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Old Jun 4, 2010, 10:15 AM   #11
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Karen-

I have only seen one report of jerky zooming, and it seemed strange to ,e as I have no problems at all.Amazon has a bulletproof, no questions asked, no fee of any kind return policy.

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Old Jun 4, 2010, 3:51 PM   #12
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mtclimber, thanks for the advice on the slave flash, I do not think I would carry it with me but it could come in handy for special occasions.
I have read in some reviews of the zs7 of jerky zooming and was wondering if anyone had this problem.
Also a question about ordering online since I can't find these cameras in any store in my area. Any info on returns when ordering from Amazon? Restocking fees on opened package?
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I read that in only one review and I have not experienced it either. That one review said it occurred during video and that is 100% impossible because zoom in video is at a single, controlled speed. It can be irritatingly slow but it's not jerky.
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 12:53 AM   #13
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Amazon is probably one of the best online retailers when it comes to price, service, speed and returns. You can return the camera within 30 days with no restocking fees (open and sealed box). Other retailers either have a much shorter window for returns (14 days only) or they charge a 15% restocking fee.
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 1:14 AM   #14
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Yes the zoom is slow when recording video with ZS7, but perfectly slow for me...it does a great job!...
I have never experienced jerkiness at all...
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 6:49 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the advice. Can anyone recommend a memory card and battery?

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Old Jun 5, 2010, 8:54 AM   #16
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Sandisk Extreme SDHC Class 6 either 4Gb or 8Gb (8Gb if you will record a lot of video's or 2 X 4Gb)...Panasonic Battery DMW-BCG10 as I think the ZS7 will only work with Panasonic Batteries?
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 10:13 AM   #17
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Not any more LTZ-

There are now. There are licensed third party battery suppliers on E-Bay who guarantee that their product will work on the ZS7.

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Old Jun 5, 2010, 11:50 AM   #18
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...That one review said it occurred during video and that is 100% impossible because zoom in video is at a single, controlled speed. It can be irritatingly slow but it's not jerky.
First of all, it is much better to be able to zoom during movie recording than not to. Second, slow zoom is a good thing. It prevents jerkiness and allows for a much more accurate and smooth operation of the auto focus system.
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First of all, it is much better to be able to zoom during movie recording than not to.
Did someone say it wasn't? Who are you debating with?

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Second, slow zoom is a good thing. It prevents jerkiness and allows for a much more accurate and smooth operation of the auto focus system.
I would prefer the option to have variable speed zoom like on Panasonic's dedicated camcorders. As I already stated though, I will take the ZS7 slow over the HX5V jerky if I have to choose.
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There are now. There are licensed third party battery suppliers on E-Bay who guarantee that their product will work on the ZS7.

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Thanks Sarah didn't realize that...I bought an aftermarket that works with the 7D, but it doesn't show the battery usage display so you can't tell that it is charged or not...don't really care for that either...

Great that you can get aftermarket batteries that work properly with panasonic...another good reason to own a panasonic!
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