Andy Westlake tests Panasonic's pocket travel camera with a 1in sensor and 10x zoom lens

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100

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Pros:

  • + Really useful zoom range covers most subjects
  • + Excellent image quality from 1in sensor
  • + Pocketable design
  • + Well-implemented in-camera raw conversion

Cons:

  • - Electronic viewfinder is rather small
  • - Enthusiast photographers may find the controls frustrating
  • - Fixed rear LCD limits compositional flexibility

Product:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 review

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Price as reviewed:

£529.00
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Image quality

The ability to shoot in raw gives more scope for post-processing your shots

The ability to shoot in raw gives more scope for post-processing your shots

 

Over the past few years the 1in 20.1MP BSI-CMOS sensor that’s used in the TZ100 has become very familiar, and the image quality Panasonic is extracting from it is absolutely as we’ve come to know and love.

At base ISO there’s stacks of detail and not very much noise, but raising the sensitivity setting sees detail loss from noise and noise reduction becoming detectable as low as ISO 400. But while it’s best to stick to low ISOs as far as possible, you’ll still get entirely tolerable results up to ISO 1600. It’s important to get exposures as close as possible to correct, though, because there’s not as much leeway for adjusting exposure after the event in post-processing as you’ll get from raw files from larger-sensor cameras.

Resolution

With its 20.1MP sensor, the TZ100 can record a whole lot of detail, and this shows in our resolution tests. As usual, it performs best in raw, and here we see it achieving at least 3400 l/ph at low ISOs with the lens set to 35mm (equivalent), which is about as much as we could possibly hope for.

Noise starts to have a clear impact on detail at ISO 800 and by ISO 3200 resolution has dropped to around 2600 l/ph. At the top standard setting of ISO 12800 and the extended ISO 25600 setting, resolution falls even further due to the impact of noise.

Below are 100% crops taken from our resolution chart, using raw files converted in Adobe Camera Raw. Multiply the number below the line by 200 to get the resolution on lines per picture height.

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 80

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 80

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 100

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 100

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 200

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 200

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 400

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 400

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 800

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 800

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 1600

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 1600

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 3200

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 3200

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 6400

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 6400

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 12,800

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 12,800

 

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 25,600

Panasonic TZ100 resolution, ISO 25,600

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 review: introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Pocket camera lenses: range vs speed
  6. 6. Image quality
  7. 7. Dynamic range and noise
  8. 8. Conclusion
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 review: First look
  10. 10. Page 10
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