As I've mentioned already in this Mac Rumors' "Digital Video" thread... Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3/TZ7: Small, HD Video, Dolby Stereo - demo video ...I own that fabulous compact size digital camera since some days. Here some demo shots in photo mode showing the immense 12x zoom range from 25 mm to 300 mm (=35 mm equivalent; original: 4.1 mm to 49.2 mm). All photos taken in full iA mode (intelligent Auto--an advanced automatism that features scene detect). Only resized in iPhoto (export: "high" JPG quality); no crop, no color saturation enhancement, no color temperature "correction", no "sharpening" filter at all. Image quality straight out of camera. All photos taken yesterday. First two photos. Danube Canal in Vienna downtown. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donaukanal 4.1 mm (max wide), iA: landscape mode, ISO 80, f/5.0, 1/500 49.2 mm (max tele), iA: landscape mode, ISO 80, f/5.6, 1/640 Next three photos. Belvedere Palace, Vienna. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belvedere_(palace) 4.1 mm (max wide), iA: landscape mode, ISO 125, f/4.5, 1/500 7.3 mm, iA: landscape mode, ISO 80, f/4.5, 1/400 49.2 mm (max tele), iA: landscape mode, ISO 125, f/4.9, 1/400 I hope you can see them in the attachment of this posting. Here are the direct photo bucket links: http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/bahnfrei/donaukanal-telaviv-totale.jpg http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/bahnfrei/donaukanal-telaviv-tele.jpg http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/bahnfrei/P1000621.jpg http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/bahnfrei/P1000623.jpg http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/bahnfrei/P1000622.jpg Warning! Don't upgrade this camera (and other Panasonic cameras with different firmware version numbers) to firmware version 1.2 if you want to use third-party batteries! This new firmware version 1.2 was published by Panasonic one hour ago. Just for your information. Don't download, don't install those items, there are no more "improvements" against firmware version number 1.1: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/ http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/TZ7_ZS3/index.html On the original Lumix Panasonic battery (shipped with cam) is written: "DMW-BCG10E 3.6 V 895mAh 3.3Wh Li-ion" I've got a no-name replacement battery via Amazon that was advertised "for TZ7" (ZS3). There is written on it "For BCG10 Replacement Li-ion Battery 3.7 V/1000mAh" and it works just fine. My Pana TZ7 and the shipped charger DE-A66 didn't complain. Loading and lasting time maybe even a bit longer than original battery. No explosions so far You can't buy an original Panasonic battery for that camera worldwide! It's sold out. It's exorbitant expensive (around €70). Battery life of my TZ7 is not overwhelming. Clicking on the "Important Notice" on the bottom left of the linked pages reveals that the G1 and GH1 versions are "coming soon". As it's often not possible to downgrade the camera's BIOS, now might be a good time to buy your G1/GH1 or other Panasonic camera before they come shipped with the new firmware. That's one FW upgrade I'll be boycotting! Otherwise the camera is fantastic especially the movie features.