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I bought this camera in January 2009 and so far am very pleased with the results. The printed quality of the pictures is much better than i expected. It has a fantastic 10 x Optical Zoom that allows you to capture even those distant shots! The camera itself is a nice size as well as being fairly leightweight considering the size of the lens. The camera fits comfortably in your hand although one thing i would say is that i seem to find my self placing my finger over the flash when taking a picture but you soon learn. It has a good range of scene selections that allows you to capture the more challenging shots. The camera has been very reliable and no problems so far. I am currently using a 4Gb SD card and even the highest quality setting it will hold around 900 pictures. For the price paid i would highly reccomend this camera to anyone.
Having found that the TZ5 that i had fallen in love with, was no longer being sold, and with my father needing a camera, I decided to give the TZ4 a go. I have to admit that initially I had no intention in buying the camera, with the HD video option on my TZ5 the major reason I bought and recommended the camera to my dad, but beggar's can't be choosers. I was able to pick up the TZ4 at £135 from Dixons Tax Free at the airport, which is considerably cheaper than the TZ5, and with the only major differences being the loss of 1MP on the CCD sensor, and the lack of HD video, one may argue that it represents good value for money.
The contents of the box are standard - with the camera coming with a hand strap. I must admit that the look and the feel of the camera r fantastic. Whilst not as compact as say the sony T series, given its 10x zoom lens, it is remarkably small. It also has a fantastic 3inch screen, which offers 3 different view options, that can be changed according to the light intensity. The battery is also very light, and offers very good life, which are 2 major pros. It must be said that it does lack a manual finder, but I personally was not particularly bothered by this.
The camera is very easy to use, and I think the option to quickly flick between 2 preset settings such as portrait and scenery, as well as having a manual and intelligent auto mode, was a good move. My dad being a bit of a technophobe, took a bit of time to get used to the settings on the manual option, but after a few hours, it became almost second nature.
The image quality is very good, and my dad has recently taken to using this camera to take passport photos, which have come out very well.
Overall a fantastic little camera, and given the release of TZ6, there is bound to be a massive price slash soon.
This camera is an amazing purchase for anyone, from casual photographers to someone who is very interested in the art of photography. The features of this camera are some of the best around, for example the 10x optical zoom is great, i have taken much better pictures on this camera than my previous camera of 3x optical zoom. The mega pixels are also goo, of around 8 which gives well detailed pictures. I have had some of my prints enlarged and they have been really good. There are so many different modes on this camera, including food, snow, sunset and so many others. I have only used a few of these which have all been great and i'm looking forward to investigating more. It is a great compact size. The battery life is good and doest take too long to charge fully. I would reccommend this to anyone looking to upgrade!
Now you can fit sweeping landscapes into a single frame with the 28mm wide-angle setting. Pull in subjects from far away to capture even subtle facial expressions with the dynamic 280mm telephoto setting. Ideal for traveling, Panasonic's DMC-TZ4 Lumix 8.1-megapixel digital camera combines a wide-ranging Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with a handy, compact body. The Extra Optical Zoom function also extends the zoom to as much as 15.9x, giving you even greater telephoto power.
Set the TZ4 to iA mode and let the five Intelligent Auto functions team up to help prevent shooting errors. Intelligent Exposure corrects lighting differences, so images come out just the way you see them. Intelligent Scene Selector chooses the mode that best fits the situation; MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) helps prevent blurring from hand-shake. Intelligent ISO Control helps prevent motion blur; and Face Detection helps produce clear portraits by optimizing the focus and exposure settings.
With a total of 230,000 dots, the big, bright 2.5" diagonal LCD makes viewing and shooting easier and more comfortable. The Intelligent LCD adjusts brightness automatically in 10 steps as the ambient light level changes, so images are clear, bright and easy to see day or night, indoors or outdoors.
The Clipboard allows you to take photos of maps, timetables and other travel info. They are saved in a separate folder of the built-in memory to distinguish them from normal photos. You can print titles and other characters on the photos you shoot with the Title Edit and Stamp. This is great for creating your own postcards from a vacation trip. Input your departure date and destination with the Travel Date Setting. Later, during photo viewing, the camera will indicate on which day of the trip each shot was taken and the location.