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Great quality pictures - but beware lack of spare batteries,
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix TZ6 Digital Camera - Black (10.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (Electronics)Although I've become more of a video photographer in recent years and therefore no longer use my bulky Pentax and Canon SLR cameras, my camcorder takes still pictures at only 2 megapixels. After a lot of research, I decided that the Lumix TZ6 was my best choice for a digital camera that I could stick in my pocket for better quality (10mp) stills.
So far, I've been delighted with its ease of use, its zoom (not as good as the 20x on my camcorder, but quick and more than adequate for improving the composition of pictures), and the screen that's easy to see even in bright sunlight. The controls are well designed and self-explanatory. It's a bit on the heavy side and not as small as some digital cameras, but it fits the bill and the Leica lens gives outstanding results. The mode selection dial is the only real annoyance as it moves off its setting very easily when you take the camera out of your pocket. The camera alerts you to this but you lose valuable seconds in taking the picture.
The battery life is relatively short if you use the zoom a lot (and because the lens is ultra-wide-angle, you will do), so be prepared for frequent re-charging. Better still, carry a fully-charged spare battery. However, herein lies a problem because you can't buy a Lumix battery for love nor money. I've searched high and low, and even waited a month after ordering one from a reputable supplier to no avail. It seems that Panasonic can't supply them, so - like me - you'll probably need to find a compatible battery (Inov8 make one - and they're a lot less expensive than a Lumix one would be anyway).
It always surprises me that cameras designed to be portable don't automatically come with something to carry them in. Although the lens of this camera is protected by its shutter device, it does need a case to protect its screen. Fortunately, you'll find (on eBay) a high quality, lookalike, hard Panasonic Lumix case for around £4, including p&p from Hong Kong!
Putting the battery problem to one side, this a super camera. Don't pay more than Amazon's own price though - their website suggests a third party supplier quoting £90 more than their's!
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2010 12:16:54 GMT
you can buy these batteries and they work? they have been modified now? enquire on site selling them? i was assured they worked? and when it came it worked perfectly and was good value for money "gereatricgeorge"
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