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Old Mar 21, 2011, 6:30 PM   #1
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Hello,

quite interested in the zs7, but how are indoors photos with this camera? some people seem to complain, anyone could post pics to illustrate?

greatly appreciate your help.

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Old Mar 21, 2011, 7:20 PM   #2
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I remember seeing this post and glad I found it. Check it out, looks pretty good to me!

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...no-museum.html
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 8:09 PM   #3
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That is LTZ's photo. And like LTZ, I too have been to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Museum. That building has huge overhead skylights that provide a huge amount of filtered and diffuse lighting. That is why that photo looks so good.

I day to day operations, when shooting indoor in the normal home environment, the ZS7's built-in flash really struggles. Good image quality can only be obtained by restricting the camera to subject distance to 6 to 7 feet.

When I take indoor photos with my ZS5 I use a Slave Flash to add the light that is really necessary for any group photos that you might take during the Holidays. My attached photo shows how the Slave flash really improves indoor photos with the ZS series cameras.

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I posted these on another thread. These were taken with a zs6 in a very dark tavern. I had to shoot in aperature mode and use the flash. Before opening the aperature they were just blurry shadows.
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Old Mar 22, 2011, 5:42 AM   #5
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then, what camera (within the same group) would you recommend?

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Old Mar 22, 2011, 11:26 AM   #6
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vince-

Do you need:
GPS?
An advanced Video Format?
A 460K LCD screen?

Answering those questions will point you toward the correct model. And we are always here to help.

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Old Mar 22, 2011, 11:33 AM   #7
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Hello Sarah,

GPS: not really needed

advanced video format and LCD screen: why not...

Originally, I was looking for a compact super zoom to replace my canon SD550 (which keeps giving me memory card error message even after trying 4 different SDHC cars...only the 32Mb canon is working and Canon can't help me), looked into panasonic tz family, now I read good things about the FZ38, etc...but it's much bigger...confused, I am...

too bad that the TZ7/6 are not that good indoor...

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Old Mar 22, 2011, 12:00 PM   #8
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this slave flash, how big is it? indoor pics can be part of holydays, right? so if you need to carry a slave flash, you loose the advantage of the compact format, am i correct here?
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vblanche, none of this class camera with the small image sensor do that well indoors in limited light. You will need to move up to something with a larger sensor, such as the micro four third or larger. Here's a comparison I posted a while back. These were both shot under exact same light conditions, very dark with pinlights from the Xmas tree only, using a tripod or equivalent:


FZ35:



GF1 (Panasonic Micro Four Thirds):
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ok, point taken...but wow, what a difference in price...

so, if none do well indoors, and I want to keep the compact advantage, ZS7 should be fine, right?
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