Steve’sDigicams have 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 was very good for a 6-megapixel consumer model. Outdoors it captures beautiful images that are sharp, show good overall exposure and pleasing color saturation. Noise levels are below normal at lower ISO speeds, becoming more noticeable as the ISO is raised above 100. When you zoom in to 100% on a SO 200 or 400 image, yes you can see plenty of imager noise. However, even our ISO 400 available light M&M man sample looks good when viewing at the normal viewing range of approx. 30% (my 19” LCD monitor is set at 1024×768), in fact I was able to create a very nice 8×10-inch uncropped print. Which only the professionally trained eye would immediately be able to pick up on the image noise and I feel that the usefulness of the higher ISO overpowers its negative effects. “