Having purchased a TZ6 8 months ago, which I love and would highly recommend - it has travelled everywhere with me and performed consitently well - I've unfortunately damaged the lense and mechanism with sand so need to replace...
I'm undecided on whether to get another TZ6 or 'upgrade' to TZ7 or TZ8. Does anyone know how they compare, and in particular if the TZ8 is worth the extra cash (currently only approx £25)? Also whether battery is the same for TZ6/7/8 - as pricey to replace in duplicate. I've looked on official comparison sites which are all very vague. Thanks very much :)
Hi, I'm also wondering about the TZ7 v's TZ8, I've looked into both for the last month or so and spoken to a few people in camera shops-sadly a lot see to know less about it than I have managed to find out with online research.However, I was going to go for the TZ7 as most of its numerous reviews from both expects and customers are FAB but the problem with the button controls being accidentally activated is starting to put me off. I'm now thinking the TZ8 is the way to go as the button issue is resolved, its the newer model-although doesn't necessarily make it better! I must say I dont bother much with the video on my present tired Olympus (as I use a camcorder when needed) and so video is not an influencing factor for me. Recently TZ8 on Amazon was only about £5 more than the TZ7 so even with a slightly larger price difference I think I'm edging towards the TZ8-whats £5-25 over the lifetime of the camera? I'm starting to think its like choosing 'paint' they both do the job but one over the other is purely personal choice. I would love to know if anyone can difinitively justify one over the other, I've had SLR's and numerous other cameras over the years so am probably an' intermediate' photographer but when it comes to highly indepth technical discussions it starts to get beyond me for my needs! Not sure if this helps Nic, but I can appreciate your dilemma! Please leave a message to tell us your decision and how you got on with the lucky camera. Thanks.
Hi again, I've just looked in more detail around this site (should have done that before I posted earlier) and some of our queries are answered in the forum discussion entitled....TZ8! Probably best to go there from here! Thanks.
I purchased a TZ8 about 3 weeks ago - is very similar to TZ6 (cost me £199) and has functioned very well so far. Does not have video spec of tz7 (which I don't need anyway). Zoom and MP are higher than TZ6, but have to say haven't noticed this makes much (if any) difference. I never had any problem with buttons on tz6, all appear ok on tz8 too. If anything possibly tz8 takes less clear pics and functions less well in poor light conditions compared with tz6 - but am not certain of this yet and may just be me not used to it. Best thing is battery from tz6 fits the tz8 so no need to buy back up. I'm definitely no expert and am very much point and shoot, but I travel a lot and always love taking copious photos, of good enough quality to blow up on the wall/send to mates, and both tz6/8 models seem to fulfill my needs. Of note, tz8 irritating as doesn't come with full paper manual (much prefer this as useful when abroad). I'd thoroughly recommend either, but would suggest there's not much between them and if you don't need/use video i'd leave out the tz7.
Hi Nic, Thanks for the prompt update. I think its the TZ8 then, although your mention of 'less clear pics' from it than your TZ6 is concerning, hopefully as you say its just a case of getting used to it. I've always loved taking photo's and even before digital I've been accused of taking far too many but since digital came along I've gone into overdrive and it has encouraged me to be very productive- luckily I no longer have to print off every single one! Good luck on your travels with the new camera and thanks very much for your help. Best Wishes.
I am happy with the TZ7 and I am not sure why the TZ8 gives you a smaller screen, so I wouldn't consider it unless something else is an improvement (apart from the button problem which you have mentioned, but I have not encountered any trouble there with the TZ7) Anthony
I have just purchased a Panasonic TZ8 and cannot understanf how to change the language of the menu. I have been able to get to the majority of other issues on the camera but cannot get to the face setting to change the language from French or Italian to English.
Nic & Jo thanks for your comments! I've been uhm-ing and ahr-ing over buying the TZ7 vs TZ8 for 2 months now! I know the difference in price is only c. £20 but then why spend 10% more when you don't need to!? Anyhow, the screen size on the TZ8 also baffled me slightly and the numerous 5 star reviews on the TZ7 (acknowledging its been out longer!) is also a plus for TZ7. Apart from getting a newer model with higher megapixels it seems the TZ7 is a good option for an intermediate photographer. Happy snapping guys!
I have just bought a TZ8 after seeing my friend's TZ6 photos. Unfortunately the noise in the TZ8 is much more than the TZ6 and from other cheaper cameras I had so far. I am a keen amateur photographer and can notice such differences immediately.
Well it will, won't it? The TZ6 has Camera Effective Pixels of 10.1 Megapixels which is the most effective amount on that size of CCD; whereas the TZ8 crams an extra 2 Megapixels onto the CCD that gives it that bit more noise. This is what you pay the extra money for on the TZ6. I am still testing my TZ8 (in comparison with my old TZ3 which had a CCD with 7.1 million pixels)
I use it at picture size 11.5, ISO 80, IExposure at standard, with IResolution on, and have very little noise. You may need to check to see if your ISO is set at a higher level than you want it?