As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 is also often compared to pro digicams and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ20 and the Lumix DMC-FZ8) and Fujifilm (such as the XQ1 and the FinePix S6000fd)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ7 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs professional size (87×128×106 mm)), is thinner (3.1" vs 4.2"), is slightly lighter (340 g vs 556 g) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (114k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 20.9 MP) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ20 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ20 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ20 and DMC-FZ7

  • Fairly small: Professional size (87×128×106 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Light weight: 556 g vs 340 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 3.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
1 year newer
$457

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ8 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

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Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ8 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ8 and DMC-FZ7

  • Fairly small: Standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Very light: 340 g vs 340 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3.1"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
8 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • More zoom: 64.6x vs 12x

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and DMC-FZ7

  • Light weight: 628 g vs 340 g
  • Inexpensive: $243.51 vs $555.87

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 114k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ48 and DMC-FZ7

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Light weight: 498 g vs 340 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
4 years newer
$496 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 114k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Significantly larger: Large (137×99×131 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 780 g vs 340 g
  • Thicker: 5.1" vs 3.1"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and DMC-FZ7

  • Inexpensive: $492.19 vs $555.87
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
1 year newer
$1,000

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ18 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ18 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ18 and DMC-FZ7

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×75×88 mm) vs Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
  • Very light: 407 g vs 340 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 3.1"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ7 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3") and has a much lower resolution screen (114k dots vs 922k dots).

Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1
7 years newer
$120

Significant advantages of the XQ1 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the XQ1 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

common strengths of the XQ1 and DMC-FZ7

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the G15 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G15 (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

common strengths of the G15 and DMC-FZ7

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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1 year older
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XT (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XT (vs the DMC-FZ7)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XT and DMC-FZ7

  • None found