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Panasonic Lumix SZ7 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom (Black)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-SZ7K
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: MOS
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 9 x 2.4 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00728Z9JA
  • Item model number: DMC-SZ7K
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Lumix DMC-SZ7, a part of the Lumix SZ-Series of digital cameras combines a powerful 10x optical zoom with a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, in a slim and compact body, making it extremely portable and easy to carry. The Lumix SZ7 has 14.1 megapixels and can also shoot full-High Definition, 1920 x 1080 60i videos and with Light Speed AF, it has a super-fast focus response time of approximately 0.1 second – making it easy to capture spontaneous must-have photos.

Panasonic Lumix SZ7 Highlights

Shooting Modes
The Lumix SZ7 features two new shooting modes – Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot. In Miniature Effect mode, the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to make the picture like a diorama. Video recorded in Miniature Effect mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding, making it comical and fun to watch*1. Panorama Shot makes it possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking consecutive shots and then overlaying the photos for the effect of a panoramic photo. Furthermore, the Lumix SZ7 feature Creative Retouch which includes six filters -Toy Effect, Soft Focus Dynamic Monochrome, Expressive, High Key and Retro, each of which give the photo a more artistic look. This camera also features an Auto Retouch function that adjusts contrast and brightness to give the photo a different look – all with a single press of the button.
*1 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
To help ensure that the Lumix SZ7 is easy to use, it features Panasonic's popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. In iA mode, a suite of technologies are automatically engaged and the camera chooses the best setting based on the shooting environment. For instance, iA includes the new High Dynamic Range, Intelligent Handheld Nightshot and Motion Deblur together with AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, MEGA O.I.S., Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

Additional Features

  • 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD that automatically adjusts the backlight based on the environment's lighting
  • MOS sensor to support full-HD video
  • USB power charging in addition to the conventional AC power supply
  • 3D Photo Mode allows the user to take 20 panning shots and then the camera automatically selects the two most suitable images – one for the right eye and one for the left eye – to synthesize a 3D composite.
  • Dedicated video record button which lets users instantly start recording a video without having to make any extra settings. Additionally, the full 10x optical zoom is available in video recording mode
  • High-quality stereo sound via Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator accompanies the realistic HD videos. The stereo zoom microphone comes with zoom noise reduction system, and the Wind Cut function helps to block noise from background wind

