Hi everybody !
I have bought a small Canon IXUS 400 7 years ago (compact) , a Sony DSC H5 3 years ago (bridge) but now i want a smaller camera like the ixus with a big zoom like the Sony.
I made my choice and after having the TZ7 and the SX200is in hand, after reading a lot of tests and compared differents shots, i bought the Pana TZ7 and a 12 GB Class 4 SDHC Card (Panasonic RP-SDM12G specified ideal for AVCHD 10 mb/s) not to expensive 30€.
Why ? because the pop up flash of the SX200, only centered autofocus on the SX200 (no AiAF) even if Canon seems to be better in low light shots... and have manual controls but i don't need this.
The TZ7 has 2 millions less, is 80€ more but is 25mm instead of the 28mm of the Canon, the Intelligent Autofocus for the other users of this Camera at my home.
Yesterday morning, battery fully charged, i have tested all the options of the manual during 1h30. Easy to use. Nice options.
- Very good global quality of the camera.
- The Zoom is not very easy to put on the good step. You must push the zoom button very slowly
- To view the last shot you need to change the position of a button. It's not a pushing button. Durability with use and time ?
- The DIAL is loose but not so much. It doesn't turn when in and out of the pocket. I can put it in inexistent position
- With the 12Gb card, 2050 photos Camera estimation
- The door of the battery compartiment seems to be "fragile" so need to be carefull
In the afternoon, going to a hood with my daughter, i bring the TZ7 to make tests shots. Battery was empty after nearly 70 shots and a short video (remember i tried all the menus in the morning) anf it was the first charge. I hope it will last a lot better in the future.
Now after testing i can say :
Intelligent auto is excellent and change automaticcaly and easily to macro mode on a flower then in landscape mode and then in portrait mode. A very good thing for those who don't want to touch anything on their camera.
Very good detecting motion, the spot move with the face or the object (bird for ex) you want to shot.
Face recognition is excellent, except for my daughter not working 100% but she is always moving ! It recognizes me with or without glasses (not sun glasses
Intelligent contrast on, automatically brighten dark aeras and worked great yesterday in the hood without touching anything.
We can change the compensation too with +/- 1/3 EV and camera can take 3 photos in the 3 position in a very short time.
For the 70 photos in the hood (low light and no direct sunlight condition) the most were in 80 to 160 iso. Sometimes with flash activated. In that case, a good point for me is that the background is still very visible and natural and not becoming black like i see on other cameras.
Some photos (2) were at 400 iso and one at 320 and one at 800 but the zoom was at the maximum position (x12). (shoting my dog far away). In that case, on the PC screen (1920*1200) , i can see differences with other shots, it's less detailed and more noisy but i think it's certainly still printable in a good format (A4 21cm * 29cm )
Video quality is excellent, sound too, my class 4 card (10mb/s) is sufficient. I can read AVCHD format on vista using VLC media player without installing nothing else. I installed nothing from the CD icluded in the box.
For me it's a good camera, nice shots and nice colors, very easy to use "pick up an shot", i haven't try in night conditions but i think it won't be very good. High Iso are a little noisy when you look at it in details on the PC screen. Printed in a normal size it should be very nice.
It's a lot lighter and smaller than my Sony DSC H5 and a good thing for my trip in NY in May.
I think i will try it more this afternoon in good light conditions. It's sunny today !
I hope that my english is good