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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Blue)...
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 705 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 9.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Travel5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Weight5.0   above average
Sharp4.9   average
DSLR4.8   above average
Simple4.8   average
Outdoor4.7   average
Color4.5   average
Macro4.5   average
Photo4.5   average
Setting4.4   above average
Size4.3   average
Zoom4.3   average
Quality4.2   average
Video4.1   average
Image3.9   average
Lens3.9   above average
Indoor3.6   average
Level3.6   below average
SLR3.6   below average
Speed3.6   average
Light3.5   below average
Battery3.4   average
Button3.4   average
Charging3.4   above average
Power3.3   above average
Focus3.2   average
Flash2.9   below average
Service2.7   below average
Dust2.5   average
Photography2.5   mediocre
Warranty1.5   below average


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Balance

Balance:
"Still images: - produces photos taken in sunlight with auto WB that have a pronounced yellowish cast (probably resultig from poor auto WB controls) - non-moving images the focus is good and sharp - moving images are frequently out of focus because of the shutter lag in shooting - tends to over-expose photos 0.3-0.7 f stops (you can set the exposure offset to compensate for this BUT the setting is lost every time you power down - it appears to not save any of the menu system settings when you turn the camera off) Video - zoom function does not work (digital zoom off) after you've started a recording, before pressing start it does work - quality is OK at minimum zoom settng but not as good as the DMC-ZS7 or DMC-ZS10 - using the digital zoom function produced very poor quality video Sony DSC-HX7V Still images: - produces the worst photos of any of the GPS cameras - the white balance is never correct and there is no easy way to correct this in the camera - the sensor has very high contrast and this cannot be adjusted in the camera - the exposure settings choose to grossly overexpose images, even with a manual offset of -1.3 f stops the pictures still had overexposure issues due to the sensor's high contrast Video: - the videos are OK at the higher resolution settings though the colors are muted - the zoom function works in the video mode - the camera has a very good macro capability"
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"Just so I don't give the impression that I'm gushing uncontrollably, I should also mention the things that I don't like:- I wish the quick menu was customizable (e. g. I'd like to be able to use it to change aspect ratio and set custom white balance)- I'm disappointed that zoom+scroll in review mode isn't any quicker than before- I really don't like losing the 'review' button (review 'mode' resets the lens after a couple of seconds, to frequently irritating effect)- auto-focus isn't noticeably faster (one of the big general down-sides of compacts, unfortunately)- there is the occasional encoding error when shooting videos, which Panasonic needs to fix in a firmware updateThose are pretty minor complaints, compared to all the great new features I'm enjoying."
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"Here's a breakdown what I like about it and why I didn't buy some of the other popular latest models:1) Image Quality: Excellent white balance, color accuracy, and most importantly best balance between noise reduction and detail preservation."
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"To my eye, auto-focus, auto-exposure, and auto white balance on both cameras pretty much always produced acceptable results, however as I've said, I am old-school, and where auto with aperture priority on small cameras such as these, where you can't really get thin depth of field no matter what you do (because the lenses are just too tiny), seem like an entirely useless superfluous setting, I did feel the need to try auto with shutter priority on both cameras for various shots, just to keep the respective intelligent auto modes from mucking up the shot with excessively optimistic shutter speeds that wouldn't actually work in practice, especially handheld, towards the long ends of the zoom ranges."
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"The image qualty is good, but the white balance and color rendition are all over the place."
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"Setting the AWB for incandescent light(auto white balance helped a little but does not alleviate the problem completely).Ugly : The s w that came with it is horrendous, I still have to figure out how to download AVCHD lite videos to my computer with out the silly s w (which I am planning on uninstalling) that was provided and also in which s w I can play that, The manual is not a selling point either."
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Battery

Battery:
"My main gripe was with the battery life which was terrible."
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"My biggest cons of this camera:-IA (intelligent auto) does not select best shooting mode-Panasonic removed the normal shooting mode-pre-shutter delay (slow to take the picture) is ridiculously slow-flash is really in a poor spot as it is by your hand grip-battery life (worst battery life out of all the cameras I have owned)Needless to say, after less than a year and I cannot even count how many ruined photos due to this camera, I am searching for another point and shoot that will actually be worth the money spent on it! "
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"The S3 is getting abit outdated and I hate the fact it uses AA batteries rather than its own rechargeable unit."
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"Battery life is OK, but it takes a special battery, that is its only drawback really."
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"The ONLY downside is that the battery has to be charged with a Panasonic charger."
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"The battery charger that come with the camera works well and I have no complaints here."
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"The battery life is very good with this camera but I always carry a spare in case."
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"Good battery charge, can use it all day and longer with out recharge."
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"GPS function is accurate, although if you leave it on it will drain the battery in 2 days regardless of shots fired."
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"The included battery still holds charge, takes great outdoor photos, and decent indoor."
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Button

Button:
"The worst of these bugs was that on Windows7, at least, critical buttons like next and back and ok and abort that appear at various points during interaction with the software *are not even readable*!"
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"The movies it records come out great but the record button is kinda hard to get to, so also check the icon to make sure you pushed it."
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"One problem I have found it the video button in a bad place."
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"Unfortunately it is hard to see the icons on the 4 silver buttons around the menu button."
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"The painfully long lag time between pressing the button and the photo being taken also ruined many great opportunities too."
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"My only complaint is the button to switch back and forth for preview to shoot pics again and I wish it had the Sony Panarama Feature."
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"Lots of options - this specific model has the video record button right on the back, great if you want to quickly capture something the kids are doing."
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"The movies it records come out great but the record button is kinda hard to get to, so also check the icon to make sure you pushed it."
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"It's quite easy to use - like other reviewers, my only quibble with the design is that it's easy to inadvertently press the video button."
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"In the previous model the modedial had to be turned in order to shoot a movie but this one has a separatemovie record button on the back that makes it easy to start shooting rightaway- good move Panasonic!"
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"The video capability is really impressive, one button pushing but you have enormous control over the recording capability."
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Charging