Product Description

The LUMIX DMC-SZ7 combines a powerful 10x optical zoom with a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, in a slim and compact body, making it extremely portable and easy to carry. It can also shoot full-High Definition, 1920 x 1080 60i videos and with Light Speed AF, it has a super-fast focus response time of approximately 0.1 second - making it easy to capture spontaneous must-have photos.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I wanted a nice little camera to take to Italy....read all of the…The pictures are great, the panoramic feature is wonderful and it zooms and holds a charge forever. it… Read more ›
I waited a half a year to write a review as I assume any and every camera is durable enough out of the box. Picture quality is good; camera was fine for first few months. Ho… Read more ›
All-in-all, if you are not a trained photographer, this is the best point and click in my opinion. I have yet to see anything that can take such good pictures under all… Read more ›
My first test was an X10 shot of my dog which I printed on 8.5x11 paper. The quality is just excellent. This camara, as all others, has far more fearures than I will ever use. Read more ›
This camera was perfect! Small enough to slip into my purse, yet picture quality is excellent. Low light pics were exceptional. Read more ›
The camera produces great photos and is easy to use. I like a single button form movies. Read more ›
Good camera. Small and easy to use Read more ›
Only used it once but so far it is much better than my previous camera. It is easy to use, feather light and took great pictures. Not sure about the different settings yet. Read more ›
We have had this for a few months now and my wife and I love it. It is easy to use. The picture quality is excellent. Read more ›
This camera was recommended by my Grandson, and it is easy to use and takes excellent pictures. I am still learning about it. Read more ›
I wanted a camera that fits in my pocket, has a decent zoom, takes sharp and color neutral pictures (also in low light…This camera has it all and is easy to use. I am… Read more ›
Easy to use and small enough for a pocket. I use it all the time and it hasn't failed me yet! Read more ›
It should be said that I have owned…The high-def videos are incredible, the photos I take are wonderful and the features on the camera...well, I'll never use them all. L… Read more ›
The AVCHD video is also excellent and the sound quality was quite good. I tested the camera against several much more expensive digital cameras. Read more ›
There is a good selection of scene options, including "glass through" which I have not encountered in…The video is satisfyingly clear, but the sound is less so. There… Read more ›
This camera does everything I need. Takes great pictures & videos and has more features than I'd ever require. One of the main selling points for me was getting so much… Read more ›
--> [[ASIN:B006UMM1AY Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full HD Video Recording… Read more ›
The camera itself is a nice size, making it not too bulky to carry around for everyday use. Additionally, it takes great videos at full 1080p resolution. The only downside… Read more ›
I am very happy I did. The basic automatic settings work great. I hate to read directions, so I just experiment and learn as I go. Read more ›
Once you click over the on button, the…The features are great; so far I've tried the panorama mode miniature mode, and action mode and these features have worked very well. Read more ›
I'm no photographer by no means, so my inputs are definitely laymen. The separate switch for the viewing mode is convenient. It also uses the large flash card (which we had… Read more ›
The photos are crisp & clear as are the videos. The photo reset response time is awesome and the burst setting is great for roller coasters. For the most part I kept mine… Read more ›
Great ability to customize settings, but the auto settings are terrific too! The image quality is higher than other small point-and-shoots, which is what sold me in the… Read more ›
I enjoy using this point and shoot--it has great lens quality and is very easy to use. It has lots of features and is fairly intuitive. Read more ›
What a great little camera. Fits well in a bag, and the optical zoom is amazing. Took some great pictures. Read more ›
For video I use the Vivid…The zoom works well in video although there is some lens noise that is picked up in the audio at certain points in the zoom range, but it's minor. Read more ›
the shutter speed was definitely one of my favorite qualities. it's a lot faster than most. the zoom is great, especially when you're recording. it has a lot of different… Read more ›
High resolution photos and video. Zoom is really smooth during videos. Screen shows how much recording time you got left. Read more ›
This is an excellent camera for the money I spent. The zoom is amazing and the pics are incredibly clear. Read more ›
Takes beautiful sharp pics,love the wide field of view. The zoom is fantastic ,took action surfing shots and they turned out sharp with excellant detail. Beautiful color… Read more ›
As we reviewed the manual were quite…The size is perfect, small enough to slip into a pocket and yet powerful enough to take vibrant photographs and even videos with sound. Read more ›
The only problem I have with the camera is that when it is the program mode I cannot adjust the…Image quality for this size camera is excellent and I'm enjoying using it Read more ›
The pictures are crystal clear. The slender size is perfect for carrying in a pocket. I am going to get one for myself!!! Read more ›
This camera definitely delivered on all of those. The size is perfect to slip into a pocket, the weight is little more than a cell phone. The menu is easy to understand the… Read more ›
