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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 / DMC-TZ30 3D
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 / DMC-FT4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera
Panasonic DMC-FZ60K Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 / DMC-TZ30 3D Light Field Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 / DMC-FT4 Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Jul 2013
Jul 2012
Feb 2012
Mar 2012
Camera Type
Compact
Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
3D Digital Camera, Light Field Camera, Compact
Light Field Camera, Compact
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
60.0 x
24.0 x
20.0 x
4.6 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.1 Megapixel
14.1 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
MOS, CMOS
MOS
CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.53 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 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-FZ62 is an appealing super-zoom bridge camera that does most things very well. The £349.99 / $399.95 launch price is high, but the FZ62 offers enough features, image quality and performance to satisfy anyone looking for an all-in-one, do-it-all camera.

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    If you like a lot of dedicated buttons and manual controls at your fingertips, but don't want to spend the money for an interchangeable lens camera, the DMC-FZ60 will likely fit your hand like a glove. Its powerful 24X zoom, optical image stabilization and high light sensitivity all combine to give you tremendous flexibility for capturing attractive shots in most situations.


  • The Lumix FZ60 / FZ62 is an affordable version of Panasonic's Flagship FZ200 superzoom, sharing the same 25-600mm zoom range, but with a differrent 16.1 Megapixel MOS sensor and lacking many of the premuim model's features, most notably, an f2.8 maximum aperture that's constant throughout the zoom range, high resolution electronic viewfinder, articulated LCD screen, RAW files, flash hotshoe and 1080p60/50 video.


  • 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.