Charging:
"The ONLY downside is that the battery has to be charged with a Panasonic charger."
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"Here's my quick breakdown for the ZS7:Pros:----Affordable price range12 megapixel with high density pixel rating12x optical zoom with 3x added digital = 15x total zoomMinimal motor noise for zoom (good for video recording)Full time autofocus for video even when zoomingGreat low light shooting capability and even long shutter option in manual modeManual function option like dSLR (Aperture, Shutter and Manual modes)Compact design and aluminum casing all aroundNice bright 3 LCDIntuitive menu structureLeica LensWith enough SD card size, can become camcorder replacementAVCHD and rolling JPG option for Video (shoots 720p) looks amazing on 1080p TV with HDMIHDMI output using mini HDMI portGPS featureMade In JapanCons:-----Short Battery life when video is used oftenLCD screen seems to scratch easily (investment in protective pouch bag mandatory)No bag case providedBattery must be charged via charging base (via socket)CD comes with horrible photo editing softwareNo video editing software for AVCHD formatOverall a great camera that is hard to beat in terms of price, quality, features and performance."
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"Battery Life - Not Good, I am not sure if it is the GPS or not but you have to charge every few hours, a real pain."
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"Plan on a dead battery within a week of charging--even if you haven't used the camera."
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"All Panasonic had to do was to tap into the USB connectors 5 V supply and all problems would be solved, if they were concerned about charging the battery from the USB power they could have easily just allowed the camera to be powered by the USB."
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"One thing I find frustrating is that you have to remove the battery to charge it, I would prefer to plug the camera itself in somewhere."
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"The battery charger that come with the camera works well and I have no complaints here."
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"Good battery charge, can use it all day and longer with out recharge."
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"The included battery still holds charge, takes great outdoor photos, and decent indoor."
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"Other cameras are able to use a universal charger."
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"The battery holds a charge, the pictures are beautiful, and it takes the pictures in rapid succession."
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Compact

Compact:
"The optics are better than any other compact camera I've had (it's is not super-compact, but reasonable considering the optics)."
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"The quality of still images isn't as good as what you'd get from high-end compacts such as the Pansonic LX5, Olympus XZ-1, or Canon S100... but keep in mind that the ZS7's 25-300 lens allows you to capture subjects and scenes that those cameras' lenses wouldn't be capable of capturing."
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"Nothing to complain at this point for such a wonderful compact camera."
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"As a prosumer photographer, what impresses me most about this compact is the quality of the lens, and Leica glass is hard to beat."
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"I did not want to lug my huge canon SLR and my small compact canon s450 just doesn't give the best picture quality."
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"Just so I don't give the impression that I'm gushing uncontrollably, I should also mention the things that I don't like:- I wish the quick menu was customizable (e. g. I'd like to be able to use it to change aspect ratio and set custom white balance)- I'm disappointed that zoom+scroll in review mode isn't any quicker than before- I really don't like losing the 'review' button (review 'mode' resets the lens after a couple of seconds, to frequently irritating effect)- auto-focus isn't noticeably faster (one of the big general down-sides of compacts, unfortunately)- there is the occasional encoding error when shooting videos, which Panasonic needs to fix in a firmware updateThose are pretty minor complaints, compared to all the great new features I'm enjoying."
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"This is a wonderful, compact camera that can be used very quickly! "
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"The ZS7 is still the all around best compact long zoom out there, for my needs."
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"It has done an excellent job producing really good images, the best I've seen from compact or sub-compact cameras."
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"I'd highly recommend this compact camera to any casual user."
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"It is also compact and easy to store."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"I got so frustrated with the negative reviews from people who were too lazy to do so, and then returned the camera after a few days, or had complained because they had unrealistic expectations and were comparing it to their DSLR."
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"Had this camera for two years now, the quality is great, people would ask me what type of DSLR I was using."
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"I have my dslr but like to have a point and shoot as it is easy to carry around."
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"My next camera will have to be DSLR if I want to be more satisfied than with this one."
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"Anybody planning a trip deep into the amazon rain forest and who wants the best photos he can get IS going to buy a DSLR, no matter what nice little tweaks he can get on a pocket portable."
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"This is a great camera for times when a full size DSLR is too much weight to carry."
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Design

Design:
"The 2nd main reason for not keeping Canon-The weird...or lack of ergonomic design, which one can get used to with practice."
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"The bad news is the software is worst user designed interface I have used."
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"Good colors, good image quality for this sensor size and price range, and many nice features in a well designed camera make these true gems."
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"It's quite easy to use - like other reviewers, my only quibble with the design is that it's easy to inadvertently press the video button."
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"Thus, I carefully researches (as I normally do with all my shopping)for a light weight point and shoot camera that can zoom (optically) adequately without loss of image quality, compact design, AVCHD capability, sharp focus and good low light performance."
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"If I had written this review after a few months I would have given it an excellent rating too, but there's a major design flaw that doesn't make itself apparent until a lot of use."
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"They had a great design and they changed it - not for the better in my opinion."
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Distance

Distance:
"This is also a problem when traveling shorter distances as well."
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"Worth price and also it can't take some really great distance shots."
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"this thing was great for long distance shooting, small, fits in pocket."
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"At night, the flash is adequate for distances out to 15 feet."
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"This is also a problem when traveling shorter distances as well."
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"I also need a high 12.1 MP because I like to crop pictures, image stabilization to compensate for movement, and a high 12X optical zoom so I can nice pictures from a distance."
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Dust

Dust:
"These cameras have serious problems with sensor dust"
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"My attempts to open the camera and remove the dust ended in the camera becoming inoperable."
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"After I went to a trip with the ill-fated Camera, the problem returned again (seems to be extremely sensitive to dust and humidity)."
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"finally checked web and it turned out that the camera is dirty on the inside, with dust on the sensor."
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"Other than that, this was the best camera I could find in this price range but the dust problem is unacceptable."
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"The biggest problem I am having with it is that it seems to have a HUGE problem with dust!"
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"When I look past the first lens I see a nice buildup of dust appearing on the second lens."
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"It was a good camera for a couple of years, then dust began accumulating behind the lenses."
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"Other than that, this was the best camera I could find in this price range but the dust problem is unacceptable."
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"Another camera flaw comes from large lenses diameter, which results in longer circumference of lens mechanism and a greater chance of sand and dust getting into the camera through lenses."
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"I've carried other cameras in my pocket for years without any problems due to dust particles getting into the lens assembly."
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Fit

Fit:
"Hard to find a camera case, but there are some out there that would fit."
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"I ended up by ordering another one...Having internal memory that can fit just 2 images is ridiculous."
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"While not tiny, it easily fits in a pocket without bulging."
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"When I got the camera I saw immediately that the HDMI port was TINY and in no way could a mini HDMI fit into it so called them, they knew NOTHING about this problem but suggested I call their parts suppliers and ask for a part # they gave me, they provided 2 phone numbers (samsung-parts and J & J International)."
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"I had Kodak's that the photos were goods and it fit in my pockets but not the great zoom I wanted, and I had to carry around two cameras."
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"Fits in a breast pocket, fast to power up, good focus, color and details."
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"this thing was great for long distance shooting, small, fits in pocket."
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"The size is perfect for taking with you, and the camera fits well in your hand."
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"Fits in her purse, easy to use and takes great pictures."
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"Both either fit quite comfortably in a shirt pocket or a jeans pocket."
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Flash

Flash:
"The zoom is way slow on the video setting and the mist annoying thin is it doesn't have an automatic flash."
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"The flash is one of the worst I have seen, many times I just turn the flash completely off and get better results then with it on."
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"As has been noted elsewhere, the F300EXR flash pops up and stays up whenever the power is on, and unfortunately, it is right win the spot where you are most likely to rest your left index finger."
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"The flash is weak, range is a about 5' but useable for flash fill."
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"But when the flash is enabled the pics look great."
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"This would be my perfect camera except for the fact that the flash is unuseable for over 6 ft (2 m)."
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"I think most average users would be better off with the smaller Elph 310 without the pop-up flash which has excellent image quality for the size of the camera."
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"Tons of flexibility for Advanced Users with Aperture Shutter Speed and ISO priority available.3) Indoor Flash: Doesn't have the annoying pop-up flash yet still takes good, well-exposed balanced indoor flash photos.4) Good ergonomics5) Video: Although it's 720P and not 1080, 720 is more than adequate for home movies."
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Focus

Focus:
": 28923597 (number given by the panasonic service)Camera Error: System Error (Focus)CAMERA'S PURCHASE INFORMATION."
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"Price: $ 249.95 USD.2) Request for warranty to PANASONIC (Telephonically, JANUARY 29 DE 2013):The Camera failed again for the same focus problem at January 2013 PANASONIC CALL ( 18002117262, talk to Mr. Jose, who gave me the SERVICE IN SPANISH) AND SAY NO WARRANTY EVEN WHEN THE PROBLEM IT IS THE SAME THAT THE CAMERA HAS BEFORE."
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"I got Panasonic to replace it with a refurb camera but only after repeated phone calls and some bitching, and now 8 months after they sent me the replacement, it too has stopped working with the same system focus error message."
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"It one day decided to give Zoom Error or Focus errors and when it did boot up everything was fuzzy."
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"I have not used the camera very much, but recently I received a Focus Error message Turn off Camera and Turn On Again."
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"System Error (Focus) Too bad, I loved this camera for the the brief time it was working properly."
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"My favorite feature is how easy the focus and its depth is to manipulate without having to mess with any settings."
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"Fits in a breast pocket, fast to power up, good focus, color and details."
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"More importantly, you can zoom while taking video and it focuses well while you do it and you don't hear the zoom motor in the video like you do on so many other cameras."
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"The automatic focus tracking feature is pretty amazing."
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"The autofocus works beautifully and can be manipulated to some degree; the fast-reacting live view LCD screen works as a highly accurate viewfinder; the LCD is bright, detailed, and 3x the size of the old one; and I bought 2 spare batteries."
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Image

Image:
"Just be careful when zooming in during filming because the image stabilization, as with most cameras, isn't very effective when zoomed."
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"Usually I take super crappy pics and NO a cell phone isn't a replacement for a true camera."
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"Too bad because I really liked the camera before the black dots ruined every single photo - its a crap shoot - if you're lucky you either won't have any issues with the seal or you will have it when you take the camera out of the box - not after actually using it."
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"Still images: - produces photos taken in sunlight with auto WB that have a pronounced yellowish cast (probably resultig from poor auto WB controls) - non-moving images the focus is good and sharp - moving images are frequently out of focus because of the shutter lag in shooting - tends to over-expose photos 0.3-0.7 f stops (you can set the exposure offset to compensate for this BUT the setting is lost every time you power down - it appears to not save any of the menu system settings when you turn the camera off) Video - zoom function does not work (digital zoom off) after you've started a recording, before pressing start it does work - quality is OK at minimum zoom settng but not as good as the DMC-ZS7 or DMC-ZS10 - using the digital zoom function produced very poor quality video Sony DSC-HX7V Still images: - produces the worst photos of any of the GPS cameras - the white balance is never correct and there is no easy way to correct this in the camera - the sensor has very high contrast and this cannot be adjusted in the camera - the exposure settings choose to grossly overexpose images, even with a manual offset of -1.3 f stops the pictures still had overexposure issues due to the sensor's high contrast Video: - the videos are OK at the higher resolution settings though the colors are muted - the zoom function works in the video mode - the camera has a very good macro capability"
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"An expensive camera capable of stellar image quality doesn't do you any good if it's so big and heavy that you never want to bring it with you."
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"The quality of still images isn't as good as what you'd get from high-end compacts such as the Pansonic LX5, Olympus XZ-1, or Canon S100... but keep in mind that the ZS7's 25-300 lens allows you to capture subjects and scenes that those cameras' lenses wouldn't be capable of capturing."
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"But when the flash is enabled the pics look great."
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"Good colors, good image quality for this sensor size and price range, and many nice features in a well designed camera make these true gems."
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"It is the perfect size for my pocket to take anywhere I go and is the better option to take excellent pics with other than my cellphone."
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"The 12.1 megapixels are great if you want to blow up your photo and make a great 8x10 picture suitable for framing."
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"Great pics for the $$.....not a tough as my Olympus."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"There several problems that I found with indoor and other low-light shooting, at low ISO setting the exposure takes too long, unless subject is completely stationary, the pictures come out smudged."
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"- It uses a Leica lens and has the same guts as the V-LUX 20.Now the only con, but a deabreaker:- The indoor pictures are horrible."
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"Also in some cases camera gets confused which lighting mode to use for indoor shots (incandescent light or other), and takes pictures with over-saturated yellow orange color."
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"The only drawback I found is the indoor pictures quality but for that I mostly use my DSLR."
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"I am personally a little disappointed in the images it takes indoors."
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")- turning flash off (or on) is easy- self-timer is easy and fun- has lots of scene modes- has lots of settings on the dial and in the menu- small enough for larger pockets- shoots good video, including zoomCons- indoor photos aren't great - playing around with settings helps, but different indoor lighting requires different settings- focus has been frustrating when trying to capture things like insects, a portion of a design, even people, at times - did not find help with Macro mode- software doesn't work on my Mac (VLC will play the AVCHD movies)- no viewfinderFYI, recording can be in Motion JPEG format instead of AVCHD."
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"I recommend this camera is for indoor use only!"
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"The included battery still holds charge, takes great outdoor photos, and decent indoor."
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"Tons of flexibility for Advanced Users with Aperture Shutter Speed and ISO priority available.3) Indoor Flash: Doesn't have the annoying pop-up flash yet still takes good, well-exposed balanced indoor flash photos.4) Good ergonomics5) Video: Although it's 720P and not 1080, 720 is more than adequate for home movies."
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"This camera takes pretty good quality pictures in both indoor and outdoor settings."
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"The video is crystal clear and the sound indoors is very good."
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Lens

Lens:
"Ugh, this lens mechanism is faulty."
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"However the mechanism that covers the lens is very flimsy and can easily be pushed in touching plastic directly to the glass, in my case there was a piece of something in there and it scratched the glass element of the lens while it was in my pocket."
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"I've since used a strong vacuum suction on the lens casing, which appears to have corrected the problem."
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"The problem was that grit entered the lens mechanism."
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"They call me back saying they nullified my warranty because of evidence of damage --a nick on the corner of the camera and some wear on the lens ring."
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"You'll also be pampered with almost foolproof automation and excellent image quality, and you can develop more sophisticated photography skills at your own pace with manual, shutter priority and aperture priority modes.=== Sept. 10, 2011 - UpdateSome good things about this camera came to light as I used it, and some not so good:+ The camera's Leica lens has incredibly low distortion and flare, even at the widest angle and aperture."
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"In any case, you have a fairly wide angle lens and decent zoom meaning you can compose and shoot in a wide variety of situations."
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"Very good lens."
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"These have been replaced with newer models, however the lense quality is superb, and all the features work very well."
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"When I look past the first lens I see a nice buildup of dust appearing on the second lens."
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Level

Level:
"Whenever the ducks and geese got really quiet and when the traffic noise from the nearby major arterial subsided, and when there were no planes overhead, in short when things got mostly quiet, the F300EXR apparently invoked some sort of demented auto level adjustment algorithm that causes the recording to go dead quiet, at least until the actual sound you are recording picks up a bit again."
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"After looking at entry level point and shoot (which are junk in my opinion) and some micro 4 3 cameras, I decided to settle in the middle of the two and get the Panasonic ZS7."
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"Low level light shots are the worst I have seen short of camera phones and IPOD touch camera."
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"The above proposed recipe is most effective for the last category - it will give you the sharpest pictures with no low-contrast areas smeared by the strong noise reduction and on the other hand the higher level of noise will be effectively hidden by the complex image structure."
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"Done test shot comparisons and balanced pixel level analysis with overall features, ergonomics, and ease of use."
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"tested indoor with maximum zoom level, I was able to get very sharp pictures."
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"Certainly not anywhere near the same level as the professional HD video shot for TV or movies, but good enough for a non-specialized camera."
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"Image quality is best at the lower ISO levels."
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"With this camera I stood at ground level at the beach and was able to max out the zoom to see and take a great picture of my wife on a 10th floor balcony waving, the I captured her from head to toe."
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Light

Light:
"It is not a great camera if you are looking to do low light photography but then this one is not meant to be for low lights ..."
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"Worked well, not the greatest in low light, but it worked well for my needs."
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"You'll also be pampered with almost foolproof automation and excellent image quality, and you can develop more sophisticated photography skills at your own pace with manual, shutter priority and aperture priority modes.=== Sept. 10, 2011 - UpdateSome good things about this camera came to light as I used it, and some not so good:+ The camera's Leica lens has incredibly low distortion and flare, even at the widest angle and aperture."
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"While it doesn't take the best pictures under low light conditions, it does quite well in all other settings."
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"The only negative in the image quality is under low light conditions, where it will always use the night setting on intelligent mode and give a very grainy and low quality picture."
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"As with many cameras in this category, the small sensor does not lend itself to the best low light photography."
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"The light sensitivity is also good."
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"I loved the 12x optical zoom and thought picture quality was very good when shooting in good light."
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"This would be my runner up to the SX230 though and if you can get past the slowness and higher price, this may be the best choice for the casual point-and-shoot user that wants a powerful camera with lots of features and good low light without flash performance."
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"Slow moving good light are excellent."
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"This pocket camera is perfection in good light, but suffers high noise at low-light indoor shots...Regards,Marc"
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Metal

Metal:
"There are, however, a few drawbacks to be aware of:- the metal camera body is untextured and very slick and easy to drop, and so using the hand strap is a must;- in bright sunlight on a beach or snow-cover, it's literally impossible to see what is on the display screen in order to focus on or even see what you're trying to take a picture of (this is my first and only camera with a display screen, and this problem might be inherent in all cameras with a display screen);- it can be very disconcerting taking pictures at night, especially at a parade or other event with moving objects, as every time you move the camera every light source will smear and leave a bright, jagged trail across the display screen until you momentarily hold the camera stationary again (and this, too, might just be the nature of the beast for all display screens."
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"There are, however, a few drawbacks to be aware of:- the metal camera body is untextured and very slick and easy to drop, and so using the hand strap is a must;- in bright sunlight on a beach or snow-cover, it's literally impossible to see what is on the display screen in order to focus on or even see what you're trying to take a picture of (this is my first and only camera with a display screen, and this problem might be inherent in all cameras with a display screen);- it can be very disconcerting taking pictures at night, especially at a parade or other event with moving objects, as every time you move the camera every light source will smear and leave a bright, jagged trail across the display screen until you momentarily hold the camera stationary again (and this, too, might just be the nature of the beast for all display screens."
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"It's small and fits nicely into shirt & pant pockets, has mostly metal quality construction and feels solid; the zoom feature is great, smooth and quiet and works in movie mode but more than anything, IT TAKES GREAT QUALITY PICTURES IN AUTO MODE and very nice 720P movies."
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"Metal body which feels solid, sturdy, and well built."
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"The quality of construction is very good; a metal tripod mount is something you rarely see on a P&S."
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"It has enough zoom for me, a metal case, and first of all a great Leica lense."
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Noise

Noise:
"Too bad the photos are full of digital noise and are inconsistent."
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"- Video quality is great but the windy noise is annoying."
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"But some other videos I did a couple days ago have a very audible and annoying clicking noise in them throughout.4."
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"However, given that I was getting unacceptable noise starting at 400, and it was difficult to shoot indoors at under 400, I didn't get much better results in that mode."
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"It would be nice to have a more powerful flash and nice if you could shoot in lower light with less noise without flash and it would be nice if it had a 20X optical zoom and a faster lens but for what it is its an incredible piece of engineering."
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"In addition, I have been enjoying these lovely enhancements:- image quality is improved along every axis:-> noise: in addition to generally lower noise levels, 'noise reduction' can now be turned OFF and the overall improvements to image quality are fantastic - the ugly 'grunge' in the pixel noise that the TZ1 had was probably its single worst feature, and that is now completely gone."
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"Here's a breakdown what I like about it and why I didn't buy some of the other popular latest models:1) Image Quality: Excellent white balance, color accuracy, and most importantly best balance between noise reduction and detail preservation."
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"I would have gone with an HX9V if it was faster with a little less noise reduction, this would easily be the hands down winner for me."
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"This pocket camera is perfection in good light, but suffers high noise at low-light indoor shots...Regards,Marc"
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"It's a good thing because I tend to underexpose, which can exacerbate noise."
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"Here's my quick breakdown for the ZS7:Pros:----Affordable price range12 megapixel with high density pixel rating12x optical zoom with 3x added digital = 15x total zoomMinimal motor noise for zoom (good for video recording)Full time autofocus for video even when zoomingGreat low light shooting capability and even long shutter option in manual modeManual function option like dSLR (Aperture, Shutter and Manual modes)Compact design and aluminum casing all aroundNice bright 3 LCDIntuitive menu structureLeica LensWith enough SD card size, can become camcorder replacementAVCHD and rolling JPG option for Video (shoots 720p) looks amazing on 1080p TV with HDMIHDMI output using mini HDMI portGPS featureMade In JapanCons:-----Short Battery life when video is used oftenLCD screen seems to scratch easily (investment in protective pouch bag mandatory)No bag case providedBattery must be charged via charging base (via socket)CD comes with horrible photo editing softwareNo video editing software for AVCHD formatOverall a great camera that is hard to beat in terms of price, quality, features and performance."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"the outdoor sound with wind is not great but that is the only complaint i could ever have."
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"I am thinking of selling my Canon dSLR because this little camera takes such awesome shots...Here is what I LOVE about this camera:- 720p recording with stereo sound- Insane 14x zoom- GPS tagging shows on a map in my iPhoto where the photo was taken- Durable weight and feel, I feel like I am holding something strong and solid in my hand- Amazing outdoor photo qualityHere is what I DON'T LOVE (But can live with) about this camera:- GPS is slow to acquire position, so if you whip it out for a quick shot it won't have time to find out where you are- Indoor flash photography isn't amazing."
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"Had this camera on numerous backpacking outdoor trips and it's held up great for over 4 years."
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"The included battery still holds charge, takes great outdoor photos, and decent indoor."
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"This camera takes pretty good quality pictures in both indoor and outdoor settings."
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"the outdoor sound with wind is not great but that is the only complaint i could ever have."
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"Since then I take pictures indoor and outdoor using iA setting and the picture just came out great every time."
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Photo

Photo:
"THIS CAMERA WAS A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MY DAUGHTER IN 2010, MY SON ALSO we had given a Panasonic IN 2007, with similar features, but a previous model (TZ3) PURCHASED IN NEW YORK, AT A VACATIONAL TRIP AT 2007, AND THE CAMERA ALSO FAILED IN 2012, MAKING BLUR AND RED PHOTOS WITH Streaks."
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"There is something about the color processing on this camera that makes the photos of people look terrible, compared to a Cannon."
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"Still images: - produces photos taken in sunlight with auto WB that have a pronounced yellowish cast (probably resultig from poor auto WB controls) - non-moving images the focus is good and sharp - moving images are frequently out of focus because of the shutter lag in shooting - tends to over-expose photos 0.3-0.7 f stops (you can set the exposure offset to compensate for this BUT the setting is lost every time you power down - it appears to not save any of the menu system settings when you turn the camera off) Video - zoom function does not work (digital zoom off) after you've started a recording, before pressing start it does work - quality is OK at minimum zoom settng but not as good as the DMC-ZS7 or DMC-ZS10 - using the digital zoom function produced very poor quality video Sony DSC-HX7V Still images: - produces the worst photos of any of the GPS cameras - the white balance is never correct and there is no easy way to correct this in the camera - the sensor has very high contrast and this cannot be adjusted in the camera - the exposure settings choose to grossly overexpose images, even with a manual offset of -1.3 f stops the pictures still had overexposure issues due to the sensor's high contrast Video: - the videos are OK at the higher resolution settings though the colors are muted - the zoom function works in the video mode - the camera has a very good macro capability"
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"When we got back, I was pretty disappointed with how many of the photos seemed to have some degree of blurring (yes, I wait until the viewfinder goes green before tripping the shutter)."
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"My biggest cons of this camera:-IA (intelligent auto) does not select best shooting mode-Panasonic removed the normal shooting mode-pre-shutter delay (slow to take the picture) is ridiculously slow-flash is really in a poor spot as it is by your hand grip-battery life (worst battery life out of all the cameras I have owned)Needless to say, after less than a year and I cannot even count how many ruined photos due to this camera, I am searching for another point and shoot that will actually be worth the money spent on it! "
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"I must say the video is excellent, but the quality of still photos is very inconsistent."
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"It's a reasonably priced camera that combines the best options for both photos and videos and with a little practice is a great tool."
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"With a little familiarization with the camera and its icons you will be taking great photos in no time."
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"I've had the ZS7 for about 3 years now and am still amazed by the quality of my photos."
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"So, after taking thousands of photos, I continue to use and enjoy this camera tremendously."
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"For being a point and shoot it takes great photos."
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Photography

Photography:
"It is not a great camera if you are looking to do low light photography but then this one is not meant to be for low lights ..."
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"My only complaint is that annoying shutter delay that plagues digital photography, but even that is better than most."
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"As with many cameras in this category, the small sensor does not lend itself to the best low light photography."
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"I wouldn't recommend this camera to anyone who has an inkling about photography."
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"This replaced my Canon camera A620 that took great shots but macro photography was lacking not good since it was only 4x optical zoom."
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"I am thinking of selling my Canon dSLR because this little camera takes such awesome shots...Here is what I LOVE about this camera:- 720p recording with stereo sound- Insane 14x zoom- GPS tagging shows on a map in my iPhoto where the photo was taken- Durable weight and feel, I feel like I am holding something strong and solid in my hand- Amazing outdoor photo qualityHere is what I DON'T LOVE (But can live with) about this camera:- GPS is slow to acquire position, so if you whip it out for a quick shot it won't have time to find out where you are- Indoor flash photography isn't amazing."
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"All in all, if you want a camera that will take you a long way in learning photography, I would recommend this camera above a low-cost, entry-level D-SLR."
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"I have dabbled in photography on and off my whole life so I love this camera and all the features and freedom it gives you for a point and shoot."
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"The macro function (AF macro) is very good and would be excellent for technical photography because there is very little distortion or softness in the images (but avoid the 'macro zoom function' - see cons below)."
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"There is a built-in high-dynamic range (HDR) mode that works really nice and makes amazing B&W photos if you are interested in artsy photography."
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"5.-Panasonic Zs7 video part and canon s95 photography part, it will be the most amazing camera ,two in one!"
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Power

Power:
"As has been noted elsewhere, the F300EXR flash pops up and stays up whenever the power is on, and unfortunately, it is right win the spot where you are most likely to rest your left index finger."
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"2) I am still not happy that I cannot hook up to AC Power with it."
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"Power image stabilization on this camera fixed that problem."
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"There's nothing more frustrating than running out of battery power at a critical time."
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"The only failing is the GPS's thirst for battery power."
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"Well almost 5 years later it has, it won't power on now."
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"Fits in a breast pocket, fast to power up, good focus, color and details."
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"Anyway, the pop-up flash on the F300EXR is not really annoying, just a bit surprising sometime when you power on and feel a little pushing up under your left index finger."
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"Be sure and get an extra battery the 3 monitor uses a bit more power, but it's also very easy to see and compose shots."
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"PS - I would very highly recommend the Digital Matrex Lumix POWER KIT as an additional purchase when you get your camera."
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Quality

Quality:
"Still images: - produces photos taken in sunlight with auto WB that have a pronounced yellowish cast (probably resultig from poor auto WB controls) - non-moving images the focus is good and sharp - moving images are frequently out of focus because of the shutter lag in shooting - tends to over-expose photos 0.3-0.7 f stops (you can set the exposure offset to compensate for this BUT the setting is lost every time you power down - it appears to not save any of the menu system settings when you turn the camera off) Video - zoom function does not work (digital zoom off) after you've started a recording, before pressing start it does work - quality is OK at minimum zoom settng but not as good as the DMC-ZS7 or DMC-ZS10 - using the digital zoom function produced very poor quality video Sony DSC-HX7V Still images: - produces the worst photos of any of the GPS cameras - the white balance is never correct and there is no easy way to correct this in the camera - the sensor has very high contrast and this cannot be adjusted in the camera - the exposure settings choose to grossly overexpose images, even with a manual offset of -1.3 f stops the pictures still had overexposure issues due to the sensor's high contrast Video: - the videos are OK at the higher resolution settings though the colors are muted - the zoom function works in the video mode - the camera has a very good macro capability"
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"The other options tested so far provided these results: Nikon P6000 - accurate GPS, fairly quick satellite lock after an initial lock-on in the area, good quality pictures, and mediocre video quality at best."
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"An expensive camera capable of stellar image quality doesn't do you any good if it's so big and heavy that you never want to bring it with you."
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"The quality of still images isn't as good as what you'd get from high-end compacts such as the Pansonic LX5, Olympus XZ-1, or Canon S100... but keep in mind that the ZS7's 25-300 lens allows you to capture subjects and scenes that those cameras' lenses wouldn't be capable of capturing."
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"I must say the video is excellent, but the quality of still photos is very inconsistent."
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"Nice picture quality and video capability recommended"
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"Good colors, good image quality for this sensor size and price range, and many nice features in a well designed camera make these true gems."
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"Simple to use and good picture quality."
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"Picture quality is excellent and clear."
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"These have been replaced with newer models, however the lense quality is superb, and all the features work very well."
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Quick

Quick:
"The other options tested so far provided these results: Nikon P6000 - accurate GPS, fairly quick satellite lock after an initial lock-on in the area, good quality pictures, and mediocre video quality at best."
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"* Responsiveness: Quick to start up and be ready for use; easy to switch modes and make adjustments; and most important, a short shutter lag (the delay between pressing the button and capturing the image)."
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"I really like the quick startup, the battery life is adequate, if you have a rechargeable battery you need to get a back up regardless of the battery life so just step up and get one."
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"I especially like the high speed setting (max resolution of 3 MP) which makes catching that quick shot very easy."
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"For a pocket size camera, I believe this one is the best for its optical zoom., quick shutter speed, and easy menu."
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SLR

SLR:
"Not an SLR, but perfect for an active grandma who likes to post on Facebook."
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"I own a Nikon D300 which I love and read that this camera was the closest point and shoot to an SLR, I would hate to see what the others are like."
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"The picture quality is excellent but not as good as a Digital SLR."
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"I will echo another reviewer here who stated that if you are a current digital SLR camera owner, then you probably will be disappointed with this camera."
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"If you have been using an SLR, you will probably be disappointed with the Lumix."
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"I did a lot of research before purchasing this camera, I already own an SLR but wanted something easier to travel with."
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"I would recommend it to anyone who wants good quality pictures without going to an SLR."
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"(If you wish to see a sample of the work I do with this camera... [...])I highly recommend this camera to an average photographer, or to a pro, that understands that this camera will not give you the quality of an SLR, but is a spectacular value for the money!"
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"I always liked the SLR for this reason especially because it gave you a precise preview of your shot."
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"Just came back from my first trip with this camera, these are my conclusions:When there is plenty of light, I think the quality of outdoor photos taken with this camera is OK, a notch below what I'd get with SLR, but it's a reasonable trade off for compactness and inexpensiveness of this camera."
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Screen

Screen:
"There are, however, a few drawbacks to be aware of:- the metal camera body is untextured and very slick and easy to drop, and so using the hand strap is a must;- in bright sunlight on a beach or snow-cover, it's literally impossible to see what is on the display screen in order to focus on or even see what you're trying to take a picture of (this is my first and only camera with a display screen, and this problem might be inherent in all cameras with a display screen);- it can be very disconcerting taking pictures at night, especially at a parade or other event with moving objects, as every time you move the camera every light source will smear and leave a bright, jagged trail across the display screen until you momentarily hold the camera stationary again (and this, too, might just be the nature of the beast for all display screens."
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"I don't think I'm getting just how to open up some of the menus yet as I've seen screens in the manual, (which I hate by the way), (very confusing because it refers to more than 1 camera)!"
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"I then received an error message on the camera screen stating there was an error and to restart the camera which did not resolve the issue."
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"the only thing I missed was an optical viewer besides the screen for bright light and composition, but that only happens in bulky cameras."
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"I am used to having a viewfinder on a camera, and find using the LCD screen only in bright light to be a bit of a challenge but not limiting."
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"No matter what, the non-touch screen Lumix cameras are truly fabulous."
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"The screen resolution is indeed really nice."
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"I cherished my 7 year old Canon A95 camera for its swing-out LCD screen, easy handling, image quality, manual options and standard AA battery power (I maintain a stash of low cost AA rechargeables)."
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"The autofocus works beautifully and can be manipulated to some degree; the fast-reacting live view LCD screen works as a highly accurate viewfinder; the LCD is bright, detailed, and 3x the size of the old one; and I bought 2 spare batteries."
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"The back screen is very easy on the eyes with its high pixel count, though I suspect very bright sunshine might or could be an issue."
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Service

Service:
": 28923597 (number given by the panasonic service)Camera Error: System Error (Focus)CAMERA'S PURCHASE INFORMATION."
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"Unfortunately, this product and the Panasonic customer service was a disappointment."
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"Perhaps this is why my greatest disappointment is not with the camera but with Panasonic Customer Service."
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"My biggest complaint has to do with Panasonic Service (or lack of service) when there is an issue."
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"Overall, I would NOT recommend this company to anyone based upon their service response."
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"great customer service, item as described"
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"Excellent camera and excellent service."
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"Over all satisfy, GPS is an over kill, Very pleased with the Amazon services but surprised to have to pay US taxes being a resident of Canada"
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"The process was not hard at all and I think they have great customer service."
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"Although I got it fifty bucks discount coupon I returned my camera, amazon has good customer service though."
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Setting

Setting:
"The zoom is way slow on the video setting and the mist annoying thin is it doesn't have an automatic flash."
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"Of all the scenes I took pictures in, the only setting that the ZS-7 was not well equipped to handle was night-scenery."
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"That said, the Intelligent Automatic setting is almost scary when you realize how many things it takes into account before taking the picture."
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"Gone is the VIVID color setting from the older model which is sorely missed on the new model."
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"Especially in low light settings the photos are horrible and grainy, comparable to performance of camera attached to my cell phone."
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"My biggest complaint is that the IA setting (the intelligent auto) is SOOOOOOO slow."
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"It is a great camera, with a good zoom, 3.0-inch LCD display with excellent resolution , built-in GPS receiver, a good wide-angle setting (25mm), can record movies in HD (720p), and a lot more !"
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"Nearly everything about it from the manual settings to the zoom and GPS is great."
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"Casual users can put it in iA (Intelligent Auto) and not mess with settings and it takes great photos in a variety of situations."
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"I use the auto setting for most of my shots, and it seems to do a pretty decent job in most situations."
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"This camera takes pretty good quality pictures in both indoor and outdoor settings."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"A few pictures of apples taken with the food scene mode were outstanding, clear and sharp, but not all of the other pictures have been impressive."
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"It's very easy and fun to use, and with all it's features it readily takes good, sharp photographs."
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"When played they were documentary quality like you might view on HDTV filmed by a professional camera crew; really sharp, with excellent sound."
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"The colors are accurate, the pictures are sharp, the depth of field is wonderful."
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"Both cameras have nice 3.0 inch high-res LCDs, and both of those are sharp as a tack."
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"The good:It takes excellent, sharp photos."
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Simple

Simple:
"Panasonic has a simple solution for the problem--remove the battery from the camera every time you're done shooting."
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"Overall I would recommend this camera to a novice user as well as a more seasoned user....it works well for both and is fairly simple to figure out for the novice."
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"Simple to use and good picture quality."
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"For a fairly simple point and shoot, this has taken wonderful pictures that everyone has been happy with."
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"It makes the best photos I have made with a simple point and shoot camera."
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"The auto functionality makes it simple to take great quality photos."
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Size

Size:
"I bought a Lowe Rezo 50 padded case instead of the smaller 30 which some complained of the 30 being too small."
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"This is without any doubt the best camera in the 'small camera class'."
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"As with many cameras in this category, the small sensor does not lend itself to the best low light photography."
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"The only real negative issue I have with this camera is the small size of the image sensor."
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"The size causes me a few minor problems but the big issue for me is that I like a view-finder, especially in strong sunlight."
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"Good colors, good image quality for this sensor size and price range, and many nice features in a well designed camera make these true gems."
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"It is the perfect size for my pocket to take anywhere I go and is the better option to take excellent pics with other than my cellphone."
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"this is a great quality camera in a small package."
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"We live in a beautiful area with lots of scenery and small wildlife so you never know when you will need to take a photo."
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"My husband hunts with our Setters and he loves the size of this camera to take with him."
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Sound

Sound:
"the outdoor sound with wind is not great but that is the only complaint i could ever have."
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"Whenever the ducks and geese got really quiet and when the traffic noise from the nearby major arterial subsided, and when there were no planes overhead, in short when things got mostly quiet, the F300EXR apparently invoked some sort of demented auto level adjustment algorithm that causes the recording to go dead quiet, at least until the actual sound you are recording picks up a bit again."
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"Takes me about 10 seconds to go from 1 to 16X - so its a bit slow.4) Sound is good (stereo mike and dolby digital recording)."
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"But they have crappy sound recording, and you can't zoom while recording."
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"unfortunately, it had one very annoying drawback......while zoooming during video recording, there was a very annoying sound."
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"It's nice to get full sound recordingI've used this camera on many travels and love it."
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"The video is crystal clear and the sound indoors is very good."
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"the outdoor sound with wind is not great but that is the only complaint i could ever have."
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"The stereo sound quality is excellent."
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"The quality (HD) is excellent, has great zooming capabilities (crystal clear at 12X zoom) and the sound is usually great (minimal distortion by things like loud bass)."
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Speed

Speed:
"Amazon tried to solve the problem, but not fast enough, unfortunately."
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"The zoom is way slow on the video setting and the mist annoying thin is it doesn't have an automatic flash."
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"To my eye, auto-focus, auto-exposure, and auto white balance on both cameras pretty much always produced acceptable results, however as I've said, I am old-school, and where auto with aperture priority on small cameras such as these, where you can't really get thin depth of field no matter what you do (because the lenses are just too tiny), seem like an entirely useless superfluous setting, I did feel the need to try auto with shutter priority on both cameras for various shots, just to keep the respective intelligent auto modes from mucking up the shot with excessively optimistic shutter speeds that wouldn't actually work in practice, especially handheld, towards the long ends of the zoom ranges."
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"Moving objects and fast panning don't look as good."
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"The optical zoom is what attracted me initially, my previous Kodak used a digital zoom but that degraded image quality - FAST."
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"I can't tell you how many moments I've missed because the camera was too slow."
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"Fits in a breast pocket, fast to power up, good focus, color and details."
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"Slow moving good light are excellent."
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"The pictures compared to my other camera ( iPhone 4S, cannon Powershot 560, Nikon 7000) are a touch on the soft side with good color matching and fast camera operation."
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"Focusing is fast and accurate and stabilization is excellent."
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"It's like the 8-speed transmission in expensive automobiles, which won't make your 5 or 6 speed any less efficient.4."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"Just be careful when zooming in during filming because the image stabilization, as with most cameras, isn't very effective when zoomed."
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"It had met expectations well; compact, nice zoom, image stabilization helped but wasn't perfect, controls, once you got used to them were fairly easy to navigate."
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"The image stabilization is not as good as my Nikon, but then again, it did not cost as much as my Nikon."
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"Even a 5x or 8x zoom is worthless without excellent image stabilization."
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"Power image stabilization on this camera fixed that problem."
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"I've owned my dark blue ZS7 for 2 months and overall it is great - stylish and sturdy body, great optics and electronics, but not so good sensor.+ Image stabilization works really well."
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"The image quality is excellent, the Image Stabilization works great and 12mp is plenty... more than my Nikon D200's 10mp which is also plenty of megapixels."
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"Plus the image stabilization is wonderful."
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"Focusing is fast and accurate and stabilization is excellent."
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"The picture quality is good, the stabilization system has improved compared to older models of Panasonic cameras I have had."
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"The zoom and stabilization are quite good."
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Travel

