Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 Digital Camera (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 Digital Camera (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 Digital Camera (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • 8.1 Megapixel
  • 10x Leica Wide-angle Zoom Lens
  • 2.5" Intelligent LCD Display
  • MEGA O.I.S. Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Face Detection AF/AE
  • Intelligent Auto Technology
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 6400)
  • High Speed Response
  • Special Travel Functions
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Panasonic DMC-TZ4 Overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 Digital Camera is remarkable in that it contains a 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens in a compact, stylish body for the ultimate in picture performance and user convenience. With 8.1 effective megapixels of resolution for incredibly detailed images, and a wide-angle Leica DC lens (equivalent to 28 - 280mm on a 35mm film camera), this versatile camera is well suited to a broad range of shooting opportunities.

You can easily capture a large group of people, or expansive architectural structures and landscapes with the wide end of the zoom range, or zoom in for sports, wildlife and event photography. In addition, the Optical Image Stabilizer feature (Mega O.I.S) minimizes the jitter from shaky hands that causes many photos to look blurred, ensuring that your images are always beautifully clear.

The DMC-TZ4 is incredibly fast thanks to the Venus Engine IV processor, which provides fast consecutive shooting, and boasts outstanding response time thus enabling easy capture of spur-of-the-moment shots. The image processor also provides for efficient power consumption, contributing to the camera's ability to take 300 pictures on a single charge of the included lithium-ion battery. The camera also includes a bright and high resolution 2.5" LCD display to easily frame and view your images.

