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Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 Key Specs

Panasonic TS4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Launched January 2012
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT4
  • Replaced the Panasonic TS3
  • Replacement is Panasonic TS5
Panasonic ZS7
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 218g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Introduced July 2011
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ10
  • Renewed by Panasonic ZS8
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Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both sold by Panasonic. The resolution of the TS4 (12MP) and the ZS7 (12MP) is pretty comparable and they possess the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TS4 was released 7 months later than the ZS7 so they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a more detailed comparison, below is a simple view of how the TS4 grades vs the ZS7 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS4 over the Panasonic ZS7

 TS4 ZS7 
IntroducedJanuary 2012July 2011Fresher by 7 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS7 over the Panasonic TS4

 ZS7 TS4 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic TS4 and Panasonic ZS7

 TS4 ZS7 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera often, you should think about its weight and size. The Panasonic TS4 has exterior measurements of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") and a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS7 has specifications of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have at the time. Here is the front view size comparison of the TS4 vs the ZS7.

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the TS4 and ZS7 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing purely by seeing specifications. The visual underneath should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the TS4 and ZS7.

Plainly, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution so you can expect comparable quality of pictures though you may want to factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The newer TS4 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZS7 Portrait photography features
21
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
21
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic TS4
Street photography with Panasonic ZS7
61
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (218 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic TS4
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS7
38
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery (310 CIPA)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
28
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic TS4
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS7
66
good battery (310 shots)
environment proofing
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
63
lighter than competition in class (218 grams)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
no Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS4 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS7 as a Landscape photography camera
41
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
good battery (310 CIPA)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
38
pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS4 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS7 as a Vlogging camera
32
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
30
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (218g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic socket
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Panasonic TS4 vs Panasonic ZS7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS4 and Panasonic ZS7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Also called Lumix DMC-FT4 Lumix DMC-TZ10
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-01-31 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-128mm (4.6x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.60 m 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD Lite
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 197g (0.43 lbs) 218g (0.48 lbs)
Dimensions 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 310 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $399 $350