Panasonic FS7

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 139g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27

Panasonic FS7 overview

Panasonic FS7 is Panasonic's Ultracompact camera first introduced on January of 2009. The camera features a 10MP, CCD 1/2.5" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The FS7 stands at #136 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1188 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Panasonic FS7 family

The Panasonic FS7 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS42 front thumbnailPanasonic FS42
FS7 vs FS42
33-132mm
F2.8-5.9
10MP1/2.5"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS7 front thumbnailPanasonic FS733-132mm
F2.8-5.9
10MP1/2.5"2009
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Panasonic FS7 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Panasonic FS7 based on aspects which are usually viewed as crucial in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI support
good min ISO (80)
has built in flash
in built zoom lens (33-132mm 4.0 x zoom)
can't use external flash
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic jack
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
lack of aperture priority mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10MP)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no manual focus
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
screen is small (2.7")
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
wide angle not great (33mm)
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Panasonic FS7 Sensor features

The sensor dimension in the Panasonic FS7 is 5.744mm x 4.308mm (1/2.5"). The 25 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and includes a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a maximum of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The image underneath displays the FS7's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The FS7 sensor comes with a crop factor of 6.3 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FS7 dimensions

Panasonic FS7 weighs about 0.31 lbs (139 gr / 4.90 oz) and the size of the camera is 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Panasonic FS7 is more heavy compared to other competitors.

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Here is a image of the Panasonic FS7 beside a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button design on the FS7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FS7 Lens features

The FS7 is equipped with a built in lens giving a focal range of 33-132mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be very good nevertheless it will definitely be helpful in a few conditions.

At it's widest 33mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 and that's really sluggish and not great in low light occasions and you will find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to increase your ISO setting which results in noisy photographs. With the long end, 132mm comes to f5.9 making it very sluggish and you may have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FS7 Connectivity

The FS7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and usually alter settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Panasonic FS7 Video features

The maximum video quality in the Panasonic FS7 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really try to get a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone port which means you get zero control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for another model if you require decent audio in your video clips.

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Panasonic FS7 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Panasonic FS7 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Panasonic FS7 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FS7 features a 2.7 inch fixed display with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 screen and viewfinder Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic FS7 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy for sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Panasonic FS7 Shutter features

Panasonic FS7 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic FS7 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic FS7 boasts just integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Panasonic FS7 Autofocusing features

Panasonic FS7 boasts only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & exact compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

It features 9 focus points to select from. Panasonic FS7 has not got manual focus. Manual focus ability is good for low light or you want more exact focus control.

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Panasonic FS7 Battery life

The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a collection of Ultracompact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

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Panasonic FS7 for various categories of photography

The following diagram displays a overview of the Panasonic FS7 for various categories of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FS7 Portrait photography highlights

The Panasonic FS7 receives a score of 20 which is low, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the potential to utilize external lighting.

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no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.5")
has no RAW files

Panasonic FS7 Street photography information

Having a modest score of 56, the Panasonic FS7 is relatively suitable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW format

Panasonic FS7 as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography score of 25 suggests the Panasonic FS7 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.5")
no phase detect AF

Panasonic FS7 Travel photography features

Portability is pretty crucial in choosing a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic FS7 gets a decent 51 for a travel camera which makes it relatively adequate to take with you on your vacations.

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has built in flash
no Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution low (10MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Panasonic FS7

When you are planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic FS7 and it's low score of 27 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable within the current market.

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image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.5")
does not have RAW format
no Timelapse recording

Panasonic FS7 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic FS7 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a low score of 25.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic jack

Panasonic FS7 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the FS7, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Ultracompact.

The chart here shows you a bird's eye view of the FS7 compared to it's highest rated rivals shown earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7
Category
Ultracompact
Launched
2009-01-16
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.5"
Sensor dimensions
5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor area
24.7mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW images
Max native ISO
1600
Max boosted ISO
6400
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
33-132mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
6.3
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7"
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
640x480
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
139 grams (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions
97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
One
Retail price
$160