Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ19 Review
The Panasonic TZ19 represents something of a bargain, only losing the GPS functionality and full 1080i HD movies of the TZ20 whilst being much nearer in price to the TZ18. The TZ19 offers a big 16x zoom, fast continuous shooting, full 1080i HD movies, a touchscreen LCD, 3D Photo Mode and fast auto-focus system, all at a similar launch price as last year's TZ10 model. The TZ19 benefits from being a Dixons store group exclusive model in the UK, retailing for a mere £229. Only the good rather than excellent image quality prevent us from recommending the TZ19 even more highly.
In addition the TZ19 retains the creative A, S and M shooting modes, improved hand-holding Intelligent Auto mode, effective anti-shake system, high-resolution screen and proven handling of its predecessor. All of this together with the new headline features adds up to a very full-featured camera that's also importantly intuitive to use for both beginners and more experienced photographers alike, a particularly difficult trick to pull off.
There is one key area where the Panasonic DMC-TZ19 sadly doesn't improve on its rivals or its predecessor, namely the poorer image quality once you venture above ISO 400. Noise is apparent at ISO 400 but becomes much more obvious at ISO 800 along with excessive smearing of finer details, with the fastest speed of ISO 1600 being something of a last resort. Although this is a similar performance to the older TZ10, we'd hoped for some improvements in this area.
Despite this, the DMC-TZ19 offers an even more compelling combination of size, features, image quality and handling than the TZ10. The ability to shoot good quality still images at up to 10fps and HD video with the use of an ultra-wide and long telephoto zoom lens, all from a camera that you can easily fit in a pocket, goes a long way to justifying its cost. For a lot of people, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ19 could be the only camera that you ever need.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||4.5|