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Good: Brilliant when working!!
Bad: Attitude of panasonic support when it stops working
Comment: Cant fault the camera when its working, although the setting dial is easy to wrongly reset when your between pictures.
However, when the focus stopped and the camera gave a "system error(focus) reading after 30 months use, you then find out what the support consists of.....franchised repair centres that charge £40 per hour + vat and anything else they discover. It meant that the parts needed came to £12 and the rest added up to £76. Almost 45% of the cameras original costs. It makes The Lumix very expensive to own...
Good: Quality of lens and build; telephoto range; reasonably compact for what it offers; Intelligent Auto mode very useful
Bad: Mirror screen;lack of viewfinder;lack of second strap loop,putting date and time on image very complex
Comment: As a buildings archaeologist I needed a light weight camera with wide angle and good telephoto options After trying out two competitors with poor build quality or other drawbacks, I chose this as the menu was easy to read and has an option to have a larger size font. Most camera menu fonts are too small or show up badly against the backgrounds. (Professional reviewers should check accessibility design please). The lack of a viewfinder is now a major issue with all compact cameras. Canon were the only company to persist but they have now abandoned them. So stabilisation has now to be built in to the "works" which doesn't solve working outdoors in a wind, Having to hold a camera away from the body is tough if you have touch of arthritis. Guessing in ordinary outdoor light what the picture covers is a nightmare. This Panasonic has a mirror finish screen flush with the body; it is very good for checking your hairstyle but it instantly picked up scratches. I immediately had to track down a non-reflective screen protector (another cost). If the engineers can get telephoto lens into such a small space why not get an optical viewfinder in as well? Invention of digital screens is very recent and there are millions of folk who are well able to use viewfinders and judge displacement. As these cameras are now the size and weight of the last versions of 35mm film cameras a second loop on the body to allow a neck strap would really help. Another feature that was available on Canon Ixus was a setting that put the date and time on each shot; estate agents and archaeologists amongst many need this facility; the Panasonic menus only allow this in a very complicated way image by image or as part of the editing after download. These and many other practicalities can only be found out after purchase; which means buying and returning cameras - not easy. The vast overproduction of cameras with new gimmicks
is not doing the economy or sustainability any good.
Good: absolutely stunning picture quality, build quality, zoom capability.
Bad: it didnt come with a case...
Comment: i got this camera for christmas just gone (09) and i took it to the seaside for a try out today (boxing day) and i must say i am just blown away by the quality this camera produces, the focus is spot on, the face detection is faultless (so far), the camera feels solid, nicely weighted, and is simply stunning to use (interface).
overall this camera has managed to put a huge smile on my face and everybody else's, i would recommend this in a heartbeat! gorgeous camera that produces gorgeous photos's that in years to come you will just love seeing over and over!
go buy it!
Good: Battery Life, Photo Quality, Video, Zoom
Bad: AI button doesn't always choose correct setting for what you want.
Comment: Firstly I have only had this camera a month, although I have taken over 600 photos and numerous videos, so there may be some things to add at a later date.
I bought this for the 12x optical zoom primarily. I've had a sony Cybershot DSC-P200, which I have loved, for many years now but the 3x zoom was sometimes limiting.
I have found the TZ6 picture quality to be fantastic and although I don't shoot much video (and therefore don't need a camcorder) some things do need video to capture the moment properly. The video quality is very good and allows you to zoom in an out whilst recording, something which none of my past cameras have allowed.
The size is super and fitted in my little handbag easily whilst on holiday even though it was a bit larger than my last compact..
Take a look at some of the settings in SCN mode - I though the panoramic assist was a lovely feature and was great for some of the shots I wanted.
All in all I would highly recommend so far.
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