The size is nearly perfect...small enough to carry in any pocket and yet not so small that the controls are hard to use and the view-screen is still big enough to let you… Read more ›
Camera works very well. Small, convenient size. Takes good pictures. Read more ›
Form factor, ease of use and price are all great attributes of this camera. Image quality does not quite come up to my expectations especially for travel/landscape photos. Read more ›
I have a camcorder which is pretty small, but still bulky, especially compared to this camera... it's very slim and lightweight. The price was reasonable too. I'd… Read more ›
I am happy with the images. I think for the price, it is a good buy :) Read more ›
real easy to use a well. i would buy again and price was great too! Read more ›
very good point and shoot.. great price! Read more ›
For a lightweight, high quality, low price point and shoot it is hard to beat this camera, which now sports a Leica lens. I had an earlier version of this camera and was… Read more ›
It takes great photos and is so easy to carry even in your shirt pocket. Not sure if it is better than the iPhone camera but certainly more versatile. Read more ›
I use it to record in-car autocross videos, and they come out great. The unit is nicely sized for carrying pretty much anywhere. Read more ›
I received the camera just in time to pack for Ireland. The compact size made it easy to carry. The camera took crisp photos, whether they were close up, telephoto, low… Read more ›
Overall, I'm not terribly impressed, though I should state that for the price point that the camera is at, it does pack a lot of features into a small, easy to carry package. Read more ›
I appreciate the capability to either take still pictures or high quality video. Also, this camera is very compact so it is very easy to carry. It fits easily into a shirt… Read more ›
Sized camera, comfortable to carry as it takes up no space, very good zoon, 3 "screen, easy to manage your software is user friendly, I recommend this camera. Read more ›
Fairly intuitive for most of the normal modes. Autofocus works quickly. Also very quick to take picture once shutter button is pressed. Read more ›
Focusing is EXTREMELY QUICK! Good for those of you trying to take photos of children and pets. Read more ›
I did a lot of research and now that I have this camera I can assure you it is top notch quality. It is fast, great focus, tons of features. I particularly like the burst… Read more ›
Seem…All the bells and whistles grandma needs to take pics of those quick little grandkids...very short lag time, good focus, and zoom. very light weight, fits in my pocket. Read more ›
Great zoom, easy to store in pocket, bought battery charger and better batteries through Amazon cheap, great videos, auto focus makes me a genius, quick efficient transfer… Read more ›
I'm no expert photographer and I'm not trying to win any Pulitzer Prize, but this takes really nice pictures…It turns on fast has a fast focus and snaps pics really quick. Read more ›
This camera takes great pictures, and is very easy to use. The shutter speed is very fast and the zoom works fantastic. Read more ›
- must be slim and lightweight to fit in my purse - must have a fast shutter speed to catch pictures of my toddler - must take great pictures Read more ›
This camera is compact, takes great, clear pics, and has a fast shutter speed. I bought a more expensive Nikon camera and returned it because the pics were blurry. Read more ›
We had already done extensive shopping and decided to buy…As we compared them in the store we were surprised by the faster speed and accuracy of the auto focus on the SZ7. Read more ›
Bought this camera for my wife and she really likes it. I especially like the speed of this thing. We have three young kids and are constantly snapping photos, so it was… Read more ›
I am very happy with the speed of taking pictures, other cameras the wait from the time you push the button until the time the picture is taken is to long and you miss the… Read more ›
Using the camera for the last year or so, I've been very happy with it, The battery life is decent. The build quality is solid, and the images are very nice. Read more ›
This camera is compact and functional. Build quality is good and performance under low light is acceptable, better than most of those CCD cameras that are under $150. Read more ›
The camera performs very well, but the build quality is low so it can break very easily and you can forget the warranty. It is easy to carry in your pocket or a purse and… Read more ›
This SZ7 is the perfect size. -- Metal body - although it feels like plastic, I read on another site that it's aluminum, good build quality. -- Fantastic photos, HD videos… Read more ›
i was reading a lot of reviews and comparing cameras, and this one, is very slim, have 10 x optical zoom, nice features, video full hd, good build quality, i can take it… Read more ›
A…Low light performance is good with average noise but getting a shot is better than talking about what you could have done if you have the big 20lb DSLR and lenses that day. Read more ›
It is an excellent camera, very good quality and performance. Highly recommended for inexperienced users. Read more ›
This camera is compact and functional. Build quality is good and performance under low light is acceptable, better than most of those CCD cameras that are under $150. Read more ›
Due mainly to its pocket size weight and reasonably good performance, I bring along SZ7 with me most of the time if I only intend to take some causal photo although I own a… Read more ›
For a small and light camera…Light in weight, light in price, and with very fast shooting performance if you want no excess bulk at all, this camera is very appealing. F… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

