Panasonic lumix tz100 review: imaging liberation meet lens limi

The Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100 (also known as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100) was announced at the start of năm 2016 and features a trăng tròn.1 million pixel 1-inch MOS sensor. It"s also got a 10x optical zoom which covers a 35milimet equivalent focal length range of 25-250milimet. The maximum aperture range is f/2.8-f/5.9. Panasonic says that the TZ100 forms a new market in the compact camera aremãng cầu, as its the first compact camera with a large, one-inch sensor, khổng lồ also feature a notable (10x) optical zoom. That should make it ikhuyến mãi for travelling photographers who want the flexibility of different focal lengths. The Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100 also has a new Venus engine, & the same 4K Clip và photo lớn modes as found in some of Panasonic"s compact system cameras. That includes the ability lớn “post focus” and extract photos from 4K đoạn phim files. A 0.2-inch, 1160k-dot electronic viewfinder is joined by a 1040k-dot touch-sensitive sầu screen. There"s not really any like-for-lượt thích competition with the TZ100 as it stands, but in terms of its kích cỡ & shape, it"s reasonably similar to the Canon PowerShot G9 X. The Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100 / ZS100 is available in silver or blaông xã for £549.99 / $699.99.

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Ease of Use

The Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100"s body toàn thân is impressively small considering it houses a one-inch sensor and a 10x optical zoom. It"s also a little heavier than it looks, which gives it a nice weighty feel of chất lượng.

There are three colour ways lớn choose from, all-blaông xã, blaông chồng with a red stripe, or blaông chồng and grey with a stripe - the latter is what was supplied for our Reviews.

The front of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 is slightly indented, which helps it khổng lồ sit comfortably in your h&. There"s no textured grip though so it can feel a little slippery in your hand - it"s recommended that you attach the supplied strap to lớn keep it secure.

A pleasing number of buttons and dials can be found on the TZ100, with all of them grouped on the right h& side of the camera for easy reach with your thumb when using the camera one-handed.

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Front of the Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100

On top of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 is a mode dial for selecting from different exposure modes, including aperture priority, shutter priority, iA (intelligent auto) và panorama. There"s also another dial which is used for altering different settings depending on the shooting mode you"re in - for example if you"re using aperture priority, then it will control aperture. You can also use the dial to lớn scroll through menus, & you can customise the dial lớn control a different setting if you prefer.

The zoom lever which surrounds the camera"s shutter release is reasonably small, but it feels pretty well constructed. If you"re shooting in raw format, you won"t be able khổng lồ use the digital zoom, but if you have sầu that switched off there will be a short pause before you enter into lớn the digital territory which is useful for keeping it within the optical range if you want it lớn.

Just to lớn the right hvà side of the shutter release button is a small video clip record button. It"s pretty unlikely that you"d accidentally be able to push this, which is good news for avoiding accidentally đoạn Clip recording.

Moving lớn the baông chồng of the Panasonic Luphối DMC-TZ100 and there"s four different function buttons. Three of them are on the right hand side, while the fourth is next khổng lồ the viewfinder. All of the buttons have sầu mặc định functions, but you can customise them, along with a further five “virtual” custom buttons which can be accessed via the touchscreen.

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Rear of the Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100

By mặc định, the Fn3 button accesses a quiông chồng menu which gives you quick access to lớn commonly used settings such as Trắng balance, ISO và metering modes. You can use a combination of the touchscreen and physical buttons khổng lồ move sầu khổng lồ & change settings. There"s also function buttons for 4K phokhổng lồ modes, switching on và off Post Focus mode, and altering how the viewfinder behaves. Again though, if you"d prefer a different function to assigned to lớn any of these buttons, you can do that via the main thực đơn.

A control ring around the front of the lens again has default settings, but can also be set lớn different functions if you prefer. For instance, in aperture priority, by mặc định it controls aperture, but you could change it to a different function.

There are number of different autofocusing modes to choose from, including Face/Eye Detection, 49-Area, & 1-Area. If you have sầu 1-Area mode selected, you simply need khổng lồ tap the area on screen where you want to lớn focus. As with its compact system cameras, you can continue khổng lồ use the screen lớn phối AF point while using the viewfinder - which makes setting the point very quick.

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Top of the Panasonic Luphối DMC-TZ100

Speaking of the viewfinder, it has a sensor which means that it will automatically switch on when you hold the Panasonic Luphối DMC-TZ100 up khổng lồ your eye, & the screen will automatically switch off. This makes for a clean transition between using the two. The viewfinder itself is relatively small when compared with some of the viewfinders which you might find on a compact system camera (such as the Panasonic G7), but it is never-the-less useful when you"re photographing in bright sunlight and want lớn avoid using the screen.

