DigicamReview has recently posted a review on Panasonic DMC-FZ7, a 6.0 Megapixel SLR-like digital camera with 12x optical zoom (36=432mm equivalent) lens with image stabilisation and a 2.5″ LCD Screen.
“Image quality is very good, the images have very good colour, with good contrast and excellent detail, although with high noise eespecially in dark areas in at higher ISOs. Images are quite sharp straight from the camera – sharpness can be altered in camera. Purple fringing was slightly higher than averager, although nothing too serious. The camera did a good job focusing even in low light thanks to the flash assist. I did not notice vignetting in photos, nor did I notice barrel or pincushion distortion. There is a very good range of image sizes, including 16:9 / 3:2 aspect ratios, and a good choice of compression options (including TIFF). Auto white balance and metering seemed to be good. The camera gives very good control over image quality – allowing you to change the saturation, contrast sharpness, and amount of noise reduction. (8/10) “