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Computers & Hardware => Other Technologies & Hardware => Topic started by: sevenlayermuddle on August 01, 2019, 11:33:31 AM

Title: Panasonic ĎTZí series cameras
Post by: sevenlayermuddle on August 01, 2019, 11:33:31 AM
I recently treated myself to a Panasonic TZ100.   I havenít yet had the chance to use it much, but initial experiments suggest it is a great little camera.   Iíd be happy to provide a more detailed Ďreviewí for Kitz forums, if anybody cares to encourage me? :)

Meanwhile, I have one small reservation and I suspect this also applies to other recent ĎTZí series from about TZ60 onwards....  It charges via USB, the socket for which is concealed behind a rather awkward and clumsy little plastic door, thatís quite injurious to any finger nail used to prise it open.   I canít help thinking that in regular use, with repeated charge cycles, that little door will be a bit vulnerable to damage, even if my finger nails havenít given up and stopped regrowing.

Just curious, if other TZ owners can shed any light on the above issue?   Does the plastic door stand up to use over time?   :-\
Title: Re: Panasonic ĎTZí series cameras
Post by: licquorice on August 01, 2019, 11:36:16 AM
Had a couple of TZs over a number of years, never had a problem with the door.
Title: Re: Panasonic ĎTZí series cameras
Post by: sevenlayermuddle on August 01, 2019, 11:46:14 AM
Thanks, Iím sometimes told I worry too much. :)
Title: Re: Panasonic ĎTZí series cameras
Post by: roseway on August 01, 2019, 12:32:57 PM
I've got a TZ60, and for a pocket camera I think it's excellent. I see the TZ100 has a larger sensor, which is a big improvement. I agree that the USB socket is a bit fiddly, but it's stood the test of time for me.
Title: Re: Panasonic ĎTZí series cameras
Post by: sevenlayermuddle on August 01, 2019, 01:02:37 PM
Yes, it was the larger sensor that sold itself to me.  The main price you pay is a shorter zoom, but x10 is still good enough for me.

Also, for the larger sensor, the lens needs to be physically larger.  Not so much youíd really notice at a glance when itís collapsed, but enough that it was tricky to find a close-fitting case that was deep enough, without being oversized in other dimensions.   For the time being, I have resorted to modifying a semi-rigid plastic case intended for the smaller TZs, using a hot air gun to deform it to fit my TZ100!

Thanks again for putting mind to rest re that door. :)
Title: Re: Panasonic ĎTZí series cameras
Post by: vic0239 on August 01, 2019, 01:56:11 PM
I have the TZ70 and the little door is as snappy as the day I got it.

I use it infrequently and between uses I completely forget how to operate it! :-[ As a result some of my shots are not as good as I'd like, but it is a good camera and I find it particularly comfortable to grip.
Title: Re: Panasonic ĎTZí series cameras
Post by: sevenlayermuddle on August 01, 2019, 03:27:10 PM
I have the TZ70 and the little door is a snappy as the day I got it.

I use it infrequently and between uses I completely forget how to operate it! :-[ As a result some of my shots are not as good as I'd like, but it is a good camera and I find it particularly comfortable grip.

Thanks again. :)

Re grip... thatís another criticism of tz100, itís smooth metal and not that good, Iíve heard earlier (and later) TZs are better.    Iíve read of people sticking bits of velcro and the likes on to improve it, but seems a shame to deface a pristine new toy.

Yes, easy to forget how to operate it, and I donít find the menus terribly intuitive.     I have set up a Ďcustomí mode, which saves all my chosen settings, and resumes them in a consistent state whenever I select that mode, or power cycle the camera.  All well and good, but if my custom mode got somehow lost or corrupted, it would probably take me ages to set it back again, and to remember all the things Iíve changed from defaults.   Probably showing my age. :D