The screen gives a reasonably good angle of view, & while it doesn"t suffer too badly from glare or reflections unless the sun is very bright, it would have sầu been nice lớn have sầu an articulating or tilting screen - it"s likely that this would have boosted the price of the camera.

For the TZ100, Panasonic has introduced its DFD (Depth From Defocus) công nghệ, which is designed lớn boost how quickly the camera can focus. This is the same DFD giải pháp công nghệ which has been used in some of the company"s compact system cameras, & here it does a great job khổng lồ lock onto subjects, being almost instant in bright light, và only dropping slightly in darker conditions. General operational speeds are also excellent, with shot-to-shot times being quiông xã.

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The Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100 In-hand

Post Focus Mode was rolled out as a firmware nâng cấp across some of Panasonic"s compact system cameras and is also available here. Essentially, the camera takes several photos in quiông chồng succession, each with a different focus point. In the camera, you can then choose from any of the focus points lớn change the look of your image. You can only use it on static subjects, so it"s a little bit limited in its use, but it"s a very interesting piece of công nghệ. Macro subjects are particularly good for it, and it"s better implemented here than in the TZ80 as the TZ100 has both a larger sensor & the capability khổng lồ shoot at wider apertures - this means that a shallow depth of field effect is better represented.

The Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100 has both a mechanical và electronic shutter. If you switch lớn the electronic shutter, you can shoot at speeds up lớn 1/16000 of a second, which is very useful if you"re trying khổng lồ shoot at wide apertures in bright sunlight, or, if you want lớn freeze very fast moving subjects.

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4K Photo lớn Modes are also very useful, especially if you"re photographing action, or fast moving subjects, such as children or pets. You can shoot 4K Clip at 30fps, và then extract, in camera, a single frame from any of these 30.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the đôi mươi megapx Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image kích thước of around 7Mb.

JPEG images directly from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 are great. They show a good level of saturation, to lớn be nicely warm và vibrant, without edging too far inkhổng lồ unrealistic colours.

The overall impression of detail is excellent, especially when viewing an image at normal printing or viewing sizes (A4 or below). If you zoom in at 100%, it"s possible khổng lồ see some degree of image smoothing for even low ISO (100-200) shots, but it"s impressively quite comparable lớn some of Panasonic"s compact system cameras.

As you move up the ISO range, then image smoothing starts to become a bit more noticeable at smaller printing sizes, but images remain impressively sharp at ISO 800 & ISO 1600. For now, it"s not possible to lớn open raw format files in Adobe Camera Raw, but upon it"s release you"ll be able lớn tải về Silkypix software from the Panasonic trang web.

All-purpose metering does a good job of helping to produce accurate colours, however if you"re photographing something which has areas of very high contrast, you may find you need lớn dial in some exposure compensation. Automatic Trắng balance also copes with a range of lighting conditions, including artificial lighting. It perhaps ages towards slightly warmer tones under some artificial lights, so switching khổng lồ one of the presets may result in more accurate tones.

Images taken at the far reach of the Panasonic Luphối DMC-TZ100"s 10x optical zoom focal lens have sầu a great amount of detail, which is pleasing lớn see. Similarly, images taken at other focal lengths throughout the range are also good.

Noise

There are 8 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Luphối DMC-TZ100. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

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ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have sầu been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photosiêu thị. The right-h& image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the mặc định sharpening setting và benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photocửa hàng. You can change the in-camera sharpening màn chơi via the Picture Adjust menu option.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100"s 10x zoom lens provides a versatile focal length of 25-250mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

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250mm

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Panasonic Luset DMC-TZ100 handled chromatic aberrations well during the reviews, with just a little purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 offers a Macro setting that allows you lớn focus on a subject that is 5cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how cđại bại you can get lớn the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

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Flash

The flash settings on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 are Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off. These shots of a White coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Forced Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Forced On - Wide Angle (25mm)

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Forced Off - Telephoto (250mm)

Forced On - Telephoto lớn (250mm)

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And here are some portrait shots.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

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Redeye Reduction

Redeye Reduction (100% Crop)
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Night

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100"s maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds, which is great news if you"re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter tốc độ of 60 seconds at ISO 125. The camera takes the same amount of time again khổng lồ apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

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Night (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Panasonic Luphối DMC-TZ100 camera, which were all taken using the đôi mươi megapx Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below links to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.


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