Any Panasonic Lumix TZ100 owners? Would like some opinions/options please.

7 months 3 weeks ago #654407 by Releth
I currently use my phone to take photos and I would like to get a nice compact to use instead.

Ideally I want something that will give nice closeups for watches, perform well outdoors and will be easy to carry in a fleece or jacket pocket while out walking.

I am pretty clueless about photography and hopefully the camera will allow me to grow with it.

I have read online dmc-zs100 review and the ZS100 seems to fit the bill (£600 max budget); I just wondered if anyone has any hands on with one or have alternatives they could suggest?


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7 months 3 weeks ago #654720 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Releth

The TZ100 is one of the batch of Panny cameras using a 1" sensor package - and they all seem to give very good results. This model comes with a 10x zoom lens - and we all know the quality of Leica branded lenses. So 2 plus's there

As to your subject matter - next comes some thoughts on how best to shoot what could be problematic subjects

"Closeups of watches" doesn't give us a huge amount to go on, but if you are going to try best-quality closeups of inanimate / non-moving stuff, my suggestion would be to buy an old darkroom enlarger from a junk shop, remove the enlarger head and attach the camera to the up/down movement mechanism. This will then mean that the rear face of the camera will always be 100% parallel with the baseboard, and you will never get twisted, out of shape circles or squares from an one-of-square hand-held camera. NB: a sloping column enlarger is easier to work with than a vertical column enlarger [if you have a choice in the junk shop]

You also need to realise that the macro-close distances for the camera apply when you are using 1x to 3x zoom - and as you zoom to increase the size of the image, the camera-to-subject distance increases as well. All normal- just something you need to get used to

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder

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