Panasonic SZ7

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
41
Overall
39

Panasonic SZ7 summary

Panasonic SZ7 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on January of 2012. The camera has got a 14MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The SZ7 is rated #49 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #732 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Panasonic SZ7 history

The Panasonic SZ7 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ10 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ10
SZ7 vs SZ10
24-288mm
F3.1-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ8 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ8
SZ7 vs SZ8
24-288mm
F3.1-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ3 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ3
SZ7 vs SZ3
25-250mm
F3.1-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ5 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ5
SZ7 vs SZ5
25-250mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ7 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ725-250mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-S2 front thumbnailPanasonic S2
SZ7 vs S2
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-SZ1 front thumbnailPanasonic SZ1
SZ7 vs SZ1
25-250mm
F3.1-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-S1 front thumbnailPanasonic S1
SZ7 vs S1
28-112mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-S3 front thumbnailPanasonic S3
SZ7 vs S3
28-112mm
F3.1-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2011

Panasonic SZ7 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic SZ7 based on aspects which are typically regarded as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
good zoom range (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
great minimum ISO (100)
has HDMI out
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (133g)
long zoom (250mm)
offers face detect focus
offers tracking focus
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3")
does not have headphone support
does not have mic support
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
manual exposure not available
manual focus not available
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Panasonic SZ7 Sensor info

The sensor spec in the Panasonic SZ7 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 14 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the SZ7's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The SZ7 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic SZ7 dimensions

Panasonic SZ7 weighs 0.29 lb (133g / 4.69 ounces) & has outside dimensions of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Panasonic SZ7 is less heavy when compared with other rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Panasonic SZ7 next to a soda so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the SZ7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 topview buttons dials

Panasonic SZ7 Lens info

The SZ7 includes a built in lens providing a focal range of 25-250mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which isn't exceptional nevertheless it might be very helpful in a few cases.

At the widest 25mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.1 and that's fairly slow and not very good for low light conditions and you might find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You would also need to boost the ISO producing noisy shots. On the tele end, 250mm is outstanding zoom and comes to f5.9 which is pretty slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic SZ7 Connectivity

The SZ7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer files and at times change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Panasonic SZ7 Video info

The highest possible video quality in the Panasonic SZ7 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance in video quality and file sizes but 1080p isn't going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone socket which means that you get no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to find a different model should you require better audio for your videos.

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Panasonic SZ7 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Panasonic SZ7 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.

Panasonic SZ7 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic SZ7 has got a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Panasonic SZ7 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are quite helpful.

Panasonic SZ7 Shutter info

Panasonic SZ7 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Panasonic SZ7 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic SZ7 features only inbuilt flash with no external flash support.

Panasonic SZ7 Autofocus info

Panasonic SZ7 features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detection which is useful for portraits.

It has got 23 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Panasonic SZ7 does not have manual focus. Manual focus is useful in low light scenarios or you need more accurate control on focus.

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Panasonic SZ7 Battery life

The battery life on the Panasonic SZ7 is made to last for 220 clicks as per the CIPA benchmarks which is about average when compared to it's competitors. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life in this type of cameras.

Here is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Panasonic SZ7 for different categories of photography

The following diagram gives a summary of the Panasonic SZ7 for different categories of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Panasonic SZ7 Portrait photography features

The Panasonic SZ7 receives a score of 34 which is bad, and means the camera is just not very good for portraits. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the option to use off-camera lighting.

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resolution is good (14 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Panasonic SZ7 as a Street photography camera

With a very good rating of 63, the Panasonic SZ7 is a very decent option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (133 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Panasonic SZ7 Sports photography info

A bad sports photography rating of 44 means the Panasonic SZ7 is just not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Panasonic SZ7 Travel photography info

Size is super critical when picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic SZ7 gets a above average 70 as a travelling camera which is a fine pick to take with you on your travels.

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lighter than competition (133g)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)

Panasonic SZ7 Landscape photography info

If you find yourself planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic SZ7 and it's bad score of 43 as a landscape camera is just not very good within the current marketplace.

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really wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Panasonic SZ7 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should really come with a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Panasonic SZ7 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a bad rating of 35.

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pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (133 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing microphone jack

Panasonic SZ7 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the SZ7, here is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph listed below provides you a summary of the SZ7 compared to it's top scored competitors listed earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To see a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2012-01-09
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW files
Max native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
23
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance
4cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.60 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
133g (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions
99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
220 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
One
Launch price
$199