I've been through a handful of point and shoot cameras over the past few years and I've been pretty disappointed with most of them but I finally found one that I love! The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is awesome. It does everything I need it to. It takes great pictures in any light and even takes HD video. I attend a lot of basketball games and sporting events and I like to be able to zoom. The 12x optical zoom takes care of that.
Quick load time
Big, clear display
Intelligent Auto setting
It's a little bulky
As i mentioned above, I attend a lot of sporting events (Clipper games mainly). Here are some photos I took from my near-courtside seat:
I also sat near the top of Staples Center for a Los Angeles Kings game and here's the 12x optical zoom at work:
The most impressive feature is the HD video. The videos surprising come out better than this youtube linked video but nevertheless come out extremely well when posted on youtube.
Recommendation: I'm not really a camera/photography guy but I like taking pictures and like the idea of having a point and shoot to carry around with me. I highly recommend this camera for anyone who is looking for an affordable, high quality camera. I just wish I would have discovered this camera sooner!
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 delivers AVCHD Lite HD movie recording capability, 25mm ultra wide-angle and powerful 12x optical zoom lens in a compact body to cover virtually any shooting situations. This 12.1-megapixel powerhouse performer ZS7 further advanced to comprehend attractive features including the Intelligent Resolution technology as well as the built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and manual exposure. An abundance of functions for both photo and movie recording are organized in the well-considered operational command including an independent movie recording button achieving smooth, easy operation in both recording modes.
Lumix DMC-ZS7 Highlights
25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens The DMC-ZS7 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle* 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). Incorporating Panasonic's advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness. This lens system enables a remarkable 25 to 300mm range of focal length in this compact body. The powerful zoom of the DMC-ZS7 can be freely controlled even when shooting motion images. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the Leica Elmar lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful images any time, any place. * Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position. ...