GPS and cameras seem like a natural fit — if the camera records the location co-ordinates, you never have to ask yourself “now where, exactly did I take this picture?” Built-in GPS hasn’t become a mainstream feature although various manufacturers — including Nikon, Samsung and Sony — have offered it in the past. Now it’s Panasonic’s turn.
The Lumix DMC-ZS7 has 12.0 megapixels and a 12x optical zoom (25-300mm equiv.). The 24mm at the wide-angle end is impressive, bordering on ultrawide territory, and unusual in compact cameras. It also has a three-inch, high res LCD screen, and many intelligent auto shooting modes. The GPS unit will record co-ordinates to the image file, but will also display location names (if the information is available, which it will be for the more popular tourist landmarks) on the LCD display.
The ZS7 shoots video in HD mode (1280 x 720), in AVCHD Lite format.
Lumix DMC ZS7 Spec Sheet
- Sensor: 12.1 megapixels
- Lens: 12x (25-300mm) optical zoom Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR
- Video: AVCHD Lite movie mode (1280×720) with stereo mic and zoom
- LCD: 3.0 inch (460K dots)
- Image stabilization: Yes, Power OIS
- Built-in GPS unit
- Camera control: Many intelligent auto modes (ISO, face detection, AF tracking, scene selection, exposure settings, red-eye reduction)
- Colour choices: black, silver, blue
- Price: $399.99 (msrp)