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The best Panasonic camera for beginners are the basic point and shoot cameras for capturing photos on the go. The highly portable and lightweight cameras under the Lumix product line include ultra-zoom and waterproof models which can capture Full HD videos and images of over 14 Megapixel resolution. The below listed top-rated compact cameras have been limited to only those which can be bought under the $300 price range.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 / DMC-TZ30 3D
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 / DMC-FT4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 / DMC-TZ25
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 / DMC-TZ30 3D Light Field Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 / DMC-FT4 Light Field Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 / DMC-TZ25 Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Apr 2015
Feb 2012
Mar 2012
Mar 2012
Weight
0.55 lb.
0.39 lb.
0.41 lb.
0.43 lb.
0.46 lb.
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
3D Digital Camera, Light Field Camera, Compact
Light Field Camera, Compact
Light Field Camera, Compact
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
12.0 x
20.0 x
4.6 x
16.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
14.1 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
CMOS
CCD
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.53 mm
2.53 mm
7.7 mm
7.7 mm
7.7 mm

  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 offers a good range of specifications for the price, coming in at significantly cheaper than its more advanced sibling, the TZ70. That said, if you do have a little more to spend, it’s worth checking out the top of the range camera as you get a fair bit more for the extra cash.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 is a very simple camera which is aimed at those who probably intend to use it as their holiday or family camera. If you have a smartphone with a half decent camera, then you might find that you already have something which is just as capable as the SZ10 - but of course you have to rely on battery life lasting you throughout the day.
    Otherwise, image quality is decent in good light.


  • The bottom line:The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's 20x zoom lens might be the main attraction, but the camera is all-around excellent.


  • The Panasonic DMC-ZS20 (also known as the TZ30 outside North America) is the latest travel-zoom compact camera from the company that practically invented the category. Panasonic claims it is the slimmest camera with a 20x optical zoom, while also sporting a new 14.1-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, 1080/60p video capability, built-in GPS, and 3-inch touchscreen LCD.


  • Panasonic's new travel-zoom compact camera is now stepping on the toes of more modest ultra-zoom bridge models, cramming a 20x zoom lens into a relatively tiny body. In many ways the DMC-TZ30 is also a big improvement on last year's TZ20 model, with a better image sensor, full 1080p HD movies, faster auto-focus system, more refined design and of course that even longer zoom.


  • While it doesn't offer much for upgraders, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 is still a very good rugged camera.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 is a creme egg of a camera; unless there's plenty of light around to make the best of the fact that this is basically a snapshot camera in wolf's clothing, image quality is soft in comparison to the rock hard exterior.

    Still, there is the potential to have a lot of fun with it and go where lesser snappers fear to tread.


  • Rarely has an upgrade seemed as if merely the model number has changed while everything else has stayed the same, so owners of the FT3 needn't feel a need to rush for this upgrade. But where does it sit in the current market? Well, recent rivals to Panasonic's FT4 include the Nikon's AW100 and Coolpix S30, plus the Olympus TG-320, Canon D20, and Fujifilm XP50, to name a mere handful.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25 is significantly cheaper than the more TZ30 model without conceding too much ground in terms of features, and it's a marked improvement on last year's TZ18 model. The range-topping TZ30 may get all the love and attention, but the more wallet friendly DMC-TZ25 is definitely worth considering if you're in the market for a pocket camera that has all the bases covered.

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    While it doesn't have the most Megapixels, zoom power, or features, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 is still a very good compact ultra zoom camera. It offers a nice zoom lens in a compact body, along with robust performance, very good photo quality, tons of features, and Full HD video recording. And, with an average price in the $260 range, it's also a pretty good bargain.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 is a compact ultra zoom camera that performs better than its more expensive sibling (the ZS20), though you'll miss out on some of that cameras biggest features (zoom, GPS, 1080/60p video). The DMC-ZS15 looks a whole lot like the ZS10 that came before it, and it uses the same 16X, 24 - 384 mm lens. This lens is pretty solid, offering good sharpness across the frame and minimal purple fringing.