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Not as good as I thought it would be. Not £300 better than the TZ70 anyway!
11 September 2018
I'm not a professional photographer, but I do enjoy taking photos. I use a Panasonic TZ70, FZ72, GX800 and have tried the FZ1000, FZ2000 and this, the TZ100. I keep buying new cameras in the hope that it will increase the quality of my pictures, but I have come to the conclusion that composition and being in the right place at the right time play far more of an important role than camera or lens. Therefore, I had decided a while ago that having a travel camera on me all the time was likely to result in much better pictures than having an expensive large camera that I then hadn't bothered to take on a day out.
With this in mind, I decided to upgrade my TZ70 to the 1 inch sensor TZ100. When I got it, I immediately set to doing some comparison pictures. Both between the FZ1000 and the TZ100 but more importantly, between the TZ70 and the TZ100. The TZ70 is 12mp, 30x zoom using the tiny 1/2.3 sensor whereas the TZ100 is 20mp and uses a much larger (4x) 1 inch sensor but only has 10x zoom
I assumed that at wide angle, the TZ100 would be noticeably better. Also, at 10x zoom, the TZ100 would be noticable better. But at 20x zoom (optical on the TZ70, but digital on the TZ100) which would be better?
Well the results surprised me: At 20x zoom, I can safely say that there is not much difference, but the TZ70 actually gave better results. At 10x zoom and at wide, the TZ100 should be a much better image and whilst the files were significantly bigger, there wasn't, to me, a big improvement in quality. I showed some samples to my daughter who has a good eye for these things and she couldn't tell either. When you digitally zoom in on an image, you can see differences in colour depth, but not £300 worth of differences.
So to cut a long story short, I returned the TZ100 and just kept the TZ70. It's combination of 12mp (therefore larger pixel size) and 30x zoom are a better fit for me than the £300 dearer, 1 inch sensor and 10x zoom of the TZ100.
For info, the TZ80 and TZ90 give you 4k and touch screens, but all the online reviews say that the TZ70 gives better image quality and I can believe it. I'm actually very impressed with the TZ70.
I've rated it 3 stars because it costs almost £500. £495. For that price it should be lots better than the cheaper sub-£200 point and shoot cameras. But in my opinion, it isn't. If it cost £300, I would have awarded it 4 stars, but for the price, I can only give it 3.
Anyway, hope that helps. 2 sample images are attached, one of my car and one of my garden, taken with both the TZ70 and TZ100. I appreciate Amazon might compress the pictures, but it might give you an idea.