8.1 Megapixel Resolution
With a resolution of 8.1 Megapixels, you'll be able to produce high resolution images that can yield photo quality 20 x 30" prints. The camera also has resolution options that are available in three different aspect ratios - 16:9 for displaying on a wide screen monitor or TV, 3:2 for making standard photo album prints, and 4:3 for more traditional image dimensions common in picture frames.
10x Optical Zoom Lens
The Leica DC Vario-Elmar Lens includes an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens and aspherical lenses to delivers an exceptional optical performance, and the powerful 10x optical zoom (equivalent to a big 28 to 280mm lens on a 35mm camera) provides a broad range of photo capabilities from broad landscapes and group shots to nature and sports photos. The zoom ratio can be further extended up to 15.9x in 3 megapixel resolution mode with minimal deterioration thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom. Furthermore, in combination with the 4x digital zoom, an incredible zoom factor of up to 63.6x can be achieved.
Easy Zoom Button
With the first press of the Easy Zoom button the camera immediately gives you the maximum 10x power of the optical zoom. A second press delivers the maximum 15.9x power of the Extra Optical Zoom. This lets you bring your subject right up close, easily and comfortably, and is especially useful at sporting events and other outdoor activities when fast zoom may be needed to get a shot during quick paced action.
MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
The MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) feature offsets unintentional hand movement while you're taking pictures to give you clear, sharp images even when taking handheld telephoto shots or shooting at night. This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate. The system is completely optical so you get sharp, clear images with minimal degradation. It lets you reduce the shutter speed more than 3 stops below the conventionally accepted hand movement limit, greatly expanding what you can do with a handheld digital camera.
High Sensitivity Mode
When there's not a lot of light or you're using a slow shutter speed, hand movement isn't the only potential problem. There's also "motion blur" - the blurring that can result if your subject like children or pets move even a little in low lighting. The High Sensitivity mode allows you to shoot at up to ISO 6400 by using the pixel-mixed readout method, effectively raising the shutter speed. It not only minimizes motion blur, it also lets you take clearer, sharper shots in dim lighting without using a flash.
Easy-to-use Scene Modes
The DMC-TZ4 has 22 scene modes to provide the best overall image quality for common shooting situations, such as Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, and more. It is easy to select the best scene mode thanks to the Scene Mode list display and help screen, which shows the description of each mode on the LCD monitor.
Face Detection for Superb Portraits
The Face Detection function can detect up to 15 faces in a scene then automatically adjust the camera settings to make sure faces appear well-lit and in focus. This advanced technology will even automatically readjust the settings if the positions of the subjects change while you are framing the shot.
Reduce Blur with MEGA OIS and Intelligent ISO
Image blur is commonly caused by either movement of the camera or movement of the subject. Camera movement is corrected with the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) feature which uses built-in gyro-sensors to detect the smallest camera movement and instantaneously shifts a lens element in the opposite direction to compensate, giving you sharp, clear images without deterioration. Motion blur - caused when a subject moves as the shot is being taken - is minimized with Intelligent ISO Control. This system actually detects whether the subject is moving and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to minimize the motion blur effect while maintaining good exposure.
Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector will sense the ambient conditions and automatically select either the Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode accordingly. With the camera choosing the settings for you, you'll get beautiful results every time you shoot, no matter what the scene or subject.
Intelligent Auto Technology
Just turn the dial to "iA" and say good-bye to complicated settings. The camera will not only help eliminate blurring from hand-shake or subject movement, but it will also initialize the Face Detection system and automatically select the focus, exposure and scene modes for the best results. In fact, the Intelligent Auto Mode automatically begins focusing even before you press the shutter button, so you'll never miss a great shot.
Super-Fast Shutter Response and Consecutive Shooting
The DMC-TZ4 is fast and responsive - thanks to the Venus Engine IV processor. The camera has an extremely fast shutter lag, so you won't miss that "perfect" moment, and it enables high ISO to minimize motion blur and take pictures under low lighting without the need for a mood-killing flash. Furthermore, the advanced processor enables the cameras high speed burst shooting at a rate of up to 10 frames per second - a superbly useful feature when shooting sports or other fast paced events.
Record High Quality Moving Images
Record beautiful full-size movies in 16:9 Wide VGA format at 30 fps or 10 fps with enhanced picture quality and brightness, and it can also shoot standard VGA and QVGA resolution for home use or e-mail/web applications.
Auto Angle Detection
Auto angle detection records whether an image was taken horizontally or vertically. This ensures that when playing back on the LCD monitor and displaying images on your TV by connecting your Lumix Digital Camera with an AV cable, vertical images are automatically displayed vertically and horizontal images are automatically displayed horizontally.
2.5" Intelligent LCD Display
The DMC-TZ4 features a 2.5" diagonal high-resolution Intelligent LCD monitor makes it easy to see your subject - day or night, indoors or outdoors - because the brightness and contrast of the LCD adjusts automatically as ambient light conditions change. The High Angle Mode improves viewability from a low angle, such as when shooting over a crowd. The display also provides many shooting assist features such as guide lines for better image framing and a histogram function to check exposure on the fly.
Built-in and Expandable Memory
The camera includes 27MB of built-in memory, and the memory capacity can be expanded dramatically with Secure digital (SD) or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards. You can also copy images from a memory card or PC to the built-in memory, and view them on the LCD anytime you like.
Mode Dial and Q.Menu Button
The Q.Menu Button provides a shortcut to frequently used menu settings - this single button lets you turn consecutive shooting on/off, make white balance adjustments, set the ISO sensitivity and image size, and select the compression format, while you continue to view your subject on the LCD. The Mode Dial is combined with a unique Mode Position Display, and as you operate the dial, large animated icons are displayed on the LCD Screen, making it easy to find the mode you want.
Special Travel Functions
The camera's clipboard allows you to take photos of maps, timetables and other travel info, and save them 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 - great for creating your own postcards from a vacation trip. You can also manage your travel photos by inputting your departure date and destination with the Travel Date Setting so later, during photo viewing, the camera will indicate on which day of the trip each shot was taken and the location.
Print Directly From Your Camera
You can send images directly to print, right from the DMC-TZ4 camera without the need of a PC. Simply connect the camera to a PictBridge compatible printer by using the included USB cable, and then simply select the pictures you want to print.
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 Digital Camera (Silver)
  • CGA-S007 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Software CD-ROM (PhotofunStudio viewer, ArcSoft MediaImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, QuickTime, Adobe Reader, USB Driver)
  • User Guide
  • 1 Year Parts/90 Days Labor U.S.A. Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic DMC-TZ4 Specs

    Camera Type Compact Ultra-zoom Wide-angle Point-and-shoot Digital Camera with Optical Image Stabilization
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 1/2.5" 8.32 Megapixel CCD with Primary Color Filter
    Effective Resolution 8.1 million pixels
    Color Depth 24-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Standard, Natural, Vivid, Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
    Image File Formats JPEG (Fine, Standard)
    Recorded Resolution 4:3 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 2448
    2560 x 1920
    2048 x 1536
    1600 x 1200
    1280 x 960
    640 x 480

    3:2 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 2176
    2560 x 1712
    2048 x 1360

    16:9 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 1840
    2560 x 1440
    1920 x 1080

