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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Digital Camera

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14.1MP 10x Live MOS Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
The DMC-SZ7 features powerful 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 25mm ultra wide-angle that fits in the slim, compact body (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm). The new lens system makes the unit's... More
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Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites endorsed this camera. This Panasonic camera received a "Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com, confirming their endorsement and it received an Optyczne.pl "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews this camera has an average expert rating of 76 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

People who bought this camera rated this digital camera 90 out of 100 on average.

Good Quality Lens

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Expert website Cnet.com scored it 4 stars and mentioned “Has a 10x zoom lens and a 14-megapixel MOS sensor that supports full HD movie capture at 60i in AVC” in their review. Four years ago Cnet.com.au gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 a score of 74 out of 100 and said on CNET.com.au “The Panasonic SZ7 is a slimline compact camera with a very useful 10x optical zoom lens” in their review. Expertreviews.co.uk said “Canon goes even further with the Ixus 500 HS, which measures 19mm and has a 12x zoom” in their review of this digital camera.

A few people said that the product had a good lens. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “It has a big lens that makes it a versatile camera” in their review. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Size

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 reviewers who bought this digital camera considered that it was compact. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 ($199.99 direct) manages to squeeze a 10x zoom lens into a very svelte body”. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 on expert review site What Digital Camera “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 is part of the 2012 range of compact cameras, combining a 10x optical zoom with a 14MP sensor as well as the ability to record HD movies”. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “Is a super-zoom compact camera, available in black, white” in their review of this digital camera.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was thin. Four years ago Pcmag.com wrote on PC Mag “A slim camera with an impressive 10x zoom lens” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 review. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote “With a slender body this new compact looks the part, offering an impressive aesthetic” . Four years ago Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 review on expert website Expert Reviews “Incredibly slim for a 10x zoom camera”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was easy to carry around.

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Nice Design

Several people said in their reviews that it was good looking. Four years ago Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.com.au “The SZ7 is shaped like a pretty standard compact camera, apart from the ever-so-slight bulge on the top panel”. Pocket-Lint.com said on Pocket Lint “The Panasonic Lumix SZ7 is the first in a new line of "stylish zoom" compacts”. Pocket-Lint.com also wrote “A good-looking, svelte compact with a sizeable 10x optical zoom lens”.

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was aesthetic.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers reckoned that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 had a good image sensor. Trustedreviews.com gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and wrote on expert review site Trusted Reviews “The Lumix SZ7 employs a 1/2.3inch sensor with an effective output of 14.3-megapixels alongside a 10x Leica-made optical zoom that provides the 35mm focal equivalent of 25-250mm”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 reviewer concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was good quality. Cnet.co.uk mentioned “The Panasonic DMC-SZ7's small size gives little hint to the impressive lens, decent resolution and quality video features packed within” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Its picture quality is good, its ease of use is high”. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 review “Image quality and performance are up to scratch” and scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 80 out of 100.

Panasonic Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic compact camera digital cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras built by Panasonic.

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Good Video Capture

A few people concluded that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 was good for video recording. Pcmag.com mentioned four years ago “The 14-megapixel camera is light on bells and whistles—it records 1080p video and has a good number of scene modes.” in their review of this digital camera although they only scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 60 out of 100.

Easy to Use

One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to use.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 reviewer concluded that the product had a good screen.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 owner said in their reviews that it was noisy. Four years ago Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Features The SZ7 has a 14.1 megapixel sensor with Intelligent Noise Red” in their review of this digital camera.

Robust

One customer who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 mentioned that it was well made. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 on CNET.com.au “It has still been built to a price, as demonstrated by its average screen” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 is 3D compatible. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ7 are not 3D compatible.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ7 do not support Full HD video.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 supports video recording.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a greater number of image editing modes than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Light

The lightest digital camera of this age and spec is 0.097kg heavy, the heaviest is 180kg, and the average weight is 5.3kg. With a weight of only 0.116 kilograms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 is quite light compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-SZ7.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ7. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Panasonic digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. Across all compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ7 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Has One Playback Mode

The number of camera playback modes found on the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently found playback mode is Single image, but this playback mode is not found on this camera. The playback modes Slide show are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ7 have internal memory of between 8MB and 8.2GB. With an internal memory of 70 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-SZ7 has one of the bigger internal memory amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Continuous Auto Focus and Multi Point Auto Focus are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Light

The lightest digital camera that has been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is 20g and the heaviest is 710g. With a weight of only 116 grams, the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is one of the lighter compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ7 amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Supports One Camera File System

The number of camera file systems supported by the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ7 is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their review “While image quality is good, it’s the LCD’s shallow viewing-angle and the poor battery life that counteract some of the SZ7’s better points”.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Lumix DMC-SZ7 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ7. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The average JPEG frame rate of cameras of this age and spec is 32fps. With a JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a quite low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ7.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modes

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Panasonic camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras of this age and type. The shooting mode "Scene" is also found on this camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering Mode

The Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a greater number of light metering modes than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Panasonic camera. The light metering modes Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 170mAh to 2,000mAh, and the average battery capacity is 840mAh. With a battery capacity of only 680 milliamperes * hour, the Lumix DMC-SZ7 has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of this age and type.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ7.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 10 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 has a pretty standard megapixel count (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Weight
USB 3.0 Port
Lens System

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Expert Reviews

(27)
13 December 2012

PhotographyBlog.com

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 is a smart, snazzy digital compact camera with a 14.1 megapixel MOS sensor, Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens which sports a 10x optical zoom (25-250mm in 35mm terms) and a... Read more…

13 August 2012

A speedy little camera with a long lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 performs beyond its tiny price tag...

1 July 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ7 is just 21mm wide. This means it will slip easily into more or less any pocket. It has a surprising amount of features packed into its small body size. To start with... Read more…

19 June 2012

The overall Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ7 Digital Camera Review tells us that it is a gorgeous stylish camera that can be easily slipped into your pocket. It performs well in normal light conditions....

14 June 2012

The Panasonic SZ7 is a gorgeous little camera that can become incognito the minute it slips into your pant pockets. It rocks a 10x Leica lens and a 14 megapixel sensor, all packaged into a slim...

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User Reviews

(31)
Reviewed 2 May 2012 by Pliny
(Verified Purchase)

I have a Canon 350D, and have for convenience photography a Samsung S830. I absolutely love the Samsung, but t is now well passed it's sell by date and a bit bulky. It also eats AA batteries at an... Read more…

Reviewed 17 September 2012 by David Lovie

In most regards the Panasonic SZ7 is pretty much my ideal camera - a very compact size, huge 10x 25-250mm equivalent zoom lens, 14mp CMOS sensor (also available as the SZ1 with a cheaper CCD... Read more…

Reviewed 3 December 2012 by Trevor jones
(Verified Purchase)

I found this camera to be of superb quality and a pleasure to use, instructions were easy to follow and use...

Reviewed 6 February 2013 by Kir
(Verified Purchase)

Small and slim. HD movie recording capability. Fast loading times for taking multiple photos one after another (instead of waiting 1-2 secs). You can set it to take multiple photos at the push of... Read more…

Reviewed 27 April 2013 by Irfan
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect selection for a point and shoot. Compact size. Good quality pictures. Very good functions. I selected this product with the suggestion of a sales representative in a store selling pure... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

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