Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 Review

By Movable Type Admin


Click for our main menu

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4



Record Modes & Screens




Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

For beginners or anyone that just wants to "point-n-shoot" there's the IA (Intelligent Auto) exposure mode. The camera sets almost everything for you.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

IA Quick Menu options:

    O.I.S. - Mode 1, Mode 2
    Burst Shooting - Off, On, Unlimited
    Image Size - 8M, 5M, 3M, 0.3M
    LCD - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Normal mode (the red camera icon on the mode dial) is also an automatic exposure mode but the user has a wide array of menu settings available (see below.) The screen here shows the flash is off, image size is 8M, image quality is Fine, the battery level is full, there's room on the SD card for another 197 shots and the image stabilizer is set to Mode 2 (shaking hand icon).



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed. The shutter speed and aperture will also be displayed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Program Quick Menu options:

    Stabilizer - Off, Mode 1, Mode 2
    Burst - Off, Burst, Unlimited
    AF Mode - Face Detection, 9-Area, 3-Area High Speed, 1-Area High Speed, 1 Area,
      Spot
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    Intelligent Exposure - On or Off
    Picture Size - 8M, 5M, 3M, 0.3M
    LCD - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle




Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Normal Menu options:

    Picture Size - 8M, 5M EZ, 3M EZ, 0.3M EZ
    Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Intelligent ISO - Off, Max 400, Max 800, Max 1600
    ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    Metering Mode - Evaluative, Center, Spot
    AF Mode - Face Detection, 9-Area, 3-Area High Speed, 1-Area High Speed, 1 Area,
      Spot
    Continuous AF - On or Off
    Burst - Off, Burst, Unlimited
    Intelligent Exposure - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Color Mode - Standard, Natural, Vivid, B/W, Sepia, Cool, Warm
    Stabilizer - Off, Mode 1, Mode 2
    Min. Shtr Speed - 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250
    Audio Red. - On or Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Clock Set - Set the time and Date




Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Selecting one of the two Scene modes gives access to 22 scene specific modes that are optimized for a variety of shooting environments. You can choose from Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo and Underwater.




Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Pressing the 4-way controller "Up" gives you access to to the exposure menu. Pressing it again takes you to the Auto Bracket menu.

Pressing it "Right" brings up your flash options.

Pressing it "Down" enables macro mode. In macro mode the camera will focus as close as 5cm.

Pressing it "Left" will give you the self timer options.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Movie mode captures QuickTime video at either 4:3 (640x480 or 320 x 240) or 16:9 (848x480) aspects with audio (the built-in microphone and speaker is located on the top on the camera.) You can also choose a frame rate of 30 or 10 frames per second. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Movie mode recording options:

    Stabilizer - Off, Mode 1
    AF Mode - 9-Area, 3-Area High, 1-Area High, 1-Area, Spot
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    Picture Mode - VGA 30fps, VGA 10fps, QVGA 30fps, QVGA 10fps
    LCD Mode - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle




Continue on to
Playback Features



Return To Our
Reviews Menu

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Samsung WB250F 14.2MP CMOS Smart WiFi Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom, 3.0 Touch Screen LCD and 1080p HD Video (Gun Metal) Color: Gun Metal Samsung WB250F 14.2MP CMOS Smart WiFi Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom, 3.0 Touch Screen LCD and 1080p HD Video (Gun Metal) Color: Gun Metal $264.00
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 Digital Camera White - Bundle - With Camera Case, Spare Li-50 Battery, 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card, Floating Strap Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 Digital Camera White - Bundle - With Camera Case, Spare Li-50 Battery, 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card, Floating Strap $264.00
Nikon COOLPIX L810 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 26x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-inch LCD (Red) Kit. Package Includes: 4AA Batteries + Charger + 16GB Memory Card & more Nikon COOLPIX L810 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 26x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-inch LCD (Red) Kit. Package Includes: 4AA Batteries + Charger + 16GB Memory Card & more $263.95
Olympus SZ-10 14 MP Digital Camera with Super-Slim 28mm Wide-Angle 18x Optical Zoom + Huge Accessories Package Including 4GB SDHC Memory Card + Extended Life LI-50B Lithium Ion Battery Pack + Hi-Speed SD Card Reader + Carrying Case + Table Top Tripod Kit Olympus SZ-10 14 MP Digital Camera with Super-Slim 28mm Wide-Angle 18x Optical Zoom + Huge Accessories Package Including 4GB SDHC Memory Card + Extended Life LI-50B Lithium Ion Battery Pack + Hi-Speed SD Card Reader + Carrying Case + Table Top Tripod Kit $263.95
Nikon COOLPIX S9500 18.1 MP Digital Camera with 22x Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi (Red) Two 1500 mAh EN-EL12 Replacement Lithium Ion Battery + External Rapid Charger + 32GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + Mini HDMI Cable + Carrying Case + SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit Bundle DavisMAX Accessory Kit Nikon COOLPIX S9500 18.1 MP Digital Camera with 22x Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi (Red) Two 1500 mAh EN-EL12 Replacement Lithium Ion Battery + External Rapid Charger + 32GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + Mini HDMI Cable + Carrying Case + SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit Bundle DavisMAX Accessory Kit $263.69
2-Pack CGA-S007e High-Capacity Replacement Batteries with Rapid Travel Charger for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 DMC-TZ2 DMC-TZ3 DMC-TZ4 DMC-TZ5 - UltraPro BONUS INCLUDED: Camera Cleaning Kit, Camera Screen Protector, Mini Travel Tripod 2-Pack CGA-S007e High-Capacity Replacement Batteries with Rapid Travel Charger for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 DMC-TZ2 DMC-TZ3 DMC-TZ4 DMC-TZ5 - UltraPro BONUS INCLUDED: Camera Cleaning Kit, Camera Screen Protector, Mini Travel Tripod $59.99
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 DMC-TZ3 DMC-TZ4 DMC-TZ1 DMC-TZ2 Original DE-A45 Battery Charger fits CGA-S007 (Without Power Cord) Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 DMC-TZ3 DMC-TZ4 DMC-TZ1 DMC-TZ2 Original DE-A45 Battery Charger fits CGA-S007 (Without Power Cord) $22.95