Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Review – Diamonds Do Come in Small Packages
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Price is never a good indicator of a product’s quality; expensive devices aren’t always the best, whereas cheap products can sometimes leave us open-mouthed with their amazing features. It is the case of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-SZ7 which has a lot to offer, even though one might never guess it from the price ($119.95).
Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a 14.1-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor which is why most, if not all the pictures we have taken for the current review, have turned out bright and colorful. The 10x optical zoom has been very useful, as well, because the images remained clear even after we have zoomed in the subjects to the camera’s full potential. Pixel peepers might have a couple of complaints to make, especially if they want to view the photos at very large resolutions, but the image quality is, nevertheless, very good for the small device.
- Very small camera with wide, professional lens (3.9 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.9 inch; 4.8 ounces)
- Good image and video quality
- Convenient price
- Fast shooting performance
- Weak battery life
- Pixels may become visible at higher resolutions
The surprises didn’t stop here; the camera’s performance was even better for recorded videos. The clips we’ve created preserved the real life aspect, although fast moving objects may turn out a little bit ghostly. The sound is incredibly good, but you can still hear the lens zooming in and out during filming. The noise is not too predominant, so it won’t be bothering you during most clips.
As in most cases, the rear side of the camera has a 3-inch LCD screen with very good resolution, whereas the majority of the control buttons are located at the right of the display. There aren’t many differences, except for the fact that the power and the shooting/playback buttons have been replaced with switches and this could be a little bit frustrating for users who want to easily toggle through the camera’s options.
We could not finish this review without mentioning the amazing shutter speed that Lumix DMC-SZ7 possesses. Panasonic has provided this model with an improved autofocus system that keeps the shutter lag very low. After the first picture (which usually takes around 2.1 seconds) the camera becomes a lot faster. Our tests have shown that the camera registered just a 0.7 lag between fast shots. The flash will increase the shot-to-shot time to about 2.5 seconds, but it’s still a good time for this category.
You’ll probably hear this in most Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 reviews you read, but we must render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, that is, admit that the digital camera is a good deal. It has an outstanding performance even though it has the design and the price of a pocket camera.