Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 review

Pin sharp LCD helps to improve the photos you take

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Our Verdict

A solid and very usable camera that offers sharp crisp images and good telephoto action. Only a minor issue spoils the score

For

  • Great LCD
  • Excellent image stabiliser
  • Sharp images

Against

  • Mode dial switch placement

Switch on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 and the first thing that strikes you is the pin-sharp quality of the 3-inch LCD, which couples an uncommonly high resolution of 460k pixels with the ability to adjust brightness automatically to suit ambient lighting conditions.

Getting past the LCD and into the body of the camera, there's plenty of imaging power on tap for both stills and video, thanks to Panasonic's provision of twin-CPUs.

An excellent 12x zoom lens stretches from 25mm to powerful 300mm telephoto focal lengths.

Sharpness is extremely good throughout and, at the telephoto end, this is also a testament to the effectiveness of the excellent optical image stabiliser system.

Our only minor complaint is the placement of the Mode dial, which makes it too easy to switch modes accidentally when reaching for the zoom switch.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)206 g
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.6 mm
Width103.3 mm
Depth32.8 mm
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.10 mm to 49.20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ7
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ7 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-TZ7EB-S
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The new DMC-TZ7 packs a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 12x optical zoom into a compact body. This versatile photographic tool lets you shoot everything from sweeping vistas at the 25mm wide-angle setting to dynamic 300mm telephoto shots. And the lens system's exquisite rendering ability lets you capture even the subtle nuances of the sights and scenes in your travels.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ7 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM