The Panasonic Lumix DMC FS7 is a point and shoot, pocket digital camera. It has 10 megapixels and a 4x zoom lens. The amount of zoom can be increased when shooting at lower resolutions to a maximum of 7.1x magnification.
Why Buy The Panasonic DMC FS7
First and foremost the Lumix DMC FS7 offers excellent value for money. It can cope with most photo opportunities and is also relatively easy to use. On top of this you will find a few extra features thrown in for the money.
97 x 54.4 x 21.7 mm
Image Quality - See Sample Images Below
Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light
Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom):
The high levels of contrast make this shot a difficult test for any compact digital camera. The Lumix DMC FS7 does very well in a number of key areas. To start with there is plenty of detail showing in the lightest areas of the picture. Colours are accurate with none of the purple tinge I am used to seeing on the blue lines of the boats. Finally the name on the boat on the left hand side of the photo is easy to make out with larger prints. This is impressive as it is in a shady area.
Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): Colours are strong in this shot with plenty of depth to the blue sky. With much of the scene distant focusing is a challenge, but the Lumix DMC FS7 manages to meet expectations.
Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): I am happy with the sharpness of this photo. Even as you move away from the centre of the shot the levels of detail remain impressive. Plenty of detail can be seen in the small tree towards the right hand side of the photo.
Outdoor 4 (Building): The level of sharpness in all my outdoor shots is above average. I also like the fact that focusing retains its sharpness as you move out towards the edges of the photos.
Although it is fair to say this is the easiest of my test shots I still like the result produced by the Lumix DMC FS7. By using the shady white balance setting I have produced a portrait showing warm colours. Focusing is sharp too.
Indoor Portrait with Flash: There are two main points I look out for when using flash indoors. The first is to make sure the lighting is even and bright enough without blowing away all colour. The second is that the colours retain a natural feel. I think the Lumix DMC FS7 does well on both counts.
Indoor Portrait without Flash: Here the camera manages to keep noise levels under control and bring out more detail in the shot than most cameras manage to do. As with any digital camera you still need a high level of natural light to get a photo without resorting to flash, but you should be able to take window light portraits.
Macro, Colours and Noise
Panasonic are one of the better brands for close up shots. The camera is able to focus from 5cm and brings out a high level of detail.
Colours: As with other cameras in this range colours are vivid. In my view they manage to stay within the boundaries and do not become overpowering. You should be able to shoot plenty of colourful scenic photos.
ISO 400 and ISO 1600: Whenever you push up the ISO rating there is a compromise in picture quality. This camera manages to keep colours true apart from in darker recesses.
Picture quality is impressive for a camera with this price tag. You would have to pay quite a bit more to see any significant increase in quality.
This is a fairly typical small, lightweight digital camera. It is available in black, silver, pink and green.
Shutter Lag Times
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time
Ease of Use
I have always found Panasonic digital cameras easy to use. The fact you can increase the size of the menu text can help to make it easier to read.
Points I Like
Picture quality - simple design - value for money
Where it Could Improve
Start up times could be a bit faster
The Panasonic Lumix DMC FS7 and other models in this part of the Panasonic range offer some of the best value around. As well as the headline features I like the little additions such as increasing the zoom available at lower resolutions and image stabilisation, as well as general ease of use.
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