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Panasonic Lumix TZ7 Digital Camera - Black (10.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

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  • 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 details

Colour Name: Black
  • Item Weight: 204 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
  • Item model number: DMC-TZ7EB-K
  • ASIN: B001T0H0RG
  • Date first available at 1 Jan. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,889 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Manufacturer's 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.

Face detectionIntelligent Auto Mode Features
Depending on the Panasonic Lumix model, iA mode uses up to six bundled technologies working perfectly together to provide the best possible shooting results every time.

Face Recognition
Face Recognition registers your favourite friends and family members and will optimize the focus and exposure on your favourite persons. You also have the ability to playback photos by person, and add date, name, age along with adding descriptions to your photos.

AF trackingAF Tracking
AF Tracking then follows the selected subject throughout the frame, keeping them in focus – an excellent way to follow children, pets and other moving objects!

Intelligent Exposure
No more under or over exposed shots! Intelligent Exposure corrects the parts of the image that are too dark or too bright, so images come out as naturally as you see them.

advance o.i.sMega OIS
Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the Optical Image Stabiliser lens shifts to compensate, helping prevent hand-shake blur. This system is completely optical – it does not affect the CCD or image processing – so you get sharp, clear images without deterioration. Choose from two modes: Mode 1 remains ON at all times for continuous compensation. Mode 2 starts working as soon as the shutter is released to achieve a greater effect.

Intelligent ISO Control
With Intelligent ISO Control, your Lumix camera can adjust the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken thereby preventing blurriness of the photo.

Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of five scene modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, and Night Scenery – best suits your shooting situation.

Lumix Digital Still Cameras take a WIDE view
Although the difference between 35mm and 25mm equivalent lenses may not sound like a lot, the 25mm wide angle lens can capture a subject or scene with more than a two times wider frame from the same perspective as a conventional 35mm camera can achieve. This extra range is especially useful when you are indoors where you can be restricted in your movements by walls, corners, or furniture trying to take a photo of the family or friends, or when you want to capture a much wider landscape.

12x Optical Zoom
Since distant objects do not conveniently come to you, Panasonic has equipped its digital still cameras with a high Optical Zoom. For example, the modern Lumix TZ Series features a 12x Optical Zoom Leica DC lens (equivalent to 25-300mm on a conventional 35mm film camera) and enables you to zoom in or out magnifying distant subjects with ease.

Extra Optical Zoom
Many cameras complement their optical zoom ratio with digital zoom, where a portion of an image is ‘blown-up’ digitally to give the effect of a higher zoom. However, images taken with digital zoom become highly pixilated as they are merely digitally processed images rather than images delivered by a true optical zoom.

Aware of this factor, Panasonic has now introduced ‘Extra Optical Zoom’ to its Lumix camera line-up. Extra Optical Zoom cleverly enables you to extend the optical zoom ratio with less image-quality deterioration compared to digital zoom. This function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power by using the centre part of the CCD; compared with conventional digital zoom functions that directly enlarge the image data, it provides better image quality.

Be easily connected with Lumix
Showing your photos and movies has never been as easy as with the new line of Panasonic Lumix cameras. All Lumix models record wide-screen, 16:9, Full HD images. These images are breathtaking when displayed on an HDTV, like a Panasonic Viera, which manages about four times the data of a standard definition TV. With a Lumix digital still camera, you can enjoy a whole new style of HDTV viewing with family and friends, bringing your pictures and movies to life on an impressive large Viera flat screen Full HD TV. Slideshows and home movie viewings are sure to impress everyone via HDMI and SD card technologies, which offer a quick and convenient means of connecting a Lumix camera with other compatible Panasonic devices.

Easy HDMI connection
HDMI allows you to connect a Lumix camera to a Full HD flat screen TV, like a Panasonic Viera TV, to display your photos and videos in full vibrant detail. Viera Link gives you access and control of a Lumix camera, customising the playback of your photos and movie clips, in HD stereo sound.

Connect without cables
SD Memory Cards offer the simplest way to experience HD photos and movie clips. Simply take the SD Memory Card out of the Lumix camera and slip it into the TV SD card slot of a Viera TV, and you are ready to view bright, vivid images that perfectly fit the 16:9 screen of a Panasonic flat screen HDTV, for example. SD Memory Cards provide you with an easy and flexible way to transfer your images so you can spend more time enjoying your recorded memories than dealing with cables and connection devices.

Venus Engine IV Image Processor
Venus Engine IV is the latest advanced multi-task image-processing engine processor for LUMIX cameras. They provide significantly increased performance of the camera while consuming less power than the previous Venus Engine. Venus IV suppresses noise without lowering resolution, to produce beautiful images. This engine also features low energy consumption despite its high performance.

Quick Reaction and Start Up Time - faster than the blink of an eye
Improvements to Venus Engine IV and various camera components have led to a considerable reduction in shutter release time lags down to a super-short 0.005 seconds and continuous shooting speeds up to 8 frames per second.

High Sensitivity Mode
When using the High Sensitivity mode, you can capture clear images even in dim lighting, as the built-in flash reaches as far as 24 meters. The Venus Engine IV lets you set the maximum sensitivity in seven steps from ISO 80 to ISO 3200 for 10.1 megapixels full-resolution shooting. In addition to providing active shots blur-free with indoor lighting, you get great photos in nearly total darkness.

