Panasonic TZ80 & TZ100-Most Pocket-Size

They are nearly equal. They share the most when it comes to functionality and design. With TZ80, you get a larger zoom range to a lower price while TZ100 has a larger sensor. Panasonic’s two new TZ models» travel zoom «improves the range of versatile quality cameras.

When it was time for the annual update of the TZ-series Panasonic thought to and launched not only a sequel to TZ70 but also released the brand new camera TZ100. New in that it has a larger sensor and thus a different lens. Otherwise, it is most similar to TZ70 and TZ80.However, it is only positive because it means that the camera is well-conceived.

The larger the sensor in TZ100 is just right in time. It is required that the image quality should be better than what you get today with a good cell phone. The case for camera manufacturers to not only compete with the zoom range and manageability. It is a natural guess that anyone who is so interested in photography to recognize that it is not enough with the phone nor content with sensor size in TZ80.Otherwise it is TZ80 a nice update of last year’s model. Two of the things I mention that shortcomings in my test of TZ70 has been fixed. It is partly that it is now in the image viewer can switch picture in zoomed in close location, and that you can select manual exposure when shooting video. The video features are improved feels natural when TZ80 blessed with filming at 4 k resolution.

4 k-functions

In addition to the usual filming so Panasonic has some features that take advantage of the 4 k video is so high resolution that it works well to capture still images from. One of the features of these special features is that it is possible to choose what proportion the image should be. Video is always in 16:9 proportions while you still can choose between a 16:9 aspect ratio, 3:2, 4:3 and 1:1. With 4 k features film camera simply in any of these proportions.

Also from the video recorded in the usual way, it is easy to save still images, but with the special 4 k-function, you get an interface that is more tailored precisely to save still images. In addition, there is a mode where you get with it happened one second before you choose to record. Finally, there is a feature that records a very different video clips,» 4 k photo «.»This is a video of a little over one second where the camera focused on between each square. This to you afterwards to be able to select which part of the image that the focus should be set to.

4 k-the filming and the special features are common to the TZ80 and TZ100. Unfortunately, the cropped image angle part with both cameras when shooting with 4 k. This is because the film picked directly from the sensor dimension without scaling. A picture from TZ100 has width 5472 pixels while the video has a width of 3840. This means that the equivalent to 25 mm wide angle the camera has changed little over 35 mm film at 4 k. On TZ80 is not the origin just as strong – there will be 24 to scarce 31.

If TZ80 had left tolvmegapixelsensorn from TZ70 origin had become negligible small. Actually feels like a strange choice to go up to 18 Megapixels, now when the lens ‘ sharpness at the long telelägena is not enough that you should take advantage of the higher resolution.Panasonic FZ300 have the sensor with 12 megapixel camera and win, I think that it does not have any origin at 4 k Imaging.

Tz100 upmarket

Something that is not changed from TZ70 is the program knob. It’s just a little too easy to accidentally turn on accidentally.On the thought and have the TZ100 made resistance in the steering wheel clearly bigger. Tz100 has an upmarket feel to the material with more cold metal surface.Not entirely obvious that it is better, for they lack two TZ100 rubberized grip that can be found at TZ80.Button design is also the slightly worse on TZ100. The four buttons around the menu button is unnecessary smooth and the extra button, which is named» AF/EE-CAP «, is not working as well as it is supposed to be, that is to say, an easy access button for the thumb.

The two other physical differences between TZ80 and TZ100 is more a matter of taste and preference. Thumb wheel up or down and on/off button with control or button.

Most of it in the function path is shared between the cameras, but some not totally inconsequential things have Panasonic decided to only put in TZ100. For example, it’s Flash sync speed on the second curtain, custom design of the quick menu, the råfilsframkallning and the option to choose if the manual exposure selected brightness to be displayed at all times or at halvnertryck.

One thing that’s as oexklusiv on both models is the seeker’s size. Less than it is here, it will not be without becoming totally unusable. As it is now, however, I think that it works. Of course, I would like to have a larger viewfinder, but probably it would make the camera more and then I’m not entirely sure what I prefer. The whole point of these two cameras is that they are as small as possible, otherwise you might as well choose a bigger and better camera.

Image quality

Lenses in both cameras are excellent if you look at the zoom range and and how compact they are retracted positions. In wide angle mode is also the focus of TZ80 ‘s impressive, at least in the middle. On telephoto mode do not see it as fun. Tz100 is as it should be clearly sharper. It produces a cleaner image with less flare around the details and less noise reduction.

The small sensor of TZ80 is quite so noisy already at lowest ISO sensitivity. Not to amplify the noise more than necessary is the highlight in the space TZ80 less than TZ100. It will be easier utfratt with TZ80.


A prerequisite for a camera to work like you want is that it is customizable. An example of the possibilities with Panasonic’s two TZ models is how I choose to use exposure compensation. My preference is to have it on the thumb wheel and it resets when I turn off the camera. When I select the thumb wheel to steer the sharks not the camera that there is something called exposure compensation at manual exposure. This removes the ability to set the shutter speed with the thumbwheel.

The solution is available in C-mode on the program wheel. Then the thumb wheel to have its standard feature on other modes. In addition, resets itself C mode (when you turn off the camera) to my default value for exposure compensation (no compensation). In the usual P mode, the camera will dial the program remember the exposure compensation and there is no setting for whether it should be or not. Nor is needed because it uses C-mode.


When I tested the compact cameras with large zoom range, I have almost always thought it would have been fun to be able to capture images that I don’t usually take. In the end, I have still not found the camera was right for me. Until now. Panasonic TZ100 has unusually large number right.

The requirement that you’ll like the camera is great is that you prioritize zoom range prior to brightness, and was kindness in front of a good size of the viewfinder.

The camera does not compete with the price but it is roughly on the same level as other manufacturers ‘ models with the same sensor size. There are now a number of different to choose from from the Canon, Nikon and Sony, all with their own advantages.

TZ80 is overshadowed by TZ100. The price, five thousand, becoming in comparison with (now) three thousand for the predecessor TZ70 well expensive.

It will be sure to find 4 k functionality in TZ80 is crucial and that we also do not think it is necessary to go up in price to get the picture quality that is found in the Panasonic TZ100.