The Panasonic ZS7 is part of the very popular Lumix range from Panasonic, costing £348.88 from online retailers such as Sacheto.com it's a high ask, however if that's in your digital camera budget then let's get into a review.
|Colours Of ZS7 Lumix|
The ZS7 comes in four colours; black, silver, red and dark blue and has many interesting features such as a GPs and touch screen. It looks good with the silver lens housing and the silver top plate-with most of the dials- sticking out from the body, but doesn't look spectacularly different from any other camera.
The front contains the external flash and also contains the lens
The camera has a built in external flash which I’m assuming is a xenon bulb, I’m not sure, but it is very bright. The flash has four setting which can be combined in six different ways -
- Auto mode/Red-eye reduction- Camera judges whether or not to flash, used when taking photos of people or animals in the dark
- Auto mode- Automatically judges whether or not to flash
- Flash on- always flashes
- Flash on/red eye reduction- always flashes but camera judges whether to use red eye reduction or normal flash
- Slow sync/ red eye reduction- camera judges whether to use red eye reduction or slow sync used against night back ground (slow sync is essentially a longer exposure time)
- Flash of- The camera
I've got to say the lens system is impressive. It has 12 times optical zoom (i.e. the better one) and 4 times digital zoom (i.e. the one that makes things pixelated), contains autofocus, has a lens shutter and with the macro focus can focus at as little as 2.5cm.
|Top Of DCM-ZS7|
From left to right of the picture above is the on/off switch to the left of that the shutter button (press half way to auto focus and fully to take a picture) then there is the "recording mode dial" which contains the functions (going clockwise from the red iA)-
More of the features, of which there are many (the manual is 178 pages long) and usage will be covered in the next post.
So far the camera has a wide range of photographic features, looks good, and has an impressive lens system and a GPS, if it's within your budget it's defiantly worth it.