|Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 digital camera
With the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7, Panasonic offer a truly worthy successor of the FZ5 camera. Its predecessor was already well received, but did leave room for improvement in certain areas. The Panasonic FZ7 has turned out to be a commendable digital camera that leaves only very little room for improvement. The model has a lot to offer, and its compact design and well-balanced, clever concept make it a conspicuous player in the current competitive market. Noteworthy assets such as the 12x optical zoom and the optical image stabiliser are used to their fullest effect by the Panasonic Lumix FZ7, and offer the user a powerful tool to work with.
Panasonic FZ7 - 12x Leica DC Vario Elmarit lens
The 12x Leica DC Vario Elmarit lens performs excellently. The results are sharp and rich in detail. Only a slight form of chromatic aberration can be detected, but is, in my opinion, in fact virtually negligible. The effect of the optical image stabiliser is clear as daylight. The fact that you are able to capture handheld pictures with such a large optical range packaged in a compact and light housing is very convincing. The related focussing speed and the speed with which the images are processed make us hold the Panasonic FZ7 camera in high regard. Even though the camera may look considerably modest on the outside, which should be considered positive, once you have worked with the camera in practice you are quickly convinced that with the Panasonic FZ7 Panasonic hold a powerful all-round digital camera, on which the competition should definitely keep a watchful eye.
Panasonic DMC FZ7 - Compact & User friendly
In addition to the quality of the end results, working with the camera in practice is very enjoyable. The compact size of the Panasonic Lumix FZ7 enables you to carry it with you easily; you will in fact be more likely to take the FZ7 than the heavy and larger digital SLR camera. The camera offers a friendly operation and features a low entry-level. The user manual is needed only occasionally to fully comprehend the meaning of a function, but you will quickly familiarise yourself with the camera. The large screen on the back of the camera is a good replacement for the viewfinder. The handy "High Angle" function (the option to alter the viewing angle of the monitor, which enables you to capture images above your head) offers an extra sense of freedom. In addition, the energy consumption is another remarkably positive feature. It is unlikely you will have to resort to an extra battery.
Panasonic Lumix FZ7 - Signal / Noise ratio
There are, however, also certain slightly more negative things to point out. The signal/noise ratio, for instance, is higher than average when working with a low ISO value, which is something one really wouldn't expect these days. In comparison, the high sensitivity settings of 800 and 1600 ISO, however, produce good results. Where its predecessor still featured a small format screen, the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 is equipped with a 2.5 inch monitor. This should certainly be looked upon as a positive improvement, although we are slightly puzzled by the fact that the resolution has decreased. The quality is good, though it would perhaps have been even better with a new, higher resolution. In addition, one might wonder if the amount of available scenes is on the verge of becoming too much? The camera offers an extraordinary 22 programme modes, most of which are pre-programmed scenes. Certain ones could perhaps be combined or deleted in order to create a slightly clearer overview.
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 - Recommended digital camera
We can conclude that the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 is a powerful combination; guarantees high quality images and suits a large group of users. Despite its user-friendliness and low entry-level, the camera will certainly not limit or confine those who wish to expand their basic knowledge of photography, and are keen to experiment a little more. The Panasonic Lumix FZ7 is also an excellent step towards a possible future digital SLR camera. And well, what do you know: Panasonic have just announced that we may expect the Panasonic DMC L1 to make its entrance into the market later this year… We truly recommend the Panasonic Lumix FZ7!