Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
A hybrid digital camera capable of taking great still shots, as well as 720p video.
- 12x optical zoom, optical image stabilisation, useful autofocus tracking and face detection, clear and vibrant pictures, 720p video capture
- No manual mode, awkwardly placed shutter button
This hybrid digital camera is capable of taking great still shots and 720p high-definition videos. We liked the overall image quality of our test shots, videos looked smooth and vibrant, and we made good use of the autofocus modes that are available. The only thing we don't like is the location of the shutter, which is to the inside of the mode dial, and we also wish it had a manual mode.
Price$ 769.00 (AUD)
The Panasonic TZ ('travel zoom') series of digital cameras will welcome the Lumix DMC-TZ7 in April. The Panasonic DMC-TZ7 has a 10.1-megapixel sensor and a 10-element LEICA DC 25mm lens. It will be a hybrid camera capable of taking 720p-resolution videos using the AVCHD Lite codec, and will feature a 12x optical zoom capable of reaching up to 300mm.
In a hands-on test session with a preproduction model at the launch in Singapore, the Panasonic DMC-TZ7 captured vibrant and clear images in challenging lighting conditions. It doesn't have a manual mode, so the majority of the exposure settings will be set by the intelligent auto mode, but it is one of the best automatic modes you could want in a compact camera.
It incorporates autofocus tracking as well as face detection, both features are a little more advanced than we've seen on other cameras we've tested. The face detection feature allows users to tag familiar faces and give them priority, with the hope of automatically detecting them and focusing on them when they are in the frame (The intelligent auto mode can detect up to 15 faces in the same frame). This feature worked more often than not, and it could end up being a handy feature for parents taking group photos featuring their children — their kids will always be in focus.
The tracking feature can be set to focus on moving objects, such as players on a basketball court, or cars on a race track, but it requires a little practice to master, as the zoom lever needs to be manipulated to make sure the object you are tracking is always in range.
At maximum zoom, the camera mostly captured clear images — even from a moving bus — which is due to its optical image stabilisation feature. Only fast and jerky hand movements made for blurry images at the camera's longest reach. In dark environments, the Lumix DMC-TZ7 will automatically bump up the ISO speed, but images won't be overly grainy until ISO 800 is reached. As for shutter speed, we were able to capture clear images with a speed as low as 1/30th of a second, but slower shots were blurry.
Despite having such a wide ranging zoom lens, our pictures did not suffer from an obvious amount of distortion (or barrel roll). In fact, there was only minimal distortion evident along the edge-most vertical lines. You'll be able to get great reach with the 300mm zoom lens, and it's also useful for macro shots. We were able to get right up close to our subjects and focus from only a couple of centimetres away. It rendered the background out of focus, but with shapes still clearly recognisable, so it won't give you a super-shallow depth of field.
Digital camera design
Physically, the design of the TZ7 is a little unconventional, with the shutter button located on the inside of the mode dial. This did cause the mode dial to be shifted out of place — especially on our preproduction models, which had a loose dial to begin with. The custom scene modes and auto mode, as well as intelligent auto mode, can be selected by turning the dial. The custom scene modes are especially useful for changing between regularly used scenarios. These modes should significantly assist photographers when taking specific types of shots — such as night or action shots — but one of our favourite modes was the film mode, which captured classy black and white images with plenty of simulated film grain.
The back of the Lumix DMC-TZ7 has a 3in LCD screen, a 5-way controller, and a dedicated record button for its video mode. As mentioned previously, the camera has the ability to record at 720p using the AVCHD lite codec, so it's not only a great point-and-shoot, digital still camera, it's also an above average, point-and-shoot digital video camera.
A comparison of the AVCHD lite and Motion JPEG video demonstrated the AVCHD lite encoded video's superior clarity and colour saturation. Audio function is not neglected either, as the Lumix DMC-TZ7 has built-in stereo microphones that do a good job of capturing close proximity audio. The digital camera comes with the required software for you to convert your AVCHD footage to DVDs or to prepare them for uploading to YouTube.
From our brief hands-on evaluation of this camera, it's set to be one of the best super-zoom, point-and-shoot compact digital cameras on the market. If you've been considering purchasing a new compact camera, it's definitely worth waiting until April to take this for a test drive — especially if you want a digital still camera that will also capture exceptional video footage.
Elias Plastiras flew to Singapore as a guest of Panasonic.
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
cloudandco Smart Cane
Toys for Boys
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Bose SoundLink Micro
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Xbox One X
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Fallout Geeki Tikis
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic Announces Compact, Lightweight ultra-telephoto LEICA Lens
- Panasonic announce still-shooter flagship G9
- Sony Announces Development of New G Master Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-Mount Lens
- Sony Expands Full-frame E-mount lens lineup
- Sony’s New Full-Frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera promises to delivers both resolution and speed
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSenior SQL EngineerOther
- FTService Desk EngineerOther
- CCSenior Development DBA - OracleNSW
- FTApplication Support ConsultantVIC
- FTMarketing Manager - IT ServicesOther
- FTBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTProject Engineer, Operational Infrastructure & TelcoOther
- TPSecurity AnalystQLD
- FTDatabase AdministratorNSW
- CCTemporary ICT Support AnalystACT
- FTDeployment TechnicianVIC
- TPICT ArchitectsACT
- CCSEPM Security EngineerWA
- TPSenior Project Manager - Office 365QLD
- FTSenior Developer - Node.js - APINSW
- FTICT Contracts and Sourcing ManagerACT
- CCTechnical Solutions ArchitectVIC
- FTTechnical Services AdministratorVIC
- FTJuniper EngineerOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTSERVICE DESK - ENTRY LEVELSA
- CCIteration Manager - Insurance BackgroundQLD
- FTSenior iOS DeveloperQLD
- TPProject CoordinatorNSW
- CCContracts OfficerNSW