This is the 7.2MP version of the Lumix that was posted yesterday in Argos. These guys have 10 in stock so be quick if you want one!
I've used a couple of cameras in this range and they're all very good, especially for the normal price bracket they're in. This one has 6x Optical Zoom which is great for a compact, please note it is bulkier than the ultra-compacts, but you get all that zoom!
It also has Optical Image Stabiliser which is far better for your pics than using high ISO values, that just gives you very noisy images. Gets good reviews generally and I've found the Panasonic Lumix range to be very reliable cameras.
Using the cheapest delivery option (5-7 days 9am-5pm Citylink) this comes in at £105.98, for 2-3 days (9am-5pm) Citylink it's £107.98 and 1-2 days Special Delivery pre-1pm it's £109.98.
Camera Effective Pixels: 7.2 Mega pixels
Optical Zoom: 6x
Lens: LUMIX DC VARIO, 8 elements in 7 groups (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
Scene Mode: Simple, Normal picture, Macro,SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery,Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial photo, Snow, High sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Sunset, Pet), Motion Picture, Playback, Print, Intelligent ISO
Digital Zoom: 4 x( Max. 24 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )(Max. 36x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focus Distance: f=6.1-36.6mm (35mm Equiv.: 37-222mm
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 98.5 x 62.3 x 33.1 mm (3.88 x 2.45 x 1.30 inch)
Weight: Approx. 184g. (0.40lb), Approx 230g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.51lb)
The DMC-LZ7 boasts 7.2-megapixel recording, a powerful 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 37-222mm on a 35mm film camera) and convenient AA battery operation. plus a bright, easy-to-see 2.5-inch LCD. Thanks to Panasonic's careful redesign inside and out, the LZ7 has a more stylish and higher-quality appearance than previous models, and is smaller and lighter despite using AA batteries.
The new Venus Engine III image processing engine gives them even higher image quality and speedier processing. The LZ7 also incorporates the Intelligent Image Stabilization system, which which comprises two features -- Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control -- that together make it easy to capture beautiful photos every time you shoot. Mega O.I.S. compensates for the effects of hand-shake, making it possible to capture clear, crisp photos indoors, at night, when taking macro close-ups, or using high powered zooming -- situations in which hand-shake is most likely to be a problem. Even Mega O.I.S., however, cannot suppress the motion blur caused by a subject moving as the photo is being snapped. That's where Intelligent ISO Control comes in. In this system, the camera's Venus Engine III image-processing engine detects whether the subject is moving and, as necessary, raises the ISO setting and shutter speed according to the degree of movement and light conditions. This happens automatically, so you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. Lumix and its powerful Intelligent Image Stabilization system do all the work for you. You enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images.