    Video Recording QuickTime Motion JPEG with Audio
    Wide VGA (848 x 480 @ 30 or 10 fps)
    VGA (640 x 480 @ 30 or 10 fps)
    QVGA (320 x 240 @ 30 or 10 fps)Clip length limited only by available memory to a maximum of 2GB
    Audio Recording WAV Format
    Up to 5 seconds record time with image, up to 10 seconds dubbing
    Lens Type Leica DC Vario-Elmar Lens
    Optical Zoom 10x (up to 15.9x Extra Optical zoom with 3MP or smaller image)
    Lens Focal Length 4.6 - 46mm (28 - 280mm equivalent)
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Minimum Focus Distance 2" (5cm)
    Maximum Aperture f/3.3-4.9
    Optical Image Stabilization Yes (MEGA O.I.S.)
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount No
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL Auto Focus System with AF Assist Lamp
    Focus Modes Normal (Face, 1 point, 1 point high speed, 3 points high speed, 9 points, Spot), Macro, Quick AF, Continuous AF
    Focus Range Normal: 19.7" (50cm) - infinity
    Macro: 2" (5cm) - infinity wide
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Auto ISO
    Selectable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600)
    High Sensitivity ISO Mode (1600-6400)
    Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2000 seconds (15, 30, 60 seconds in Starry Sky Mode)
    Aperture Range f/3.3-4.9 and f/8.0-11.0 (2 steps)
    Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot
    Exposure Modes Program AE, SCN, Intelligent Auto (w/ Backlight Compensation), Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV increments), Auto Bracketing AE (±1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set, White Balance Adjustment (10 steps)
    Scene Modes Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby 1&2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet, Hi-Speed Burst
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. Forced On, Forced Off)
    Effective Flash Range 1.0' (0.3m) - 20.7' (6.3m) wide
    External Flash Connection No
    External Flash Control Not Applicable
    Start-Up Time 0.95 seconds
    Shutter Lag 0.006 seconds
    Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Burst Capability Continuous: 0.7 fps
    Standard Burst: 3 fps up to 7 images (standard) or 4 images (fine)
    High-speed Burst: 10 fps (2.5M or less resolution)
    Self Timer 10 seconds or 2 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp Yes
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory 27MB
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) Card
    MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    Recording Capacity Includes 27MB of Built-in Memory

    Still Image Capacity

    Fine Standard
    4:3 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 2448 3 7
    2560 x 1920 8 17
    2048 x 1536 10 22
    1600 x 1200 22 44
    1280 x 960 30 66
    640 x 480 102 207
    3:2 Aspect Ratio
    3072 x 2048 3264 x 2176 5 12
    2560 x 1712 8 20
    2048 x 1360 13 27
    16:9 Aspect Ratio
    3264 x 1840 5 15
    3072 x 1728 2560 x 1440 8 24
    1920 x 1080 17 27

    Video Capacity

    Video Mode Record Time
    Wide VGA @ 30 fps 5 seconds
    Wide VGA @ 10 fps 15 seconds
    VGA @ 30 fps 7 seconds
    VGA @ 10 fps 20 seconds
    QVGA @ 30 fps 20 seconds
    QVGA @ 10 fps 64 seconds
    Battery Type CGA-S007 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (3.7V, 1000mAh)
    Power Adapter DMW-AC5 AC Adaptor (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control No
    Video Output NTSC & PAL
    Web-Cam Capable No
    System & Software Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Vista
    Macintosh OS X (10.1 or later)
    Viewfinder No
    LCD Display 2.5" Polycrystalline TFT color LCD (230,000 pixels) with Power LCD and High Angle LCD Mode
    Language Options English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
    Playback Options Single Image Thumbnail display (12 or 30-up), Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max.), Playback of Favorite Pictures, Category Playback, Slide Show, Image Rotation, Resizing, Trimming, Protection, Aspect Conversion, DPOF Print Setting
    Dimensions 2.4 x 4.2 x 1.5" (61 x 109 x 38mm)
    Weight 7.4 oz (209g) without battery

