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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 10 MP Digital Camera with 4x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)
- 10.1-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-size prints
- 4x MEGA optical image-stabilized zoom; F2.8 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens
- Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
- 2.7-inch LCD screen
- Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
The versatile Scene mode range, which handles just about any situation and subject type, is a major LUMIX feature. The FS7 lets you store a frequently used Scene mode setting in My Scene mode. In addition to the ordinary "" mark that indicates when the shot is in focus, you can choose a heart, flower or three other designs. Just press the iA button, aim and shoot. The camera does all the rest, automatically activating four detection and correction functions. These include MEGA O.I.S., which helps prevent blurring due to shaky hands, and Intelligent ISO Control, which helps prevent motion blur when the subject won't stay still. Compose your photos using the clear, bright LCD screen. This camera automatically sets the screen's brightness and contrast to one of seven levels, based on the surrounding light.
From the Manufacturer
The 10.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FS7 features a bright F2.8 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with 4x optical zoom and iA mode, comprised of four functions including Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection. Like the DMC-FS15, the DMC-FS7 also include a newly-added independent iA button on top of the camera that lets the user enter directly into the mode without going into the menu.
Other features of the FS7 include a Venus Engine IV processor, which enables an advanced processing system and quick response times. An intelligent LCD screen detects light conditions and automatically adjusts the brightness levels for viewing in sunlight and helps to preserve battery life. The new Photo Frame mode lets the user put attractive borders around photos, so when printed, they look like postcards in picture frames. Also, the new My Scene setting lets the user assign their most frequently used Scene modes to the setting, and with a simple switch, access that scene instantly. The FS-Series is also capable of recording WVGA (848 x 480) motion pictures at 30 frames per second in 16:9 wide-screen format, as well as standard VGA (640 x 480) format.
Top Customer Reviews
Low points about this camera, I only have two observations. First, keep in mind that this camera is focused on a family day-to-day use, rather than in someone who loves photography: there aren't almost any manual controls. Perfect for the holidays of your parents. Not so perfect if you want to start learning to take serious shots. And secondly, keep in mind that this set doesn't come with a SD card included, so you'll have to buy one separately. Again, no big deal, since they are the least expensive kind of memory cards in the market.
have only used the camera for few weeks.
a. camera captures crisp clean images with 'real' colors, there is no artificial brightness or colors you might find on canon/sony. picture looks exactly like the object it captures, very real
b. IA mode (automatic settings) works very well, i am not a sophisiticated user and i find the feature to be very useful and most of all accurate
c. camera is well designed, looks very sharp at least in black and is very light and thin
all in all, highly recommend this camera, it offers excellent value in this price/features segment.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
And to keep it short and sweet, I was shocked that the $137 Panasonic Lumix outperformed every camera EXCEPT for the HD Video of the new Canon SD780IS. However, the Panasonic family allows WVGA which takes up a LOT less disc space and perfect for Mac/PC viewing.
Canon SD200 = My first Elph camera worked perfectly in all conditions for over 3 years; ahead of its time. Under 1MB photos stored, but red eye reduction never worked.
Canon SD500 = Bought as upgrade with slightly noticeable difference for still & video, always kept photos in about 1MB size, worked like a charm before 2008 but red eye reduction never worked either.
Canon SD1100IS = the BEST Canon I have owned, but stolen last year. indoor, outdoor and video on AUTO were great! no complaints. Looking back, this camera outperformed the photo quality (all conditions) of the 12MP new SD780IS.
Panasonic DMC-FS7 = THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK PERIOD. the still photos and WVGA videos are amazing and AUTO setting for Panasonic is much more effective than Canon's technology. I was told the Leica lenses are far superior to Canon lens technology as well. This was also stolen overseas, so I bought the pricer FX48 below.
Panasonic DMC-FX48 = The still photos were NO different than the lesser priced FS7 and I tested all light conditions, speed etc. However, oddly, the HD video was terrible as compared to the Canon HD. It was very grainy and the motion sensor didn't work well. Sadly, I returned it.
Canon SD780IS = WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT! I am overseas now again after tossing the box and papers, and now stuck with this this lousy camera. The HD video is amazing, but the auto focus never seems to work for stills, the PROGRAM mode is a royal pain in the *ss, the flash always seems to be too bright for indoors even after changing settings, and good luck trying to photo moving children - takes 1/2 day to focus and shoot. In summary, I changed settings and ISO and cannot get the same quality photos as the Canon SD1100IS (now 1200IS).
I AM BUYING ANOTHER PANASONIC DMC-FS7 AND SAYING GOODBYE TO CANON FOR NOW.
Hope this simple review helps, folks!