Venus Engine IV
The Venus Engine IV gives even higher-quality images through using even more advanced signal processing. This new engine also offers a number of other improvements, including more accurate detection, better correction and Intelligent ISO Control functions. This new engine supports today's new camera and imaging technologies, and works with the large, 1/1.72-inch high-resolution CCD. It responds quickly and saves power even at full 14.7 megapixels resolution, providing an image rich in colour and depth.

Venus IV further raises image quality by refining the signal processing process through adding two more circuits. These circuits effectively reduce only the low-frequency noise which turns out to be noticeable as chromatic noise, because resolution decreases if the high-frequency noise is reduced as well.

Enhanced Subject-Motion Detection Circuitry
In Lumix models equipped with the Venus Engine IV, the motion detection in the Intelligent ISO Control function has been further enhanced to suppress motion blur even more effectively, so you still get sharp and clear photos of your family on the move, even in dim indoor light.

Box Contains

  • Panasonic Lumix TZ7 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case/AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable/Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    901 of 904 people found the following review helpful By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2009
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    To get the best photos, you obviously need an SLR and some great lenses. Hmm. Well, I have an SLR and some great lenses, but I tend to leave them at home when I go on a trip.
    So I bought this TZ7 to take with me when I can't be bothered to take my SLR, which is nearly all the time. The TZ7 is small enough to go in a jacket pocket, or to hang unobtrusively from your belt. But is it good enough for anyone used to the quality of an SLR?
    For me it is good enough, as long as you adjust your expectations. Which you have to do when you have such a small camera with a 25 to 300 zoom. Try getting a 25 to 300 zoom for an SLR! Even more amazing is that it's a very decently sharp lens. It's a little bit less than razor sharp at the extremes of the zoom range, but almost all my shots came out nice and sharp (but not too sharp, meaning the camera isn't over-processing things).
    So the lens is good, and since the lens is the TZ7's party piece, that's a good thing.
    Next on the list of killer features is HD video. This is 720p video, not `full' HD, but what do you expect? The great thing is that you can use the optical zoom while taking video, which is rare in these cameras. It zooms slowly so the noise of the zoom isn't picked up by the microphone but works very well. You get stereo sound too, and the quality of the sound is way ahead of any camera like this I've tried before. You might think that you wouldn't get proper stereo with microphones so close together, but it does a decent impersonation of it. Videos look pretty good, with the image stabiliser smoothing things out even at full zoom. Hold it carefully and it looks like you're using a tripod. You will need a decent computer and graphics card to play HD video though, or a compatible HD TV.
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    129 of 130 people found the following review helpful By S. Flint on 1 Sept. 2009
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    I've had this camera a week...and it's brilliant.

    Picture quality is fantastic - photos are sharp and vibrant.

    For pointing and shooting, the camera is the best I've had by far - it has an Intelligent Auto-Mode which is great at detecting what you're photographing and adjusting the settings automatically. This means you don't have to go changing settings from "portrait" to "night scene" to "macro" etc - it's all done for you in an instant. Of course, if you want manual control, you can have it, and even save your favourite settings for quick access. AF tracking is a useful feature too - press the button half way and the camera will lock onto the subject and keep it in focus..even if the subject subsequently moves. This is great for taking pictures of kids and animals.

    Video recording is in high definition, and the little I've used it, I'm very impressed with the results. The picture is sharp and colours are accurate. Sound is recorded in stereo. You can record in either AVCHD mode or JPEG.

    The camera is sturdy and feels/looks expensive. The screen is fantastic and I've had no problem viewing it in bright conditions (it has no optical view finder). The lens is absolutely superb. Everyone has raved about the 12x optical zoom, but I've found the 25mm wide end of the lens equally impressive - you really can get close to your subjects and still have them all fit in the photo.

    There have been some well published criticisms of the TZ7. In my experience they seem largely unfounded. Battery life is quite acceptable: the manual states that you can take about 300 photos per charge but my first charge only managed 150 photos. However, I was doing a lot of experimenting - changing modes, zooming in and out, recording video etc.
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    251 of 256 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stebles on 7 Sept. 2009
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    As I'm sure a lot of you will have seen the Gadget shows review of the Panasonic Lumix TZ7 vs the Fuji F200EXR.

    I just bought my TZ7 2 weeks ago, and a friend at work has the F200EXR, so I thought I'd do a direct comparison shot for shot. I left both camera's in full auto (Intelligent Auto and EXR Auto). After taking a series of identical shots with both I can honestly say the difference is very small. I would say the EXR sensor is superior and produces slightly more natural looking photo, as the F200EXR generally uses its flash far less. But in contrast some shots the Panasonic might overexpose, the Fuji would under expose making a very dark shot. A close call between them it really is, but the Fuji just beats the Panasonic on image quality, but it is minor, probably more pronounced in low light conditions.

    If you could marry the sensors from the Fuji and the Panasonic's other features you'd have one brilliant camera.

    The tough choice comes with the other features, for the £40 or so extra you pay for the Panasonic, you get 12x zoon, over a 5x and this really does make a big difference on distance shots. Just taking a shot of a horse in a field the other day, I could zoom to having it in full shot, as opposed to a distant figure taking a quarter of the shot.

    The other feature, Video, was the biggest easily comparable difference between the two, the Panasonic just walks all over the Fuji. Comparing two video's side by side, take simultaneously, the Fuji is grainy and a far lower resolution and quality, whereas the Panasonic is sharp, high res and superior in every aspect. Plus you can zoom in the video, big bonus, the Fuji was totally unresponsive when trying to zoom mid video.

    To answer a lot of concerns about loose dials, battery life etc.
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