285 of 290 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Sossamon on April 30, 2012
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I am very satisfied with Lumix DMC-SZ7 digital camera. Its small size makes it easy to slip into a pocket. The 10x zoom works well in both still and movie mode. Unlike other cameras I have used I hear no noise from the zoom mechanism in the movie audio during the replay. Auto focus and image stabilization work well. Previously I used the physically larger DMC-ZS7 camera which included an internal GPS to record position coordinates with the picture. I never used the GPS tagging. The smaller size of the newer SZ7 is far more convenient for me.

I was disappointed that Panasonic chose to not include a separate battery charger with the SZ7. Instead, the charger is built into the camera with power supplied by a USB cable. I did some digging and found that other Lumix cameras use the same battery as the SZ7, model DMW-BCK7. Those cameras list Panasonic battery charger model DE-A91BA as an accessory. This charger plugs into an AC wall outlet and has a receptacle that holds the battery being charged. I ordered one of these from Amazon and it charged the SZ7's battery. I can now continue to use the camera with a second battery while the other battery is in the DE-A91BA charger.
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232 of 235 people found the following review helpful By Bears Fan Jim on May 16, 2012
I have tried probably 10 cameras between $120 and $250 over the past few months, looking for myself and my wife each a new camera.

Through stores and by borrowing from friends and family, I understand what is out there, and let me tell you there are several duds and a few winners, but most are very competent outdoors, with decent indoor video if you dont compare to a $400 vidcam, and only passable for low light.

That being said, I now own a Lumix ZS15 (grade A-) and this SZ7 (B+) is for my wife who uses iAuto mostly.

This SZ7 beats Canon Elph300 (B) and SX160 (B+ but heavy), Samsung PL210(B or B-) Sony HX70(B-), and Nikon 6300 (B-).

PROS: Very good Auto results, good Program Mode (SZ7 calls it Normal mode ).
Very usable low-light no-flash with Auto, and even better if you use the "Scene" mode called "Hi-Sensitivity" set at 3mp... where you can get speeds set by the camera according to conditions - speeds from ISO 2000 all the way to 6400!! Sure, some other cameras will push ISO (also at lower mp's ), but usually only with a single jump from 1600 to 3200, with no stops in between, and nothing above 3200! Granted, these high ISO pics will be grainy, but so were the old film cameras with pushed ISO. You will have a photo when no one else could get their under-$200 camera to capture any picture at all !
Very good outdoor video, and better than most indoor video, with no hiss.
Very good zoom - better than any other camera in its price range by a lot - very smooth and with no clicking recorded into the audio.

CONS:- Flash underpowered.
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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Yarii TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 2, 2012
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This is my sixth Panasonic Lumix, I like to upgrade now and then and when I saw Panasonic came out with an affordable MOS sensor camera I had to have it. OK, it doesn't have full manual control like other Lumix cameras I've owned, but I rarely used the manual settings other than Aperture Priority to get a blurred background. Intelligent Auto (iA) is normally where I leave the setting anyhow.

Features of this camera I love:
-- WOW! Fastest camera I've ever owned, not only on start-up, but SUPER fast shutter response, and fast recycling to take the next photo.
-- Leica lens, one of the best lens manufacturers.
-- You can optically zoom during the video.
-- The size is not TOO small, yet not too big - JUST RIGHT! This is a small camera, but not what I consider to be an ultra-compact where there is NO place to grab onto, those tiny ultra-compact cameras are too easy to drop! This SZ7 is the perfect size.
-- Metal body - although it feels like plastic, I read on another site that it's aluminum, good build quality.
-- Fantastic photos, HD videos in stereo!
-- Pretty decent in low light settings.
-- Miniature Effect: I find I use this quite a lot for a blurred background.
-- Panoramic feature is the best I've used.

Features I'm not crazy about but I can learn to live with:
-- Black is the only color choice here, I'm tired of black cameras.
-- A mode dial on top would have been nice, instead of menus, at least there is a separate movie button on top.
-- No separate battery charger, this is the first Panasonic camera I've owned where the battery is charged inside the camera, it must be a cost-cutting measure for Panasonic.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hansen on November 30, 2012
I really don't understand some of these reviewers. They buy a nice little point and shoot digital camera and expect it to have the features of a five thousand dollar SLR and high end video all in one. This camera is inexpensive, compact, and produces great pictures indoors without a flash. It also compensates for uneven lighting. I used it outdoors to take pictures of Christmas decorations -- it was perfect. I used it indoors to take pictures of gatherings of long-lost relatives. It was perfect with or without a flash. Macro was perfect and zoom was perfect. Sure you can't take 300 pictures without a battery recharge and you can't zoom in on something miles away. Maybe you can't make a huge poster from a picture of a bumblebee taken from ten feet away. But there is really no shutter lag and the pictures really look good. This camera doesn't pretend to be something it's not and people who want it to be something it's not have their head in the sand. It's a nice little camera perfect for those quick capture moments that are so often missed because you're busy with all the dials on your fancy Mount Olympus whatever superzoom SLRs. There is a battery indicator so you know up front when you need to recharge AND there is only one cord for downloading pictures and recharging right in the camera. If you want a spare charger and battery it's available as well. Granted, if you want to use this camera during a category five hurricane outdoors to film your opus, it will probably not do the job. For those who complain about the detailed users manual only being available on line -- I don't use all of those fancy features anyway and the users manual included in the box had enough info for me. Bottom line: I like it!
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