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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Overall rating 4 stars
4 from 2 reviews
Specifications
Aperture
F3.3 - F4.9
Features
aspherical lens, low-dispersion lenses
Optical Zoom
10x
The name of the lens
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
Focal length (35mm equivalent)
28 - 280 mm
The number of optical elements
11
The number of groups optical elements
9
Specifications
Aperture:
F3.3 - F4.9
Features:
aspherical lens, low-dispersion lenses
Optical Zoom:
10x
The name of the lens:
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
Focal length (35mm equivalent):
28 - 280 mm
The number of optical elements:
11
The number of groups optical elements:
9

Reviews

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Overall rating 4 stars
2 reviews
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Overall rating stars
November 21, 2008

Comment:

I have just bought this as a carry everywhere point and shoot camera to replace an Olympus FE-340 (with 5x zoom) I was not happy with and an old Olympus C770 (with 10x zoom) which I was very happy with but needed to be replaced.

My reasons for choosing this model were the good review, the 28-280 effective zoom range and a special price of NZ$399 (about US$220) with free accessory pack which included a case, 2GB card and an extra battery. So far after taking around 20 good clear picture, I am very happy with my purchase. The 28mm wide angle zoom is great compared with both Olympus’s 38mm, and while the images are not significantly better than the C-770 they are noticeably better than the FE-340 which suffers from very noticeable barrel distortion at the wide end and soft at the telephoto end.

If anyone is curious about whether I considered the DMC-TZ5, the answer is yes. But I decided it did not offer me any real advantage that could justify the 50% higher cost no free accessory pack!

Overall rating stars
January 16, 2009

Comment:

I bought the TZ4 as an everyday snapper instead of having to lug my E410 around. It was a close call between the TZ4 and the Canon SX110, and in the end I went for the one my local Currys had in stock! I compared it to the SX100, and whilst the Canon feels more ‘natural’ to use, the TZ4 is much more compact and feels much better made, being mostly of metal construction I think.

Indeed, the Pansonic feels like quality as soon as you feel the weight. It looks the part, too. After two days experimenting I have come to terms with the limitations of the camera – basically it is a point-and-shoot with very little option to take manual control. As I have a DSLR I am not too concerned about this. One area where it does score highly over most other compacts, is in having that 28mm lens. I am not overly-impressed with the sharpness – in this respect it looks positively prehistoric when compared to my E410 – but colour reproduction and exposure seem good. I&#8217m sure it is good, but just not as good as I expected based on the reviews.

Digital compacts have moved on since my first Sony DSC going back 5-6 years in terms of speed and options, but image quality appears to have hit a block and I personally can’t see a lot of difference between my old 3MP Sony and this 8MP model. However – and I’m surprised this has not been mentioned before – one area where compacts have rocketed ahead is in terms of their ability to shoot video. The TZ4 shoots a very respectable 16:9 aspect, 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps. I didn’t buy it as a movie camera as I already have one, but I shall certainly use it in place of my bulky old Digital 8 Handycam. Of course the sound quality is abysmal, but we can&#8217t have everything!

I am not a professional photographer or reviewer, and can only compare this to the half-dozen other digital cameras I&#8217ve owned in the past few years. It is undoubtedly the best compact I&#8217ve used, and the small size compared with long zoom make it a great travel companion. Being able to shoot decent video just about seals it as probably the perfect travel camera. It falls way short of a DSLR &#8211 even one with far fewer MPs – in terms of image quality, but is more than acceptable for small prints or computer use. It feels well made and is very easy to master, so should be a trouble-free holiday companion. But I would buy an extra battery because I seriously doubt the 300-shot life claimed by Panasonic. I would put it closer to 200 without flash, and with a two-hour charge time, it won&#8217t make it through many parties!

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Details
Details
Lens
Aperture F3.3 - F4.9
Features aspherical lens, low-dispersion lenses
Optical Zoom 10x
The name of the lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 28 - 280 mm
The number of optical elements 11
The number of groups optical elements 9
Focus
Face detection Yes
The AF illuminator Yes
The minimum shooting distance 0.05 m
Power
Power connector Yes
Battery capacity 1000 mA*h, or 330 photos
Number of batteries 1
The format of batteries your own
Camera
Camera type digital
Matrix
Size 1/2.5"
Crop factor 6.02
Sensitivity 100 - 1600 ISO, Auto ISO
Enhanced ISO value ISO6400
Maximum resolution 3264 x 2448
The type of matrix СCD
The total number of pixels 8.32 million
The number of effective pixels 8.1 million
Exposure
Excerpt 60 - 1/2000 s
Metering multizone, center-weighted, spot
Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3-step increments
Exposure bracketing Yes
Manual setting of shutter speed and aperture No
Functionality
Flash built-in, till 5.30 m, suppression of effect of red eyes
White balance auto, manual, from the list
Image stabilizer (photography) optical
Shooting modes
Macro Yes
Timer Yes
The timer 2, 10 c
Speed shooting 3 frame./sec
Maximum series of images 7 for JPEG
The frame format (photography) 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Size and weight
Size 103x59x36 mm
Weight 208 g, without batteries; 234 g with batteries
Memory and interfaces
Interfaces USB 2.0, video, HD video, audio
Image formats 2 JPEG
Type of memory cards SD, SDHC
The amount of internal memory 50 MB
Record video and audio
Video codecs MJPEG
Sound recording Yes
Video recording Yes
Record audio comments Yes
Format video recording MOV
The video recording time limited by the memory card
Maximum resolution videos 848x480
The maximum frame rate of the video 30 fps
Viewfinder and LCD screen
LCD screen 230000 pixels, 2.50 inch
Viewfinder missing
Using the screen as a viewfinder Yes
Other functions and features
Announced 2008-01-29
Equipment charger, battery, case for battery, AV cable, USB cable, strap, CD with software
Digital Zoom 4x
Additional features tripod mount, the sensor orientation
Additional information high-speed continuous shooting - 7 frames/sec (up to 2.5 megapixel)
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