- Excellent image quality
- Great noise management
- Easily pocketable
- Tricky menu system
- No real user's manual
- No zoom during video capture
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.
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.