Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 Review

February 25, 2016 | Amy Davies | |
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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

JPEG images directly from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 are great. They show a good level of saturation, to be nicely warm and vibrant, without edging too far into unrealistic colours.

The overall impression of detail is excellent, especially when viewing an image at normal printing or viewing sizes (A4 or below). If you zoom in at 100%, it's possible to see some degree of image smoothing for even low ISO (100-200) shots, but it's impressively quite comparable to some of Panasonic's compact system cameras.

As you move up the ISO range, then image smoothing starts to become a bit more noticeable at smaller printing sizes, but images remain impressively sharp at ISO 800 and ISO 1600. For now, it's not possible to open raw format files in Adobe Camera Raw, but upon it's release you'll be able to download Silkypix software from the Panasonic website.

All-purpose metering does a good job of helping to produce accurate colours, however if you're photographing something which has areas of very high contrast, you may find you need to dial in some exposure compensation. Automatic white balance also copes with a range of lighting conditions, including artificial lighting. It perhaps ages towards slightly warmer tones under some artificial lights, so switching to one of the presets may result in more accurate tones.

Images taken at the far reach of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100's 10x optical zoom focal lens have a great amount of detail, which is pleasing to see. Similarly, images taken at other focal lengths throughout the range are also good.

Noise

There are 8 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

JPEG RAW

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can change the in-camera sharpening level via the Picture Adjust menu option.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100's 10x zoom lens provides a versatile focal length of 25-250mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

25mm

250mm

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 handled chromatic aberrations well during the review, with just a little purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 5cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

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Flash

The flash settings on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 are Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Forced Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Forced On - Wide Angle (25mm)

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Forced Off - Telephoto (250mm)

Forced On - Telephoto (250mm)

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And here are some portrait shots.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

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Redeye Reduction

Redeye Reduction (100% Crop)
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Night

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 60 seconds at ISO 125. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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