- 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
- Revealed July 2011
- Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ10
- Renewed by Panasonic ZS8
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic ZS7 overview
Panasonic ZS7 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially introduced on July of 2011. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is referred to as "Lumix DMC-TZ10" in some regions.
Panasonic released the newer Panasonic ZS8 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.
The ZS7 is ranked #217 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #969 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can test our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your custom criteria.
The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic ZS7 history
The Panasonic ZS7 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can view all past and current models as well as key features.
ZS7 vs ZS8024-720mm
ZS7 vs ZS7024-720mm
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ZS7 vs ZS5024-720mm
ZS7 vs ZS4524-480mm
ZS7 vs ZS3524-480mm
ZS7 vs ZS4024-720mm
ZS7 vs ZS2524-480mm
ZS7 vs ZS3024-480mm
ZS7 vs ZS1524-384mm
ZS7 vs ZS2024-480mm
ZS7 vs ZS824-384mm
ZS7 vs ZS1024-384mm
ZS7 vs ZS525-300mm
ZS7 vs ZR325-200mm
ZS7 vs ZR125-200mm
ZS7 vs ZS325-300mm
Panasonic ZS7 Gallery
You can look at the ZS7 from various angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic ZS7 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic ZS7 based on things which are oftentimes seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Panasonic ZS7 Sensor specs
The Panasonic ZS7 is powered by the Venus Engine HD II processor. The sensor measurement on the Panasonic ZS7 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved which means that you have less margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the ZS7's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The ZS7 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic ZS7 dimensions
Panasonic ZS7 weighs in at 0.48 pounds (218 grams or 7.69 ounces) and features exterior measurements of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Panasonic ZS7 is lighter as compared to other rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Down below is a picture of the Panasonic ZS7 next to a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the ZS7.
Panasonic ZS7 Lens details
The ZS7 has got a built-in lens offering a focal range of 25-300mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which isn't perfect nevertheless it is likely to be very helpful in some conditions.
At it's widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.3 making it fairly sluggish and not the best in low light events and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You could also have to increase your ISO setting leading to noisy photos. On the long end, 300mm is terrific zoom and comes with f4.9 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic ZS7 Connectivity
The ZS7 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer files and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
A few apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Panasonic ZS7 Video details
The highest video resolution on the Panasonic ZS7 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in AVCHD Lite file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should go for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means you have got absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to order a different model in case you want good audio in your videos.
Panasonic ZS7 Weather Sealing
Panasonic ZS7 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.
Panasonic ZS7 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic ZS7 includes a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 460k dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The View Finder details regarding Panasonic ZS7 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be rather helpful during sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.
Panasonic ZS7 Shutter details
Panasonic ZS7 is able to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Panasonic ZS7 Flash and Hot shoe details
Panasonic ZS7 has got just built in flash lacking external flash ability.
Panasonic ZS7 Autofocus details
Panasonic ZS7 has got only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.
The Sensor includes 11 focus points to choose from. Panasonic ZS7 does not have manual focus. Manual focus ability can be good during low light conditions or you need to have more exact focusing control.
Panasonic ZS7 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:
ZS7 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
ZS7 vs B500600 nonoyes
ZS7 vs L840590 noyesno
ZS7 vs FZ200540 yesnono
ZS7 vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Panasonic ZS7 for different styles of photography
The following illustration displays a analysis of the Panasonic ZS7 for different styles of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS7
The Panasonic ZS7 receives a points tally of 21 which is terrible, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the flexibility to work with external lighting.
Panasonic ZS7 as a Street photography camera
With a above average rating of 61, the Panasonic ZS7 is a good fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS7
A terrible sports photography points total of 28 suggests the Panasonic ZS7 is not really very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic ZS7 Travel photography factors
Portability is really critical when choosing a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic ZS7 gets a above average 63 as a travel camera which is a fine choice to buy for your travels.
Panasonic ZS7 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody who is planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic ZS7 at it's terrible rating of 38 as a landscape camera is not really very good compared to it's competitors.
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS7
A vlogging camera should come with a articulating screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic ZS7 is not really very good for vlogging as it comes to a terrible score of 30.
Panasonic ZS7 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the ZS7, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart down below will give you a summary of the ZS7 versus it's top scoring competitors shown previously.
Here are a few more cameras you may regard as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.