Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Review

5.0
March 26, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Optics

Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-inch / 12.7 Total Megapixels / Primary Colour Filter
Aperture F3.3 - 4.9 / Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F4.9 - 6.3 (T))
Optical Zoom 12x
Focal Length f=4.1-49.2mm (25-300mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 14.3x (4:3 / 7M), 17.1x (4:3 / 5M), 21.4x (under 3M)
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 10 elements in 8 groups / (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces, 2 ED lens)
2-Speed Zoom Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Digital Zoom 4x / ( Max. 48.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max.85.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard : Wide 3cm / Max 200cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Focus Normal / Macro, Continuous AF (On / Off), AF Tracking (On / Off), Quick AF (On / Off)
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11pt) / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot
Shutter Speed 8-1/2000 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed) / Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.

Recording

Face Recognition Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Face Detection Photo & Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro), & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
AF Tracking Photo
Digital Red Eye Correction Photo
File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) / Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime / Motion picture: AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG
AVCHD Lite REC NTSC / PAL (Depends on Region)
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
One-Touch Movie Button Yes
Mode Dial Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, MySCN1, MySCN2, SCN, Clipboard
Still Picture Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, / Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, / Hi-Speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, / Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater
Movie Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, / Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater, High Sensitivity / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority) approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Unlimited consecutive shooting 1.8 frames/sec
Motion Picture Recording [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie] 1280x720, NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p) / PAL model: 50p(CCD output is 25p) (AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps ) / 30fps (Motion JPEG)
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing '+/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames
Multi-Aspect Yes
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording [4:3] 3648 x 2736 (10M) / 3072 x 2304 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 1600 x 1200 (2M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 3776 x 2520 (9.5M) / 3168x2112 (6.5M EZ? / 2656x1768 (4.5M EZ) / 2112x1408 (3M EZ) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) / [16:9] 3968 x 2232 (9M) / 3328x1872 (6M EZ) / 2784x1568 (4.5M EZ) / 2208x1248 ?2.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ)
Image Quality Fine / Standard
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / White Balance Adjustment (±10steps, except for auto set) / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pinhole, Panorama Assist mode?
Quick Menu Yes
Colour Mode Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Still Image with Audio Recording 5 sec
Audio Dubbing Max. 10sec
Real-time histogram Yes
Composition Guide line Yes (2 patterns)
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, Zoom
Review Yes
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / Yes
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Zoom Macro Yes
Orientation Detector Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)

Playback

Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Mode Playback, Category Playback, Favourites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calender Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
Playback Still Images with Audio Yes
Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG / AVCHD Lite)
Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Favourites / Category / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram Yes
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favourites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit/ Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favourites / DPOF

Setup

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Viera Link Yes
HDMI Output Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 576p (PAL) / 480p (NTSC) Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Movie REC Guide Yes
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes

Others

LCD Monitor 3.0" TFT LCD Display (460K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100%, Wide Viewing Angle / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off 0.6 - 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.6m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard (Still image only)
Built-in-Memory approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Yes
Interface miniHDMI, USB2.0 High speed / AV Output (NTSC/PAL or NTSC only) / DC Input (requires optional Multi Conversion Adapter)

General

Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 895mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 300 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO v3.0 HD Edition / ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) / USB Driver, QuickTime
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case / AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable / Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Dimensions(W x H x D) 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.8 mm (4.07 x 2.35 x 1.29 in)
Weight Approx. 206g (0.45 lb) Approx. 229g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.50 lb)

Entry Tags

hd video, 3 inch LCD, compact, 720p, 12 megapixel, beginner, 12x zoom

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