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On select models, you can add date and time stamp to a picture by using the "Text Stamp" feature. Refer to the operating manual to see if the feature is available on your model camera.

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Yes, connect the provided USB cable from the camera to the Mac. The Mac will automatically load the appropriate driver and

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Macro Mode is the proper mode for taking close-up pictures, as this will allow it to focus properly on close objects.

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Date and time can be printed on the picture by using the Date Stamp or Text Stamp feature within the camera.

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“IA mode” automatically activates MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, and Quick Auto Focus to match your subject and shooting situation. IA Mode is a great mode for beginning photographers.

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Unfortunately not. The transition from SD to SDHC, and from SDHC to SDXC also required some hardware redesigns.Cameras that are compatible with SDHC will have the SDHC logo on the camera body.2010 models compatible with SDXC cards will have the SDXC logo on the camera body.More info on the various types of SD cards can be found at http://www.sdcard.org/home/

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sRGB is highly recommended. While Adobe RGB does offer a slightly broader range of colors, most monitors and printers are incapable of properly reproducing the broader color pallet. Certain commercial photo applications can support Adobe RGB, and can be selected when required.

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The RAW photo format effectively has no color space. After the desired adjustments are made programs like Adobe's Photoshop allow you to select the desired color space when the file is saved to the JPG format.

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Unfortunately not. The transition from SD to SDHC, and from SDHC to SDXC also required some hardware redesigns.Cameras that are compatible with SDHC will have the SDHC logo on the camera body.2010 models compatible with SDXC cards will have the SDXC logo on the camera body.More info on the various types of SD cards can be found at http://www.sdcard.org/home/

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Unfortunately not. The transition from SD to SDHC, and from SDHC to SDXC also required some hardware redesigns. Cameras that are compatible with SDHC will have the SDHC logo on the camera body. 2010 models compatible with SDXC cards will have the SDXC logo on the camera body. More info on the various types of SD cards can be found at http://www.sdcard.org/home/

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The shadow is caused because of the flash's position, relative to the lens shade. You can either remove the lens shade or use an external flash (user provided) that is physically offset from the lens position. This condition is normal.

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In mode 1 the stabilizer operates continuously just as it would in a camcorder to stabilize video. The live image on the LCD or in the EVF is also stabilized, so it also assists in composing the shot when you might be moving.In mode 2 the stabilizer function is in standby and only activates at the moment the shutter captures the image. While the live image (on the LCD or EVF) is not stabilized, mode 2 will increase the camera's overall stabilization by about 20%.Mode 3 is designed to be used when you are panning the camera, following motion from left to right or vice versa. Stabilization is only done for vertical movement.

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Unfortunately not. The transition from SD to SDHC, and from SDHC to SDXC also required some hardware redesigns.Cameras that are compatible with SDHC will have the SDHC logo on the camera body.2010 models compatible with SDXC cards will have the SDXC logo on the camera body.More info on the various types of SD cards can be found at http://www.sdcard.org/home/

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Sports mode forces the camera to use a fast shutter speed. In order for it to work correctly the scene must be very bright, usually not attainable indoors. The flash on the camera cannot illuminate an area such as a school gym. Typically, it can only illuminate an area about 8 feet away from the camera. The soft focus is action motion blur, caused by insufficient lighting, the camera will select a slower shutter speed.

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It is not recommended that you delete or modify any photos on your SD memory card using your PC. Doing so can damage the file allocation table and your camera will not be able to read the files. You should immediately copy the remaining photos from your SD card to your PC. After doing so, using your camera, reformat the SD card.

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There is no problem, this is normal. The camera's Optical Image Stabilization system uses an internal lens element that is suspended by two magnetic coils. Once the power is turned on the lens is fixed in place and the noise is not heard. The camera doesnot require any service.

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Sports mode forces the camera to use a fast shutter speed, which requires lots of light. Sports mode is not intended for indoor use. The flash on your camera is not strong enough to properly illuminate a large indoor gym. This accounts for the dark images.

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Please format the new card using your Panasonic Lumix camera and recheck the number of available photos. DO NOT format the card using your PC.

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Your PC's monitor and video card need to be calibrated in order for it to display an image that looks similar to the print. This condition is not a camera malfunction. System color calibration is generally used by advanced and professional photographers and requires software and hardware that can cost several hundred dollars.

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SD cards larger than 2 GB are classified as SDHC cards. SDHC cards use a different file structure that requires your PC's card reader to be SDHC compliant. The reader in your PC may not be SDHC compliant.

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Panasonic has manufacturing facilities for its digital still cameras in both Japan and China to meet our global demands. Products made in these facilities are manufactured to the same exacting standards. There is no difference in performance or quality.

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iA (Intelligent Auto) modes are created to improve specific shooting conditions assuming certain conditions exist. It's possible that one scene can be similar to another and the scene mode would not provide the optimum results. In such cases, we suggest using the "P" Program mode. Digital photography allows the customer to see the end product immediately, without the cost of film processing and printing.

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iA mode will attempt to select the best Scene Mode for each photo. It does so by evaluating the photo and comparing certain key points against a list of typical conditions. As with any "auto" operation, variations and exceptions will occur where auto modes will not produce the best results.

