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TZ7 records HD movies (1280 x 720-pixels) in AVCHD Lite, which lets you shoot beautiful HD video with almost twice the recording time compared to the ...

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published 30/03/2011 | snugglepug7888
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Pro picks up very fine detail during the day
Cons bad quality during the night
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"Panasonic Lumix TZ7 Digital Camera - Black (10.1MP, 12x Optical"

I was going travelling and needed a new camera for all my holiday snaps.
After hours of reading reviews I opted for the Panasonic Lumix TZ7 as this one seemed to have everything I wanted and wasnt horribly expensive.
The camera isnt as attractive as many others on the market as it's bulkier with a large lense, but the aesthetics were not a deal breaker for me.

The main attraction for me with this camera was the fact it can shoot high definition videos. They are crystal clear but you can hear the whirring of the lense zooming in and out which does spoil it slightly. Taking photos in dark surroundings can turn out blurry too which isnt ideal if wanting to use your camera on a night out.
The reviews had made a big song and dance about how incredible the quality is so I felt slightly mislead, as although it's a pretty good camera there are things that really let it down.

Changing the settings on this camera are relatively easy but you will need to fiddle about a bit and read through the instruction booklet.
As the camera is 10.1 megapixels, it's good for those who want to print large photos. Smaller photos often do yield better results overall though and have the advantage of taking up less space on the memory card.

The camera also has an impressive 12x optical zoom which means it can pick up on intricate detail from a long distance. The battery life usually lasts for about 9 hours after a full charge and the camera comes with a USB cable to transfer photos and videos on to your computer. It doesnt come with a camera case though but I managed to find a good quality leather one on ebay for £5.
There is a CD included too that provides features for editing and organising your photos.

I bought mine from Ebay for £115 but I think it retails for about £150 from most other places. Shop around though and you will get a good deal like me.

This camera has good points and bad points so it wont suit everyone. It takes fantastic, detailed photos during the daylight but blurry ones at night time and the zoom makes a racket during video filming.

Technical details:

25 mm ultra wide-angle 12x optical zoom LEICA DC lens in compact body
HD movie recording in AVCHD lite with Dolby stereo digital creator
Advanced intelligent auto mode with face recognition and movie iA mode
3.0 inch, 460,000-dot high-resolution intelligent LCD with wide-viewing angle
Venus Engine HD with HDMI Compatibility and VIERA Link

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Product Information : Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

Manufacturer's product description

TZ7 records HD movies (1280 x 720-pixels) in AVCHD Lite, which lets you shoot beautiful HD video with almost twice the recording time compared to the conventional Motion JPEG. Optical zoom can be used when shooting motion images. TZ7 is also the world's first compact camera to feature Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, which records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of the HD video. The wind cut function minimises distracting sound from the background during audio recording.TZ7 is also the world's first compact camera to feature Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, which records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of the HD video. The wind cut function minimises distracting sound from the background during audio recording.

Product Details

Product type: Digital Camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10.1

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card; MultiMedia Card

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 12x

Digital Zoom: 4x, 4 x

LCD Display Size: 3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: Internal and external

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.0041

Manufacturer: Panasonic

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Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel

Display: LCD display - 2.7", LCD display - 3"

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Lens System: Leica 12 x zoom lens - 4.1 - 49.2 mm - f/3.3-4.9

Colour: Blue, Brown, Silver, Black, Red

Weight: 206 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.3 cm x 3.3 cm x 6 cm

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Exposure & White Balance

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 60 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, daylight, halogen, shade

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, party/indoor, night portrait, self-portrait, PET, scenery, food, fireworks, panorama assist, night scene, Underwater, sports mode, sunset, candle, beach, snow, high sensitivity, starry sky, soft skin, baby1, baby2, aerial photo, hi-speed burst, clipboard, film grain, pin hole

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 206 g

Height: 6 cm

Depth: 3.3 cm

Width: 10.3 cm

General

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

MPN: DMC-TZ7-BLUE, DMC-TZ7EB-T, DMC-TZ7S, DMC-TZ7EP-K, DMCTZ7EGK, DMC-TZ7EB-S, DMC-TZ7-T, DMC-TZ7EB-K, DMCTZ7EGS, DMC-TZ7EB-R, DMC-TZ7, DMC-TZ7EF-K, DMC-TZ7EF-R, DMC-TZ7EG-A, DMCTZ7EGT

Optical Zoom: 12 x

Digital Video Format: MJPEG, AVCHD Lite

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Face Detection: Automatic Face Tracking technology

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.33"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,100,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 12,700,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Blue, Brown, Silver, Black, Red

Image Stabiliser: Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 11

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Miscellaneous

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Battery charger, battery case, hand strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0, ArcSoft MediaImpression

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input ¦ 1 x HDMI output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono, Stereo

Display

Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 460,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display, 3" LCD display

Additional Features

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, in-camera red-eye removal, resizing an image, built-in help guide, automatic display brightness adjustment

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.8 frames per second, 10 frames per second, 6 frames per second, 2.3 frames per second

Lens System

Features: Built-in lens shield, ED glass, aspherical lens

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 3cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 25 - 300mm

Lens Construction: 8 groups / 10 elements

Type: Leica 12 x zoom lens - 4.1 - 49.2 mm - f/3.3-4.9

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 40 MB

Video Capture: MPEG - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG - 848 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVCHD Lite - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 3776 x 2520 ¦ JPEG 3968 x 2232 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 2656 x 1768 ¦ JPEG 2784 x 1568 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1360 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2304 ¦ JPEG 3328 x 1872 ¦ JPEG 3168 x 2112 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 2112 x 1408 ¦ JPEG 2208 x 1248

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.6 m - 5.3 m

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Features: AF illuminator

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

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