Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10)

Last update (25 April’10)
– Review & Sample Photos @ DPInterface

Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (aka TZ10) is a 12.1 megapixels digital camera features 12x optical zoom (25 – 300 mm in 35 mm equivalent) with optical image stabilization, HD Movie in AVCHD Lite, High Quality Sound, Travel Mode with GPS for both Photos and Movies, Sonic Speed AF for quick focusing on moving subjects, and a 3.0″ TFT Screen LCD Display. The camera measures 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm (4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 inch) and weighs approx. 218 g (0.48 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Reviews

DPinterface reviews the Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) and writes;
“the Panasonic Lumix TZ10/Lumix ZS7 is an exceptionally appealing camera to travelers and holiday-goers with its 12X lens able to cover an expansive range of shooting situations, nicely viewable display and built-in GPS functionality. It’s also a great ‘everyday’ camera too which is sufficiently compact for you to bring almost anywhere you go.”
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DCR reviews the Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) and writes;
“if you need an easy-carrying digital camera that cranks out solid images and gives you a versatile lens shooting range, the ZS7 is hard to beat. If Panasonic had only fit a viewfinder into this thing, it would be just about perfect.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) and writes;
“Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TZ10 / ZS7 continues to be one of the most flexible and convenient compact cameras on the market. Like its predecessor, it may not be the slimmest model around, but once again considering the sheer optical zoom range packed within, it seems churlish to complain”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) and writes;
“The Panasonic ZS7 captures a lot of fine detail, though detail definition suffers somewhat from noise suppression, even at low ISO settings. Or it could be a side-effect of Intelligent Resolution. Still, the ZS7 preserves fine detail better than many of its competitors: A better-than-average performance in this area.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) and writes;
“Pre-focusing reduced lag times to less than 0.1 seconds. For single-frame capture of Large/Fine JPEG images, it took 3.1 seconds, on average, to process each image file. Shot-to-shot delays averaged 1.6 seconds without flash and 2.3 seconds with.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is a compact ultra zoom camera that does most things very well. I like its great zoom lens, beautiful LCD, auto and manual controls, well-implemented GPS, and HD movie mode. I wasn’t as impressed with the ZS7’s image quality, which felt like a step backwards from the ZS3. Despite that and a couple of other issues, I still like the DMC-ZS7 enough to recommend it, though not as enthusiastically as I would’ve liked.”
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User Opinions

Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) User Reviews

Rating: ★★★★★ A Great Little Camera
“This is a beautiful eye-catching camera; the all metal deep black color is Majestic, compact size but sturdy solid feel, you will love the astonishing 460K DPI 3″ wide LCD display. The camera has a very fast focus with auto tracking, almost no shutter-lag (0.006 of Second), flash recharges quickly and always ready to shot right away.” by King Tut

Rating: ★★★★★ Improves on the already great ZS3!
“The ZS7 improves on the ZS3 in several ways; but for me the most important new feature is Picture Adjustments, which let you turn down the amount of sharpening and noise reduction that are automatically applied to every image. Photographers who do their own post-processing will appreciate the ability to apply their own preferred methods of sharpening and noise reduction.” by A. Sanders

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Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Sample Photos

Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Sample Photos @ DPInterface
Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Sample Photos @ DCR
Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Sample Photos @ DCRP
Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Sample Photos @ CameraLabs


Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) User Manual (PDF)

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Panasonic DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) Features

25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens
The DMC-ZS7 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle* 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). Incorporating Panasonic’s advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness. This lens system enables a remarkable 25 to 300mm range of focal length in this compact body. The powerful zoom of the DMC-ZS7 can be freely controlled even when shooting motion images. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the Leica Elmar lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful images any time, any place.

16x Intelligent Zoom/23.4x Extra Optical Zoom
Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the DMC-ZS7 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 12x optical can virtually extend to 16x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 23.4x* by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.

HD Movie in AVCHD Lite
In addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-ZS7 can record high-definition motion images in AVCHD Lite. It features almost double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. Also, with the DMC-ZS7, it is possible to use the GPS (Global Positioning System) function to record data on the shooting location. You can view images for each geographical location by using the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition to manage the images by date and location.

Powerful 12x Optical Zoom
The addition of AVCHD Lite HD movie recording doubles the appeal of the DMC-ZS7. This single camera lets you capture virtually all images in their natural beauty. It gives you both motion and still images, and ranges from 25mm ultra wide-angle* shots of sweeping landscapes to powerful 12x optical zoom shots (35mm camera equivalent: 300mm) that pull distant subjects right up close. The mechanism design minimizes the noise of auto focusing or zooming.
* Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.

High Quality Sound
A stereo microphone, featuring Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, on the upper body records dynamic, true-to-life stereo audio that brings out the power of your HD movies.

Travel Mode with GPS for both Photos and Movies
By simply turning on the GPS function, the location data and time are automatically updated. Great for travel recordings. The DMC-TS7 camera is acclaimed as an excellent travel companion because of a wide shooting range and hybrid recording capability of high quality photos and movies. The DMC-ZS7 further enhances its value by adding a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) unit into the camera.

Special Playback Modes

* Place name information (Country, State, City and/or Landmark) can be displayed on the shooting screen real-time and recording them on the photo/movie.
* The area information covers 173 countries or regions for global use. Plus, more than 500,000 of landmark information covers 73 countries or regions.
* You can playback the geo-tagged photo/movie by the recorded place names either in the camera or on computer via the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition.
* Connect to a TV with an HDMI cable* to view your memories on a large screen.

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