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Firmware is the camera's internal software that runs the camera. Panasonic may occasionally add a new feature to the camera, or if we discover a minor problem after the camera started selling Panasonic may issue new firmware to make the necessary changes. Any new firmware release includes a description of the changes it makes. If you are having the problem it corrects, or if you want to add the new feature, follow the instructions and install the update. You should always begin the firmware update usong a fully charged battery.

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For basic digital still photography, any speed card should work just fine. If you shoot a lot in "auto bracket" or "burst" mode, a faster card will allow you to shoot more images while decreasing the time the camera may pause to allow images to be written to the card. For motion HD video, faster cards (Class 6) are required due to the amount of data that is being transferred in real time.

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Panasonic has never made any digital still cameras with plastic lens elements. On some models, the other lens case parts may be plastic, but the optics are high quality glass lens optics.

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     CIPA figures which range from 300-400 photos (depending on the camera model ). CIPA measurement methods use a very controlled method to measure battery life. The procedure takes a specific number of shots at a fixed interval, with a fixed ratio of flash photos. Unfortunately, while this method provides a standardized measurement that can be used to compare two cameras, it's far from how people actually use their camera. Life expectancy can be affected by any of the following:     1.    If the flash is used, the total number of photos can decrease by 30-40%     2.    If the camera has GPS, you can expect up to a 50% reduction in battery life. If the customer has no immediate need for GPS            disable the feature in the camera's menu options.     3.    While the battery saver feature will turn the LCD panel off after a preset time (and place the camera into sleep mode) the     camera still draws some power from the battery. When a customer complains about  poor battery life, suggest that they manually turn the camera after each shot. At social gatherings, try and minimize passing the camera around the table to have others look at the photos. The LCD panel consumes ˜30% of the total power.                

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AVCHD DVD's can only be played in BD players that are AVCHD compatible.

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When the camera is turned off it wakes up a few times per hour to obtain its current location. If the customer knows the camera will not be used within the next few hours, be sure did disable the GPS function from the operating menu.

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The Panasonic DMC-ZS7 stores each photos GPS data in the photo's EXIF data. Our cameras follow the industry EXIF standard, so any any software that reads locations from the EXIF data should work. Please be advised that Panasonic has not officially tested such software and cannot endorse any specify product.

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GPS is a

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It is true that a larger image sensor is partly responsible for the overall image quality, but it is also equally important to achieve a balance between the image sensor and the lens. A larger sensor requires a lens that can take and evenly illuminate the entire active image area, especially in the corner areas. In simpler terms, a larger image sensor requires a larger lens, which in turn makes the entire camera system larger and heavier. One must consider that most camera and lens designs that now use larger sensors were originally designed for film use. When digital cameras use designs (and lens) originally designed for film the image quality, especially at the image's corners, will show visible aberrations and degradation. In comparison, the Micro Four Third system design is purely digital. The lens is designed to project more of the image in a perpendicular plane onto the image sensor's active area. This dedicated design produces more even illumination of the image sensor and sharper images at the photo's corners.

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Your camera has an internal buffer to allow you to take successive photos. If the SD card you are using is too slow, the camera may pause until the photo data is transferred from the camera's internal buffer to the SD Card, before the next photo can be taken. It usually occurs when older, smaller SD Cards (1GB or less) are used. Panasonic recommends that class 4 or higher SD cards are used.Your camera also has a feature called

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The current features and operating parameters of our

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An older

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Yes. Touch screen navigation on this camera is for the Quick Menu only.

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An update of the PhotofunStudio 5.0 HD software (version 5.0L319) is required for 3D compatibility. The update can be downloaded from our Panasonic Global website's digital camera page at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/soft/download/pfs50hd.html

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There is a very high possibility that the camera is in the Intelligent Auto mode (iA). If the iA mode button on camera is highlighted in blue then press the button to deselect the option. The iA mode takes preference over all other options when turned on.  

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A firmware update is required to have this functionality added to the camera. Also, you would not be able to view the images in 3D on the camera. 3D glasses as well as a 3D compatible TV are required for 3D viewing.

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Backlight refers to when light comes from the back of a subject. The subject will become dark, so this function compensates the backlight by brightening the whole of the picture automatically. Backlight compensation is automatically applied in the Intelligent Auto mode.

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For this feature to work a Viera Link compatible Panasonic TV is required as well as the recommended Panasonic mini HDMI cable which is an optional accessory that can be purchased from our National Parts Center (1-800-833-9626).  The Viera TV remote can be used to control camera picture playback functions on TV.  

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This occurs once red-eye reduction flash option selected. The subject should remain still until second flash triggered.

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No - MC stands for Multi-Coated referring to the multiple coatings that are applied to our filters to reduce lens refraction and glare.

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 No. The camera does however have an extended optical zoom feature.

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This sometimes occurs in locations that are dusty and the flash is used. The flash from the camera reflects on the dust particles and this sometimes shows in pictures. 

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No.

48.

Summicron is a registered trademark of Leica. It's designed to provide better than average performance in low light situations. While being a very high quality lens, its capabilities are still limited by the basic guidelines and principals of photography.

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This camera has a "Panorama Assist" feature which allows you to take the pictures you would like to join. You can then stitch the pictures using the supplied software (PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition) once they have been transferred to your pc.

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No. HDR images can however be created using the LX5's auto bracket feature, than tone mapping the images with third party HDR software.


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