Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ7 to Snap in March

January 14, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Panasonic has unveiled a brand new compact camera line, the SZ which stands for stylish zoom. The first camera under the name is the SZ7, with a stylish design factor that separates this line from the Lumix compact range.

The SZ7 touts a new 14-megapixel MOS sensor, which is said to have image quality at least 50 percent better than previous 14-megapixel CCD sensors. Its 10x optical zoom lens starts at a wide-angle 25mm and stretches up to a considerable 250mm. The camera body measures 21 mm, much slender than other 10x zoom compacts.

The camera also works wonders in the autofocus department. The super-fast contrast-detection autofocus that Panasonic engineers, has come to the Lumix SZ7 as well.

And also the SZ7 is considerably faster than similarly priced models. It can snap away at 10 frames per second or 5fps while continuous autofocus is activated. All you need is to fix the focus point.

There is a one touch movie button in front of the camera, which is capable of full 1080p capture at 25p using AVCHD or immediate MP4 files. Overall, the SZ7 brings up the expectation as far as the image and movie quality is concerned.

This one is expected to arrive in March. No word on the price though.

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