Best cheapest Panasonic with a long zoom to keep in car

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Best cheapest Panasonic with a long zoom to keep in car
Aug 18, 2013

I'm no stranger to Panasonic point and shoots.  I started with a TZ4 back in the day, then got a few TZ5s and a ZS1.  The only one left is a beatup TZ5 with a lens cover that doesn't close but it does take pictures...mostly.

I'm not so concerned with "pocketable" as it will only reside in my car (cheap enough I won't be worried about theft) but will have at least a 12x optical zoom if not more have IQ better than my TZ5.

I know that from model to model Panasonics don't necessarily get better but then a model will come out that is indeed better.  I'm hoping for the best IQ and minimal noise reduction smearing of details, if all that is possible.

A refurbished model is what I'm looking for but there are so many past models out there it's hard to tell which one is the one I'd choose.  Thanks for your help.

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