Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10

Last Updated (03 October’10):
- Review & Sample Photos @ DigitalReview
- Added New Firmware Ver 1.1
- Winner of European Travel Compact Camera 2010-2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 is a 12.1-megapixel with 1/2.33-inch CCD pocket camera features 12x Optical Zoom (25 – 300 mm in 35 mm equiv.), Venus Engine HD II, ISO 80-1600, HD Movie in AVCHD Lite, POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), AF Tracking – Subject Detection, Travel Mode with GPS, and a 3.0″ TFT Screen LCD Display (460,000 dots). The camera measures 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm (4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 inch) and approx. 218 g (0.48 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 Reviews

DigitalReview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“In terms of its GPS tagging capabilities the Panasonic Lumix ZS7 is one of the best performer’s in its class. In our tests the camera did a good job of identifying local landmarks in Toronto and was generally quick to establish a location position with the GPS feature enabled.”
Rating: N/A

PhotoToday reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“This camera really is designed for folks who like to travel. Besides recording where you’ve been with the built in GPS, the camera also allows you from the Travel Mode menu to set a travel calendar that will keep track of your photos on a calendar by simply putting in your departure and return dates.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PocketLint reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 is a remarkably compact 12x optical zoom digital camera with features and shooting options aplenty, including full manual control, within a remarkably compact body… the Lumix DMC-TZ10 is an accomplished, value for money package”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is the most expensive pocket superzoom of the pack, but it does deliver solid shots, even in low light, along with a handsome feature set for the discerning photographer.”
Rating: ★★★★½

NeutralDay reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“Because it’s just so darn versatile while being more than just competent in nearly every way, we’re willing to look past some very minor flaws and give this compact our highest “Essential” rating. If you want a small camera, a big lens, and let’s throw in GPS to boot… the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is the camera to get.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalCamera-HQ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“Despite a few flaws, I can confidently recommend this camera to a wide variety of photographers, from casual shooters to enthusiasts to travelers (the GPS is a nice touch for that last group), and even advanced shooters who need a backup to their dSLR.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“Despite the softness of its images and the poor definition when you examine the photos closely, the LUMIX DMC-TZ10 is a much better camera than the DMC-TZ8 and the inclusion of a GPS device makes it an even better proposition for travellers than previous travel zoom models.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“The image quality is excellent; it has a fine color reproduction with natural colors. The resolution is up to standard and it does not need to be increased as far as we are concerned. The ISO is a bit sticky at 800 ISO”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is a Canon killer, based on the camera’s highly impressive still image quality. That 60-second shutter really came in handy for low light, and with all of the manual controls and image settings, we were able to obtain some excellent shots”


Rating: N/A

CNET.uk reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“The image quality hasn’t really moved forward either. But the GPS functionality works well, high-definition movies look great, and the manual exposure modes mean the TZ10 is a serious photographic tool, rather than just a clever snapper.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photographyblog.com reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“There aren’t too many compact cameras that offer such a compelling combination of size, features, image quality and handling, easily making the TZ10 deserving of our Highly Recommended award.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DPInterface reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“TZ10 produces good quality and smooth photos right out of the camera until ISO 800. Using the lower end of the ISO spectrum, images can come out fairly detailed but a little on the soft side unless you turn on Intelligent Resolution. At higher ISOs, expect some detail loss thanks to noise reduction, though even medium-size prints will come out nicely as long as they’re not subjected to close scrutiny for details.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.asia reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“he good: Manual exposure control; multi aspect ratio sensor; GPS works for geotagging; quick performance; good image quality. The bad: Design hasn’t changed from previous TZ shooters; a bit heavy. The bottom line: Panasonic listened to consumers and fixed the issues which bugged the TZ10′s predecessor, making the current long-zoom compact a joy to use. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Panasonic Lumix 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..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Cameralabs.com reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“if you like the idea of a camera which also knows its location, you’ll be happy to spend the extra. We look forward to fully testing its rivals in the near future, but in the meantime, Panasonic’s 2010 pocket super-zoom is a confident and compelling upgrade to its best-seller. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoreview.au reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“The autofocusing system was as fast and accurate under most lighting conditions as we found in our tests on the TZ7. Hunting was only noticeable in very low light levels. Increasing the megapixel count in the new model appeared to have little effect on dynamic range or overall resolution.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“Bottom line, the Panasonic Lumix ZS7′s performance is generally better than average for a compact long-zoom, though full resolution burst mode and flash recycle times are slower than average.”
Rating: N/A

Digitalcamerareview.com reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 and writes;
“The ZS7 is a great little camera, due in part to the “little” factor. You can pack around a 25 to 300mm zoom in your shirt pocket and hardly anyone will notice. Remove it from your pocket and it will focus quickly, shoot when you press the shutter button and return very good image quality and color in the process. The lens is a good performer, exhibiting only small faults that have minimal impact on images.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 User Reviews

Very good film, instructions should be attached in english
Rating: ★★★★★

“I’ve bought this product after reading other review, that it’s good but you need to get english instruction on the internet. However confusing that could be it’s good to get that english instruction by going to the website of the producer and then clicking on english version of the site. On the main site there’s a link with tips on how to apply the film to the camera. In case of any doubts – customer service will always quickily help you out. If you happen to apply the film with some dust underneath – use the Scotch tape to unstick the film, remove the dust and put it back to the screen. If you for whatever reason decide to take the film off the LCD, it’s very easy with the tape as well without destroying the LCD. Oh here’s another thing – with the package – you get one film free as a spare part. ” – By Ted

