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1. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

My Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 (4MP, 10 x optical zoom) has given up the ghost and probably can't be repaired as I discovered a few years ago, after I lost the lens cap at Niagara Falls, that Konica Minolta have stopped making cameras. The problem is not with the lens, but with the battery contacts, even when I try to hold the lid (on which the catch is now broken) shut tight.

I'm looking around for something new and in terms of what I can find on-line was thinking of either a Canon or a Panasonic; in the case of the latter the TZ6 OR TZ7, both 10MP, 12 x optical zoom, look to be the nearest to what I am after. I'm stumped as to what difference there is between the two, except that the TZ7 is about a hundred quid more expensive. I've seen the TZ6 in a couple of local camera shops for about the same price as the TZ7 costs on-line

Does anyone have any experience of opinions of Panasonic cameras? I'm looking for opinions from other travellers before I spend my hard earned dosh.

PS I hope that this thread is not deleted on the basis of 'advertising'. I have no brand preferences, I just want a high-zoom camera that is not bulky.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 7y

The only real difference appears to be that the TZ7 records "HD" size video (1280x720), where the TZ6 'only' goes to 848x480. To allow this (probably), the TZ7 also has a slightly larger sensor, which gives it a minutely wider range of ISO sensitivities and a few extra photo output sizes.
Otherwise they were announced at the same date, are part of the same 'family', and probably share 90% of their components.

Probably not worth the extra money, unless you know of yourself that you'd take advantage of that video quality.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Apr-2009, at 10:50 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Kattravel (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I went to China with a friend last year. I still had a point & shoot film camera. He had a Panasonic Lumix digital. It may have been the TZ4. I used his camera quite a bit. You know--landscapes, flowers, him posing for the camera. I loved his camera and finally went digital when I came home and bought a Panasonic Lumix TZ5. I have not been on a major trip with this camera--that's coming up in May. But I have taken loads of pics of my very active one year old great niece. The only problem I have with the camera is the delay in taking the picture. My niece has a cute expression I want to capture and I miss it by about 4 seconds. I've been told at the camera store that the compact digitals all have this delay. (If anyone out there knows differently please let me know.) I suspect pictures at Sea World or somewhere like that would be a problem. It is very fustrating trying to take pictures of my niece but I'm expecting to love the camera on my trip. Another thing I'm not too happy about is that the zoom isn't smooth but rather jerky (to my mind anyway) and it's hard to get it where you want it. Put these two things together and it's hard to get the pics I want of my niece. I'm expecting traveling to be another story. I'm happy with the quality of the pictures--the resolution, etc. Hope this helps.

4. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Thanks for the replies. I bought the TZ6, but I haven't got round to using it except one test self-portrait, which I don't yet know how to delete. Although the screen is big, I can live without that. I miss having a viewfinder as I did with the Konica Minolta Dimage. It was useful when whale watching trying to get pictures that were more than just a fin!

5. Posted by ginger_mat (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Quoting Buzzcock

Thanks for the replies. I bought the TZ6, but I haven't got round to using it except one test self-portrait, which I don't yet know how to delete. Although the screen is big, I can live without that. I miss having a viewfinder as I did with the Konica Minolta Dimage. It was useful when whale watching trying to get pictures that were more than just a fin!

Buzzcock - how are you finding the TZ6? Very tempted to get one myself, how's it working out for you so far?

6. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting ginger_mat

Buzzcock - how are you finding the TZ6? Very tempted to get one myself, how's it working out for you so far?

Well, I took some test photos around town today, just places I have photographed before, Lady Godiva, the old cathedral and a certain temple of consumerism in Swedish yellow and blue Lego. The pictures are sharp enough and they loaded onto the PC OK. The only thing about them is the perspective (is that the right word?) that you get when photographing buildings or anything else where the lines should be vertical. At the moment I can't really say how it compares to anything else you could get for the same price. I like the portability of it, also that it doesn't require a separate lens cap and the zoom function seems pretty good (though I haven't had any particular subject to test it on). Unlike my last camera, it doesn't make an annoying noise when you switch it on. It's still too early though to know how long the battery will last before it needs recharging. I hope it lasts longer than using 4 x AA batteries as my old camera did.