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5.0 out of 5 stars Good pictures and movies, convenient size and easy to use., April 30, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix SZ7 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom (Black) (Electronics)
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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Initial post: May 7, 2012 9:19:30 PM PDT
Kim-Berly says:
Thanks so much for the battery charger tip. The lack of one with the SZ7 was my biggest obstacle in making a purchasing decision. Panasonic should pay you a royalty!

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 10:55:44 AM PDT
C. Leibbrand says:
Does this model have a 10 fps setting? It wasn't mentioned in the specifications here but read it somewhere else.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 12:11:44 PM PDT
Samuel Chell says:
I owned 3 Canon Elfs, each requiring a different battery charger. The hassle of delicately removing the battery from the camera and finding the right charger (if you remembered to bring it) is one of the major negatives of the Canon series. The Panasonic is a sheer pleasure to use because of the ability to charge the battery while it's in the camera. Simply plug a cord from AC OR from USB into the camera and wait for the little white light to go dark. You're set to go. Can't beat it for convenience, efficiency, and effectiveness. Before this Panasonic, I was considering moving to a large enough camera to accommodate a couple of AA alkaline batteries because of the business of charging the Canons.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 8:03:57 AM PDT
Samplerman says:
external chargers and batteries are easily available on eee bay. ...and much cheaper than paying Panasonic prices.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 1:14:41 AM PDT
yes this is true.. i have usb charge of my smart phone in my car can use it with panasonic now and its so easy to find back up battery with usb .. for charge and also laptop .. so on its nice

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 10:11:16 AM PDT
dom says:
The included batteries while ok are small capacity compared with the Halcyon 2 bats and charger combo available on amazon. Much less likely to run out of power while shooting.
I love the features of this camera but at a recent wedding where the lighting was poor this camera underperformed. It has a MOS sensor to avoid this but you wouldnt know it.
I think I messed up the settings but still trying to find out what went wrong.
You can retouch the photos thank god because there is a feature to do that called auto retouch and creative retouch. I felt the photos should have been perfect the first time around.
Way too dark.
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