    Panasonic DMC-TZ4 Reviews

    Lumix DMC-TZ4 Digital Camera (Silver) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 46.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loooveedd it!! i bought this for my boyfriend, who is the travel enthusiast. He is just starting to get into photography. The small size is perfect for him to stick in his pocket when he goes places. The camera itself is very easy to operate with comfortable controls and easy to understand. I do however wish the camera took real estate of the back five-way controller/shooting/playback switch and made them slightly bigger. The zoom is great for such a small camera. I'd be happier if it had a viewfinder of some sort because i'm used to my SLR, but i don't think he will have a problem with it. Overall, great camera!
    Date published: 2008-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome shots, and easy on the wallet I am not a professional however this camera was recommended to me by a professional. I was a bit skeptical thinking that there is no way this camera could take vibrant shots like more expensive cameras, however it did not disappoint. All of the shots I've taken with this have been stunning the colors truly pop and the image is crisp. The 10x optical zoom and telemacro settings make it super easy to get detailed shots from a distance. If you have a tripod you can take some amazing low light shots using the starry sky mode again picking up beautiful colors that could not be captured with lesser cameras.
    Date published: 2008-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice! Purchased as a pocket camera when I don't want to lug my digital slr. Despite what I've read about high iso noise, I find iso 800 and 1600 very useful to keep shutter speeds hand holdable in low light. The results are not shabby either. If you zoom way in it looks a bit processed, but normal viewing and prints look great. Movies are very good, but get a high speed card for the faux HD mode. Its not actual HD resolution, but it is the same proportion and bigger than vga. It stalls out on a slow card. A bit of focus hunting in low light, but read the manual on the focus modes, that helps. Controls are easy. Not miniature, but small enough. It's got a 10x zoom for goodness sake! I.S. is pretty good. It's metal and feels solid. The Leica lens is sharp. And macro mode is outstanding.
    Date published: 2008-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Value I have finally made the switch to digital from film, and this camera is working out quite well for me. I'm still in something of a learning curve, whereas film photography is sort of intuitive for me. I use it for general photography - family and travel. I wanted something compact and that had at least 10X optical zoom. Its small size and big zoom make it a lot easier to just grab and take with you than it would be with a standard SLR. Sharpness and color saturation are both great. My only complaint is that the autofocus sometimes gets confused and can't decide what to focus on. I would suggest that the camera package include a case, one memory card, and a spare battery, rather than 2 memory cards and no extra battery.
    Date published: 2008-07-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Travel Camera! After looking for 6 months...this camera seems the best for me. I wanted something that fits in my pocket - this barely makes that requirement - it is pretty heavy. The 10x leica zoom is amazing - I work in a pro studio and my colleagues are impressed, even when making 24 prints! Being able to view pics by calender is way cool. Macro gets pretty close when zoomed out, but zoomed in is just ok. 2 biggest bummers are no viewfinder and no manual functions (only canon G9 has something like that I think). Would highly recommend.
    Date published: 2008-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Camera I bought one for both myself and my mom, and it was a hit at Christmas with everyone. I spent an entire day researching cameras, and I am very glad I decided on this one. It seems to have all the new updated features of cameras. Very quick shutter speed. Very easy to use especially in the auto mode. Have not explored further. Great image stabilization especially with kids. I took a picture in complete darkness, and it appeared as if I had taken it in full light. Perfect size; not too small or too big. Great big, clear viewing screen. I would recommend this camera to anyone.
    Date published: 2008-12-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quality have-handy camera. I like to carry a camera with me at all times and this camera fits the bill for that. I like the simple controls and menus. Unlike other digital cameras I've owned, I don't have to wade through many layers of menu options to get the settings I want. The 10x wide zoom covers any pucture situation I want.
    Date published: 2008-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthy member of the TZ family Recently I have upgraded my TZ1 to the TZ4 (Great value at the time of purchase). I was extremely pleased with the TZ1 once I got to know the camera limitations. However, I decided to upgrade the camera mainly for the wide angle lens of the TZ4 and reported better high ISO quality. Like the the TZ1 this camera has it's own limitations largely due to noise in low light situations. However, there is a noticable quality improvement between the photographs of the TZ4 and TZ1. I love the 28-280mm lens, it's every thing and more than I expected. One thing that I missed before buying this camera is that the camera lens is less bright then the TZ1 f3.3 versus f2.8. Photographs is bright light are excellent. I was not pleased with my first few attempts in low light and high ISO. Noise was very noticeable. However this was an area that the TZ1 also failed to impress (awful smugging of detail by the TZ1). I have limited ISO to 400. Also the Imagine stabilization in the lens gives approximately a 3 stop advantage in low light. Therefore while noise can be an issue you should still be able to get some good shots in indoor conditions. iA seems to work very well and give good results in most situations. Focus, metering etc are well managed. Correct focus lock is an area that has improved since the TZ1. In the TZ1 I ended up using center focus lock constantly. White Balance auto sets are poor under artificial light conditions but it can be adjusted by the user. Personally I like the e-zoom button. It is seldom that I require any more than the 10x optical zoom but in the few cases the 3MPixel 15.9x option is sufficient for good quality small prints. The construction quality of the camera is excellent. The microphone for movie mode is badly positioned though. I have covered it with my fingers several times already. Movie mode is of a similar quality to the TZ1 (One of the best of it time) after the firmware was upgraded to v1.2. I burn videos onto DVD so the HD of the TZ5 or the TZ7 would be wasted on me. While I like having short movie clips, still photography is the main propose of having this camera. Now for what I really think of it. This is an amazing camera for the size, optical zoom range, price. It is ideal as a travel camera or an all round family camera. You should look else where if low light photography is you thing.
    Date published: 2009-03-05
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