Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.25
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Excellent image quality
    • Great noise management
    • Easily pocketable
  • Cons

    • Tricky menu system
    • No real user's manual
    • No zoom during video capture

Quick Take

The auto-only shooter will have no trouble with the Lumix FH7. For less than $200 it offers great image capability, a nice 4x zoom lens and decent HD video capture.

When the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 arrived at my doorstep I was genuinely impressed with the camera’s tiny footprint. The FH7 is a slightly updated version of the Lumix FH5, the only major difference being a marginally larger LCD screen that now includes a touch screen overlay, allowing the LCD to be used as an input device. Though it is actually a tiny bit larger than its predecessor, the FH7 is still a super thin, easily point-and-shoot.

Panasonic Lumix FH7

I carried the svelte little FH7 to the Kentucky State Fair, I took it twice to shoot late summer flowers, I brought it with me to an outdoor concert, I held it in my hand – ready to shoot from the hip – on a “street” shooting expedition in the colorful Highlands neighborhood and I took it to Louisville’s annual WorldFest on the Ohio River waterfront to shoot subjects in exotic national costumes. The FH7 is an outstanding general purpose P&S digicam – especially useful for shooting informal portraits, capturing family gatherings, documenting trips and recording special events.

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