Lupti: Please look for another writer than Jeff Keller. I miss the old DPreview reviews that were objective and prosy instead full of gushing praise. I have the TZ25 and it is by no means a good camera. Build quality is bad, and IQ is far from good. Look at the ISO100 samples, you will clearly see that these images look slightly smudgy due to massive NR. And you can´t change NR, sharpness, contrast or anything else in the camera, you only have the choice between standard and "vivid" look(beside Sepia and B/W). Also I think the price premium of the "bigger brother" is it worth as the TZ31 not only has longer zoom, better movie capabilites and GPS(IMHO useless) but also a slightly better IQ, however as the TZ31 also hasn´t the best IQ I would rather recommend looking for remaining stock of TZ10/ZS7 as this camera has MUCH better build quality, better IQ with adjustable settings and no rolling shutter in movie mode.
I don't know what kind of comparison did you make but the fact that TZ25 has better IQ even at base ISO is too obvious for my eyes... The watch, the coins and the texture details is definitely better than TZ30's. Even at ISO 100 and more visibly at all ISO above 400. Just take a brief look at the label "NI-MH" on the batteries in the left corner at ISO100-400. You sould be blind to not see the difference...
I would like to thank DP for this review. I have TZ25 and I totally agree that it is great little camera. My pixel peeping shows that it is definitely better than TZ31 and at least as good as SX230/260 which I own too. I'm happy with my new camera and I think it has very good low-light performance ( which is very important to me). Well done Panasonic, well done DP.
coastcontact: I just purchased this camera last week. So far I am delighted with its performance. I am somewhat surprised that Barney Britton gave the camera such a low rating. Other reviewers have all been giving this camera outstanding reviews. http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/Extended-Zoom.htm gave the camera a 10 out of 10. DPR’s owner, Amazon, has raised their price to the Panasonic suggested retail price. Probably proof that the camera has been very well received.
It would be very interesting which camera wins the GOLD AWARD...
Exellent!Thank you Dpreview! Now we are waitng for update of the sample images gallery!
Menneisyys: Much better than the Sony DSC-HX100V but worse than the Canon SX230 HS at all ISO's.
I'm totally agree with ARTASHES. I've owned SX220 HS and I've sold it. It has terrible trend to use the highest appropriate ISO. It offen rise ISO in bright light conditions up to 400-800 while Panasonic use ISO 80... SX220/230 has focus issues. The Auto mode is absolutely useless. If you read Canon talk forum you will see that owners of the Canon SX220/230 more frequently are complainig than showing off their results.
It is a shame! So expensive camera with such a disappointing lack of details! I was a Sony -fan for years but Sony's last P&S cameras are very disappointing. Now I am almost happy with Panasonic FZ38 but it hasn't great video quality. My ideal camera will have IQ of FZ35/38 and video of HX9V. Waiting for FZ150!
keysmith: so the turn back on 12.1 ccd.. Sounds reasonable after the disaster of the 14.1 mos and 16.1 ccd sensors. FZ100 was an emparrasment for panasonic. I hope the new ccd will capture good pictures.On the other hand i wonder why buy a SLR-like superzoom when now we have the compact superzooms (Sx230, tz20 etc) with same sensors and image quality. They have a little less tele (but still enough) and a little darker lens (f2.8 vs f3.5) but they are compacts.. This SLR-like bulky superzoom category of compacts will eventually disappear.
As for the (lack of) RAW i will agree that they don''t include it not to reveal how bad the pictures are before internal processing. lol
I own FZ38 AND Canon sx220sh - they are incomparable! Tke IQ of FZ38 is MUCH MUCH BETTER! Two different worlds! I've already returned SX220 because of it's unreliable performance. In too many situations pcitures are out of focus and in dim light it is very slow and inacurate. You always have to change settings and cannot rely on auto mods. Some times pictures are good but in many situations -blured and not sharp. SX220/230 has general trend to use high ISO settings! Even in day light it frequently uses ISO 300-400 and hihger! Canon has to improve performance of this very promising camera.
Realll: Come on...It sounds like FZ35 upgraded with 1080p and creative options! No RAW? Big deal... I own FZ35 and never shoot RAWs. Why do post process if the JPEGs are good? :)
And when did the chicken tell this? Carrying big bag full of Lenses? ;)
Come on...It sounds like FZ35 upgraded with 1080p and creative options! No RAW? Big deal... I own FZ35 and never shoot RAWs. Why do post process if the JPEGs are good? :)
This camera will have every thing that ever want in digital camera&1. Traditional excellent IQ of Panasonic 2. 12 MP confirm that Panasonic emphasize on quality!3. Creative modes 4. 1080i video!!!! It is a shame that in Europe video wil be 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i insted of America's 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i. I don't know what is this nonsense for...I own FZ 38 and I find it's an excellent camera! I prefer JPEG-s than post process RAW-s. In fact I have read some reviews which state that JPEG-s on Pana have almost same details and quality as RAW-s. Screen is not issue for me. Hot shoe ? Come on, isn't 10 m. quite enough? The most importsnt things for me are: IQ, good movie mode, manual and creative modes for more fun and good battery life. Other things I could live with, but no compromises with image and movie quality! I'm looking forward to buy this new Panasonic camera ASAP! I just can't wait! :)