Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS7 digital camera
Yet another digital camera from Panasonic today – the LUMIX DMC-ZS7 which further expands the family tree of the acclaimed superzoom ZS-Series of digital cameras that have quite a following worldwide to date. You will find that is comes with a hallmark 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens, coupled to a powerful 12x optical zoom which works even in video recording mode. This 12.1-megapixel powerhouse performer also comes with a new integrated GPS (Global Positioning System) feature which will embed your photos and videos with both latitude and longitude location details, making it useful when uploading your snapshots onto an online photo-sharing website, and also doubles up as a history of sorts for you to refer to in the future when your memory starts to fail you with regard to past vacations.
To make things more interesting, the LUMIX ZS7 is also proud to hold the title of being the smallest photo/video hybrid superzoom digital camera in the world at point of publishing, being full well capable of recording video in High Definition (HD) video thanks to its recording capability in AVCHD Lite. The inclusion of a dedicated video record button alongside a manual shooting mode spices things up quite a bit, which would mean a learning curve of sorts for beginners, while seasoned shutterbugs who want to make the jump to DSLR might want to check out the DMC-ZS7 before taking the plunge to get a better idea on how manual controls work.
Other features found on the Panasonic LUMIX ZS7 include Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus), a shutter release time lag as short as approximately 0.006 seconds, a short startup time of approximately 1.1 second, an automatically adjusting internal clock to the local time, Intelligent Resolution capability that has been incorporated into its Venus Engine HD. Hmmm, with its GPS chipset turned on, we hope that the battery is able to hold out for marathon shoots (340 shots or so on a full charge), but just in case do carry a spare battery with you always as well as a portable charger. No idea on pricing, but the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS7 digital camera ought to hit the market pretty soon.