Effective and easy to use
Rating: ★★★★★

“This thing works great! It applies easily, stays in place and virtually disappears on the ZS3′s screen. As other folks here have stated, you’ll need to visit the manufacturer’s website for the English instructions, but it’s a very simple process: Just clean the camera’s display, peel off one side of the film, apply it to the display (slowly/carefully), then peel off the film’s backing. Voila, you’re done! The Pro Guard film is fairly rigid and I feel like it will provide a high degree of protection for the camera. Also, two films are included in the package along with a microfiber cloth to keep the film clean. I also used it to clean the display before applying the film and hopefully this was OK as it appears to be one those silicone impregnated cloths. In sum, great product and highly recommended.” – By J. Jose

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 Firmware

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 Firmware Ver 1.1

# Improved stability on start-up
# Optimization of Light amount for INON external flash(S-2000/D-2000/Z-240)

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Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10 Features

25mm Ultra Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
The DMC-ZS7(TZ10) 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(TZ10) 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.

Intelligent Resolution Technology
The new image processing technology “Intelligent Resolution*” is incorporated in the Venus Engine HD II for the DMC-ZS7(TZ10). With the Intelligent Resolution technology*, 3 areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected and optimum signal processes are performed to each area.
Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording.

Never Forget your Location with Built-in GPS Function
Panasonic’s TZ series has received world wide acclaim as an excellent travel companion because of a wide shooting range and hybrid recording capability of high quality photo and movie. The new TZ10 further enhances its value by adding a built-in GPS unit*3 into the camera. The location data where the photo was taken is automatically embedded with its latitude and longitude in the EXIF data. These geo-tagged images can be pinpointed on the maps of social media internet maps to be shared with your friends and families. Plus, the TZ10 also shows the name of the town, area and landmarks using an internal database to give users real-time information of the place when taking photos to add fun of photo shooting during travel. The information of landmark exceeds 500,000, covering 73 countries – pretty impressive! The photos and movies with their location data are automatically sorted in the virtual folder alphabetically in the camera allowing quick access. You can also refer to the location names via the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO HD Edition Ver.5.1. It is also easy to sort or search images by the location names. If this wasn’t enough, the internal clock of the camera is automatically adjusted to the local time of the place where the camera is, so you do not have to set the clock manually whether you go abroad or come back home.

Manual Exposure for More Control
The TZ10’s iA mode is the perfect camera for every user to be able to take beautiful shots effortlessly. Going one step further, the TZ10 also features manual control for advanced expressive photo shooting. It has A(Aperture Priority) / S(Shutter Speed Priority) / M(Manual Exposure) modes for advanced users to enjoy the creative shots depending on the subject or the scene by controlling the shutter speed and aperture. Each of these modes and iA mode can be quickly set by the mode dial on the top of the camera unit.

HD Movie Recording
the DMC-TZ10 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite. It allows almost doubling of the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the newly added Intelligent Resolution technology. The TZ10 also features Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful motion images with outstanding stereo sound, and further offers a one-touch movie button for instant recording of videos.

POWER O.I.S
Panasonic has incorporated Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. In iA mode the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments. Just press, aim and shoot. This mode is now further advanced with the inclusion of r advanced image stabilization system POWER O.I.S. and Intelligent Resolution technology for the DMC-TZ10. Taking advantage of Panasonic’s accumulated optical technologies, MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) has been incorporated into LUMIX cameras from the earliest stages of development. MEGA O.I.S. has evolved into POWER O.I.S. on the DMC-TZ10, with a great performance improvement – twice the shake suppression capability of the predecessor TZ7.

Large, 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot High-resolution LCD
The DMC-ZS7(TZ10)’s large 3.0-inch LCD features a high 460,000-dot resolution, and a wide-viewing angle that lets you frame your shot in a variety of ways for both shooting and viewing. LUMIX’s acclaimed Intelligent LCD function also automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. In addition, the AR (anti-reflective) coating LCD minimizes glare and provides clear images, for high visibility even in outdoor brightness. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes and from low-angle to high-angle shooting. And it lets you share the fun of viewing images with family and friends.

Intelligent ISO Control – Motion Detection
The Intelligent ISO Control function* in the DMC-ZS7(TZ10) made possible by the Venus Engine HD II, detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. When it detects subject motion, it automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when the subject is still and no movement is detected, it takes beautifully natural photos with a low ISO setting. The Intelligent ISO Control gives you stunning images with ease because there is no need for complicated settings.

12.1-megapixel with 1/2.33-inch CCD
The DMC-ZS7(TZ10) features a large 1/2.33-inch CCD. Conventional cameras generally use almost the entire CCD area when recording an image. The DMC-ZS7(TZ10), however, employs a 1/2.33-inch CCD with a total resolution of 14.5-megapixel. Using only about a 12.1-megapixel area of this large CCD makes it possible to give all 3 aspect ratios — 16:9, 3:2, and 4:3 — the same angle of view with lens settings from 25mm to 300mm*1. And rather than digitally producing “simulated” images, the DMC-ZS7(TZ10) captures the actual, real-life image for each one of the aspect ratios at the ultra-wide 25mm setting. Plus, the Multi-aspect Mode*2 lets the camera take an image in all 3 aspect ratios simultaneously, so you can choose the best one after shooting.

Video Divide
You can divide a single video into two parts using only the camera. This is handy for compiling memorable scenes, and deleting unwanted scenes to free up space on your memory card while you are traveling.


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