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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 digital camera offers 6 Megapixel resolution photos. The resolution itself is reasonable, and it does not take much toll on the storage capacity. One thing, however, remains perfectly clear: the standard delivered 16MB memory card far from suffices. In the highest JPEG quality the size of an image is approximately 2.8MB, which means that the amount of images that can be stored is just short of six. Considering approximately 100 images, our advice would be to invest in at least 256MB, or better yet, 512MB of storage capacity. The compartment in which the memory card is placed can be found on the bottom side of the camera. The Panasonic Lumix FZ7 uses the Secure Digital card.
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Lumix FZ7 - SanDisk Secure Digital memory card
The Secure Digital memory card may expect a large share of attention. The cards are used in many digital compact cameras, and there are even several digital SLR cameras that show an interest in the small card. The storage capacity of the Secure Digital memory card varies from 16MB up to 2GB. In addition, we have also seen the introduction of the 4GB version, although it is not yet widely supported. Speed is another feature of significant importance. A digital camera like the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 produces the best results with a faster card, such as the Ultra II or Extreme III memory cards from SanDisk.

Considering 512MB of storage capacity:
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - TIFF - 4:3 mode - 25 images
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 160 images
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 320 images
Resolution 2816 x 1880 pixels - TIFF - 3:2 mode - 28 images
Resolution 2816 x 1880 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 180 images
Resolution 2816 x 1880 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 350 images
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - TIFF - 16:9 mode - 33 images
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 210 images
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 420 images
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - TIFF - 4:3 mode - 38 images
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 240 images
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 470 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - TIFF - 4:3 mode - 28 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 300 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 590 images
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - TIFF - 3:2 mode - 54 images
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 340 images
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 650 images
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - TIFF - 16:9 mode - 72 images
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 450 images
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 860 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - TIFF - 4:3 mode - 78 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 480 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 940 images
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixels - TIFF - 4:3 mode - 120 images
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 730 images
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 1370 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - TIFF - 4:3 mode - 450 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 4640 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 7550 images
Video resolution 848 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 4 min 40 sec
Video resolution 848 x 480 pixels - 10fps - 14 min
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 5 min 30 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 10fps - 16 min 20 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 16 min 20 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 10fps - 47 min 50 sec
SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
During our tests in practice, I chose to use the Panasonic in combination with, among other things, a special type of Secure Digital memory card: the SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card. It has the size of an SD card, but comes with a unique feature; by taking the card from the camera and literally bending it in two, a USB interface is freed. This enables you to insert the card directly into a free USB port, thus gaining access to the stored photos or video images. Consequently, you do not require any cables or a card reader, in fact, even the camera itself is no longer needed.

Panasonic DMC FZ7 - USB 2.0 Full Speed interface
The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 is equipped with a USB 2.0 Full Speed interface, which enables fast image processing. Panasonic could have opted for a Hi-Speed connection, but it seems that they expect the Full Speed connection to suffice for most users. Even though the current speed can in fact be considered reasonable, the camera would benefit from a USB Hi-Speed interface.

Panasonic CGR S006E 7.2V 710mAh Lithium Ion battery
The power supply comes from a Panasonic CGR S006E 7.2V 710mAh Lithium Ion battery, which can be charged via a standard delivered charger. It takes approximately two hours for the battery to be fully charged. Despite the fact that the camera always has a LCD display activated, either via the electronic viewfinder or the 2.5 inch format LCD monitor, the Panasonic FZ7 is an impressively economical camera. The small format battery produces a sizeable amount of power, and Panasonic's energy-saving measures result in an exceptionally low energy consumption; an excellent performance! Those who will really be shooting frequently and do not have the option to recharge in between, may need to purchase an extra battery, but generally, the standard delivered battery is likely to suffice.
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