The Panasonic Lumix 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) and delivers AVCHD Lite HD movie recording capability. Also, with the DMC-ZS7, it is possible to use the GPS (Global Positioning System) function to record data on the shooting location. You can view images for each geographical location by using the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition to manage the images by date and location.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Supported Format:
Video: AVCHD Lite (.MTS) 1280 x 720 (60 fps)
Motion JPEG (.MOV) 848 x 480, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 resolutions
Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime
Still Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.21)
Lumix DMC-ZS7 Pros and Cons:
+ Very good image quality
+ Great lens performance
+ Fast AF, shutter speeds Compact and attractive body design
+ 12x Leica Elmar zoom with 25-300mm range
+ Power Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.)
+ High resolution LCD, HDMI output
+ Extensive autofocus modes, include face recognition
- AVCHD Lite not in wide use
- Flash may be too close to grip for some hands
- Zooming is too jerky for precise composition
-Some luminance noise visible even at base ISO (but fine grained)
-Sluggish continuous mode at full resolution
Edit DMC-ZS7 720p AVCHD Lite Movies:
AVCHD Lite identifies a subset of AVCHD format, in which HD-recording is limited to 720p. The name was used first in marketing literature for the Panasonic DMC-ZS7/DMC-ZS3/DMC-FT1/DMC-TZ7 digital cameras. Generally any video editing application with support for AVCHD should also support AVCHD Lite without your needing to do anything differently.
Some editing software claims it can support import and edit DMC-ZS7 AVCHD Lite, but how does it work in practice, I can’t give you a clear and precise answer, for some files can do, some may not. If you don’t want to waste money to purchase the expensive editing software, and want to use Windows Movie Maker for editing AVCHD Lite (720p) MTS files on Windows, only you need is an inexpensive and powerful AVCHD Lite Converter, which is designed to convert 1080p, 1080i, 720p AVCHD (*.mts, *.m2ts) file and 720p AVCHD Lite (*.mts) files to any other popular video format at high fast conversion speed and excellent output quality, and without audio/video out of sync. (If you want to edit DMC-ZS7 720p AVCHD Lite (*.mts) in iMovie, FCE, FCP, Avid on Mac, which can’t let you import the files, you need use Mac DMC-ZS 7 AVCHD Lite Converter.)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (for Windows only) makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your PC. You can enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music and burn it onto a DVD disc in MPEG2. Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader even in HD (High Definition) quality. It also lets you create a 360-degree rotation panorama file in MOV, which is especially easy if Panorama Assist mode in the camera is used. The software is of course compatible with the Windows 7.
Experience and feel the outstanding benefit of the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition. It will powerfully allow you to view, edit and archive your captured photos and motion pictures with greater ease and fun.
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