. Besides the upgrade from 5 to 6 Megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix FZ7 is equipped with several extra settings. The entire camera has in fact undergone a small facelift. The 1.8 inch monitor, for instance, has been replaced by a large format 2.5 inch display. The avid movie fan will be pleased to see a VGA (640x480 pixels) video and 16:9 function. Improvements have also been made to the housing; which is more streamlined and has somewhat rounder corners. Compared to its predecessor, it is even slightly larger.
Panasonic Lumix FZ7 - Leica lens
Panasonic are putting in some serious effort. They are known to take the digital camera market very seriously, and although the brand is not typically photo industry related, you'd never be able to tell from their final products. On the contrary; Panasonic have embraced the Leica brand and equip a large amount of their products with a lens manufactured by Leica. When we look at the camera we see an impressive zoom range of 12x optical zoom, which is the equivalent of 36 - 432mm with a 35mm camera. To top it all off, the Panasonic FZ7 features an optical image stabiliser.
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 - Allround camera
The compact Panasonic FZ7 has a lot going for it, and should be able to draw in even photographers with high demands by offering a great deal of flexibility. There are plenty of settings that enable the user to unleash his creativity, yet at the same time the camera preserves its low entry-level, which makes it both easy to operate and accessible. Its features ensure the camera can be used for all-round purposes. Thanks to the expansion of its ISO values, (the camera now comes with a highest value of ISO 1600), and the combination with the MEGA O.I.S. (optical image stabiliser), many obstacles can be overcome.
Panasonic FZ7 camera - Venus Engine II image processor
To ensure the camera is able to produce a significant amount of power, Panasonic have equipped the FZ7 with the Venus Engine II image processor, which they have developed themselves. The processor has been especially designed to optimise the image quality by, for example, correcting the chromatic aberration. In addition, the Panasonic Lumix FZ7 features a fast response time, in which the shutter release lag has become virtually non-existent. It is also possible to capture the subject in high resolution with a speed of 3 images per second.
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 review
All in all, enough information to arouse curiosity for the ins and outs of the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 digital camera. The camera comes in two colours: black and silver. We preferred the black housing, and have subjected the camera to a considerable share of tests in practice. Just how the camera performed can be read in the following Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 digital camera review.
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