Editors Liked

  • GPS for geotagging, Highresolution 3" LCD, Fast shooting speeds, Good image quality
  • Solid image quality, even in low light. Wide and long zoom (25-300mm). GPS for geotagging photos. High-res 3-inch LCD. Stereo audio recording in video mode. Fast shot-to-shot speeds
  • Embeds location details in HD videos too. Landmarks library spans 73 countries. Long 300shot battery life prevents GPS drain
  • The Venus Engine HD II technology supports the recording of HD images
  • The Panasonic Lumix ZS7 has the highest powered zoom and amazing picture quality
  • Manual exposure control; multi aspect ratio sensor; GPS works for geotagging; quick performance; good image quality
  • Solid, wellbuilt camera with plenty of creative control
  • Very good photo quality at low ISOs, Packs a 12X, 25 300 mm lens into a small, wellbuilt package, Optical image stabilization (new and improved), Beautiful 3inch LCD display with excellent resolution and outdoor / low light visibility, Manual exposure con
  • Compact and attractive body design, 12x Leica Elmar zoom with 25-300mm range, Power Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) (supposedly better than previous generation), High resolution LCD, Extensive autofocus modes, include face recognition, Aspect rati

Editors Didn't Like

  • Average low-light shooting ability
  • Proprietary USB port, Expensive, Short battery life w/ GPS
  • Price is on the high side. Offers shorter focal length than less-expensive competitors. Proprietary USB port
  • Occasionally misidentified landmarks. Make sure camera resets GPS coordinates, or you’ll get info from your last trip. Have to dig through menus to turn GPS on
  • The shutter speed was nothing extraordinary on this camera
  • Low light pictures are quite poor and could use some work
  • Design hasn't changed from previous TZ shooters; a bit heavy
  • AVCHD lit format needs specific software
  • Image quality, especially at higher ISOs, is not as good as its predecessor, Heavy noise reduction smudges fine details, even at low ISOs, and especially at ISO 400 and above, Highlight clipping is fairly common, Redeye a problem, though I'm not sure
  • Flash may be too close to grip for some hands, Zooming is too jerky for precise composition, Sprawling Menu system, Highlights often blown, Yellows are noticeably undersaturated and have a green or orange tint, more noticeable when printed, Some corner
  • No altitude or compass details from GPS, Landmark database not upgradeable, Pressing shutter won't exit playback. Need to switch