Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

Review posted 10/18/2004

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The Panasonic DMC-FX7 5-megapixel Lumix digital camera packs a wealth of advanced technology and easy-to-use features in a sleek, compact package. It's the first compact digital camera to feature both an Optical Image Stabilizer, and 2.5" LCD. Incorporating a high-performance Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens, the DMC-FX7 combines the ease and convenience of digital utility with the expressiveness of film photography.

The DMC-FX7 features a Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens system comprising 7 elements in six groups, including three aspherical lenses. This small, lightweight lens achieves the fine rendering and vivid color reproduction for which Leica DC lenses are renowned. The Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens features F2.8 - 5.0 brightness and a focal length range of 5.8mm to 17.4mm (35 to 105mm lens on a 35mm film camera.)

Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer automatically detects and corrects for hand movement. This technology is especially appreciated when taking telephoto shots or when using slow shutter speeds to capture the atmosphere in dimly lit scenes. This optical technology provides precise compensation for movement with no image quality degradation.

Panasonic's improved Venus 2 Engine LSI handles image processing, LCD functions, and writing to the memory card simultaneously, giving the camera quick response, increased shutter speed and reduced lag time. The improved LSI also allows faster consecutive shooting than its predecessor. If desired, the camera will keep shooting until the memory card is full. This second-generation Venus Engine also improves horizontal, vertical and diagonal resolution.

Other features include 9 thumbnail image display, large 2.5" (diagonal) LCD, 30 or 10 fps QuickTime motion image recording with audio, SD Memory Card/MultiMedia Card slot, MEGA BURST recording for lightning-fast consecutive shots, auto bracketing, program AE, USB port, SD card viewer, SD Memory Card, included ArcSoft photo editing software package, and much more.

Major DMC-FX7 Features:

  • 5-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • Leica DC-VARIO ELMARIT 3x zoom, equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to help prevent camera shake and blurring
  • Ultra-compact (3.7 x 1.97 x 0.95 inch) and durable metal body
  • Venus Engine II LSI for robust camera operations
  • Mega Burst continuous capture @ 3 or 2fps up to 7 images (4 in Fine mode)
  • Macro focus with autofocus down to 1.9 inches
  • 2.5-inch TFT color monitor with 114,000 pixels
  • Normal Picture, Simple, Macro and 9 SCeNe exposure modes
  • 320 x 240 QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps w/audio
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 4 presets and custom set
  • Secure Digital memory card slot, 16MB card included
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and rapid charger included

The DMC-FX7 is available in black or silver and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $499.95. The camera comes with a rechargeable battery pack and charger; 16MB SD Memory Card; A/V cable; USB connection cable; carrying strap and software on CD-ROM.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

The DMC-FX7 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

The Lumix FX7 and the Casio Exilim EX-Z55.

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Lumix DMC-FX7 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.5", 1/2.5" CCD Primary Color Filter
5,360,000 pixels total
5,000,000 pixels effective
f = 5.8 - 17.4 mm (35mm Equiv.:35-105mm)
7 elements in 6 groups (3 Aspherical lenses/3 Aspherical surfaces)
Zoom Optical : 3 x / Digital :4 x ( Max. 12 x combined with Optical Zoom)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1/Mode2)
Focusing Area 9-area-focusing/3-area-focusing/1-area-focusing/Spot-focusing
Focusing Range Normal: 50 cm(1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro/Simple: Wide 5 cm(0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm(0.98 feet) - infinity
AF-Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto/80/100/200/400
White Balance AUTO/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/White set
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Scene Mode Normal Picture, Simple, Macro, SCeNe (Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-portrait), Moving-image, Playback
Shutter Speed 8-1/2,000 sec.
Motion image mode: 1/30 - 1/2,000 sec.
Aperture Wide: F2.8/F5.6, Tele: F5.0/F10 (2 steps)
Self Timer 10 sec./2 sec.
Picture Adjustment Natural, Standard, Vivid
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Recording Image Size 2,560 x 1,920 pixels
2,048 x 1,536 pixels
1,600 x 1,200 pixels
1,280 x 960 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (HDTV)
320 x 240 pixels (Motion Image)
Image Quality Fine/Standard
Recording file format Still Picture: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)/DPOF corresponding
Picture with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)+640x480 pixels
QuickTime (picture with audio)
Motion Image
Quick Time Motion JPEG)
320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on SD Card capacity.)
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec Max. 7 images (Standard mode)/Max.4 images (Fine mode)
(Performance in Burst mode is only with SD type memory)
Still Image Rec.
with Audio
5 sec
Audio Dubbing Max.10 sec.
Built-in Flash AUTO, AUTO/Red-eye reduction, Forced ON (Forced ON/ Red-eye reduction), Slow sync./Red-eye reduction, Forced OFF

Range: approx. 0.98 feet (30 cm) - 13.1 feet (4.0 m) at ISO Auto

Viewfinder LCD monitor only
LCD Monitor 2.5" Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (114K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Recording Media SD Memory Card, Multimedia Card
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes (Only for beep sounds)
Interfaces DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), USB 2.0 Full speed
Direct Print PictBridge
Power Li-ion Battery Pack CGA-S004A (3.7v 710mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger DE-991B (110-240V AC) (Included)
Battery Life
120 pictures
(CIPA standard*)
Dimensions (WxHxD)

94.1 x 50.0 x 24.2 mm
(3.70 x 1.97 x 0.95 inch)
(Not including protruding parts)

Weight (Approx.) 135 g (0.30 lb) (Body only)
153 g (0.34 lb) (with Battery and SD Memory Card)

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)

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