New Panasonic TZ100 compact camera with 1″ sensor coming soon

Panasonic TZ100 compact camera with 1 inch sensor
Panasonic TZ100 compact camera with 1 inch sensor 2
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During the 2016 CES show, Panasonic will announce a new Lumix DMC-TZ100 compact camera with 1" sensor. Here are the basic specifications:

  • 20.1MP 1" sensor
  • 9.1-91mm f/2.8-5.9 lens (25-250mm equivalent)
  • The official announcement in Europe is聽on January 5th, 2016

Via Digicame-info

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  • Spy Black

    The RX series really started a 1-inch revolution.

    • SH*T666

      I guess all these 1st generation cameras are handicapped on purpose. A kind of planned obsolescence.

      • Spy Black

        I still have my Canon S110, which I used regularly until I got my RX100 III, which I readily replaced with a Nikon J4 because the RX AF is death. The S110 has a similar lens f/2-5.9. It got the extra F due to it’s smaller sensor. Zooming out sucks, especially shooting video. The image just dies. It’s OK in bright daylight, but otherwise trash.

        • Mark

          Nobody has managed to match the Nikon 1-series AF/buffer/frame rate combo yet – not even the $3,000 Sony A7R II. For those who value top notch AF there still is nothing like the 1-series for a compact.

          • Marco –

            Nx1

          • Spy Black

            The NX1 certainly looks like an interesting camera. Not compact like these however, but certainly an interesting camera. It will be a shame if Samsung abandons development on it.

          • Marco –

            Definitely!

            P.s. I love spy vs spy. Oh, back to my commodore 64! 馃榾

          • J贸n Ing贸lfur Hermannsson

            it is hard to think that Samsung will produce more camera bodies based on their actions all around the world – closing camera divisions – I think the main rumor is that they will continue produce sensors and sell them – but no more bodies – yes a shame as just as they where getting it right then they shutdown 馃檨 just means Sony particularly can maintain high prices –

          • Samsung has stopped their camera line, sadly!

    • J贸n Ing贸lfur Hermannsson

      I am having a problem seeing if LCD tilts – I hope it does – the F5.9 is OK as focal range is 25-250mm as long as Panasonic comes out with another model – one that directly competes with the Sony RX100m4 and Canon G7X/G5X –
      So a Panasonic FZ… in a same form factor with all the Fn keys – Touch LCD – Tilt LCD – 4K with more than 5min rec – 24-100mm F1.8-2.8 – for $100-200 lens then the very expensive Sony RX100m4 – Canon has produced 4 models with a 1 inch in about a year – so Panasonic should be able to produce another model soon – Some life in sunnier areas and the extra reach is more valuable – but for others the faster but shorter lens is more valuable – so both are needed

    • Fra Lippi

      Nikon came out with a 1″ sensor camera (Nikon 1 V1) about 9 months before Sony announced the RX100. Maybe the genius was putting the sensor in a compact instead of an ILC. But I’ve never quite understood the hate that was leveled at Nikon for the 1 series. (e.g. comments like “Nikon has a 1″ sensor, it’s tiny, Nikon sucks.” and “Sony has a 1″ sensor in a compact, it’s huge, Sony rocks”).

      • Spy Black

        “But I’ve never quite understood the hate that was leveled at Nikon for the 1 series.”

        Because it was (and mostly still is) crippleware. Overpriced crippleware at that. Once Nikon stops crippling the N1 system and charges competitive prices for it, it may be successful. The J5 is a good start, but it may be too late for the cavalry to come over the hill for the N1 system however.

        • Daniel H枚gberg

          Nikon J5 is good, BUT, theres is NO WAY to use AE-L other then the shutter button.. Which makes it useless if youre a jpeg-shooter that want correct exposure AND focus at the moment of shooting. Theres so much more crippeling in the 1″ system that dont wanna spend more time talking about it.. Just dont buy it for the Wifi-function.. It compresses the images so much that they become useless for anything more than posting on instagram.. 馃檨

        • Zos Xavius

          lets be fair. the original aptina sensors in the first nikon 1 weren’t super great at first either and the sony rx100 sensor definitely performed better. don’t they use the sony 1″ now in the N1 series? the whole system smacked of an expensive hobbyist system with really expensive lenses and not much performance beyond frame rate and focusing, which I must add is much easier to do on a smaller sensor due to the greater dof. I used one once and it felt like a complete toy with not great high iso. Most people had written it off before nikon ever had a chance to fix anything and quite frankly the newer revisions really don’t do much to excite me. they all look hideous for starters not that it matters, but it shows that they wanted to make them fancy consumer items and not photographic tools.

          • Spy Black

            Well, it was schizophrenic, actually. You had these crippled bodies, yet you had optics like the 32mm f/1.2. What casual user is going to buy a lens that costs more than the camera with it’s kit lens? What casual user would even know why they would ever want such a lens?

            I don’t think the AF was really a by-product of the sensor size, it was actually a developed tech that should be in a larger body, and may very well be so in the forthcoming larger format mirrorless.

            Aptina sensors have been used throughout the entire run of the N1 system, although people are speculating about what’s in the J5. No one seems to be sure. Other than the J5, it’s been Aptina.

