The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is just about the perfect point and shoot camera. It’s small, built well, takes great pics and has much improved video capabilities over previous Lumix cameras.
We like how Panasonic went with a 25mm wide-angle to 300mm range. This allows you to get much closer to your subjects and still get everything in frame. There are plenty of presets and this camera does pretty well indoors, even in lower light. The biggest issue, as with most cameras in this price range, the performance slows when left in automatic mode in low light situations.
Outside the DMC-ZS7 is nice and fast and the video very good. The sound is also improved on the video. Here, the wide angle lens also helps because you can get close to subjects and get better audio with the built in mics. The GPS tags are helpful down the road so you remember where and when pics and video were taken.
The Panasonic DMC-ZS7 currently sells for about $250 and it’s a very solid choice for both still pics and video. Between this and smart phones it looks like Flip picked the right time to sell out to Cisco.
Panasonic makes this camera in Japan. We love the way the controls feel and the layout is very intuitive. Panasonic does a great job here. We’d like o see a little more tactile feel on the grip but other than that the DMC-ZS7 feel really good in the hand.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Review
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