Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 Review – Good Image Quality, But no Tilt Screen

What is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100? When you put it into simple terms, it is the compact camera that is the culmination of advanced modern technology. It contains a good-sized 1-inch sensor, a fair number of manual controls to offer a complete photo capturing experience, and a solid zoom range to be on par with the competition. Its size may be quite small, but it can outdo the performance of a smartphone camera any day, and with great distance as well.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 Review - Good Image Quality, But no Tilt Screen

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 Can Easily Outdo the Smartphone Camera

As mentioned earlier, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 is indeed quite small. How small, you ask? Simply speaking, you can easily grasp it with one hand. However, it’s not the most pocketable compact camera out there. It is relatively chunky all thanks to its 10-times zoom so you might have trouble putting inside your trouser pocket. However, it can fit well in your coat pocket. The lens housing protrudes a bit too much.

In terms of design, the Lumix DMC-TZ100 is more appealing for the eyes than its lower-end cousin, the TZ80. There are two color options available: one is an all-black finish, and the other is a two-tone one that is a combination of a small bit of silvery gray at the top-left corner and black in other areas of the camera (plus a small red trim that separates the two colors). The two-toned model may subtly remind you of the Sony RX100 series.

It has pretty effective manual controls and its lens ring is smooth enough which will allow you to shift its lead roles from zoom control and aperture ring (depends on what mode you’re using). Furthermore, an additional chunk can be found on the camera by way of the control dial found on the top plate. It is easily accessible and you can shift from one mode to another with just your thumb.

When it comes to picture capturing performance, it does tick the right boxes. Auto-focusing feels very snappy, albeit do not read too much on what is advertised as it claims it will focus on 0.1-seconds. This doesn’t actually quite happen with real world performance. When shooting in low light, it is still fairly fast. However, should you use its zoom capabilities at night or in low light conditions, then you will start to feel the auto-focus to slow down.

Despite its slow auto-focusing speeds when using the zoom function during low light conditions, as well as the absence of a tile screen for its rear display, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 is still pretty much a very solid choice as a compact point-and-shoot digital camera.


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