Travel:
"This is now an old model, but if you get a shot at one cheap and in good condition, it's a fine travel or carry-along camera."
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"I did a lot of research before purchasing this camera, I already own an SLR but wanted something easier to travel with."
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"It's nice to get full sound recordingI've used this camera on many travels and love it."
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"The internal GPS is fun, since I travel a bit."
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"But, all in all, I am very happy with this camera and think it could become my main travel camera."
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Value

Value:
"Great Camera, good value refurbished equipment shipping was as promised."
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"This camera is a great camera, excellent daytime photos and should be great value for money."
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"(If you wish to see a sample of the work I do with this camera... [...])I highly recommend this camera to an average photographer, or to a pro, that understands that this camera will not give you the quality of an SLR, but is a spectacular value for the money!"
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"A good value for the money."
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"Great value! "
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Video

Video:
"The zoom is way slow on the video setting and the mist annoying thin is it doesn't have an automatic flash."
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"Tons of flexibility for Advanced Users with Aperture Shutter Speed and ISO priority available.3) Indoor Flash: Doesn't have the annoying pop-up flash yet still takes good, well-exposed balanced indoor flash photos.4) Good ergonomics5) Video: Although it's 720P and not 1080, 720 is more than adequate for home movies."
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"The other options tested so far provided these results: Nikon P6000 - accurate GPS, fairly quick satellite lock after an initial lock-on in the area, good quality pictures, and mediocre video quality at best."
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").Oh, I don't do videos much--never remember--but it does a decent job of those, too."
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"The video format may not be the easiest to transfer between applications, but it is doable."
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"Nice picture quality and video capability recommended"
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"It's a reasonably priced camera that combines the best options for both photos and videos and with a little practice is a great tool."
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"The built in video camera works well too."
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"It is a great camera, with a good zoom, 3.0-inch LCD display with excellent resolution , built-in GPS receiver, a good wide-angle setting (25mm), can record movies in HD (720p), and a lot more !"
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"Photos and video were good and zoom worked great."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I think this is a low quality product and I can argue it because of the following situations:Before the expiration of the warranty, the camera failed and we had to sent it from COLOMBIA to USA IN ORDER TO MAKE EFFECTIVE OUR CAMERA WARRANTY AND THE CASE WAS REGISTER AT PANASONIC, LIKE THIS:1) warranty for PANASONIC request, before the first year:CAMERA'S PROBLEM INFORMATION."
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"Price: $ 249.95 USD.2) Request for warranty to PANASONIC (Telephonically, JANUARY 29 DE 2013):The Camera failed again for the same focus problem at January 2013 PANASONIC CALL ( 18002117262, talk to Mr. Jose, who gave me the SERVICE IN SPANISH) AND SAY NO WARRANTY EVEN WHEN THE PROBLEM IT IS THE SAME THAT THE CAMERA HAS BEFORE."
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"This is my third Panasonic Lumix camera and all three times the camera has broken shortly after the warranty expired Each time the cost of repair is close to the cost of buying a new camera."
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"I notified Panasonic when the first camera developed this problem, but, as it was out of warranty, they offered nothing more than an address to send the camera for repairs, which were almost as expensive as buying a new camera."
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"I notified them of the DMC-ZS7's problem today, but this camera is also out of warranty, so I have low expectations."
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"Well, the warranty ended after one year, so I need to take a screw driver to it."
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"I think this is a low quality product and I can argue it because of the following situations:Before the expiration of the warranty, the camera failed and we had to sent it from COLOMBIA to USA IN ORDER TO MAKE EFFECTIVE OUR CAMERA WARRANTY AND THE CASE WAS REGISTER AT PANASONIC, LIKE THIS:1) warranty for PANASONIC request, before the first year:CAMERA'S PROBLEM INFORMATION."
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"Panasonic took 2 weeks, several e-mails and phone calls to decide it was not there problem since it was now outside of the 30 day warranty from the ship date of the camera!"
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"The good people at Square Trade after-market warranty say that the Panasonics are definitely more reliable than the point-and-shoot competition, which is like being the one-eyed man in the land of the blind."
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Weight

Weight:
"Picture and video quality are superb, it's easy to use, lightweight and just plain fabulous."
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"But for lightweight, ease of use, batter life and good pictures it is a good buy."
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"It is lightweight, easy to carry and the rechargeable battery lasts a long time."
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"I highly recommend this camera as a lightweight companion."
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"I get a lightweight purse friendly camera that can zoom in for some incredible shots, and the camera is smart enough in the IA function to compensate for zooming in and getting the macro details even on zoom."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Just be careful when zooming in during filming because the image stabilization, as with most cameras, isn't very effective when zoomed."
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"It one day decided to give Zoom Error or Focus errors and when it did boot up everything was fuzzy."
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"Still images: - produces photos taken in sunlight with auto WB that have a pronounced yellowish cast (probably resultig from poor auto WB controls) - non-moving images the focus is good and sharp - moving images are frequently out of focus because of the shutter lag in shooting - tends to over-expose photos 0.3-0.7 f stops (you can set the exposure offset to compensate for this BUT the setting is lost every time you power down - it appears to not save any of the menu system settings when you turn the camera off) Video - zoom function does not work (digital zoom off) after you've started a recording, before pressing start it does work - quality is OK at minimum zoom settng but not as good as the DMC-ZS7 or DMC-ZS10 - using the digital zoom function produced very poor quality video Sony DSC-HX7V Still images: - produces the worst photos of any of the GPS cameras - the white balance is never correct and there is no easy way to correct this in the camera - the sensor has very high contrast and this cannot be adjusted in the camera - the exposure settings choose to grossly overexpose images, even with a manual offset of -1.3 f stops the pictures still had overexposure issues due to the sensor's high contrast Video: - the videos are OK at the higher resolution settings though the colors are muted - the zoom function works in the video mode - the camera has a very good macro capability"
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"It had met expectations well; compact, nice zoom, image stabilization helped but wasn't perfect, controls, once you got used to them were fairly easy to navigate."
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"Within 5 months of owning this camera I began to encounter problems with the zoom."
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"In any case, you have a fairly wide angle lens and decent zoom meaning you can compose and shoot in a wide variety of situations."
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"It is a great camera, with a good zoom, 3.0-inch LCD display with excellent resolution , built-in GPS receiver, a good wide-angle setting (25mm), can record movies in HD (720p), and a lot more !"
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"Photos and video were good and zoom worked great."
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"Several family members own the same camera...we all love the zoom, and pictures come out great."
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"Nearly everything about it from the manual settings to the zoom and GPS is great."
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