In today’s review I’m taking a look at the Panasonic LUMIX FS7 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. This camera is packed to the gills with features and promises to make picture taking easy. How well does it fulfill that promise? Let’s find out…
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC FS7 looks like a pretty typical pocket sized digital camera in the $100-$200 price range. It features a base of 10.1 megapixels with a 4x optical zoom. It’s available in several different colors ranging from basic black or silver to a colorful pink or green. It’s powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. The LCD is 2.7 inches. The camera features several automatic photo modes and presets like portrait, scenery, party and so forth. It also has built-in optical stabilization which is something that sets it apart from many other comparably priced digital cameras.
Another thing that sets it apart from it’s competitors is the flexibility of the LCD screen. While I’m kind of old fashioned and prefer a viewfinder or SLR, the Panasonic FS7’s LCD makes itself very useful by allowing you to adjust it so that you can see the screen if the camera is held above your head, such as when you’re in a crowd. The size of the screen font can also be changed for those of us who have trouble seeing stuff up close.
The body of the FS7 seems solid enough for everyday use and didn’t feel flimsy. The battery life was typical of what I’ve seen with other digital cameras in this price range.
I found snapping photos with the Panasonic LUMIX FS7 to be quite easy in its ‘Intelligent Auto’ mode. It did a good job of adjusting for changing conditions. The menus were a little tricky if I wanted to work around these settings but I don’t think the average person who wants to just point and shoot will be too concerned about this. Another thing I liked was the speed of the camera as compared to others in this price range
The photo quality of the Panasonic FS7 was quite good. The automatic mode did a good job of adjusting to some tricky, high contrast, lighting situations. Of the cameras I’ve reviewed recently it is certainly one of the best if not the best.
Did I find anything I didn’t like with this camera? Not really, especially considering the price. It’s not comparable to a digital SLR but you aren’t buying it for that but for it being pocket sized and snapping great pictures quickly. If I hadn’t already purchased a Nikon pocket sized digital camera recently I would have made this camera a permanent addition rather than a temporary loaner.
The Panasonic LUMIX FS7 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera is a relatively new camera, having just entered the market this spring. This makes deals on it that discount more than a few dollars from it’s $159 price a little hard to find right now. But, if you’re willing to wait, you may find a deal on one on eBay or other discount camera or electronics retailer.