Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 review

A solid build and good quality snaps will make this a popular choice

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Our Verdict

A great buy for the cash with solid build and good quality snaps


  • Solid build
  • Good intelligent system
  • Optical image stabilization


  • Some image noise at lower ISO settings

With a street price of £130, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 is in direct competition with Canon's new PowerShot A480, which we reviewed here. However, the FS7's build quality feels far superior and much less plasticky.

The 4x zoom lens gives more range at both wide-angle and telephoto extremes and, even more impressively at the price, you get built-in optical stabilisation, which is rare at this price point.

So-called 'intelligence' is often a misnomer but, in our tests, the camera got things right in Intelligent Auto mode with much more consistency than Fujifilm's F200EXR.

Alternatively, there's a pretty good selection of less-automatic shooting modes for when you want to take control.

Image quality is excellent for a budget camera, with lovely colour, accurate exposure, very good sharpness and low image noise at high ISO settings. It's a very good buy at the price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution848 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix FS
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Intelligent ISO Mode
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)117 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.5" (5.76 mm x 4.29 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height54.4 mm
Width97 mm
Depth21.6 mm
Product SeriesFS
Focal Length5.50 mm to 22 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FS7
Product NameDMC-FS7 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FS7EBK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Just press the iA button, aim and shoot. The camera does all the rest, automatically adjusting to the shooting conditions and helping to correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems. iA Mode includes MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to compensate for hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control to detect subject movement, Face Detection AF/AE to focus on faces in the frame and remove unwanted red-eye, and Intelligent Scene Selector to select the optimal scene mode automatically for you.

The DMC-FS7 features a 33-132mm f/2.8 bright LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens. This bright, low-distortion lens results in a compact, easy-to-carry camera that delivers beautiful pictures. Equipped with a 4x optical zoom lens (35mm film camera equivalent: 33-132mm) that captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 10.1-megapixel full resolution.

Package Contents
  • DMC-FS7 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Hand Strap
  • Battery Case
Limited Warranty1 Year