            Like I said, it may be too late to save the N1 system. The forthcoming RX-styled cameras may indicate the V3 was the last quasi-serious attempt to make a decent N1 camera. It’s not clear if a V4 will come out, and if so if it will finally be a complete camera.

    • longzoom

      We can’t always win. The lens is collapsing, so, it is 6. Look, my stunning 25-600 Leica on Pana FZ 200, is the best zoom in its class, with 2.8 thru, but is the way bigger…

      • Zos Xavius

        It also only has to cover a sensor 1/4 of the size! Apples and oranges. Also lets be fair. The corners on all these lenses are terrible at long lengths and at the wide end. They also lose tons of resolution halfway through their range. Superzooms make tons of compromises regardless if format. A tamron superzooms will crush the leica on a rebel in many ways including light gathering ability.

        • longzoom

          This zoom is razor sharp at any focus/aperture combo, to be really fair. So I doubt you have tried all of these zooms. I have not. Speak for yourself, please.

  • tyger11

    Yeah, that lens is trash. Hopefully they’ll come out with an LX200 soon.

    • MdB

      Yes because fast or death? ‘Trash’ based purely on one spec, cool!

    • J贸n Ing贸lfur Hermannsson

      I think saying it is trash is a bit harsh – for those who live in sunny area and need longer focal reach then this would be idea for them -but I agree that it would be nice to have another model with 24-100mm F1.8-2.8 – for those who need more low light performance – but of course at the cost of a shorter focal reach – cant have both in this size of a body

    • Zos Xavius

      You can rate a lens that you have never even used? Amazing

  • davewyman

    The lens is slow at the long end because of the laws of physics and economics. Faster = heavier and larger and more expensive. One inch sensor, though, means a higher useable ISO than with most camera this size.

    • tyger11

      Funny that Sony seems to be able to break these laws of physics and economics then, huh?

      • Licheus

        Did they? Does any of the RX cameras have a 10x zoom lens at this size that is brighter? Or does it exist somewhere (like someone’s dream) a camera that has the RX10 lens in a RX100 body?

        It actually is surprising to see how deep the large-aperture-or-trash myth had rooted itself in some of us.

        Not to mention this TZ100 has a rigid EVF integrated without adding much size. Not quite impressive an engineering feet Sony’s pop up ones are, but why do we need those gimmicks in the first place?

        • tyger11

          You know what, my bad. I misread the focal range and mistook the 91mm as the 35mm equivalent. Oops. 馃檪

          • davewyman

            Ok, you’re forgiven.

        • MdB

          Because those Panasonic fixed EVFs on small bodies tend to be awful. The pop up EVF I suspect gives the designers more physical space to work with.

          • J贸n Ing贸lfur Hermannsson

            I suspect the EVF will be improved – I personally prefer to have it like the FZ100 over a pop up one – I have the RX100m4 and I must say that it can be a bit delicate – and I cant see how a pop up will give them more space – I suspect that most all use the LCD in this size of a body except for super sunny days and then just to compose – I prefer a smaller body – no hump – over a little bit better EVF – as I am one that just uses the EVF when needed –

        • Zos Xavius

          I couldn’t possibly agree more really. This camera looks kind of useful. I would gladly sacrifice some lens speed over having something like an RX10 which is about the size of a small dslr, so what’s really the point? The first RX100 had a much longer zoom and slower lens. It was equally mocked back then for it too. Then all the people that bought one quickly shut up. I imagine it would remain fairly close to through the 24-70 equivalent range anyways which is all the newer RX100 offers, but hey it must be garbage. If you need to shoot at night why are you using a 1″ sensor to handhold shots anyways?

  • Mark

    F5.9 is pretty weak on the long end – I suspect you will lose that F2.8 pretty fast as soon as you stray from 25mm. Sony had it right sticking with F1.8-2.8 IMHO. For what this camera will likely cost and the enthusiasts it targets, I think such a slow zoom is very undesirable.

  • taildraggin

    It’s a tiny “travel” camera (25-250). The sony is 24-70. A f2.8 or even f4 250 this small would take a DoD budget to build.

  • MonkeySpanner

    Great to see more 1″ cameras coming. I don’t see any point in anyone making a sub 1″ camera any more – cell phones would eat them alive.

  • This looks more like what people expected the LX8 to be but they did away with the amazing wide angle macro lens the LX series had for more reach. Not nearly as long, but Panasonic must have took note of the Nikon P900 popularity. This will camera will most certainly have RAW though unlike the way Nikon crippled the P900.

  • callmebc

    The published specs are sparse, but It looks like yet another compact camera that will be able to do great video, but with no way to attach an external mic to get matching great audio — that’s an instant deal-breaker for a lot of folk, myself included. Having to use a separate audio recorder and then dub in the audio later kind of defeats to whole point of having a compact camera. If Panasonic is going after the RX100 market, merely copying the RX100’s good points and bad points is not going to take them very far.

  • Wally Brooks

    Super Zoom little brother to the LX 100! I want to see how good the lens is! On paper looks like a very good design! Kudos for Panny!

  • Wally Brooks

    Based on specs the only downside I see is the 25-250 zoom. Its possible to get great image quality with zoom lens up to 3X and this will go beyond that range. The casual shooter may not care the entheuisast may care. Panny is broadening the base for step up shooters with an entry level camera. For those who want to move up there is the LX 100 or a GX 7/8 or G7 good marketing move Panny.

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