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Panasonic Lumix TZ4
The Panasonic TZ4 is a small step down from the more advanced TZ5, losing the HD video recording and a single megapixel. Otherwise, it's functionally identical, including the same 10x optical zoom lens and the new Venus IV image processing engine, which aims to significantly reduce image noise. A 28mm wide-angle lens means it's easy to get good shots of landscapes and large groups of people, and a big 3.0-inch LCD screen that adjusts to various lighting conditions makes it easy to review them. The camera does not feature any manual controls, meaning it's strictly a point and shoot affair, but Panasonic's Intelligent Auto mode makes the best of this.
- 8.1 megapixels
- 10x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 30fps movie mode with sound
- Auto exposure
- Auto focus
- 3.0-inch self-adjusting LCD screen
- Secure Digital storage (with 50mb internal memory)
- Lithium-ion battery
- Part Number: DMC-TZ4S
- UPC: 5025232463404
- Release Date: Jan 30, 2008
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Panasonic Lumix TZ4 Reviews
Panasonic Lumix TZ4 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users
- 5.0 out of 5
I graduated from my Canon point n shoot to this after much research. The Canon's quality was excellent but its zoom was 3X and the lense was not 28mm. The Lumix can do almost everything very well. Picture quality is usually excellent and the zoom allows close ups otherwise impossible. I'm still working on good night shots, but I have hopes. Close ups are extremely clear. Framing is very easy. My only complaints are speed and clarity of shots at full telephoto. The shake control could be a little more sensitive though I try to brace the camera in those situations. It's a lot of fun to use and the results are usually spectacular.
- 5.0 out of 5
Takes great photos, a little chunky. Bought mine as a refurb in a bundle package for $149.95. Wish that it used AA batteries. One item to note camera supports SDHC memory, I have a computer less than a year old running Vista, and my card rader will not work with this SDHC memory card. So I have ordered a new regular SD Transflash card that will work on my computer. The camera supports both types of memory cards, but my Vista does not. I tried a hot-fix and still did not read the SDHC card. The camera is great. Panasonic does have a new firmware version 1.2 available, I went ahead and installed it. They say it improves an issue with the auto focus. Just beware of the SDHC memory card. Just use a regular SD or Mini SD with an adapter. Thats what I am doing with very good results.
- 4.0 out of 5
I needed a compact camera that could take magazine quality photos if needed. The slow syncro or the night portrait settings work well for backstage warm light photos. The red eye reduction works well. The camera is fast, easy to hold and operate, and and I found it pretty intuitive as far as learning the menu and buttons.
I have been a Sony Cybershot fan and dearly miss my first Sony, the DSC-S90, now THAT was a camera, I broke mine and they don't make them anymore so I got another Sony, lost it, got another Sony DSC-W150 and had to take it back due to the extreme grainy photo quality. No matter what setting I used it was horrible.
I decided to abandon Sony and go with this Lumix and I am glad I did. I suggest experimenting with all of the settings, using a paper with what setting you used written on it placed in the shot. You will see a big difference and learn what scenes or flash options work best for the look you are going for. The candlelight setting is very nice for low light.
Video quality is excellent. Video sound volume is very low, it could be much higher. If the sound quality was better then I would have rated this one 5 stars.
The 10x optical zoom is fantastic. The wide angle lens allows for tight shots. This camera is not as small as some, but it is not too heavy or too big to pack around either. I got the black one and it has a nice classic look to it.