Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Preview

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Panasonic's SZ-series just added two new models to its lineup. First up, we have the LUMIX DMC-S7, which exclusively features a 14.1 megapixel MOS sensor, 1080i HD video recording, Light Speed Auto Focus (focus in 0.1seconds), 3D photo mode, and three extra iA (Intelligent Auto) modes, including High Dynamic Range, Handheld Nightshot and Motion Deblur. The only potential drawback for this camera versus the presumably more affordable SZ1 is the SZ7's lack of body color choices.

Otherwise, the two new SZ cameras virtually interchangeable in term of features, including a 25mm wide angle lens with a 10x optical zoom, a 3.0" Intelligent LCD screen, two brand new shooting modes (Miniature Effect for a tilt-shift effect, and Panorama Shot for snapping vertical or horizontal panoramas), Creative Retouch mode (with six filters), Auto Retouch mode, iA mode (see the full list of modes below) to let the camera help you take the most accurate and professional pictures possible, and USB battery recharging (in addition to the standard AC adapter).

Panasonic LUMIC DMC-SZ7 Features:
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 25mm ultra-wide angel LIECE DC VARIO-ELMAR lens
  • 14.1 megapixel MOS sensor
  • 3.0" LCD screen
  • 1080i HD video recording
  • Light Speed AF (0.1 second)
  • Two New Shooting Modes: Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot
  • Creative Retouch with 6 Filters:
    • Toy Effect
    • Soft Focus
    • Dynamic Monochrome
    • Expressive
    • High Key
    • Retro
  • Auto Retouch
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
    • High Dynamic Range
    • Handheld Nightshot
    • Motion Deblur
    • AF Tracking
    • Intelligent ISO Control
    • MEGA O.I.S.
    • Face Recognition
    • Intelligent Scene Selector
    • Intelligent Exposure
  • 3D Photo Mode
  • USB and AC charging
UPDATED: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ7 will be available in early March of 20121 with an MSRP of $199.99. You can get it in any color you like... as long as it's black.

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