Panasonic always launches its TZ cameras in pairs, and so the TZ6 is accompanied by the DMC-TZ7, which is even more feature-packed than its sibling. Of course it will also probably be considerably more expensive.

The TZ7 features a 12-megapixel CCD, but like the much-admired LX3 it is capable of shooting in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios, so it only ever uses 10 megapixels at a time. The Multi Aspect mode lets you to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously then choose the one that best suits your scene after shooting. The TZ7 has the same high-quality 12x zoom Leica lens as the TZ6, with a focal length range of 25 - 300mm, covering everything from ultra-wide to telephoto in one lens.

The body design appears to be identical to the TZ6, however it has a larger 3-inch LCD monitor with a resolution of 460k dots. It also has a dedicated button for the camera's main selling point. Like an increasing number of high-end digital still cameras, the TZ7 incorporates High Definition video recording, although I haven't yet been able to discover if it is 720p or the full 1080p HD. Movies can be encoded using the AVCHD Lite format used by some solid-state or hard disk camcorders, which saves on storage space. Stereo audio is recorded through twin microphones on the top plate, and the camera incorporates a wind noise filter.

The specially tuned Venus Engine HD image processor also allows fast still shooting, capturing 2.3fps at full 10MP resolution in burst mode, and 10fps in High Speed burst mode. It also has a flash burst mode.

The TZ7 will be available in choice of silver, black or brown and will be available from April 2009. Like the TZ6, pricing will be announced later.



January 28, 2009, 7:39 am

Panasonic seem to specialise in ugly tech, and by the look of this update, today is no exception.


January 28, 2009, 8:32 am

Well, IMHO, "Handsome is as handsome does", as they say. And in this department, Panasonic is really bringing home the bacon.( This AFTER they ditched the thrice-accursed Venus II and III with their osmium-handed NR, which made their high-iso shots look like they had been taken of blobs of paint run over by a Mack truck.) Now the positive aspects of their cameras really stand out, such as the excellent lens (great range and crispness - though still rather "slow", aperture-wise), their ease of use, their build quality, thir speed and their great IS. All of that had been essentially watered down by the crummy IQ at anything above base ISO. Hopefully this Venus V won't revert to impressionistic renderings of images.


January 28, 2009, 1:23 pm

Some sites are saying that the new 'AVCHD Lite' mode shoots 720p at 60fps.


January 28, 2009, 2:25 pm

I've had a look on the Panasonic site and 720p at 60fps would appear to be correct. I wonder can you use the zoom whilst recording?

Espen Ruud

January 28, 2009, 4:51 pm

According to Sweedish manual p52 for TZ-5 is 720p 30fps max performance. Zoom is operating slower, and zoom noise "might be" recorded according to same page.


January 28, 2009, 8:45 pm

@Espen Ruud - we're talking about new TZ6/TZ7 here, not TZ5 :)


February 4, 2009, 5:21 pm

Hey PS3&#189 - from Panasonic's own site, it specifically states that the optical zoom CAN be used while recording for the TZ6 and the TZ7, which is pretty ace news. Linky:


February 15, 2009, 10:56 pm

I can't believe it. They're releasing the DMC-TZ7 with what looks like better sound quality for video capture. Only bought my TZ5 back in December!

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