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PANA­SONIC HAS pop­u­larised the con­cept of a highly-ca­pa­ble com­pact cam­era specif­i­cally tar­geted at trav­ellers, and its nextgen­er­a­tion TZ se­ries model (the ini­tials for ‘Travel Zoom’) com­bines a one-inch BSI-type CMOS sen­sor with a 15x op­ti­cal zoom.

As be­fore, the 24-360mm equiv­a­lent zoom lens get the Le­ica nod of ap­proval, and in macro mode it can fo­cus all the way down to just three cen­time­tres. The new Lu­mix TZ220’s sen­sor has a res­o­lu­tion of 20.9 megapix­els (to­tal) and a sen­si­tiv­ity range equiv­a­lent to ISO 125 to 12,800 (ex­tend­able to ISO 80 and 25,600). The fastest con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed is 10.0 fps and there’s the choice of both RAW and JPEG cap­ture

The TZ220 has an elec­tronic viewfinder with a res­o­lu­tion of 2.33 megadots and a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of 0.53x (equiv­a­lent to 1.45x). The 7.62 cm LCD mon­i­tor screen is fixed and has a res­o­lu­tion of 1.24 megadots with full touch con­trols. Im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion for stills is via an op­ti­cal sys­tem in the lens which com­bined with sen­sor-based elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion when shoot­ing video to give five-axis cor­rec­tion.

The TZ220 bor­rows quite a num­ber of higher-end fea­tures from its Lu­mix G mir­ror­less cousins, in­clud­ing the high-speed ‘DFD’ con­trast-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing (us­ing 49 mea­sur­ing point in this case), the ‘4K Photo’ high-speed cap­ture modes for stills (in­clud­ing the new Se­quence Com­po­si­tion and Auto Mark­ing), fo­cus brack­et­ing (up to 999 shots), in-cam­era RAWto-JPEG pro­cess­ing, a sen­sor-based shut­ter which gives a top speed of 1/16,000 sec­ond, and a huge se­lec­tion of ‘Creative Con­trol’ spe­cial ef­fects. As with the GX9, it has the new ‘Photo Style’ pic­ture pre­set called L.Mono­chrome D which gives a more dy­namic tonal range with in­creased con­trast.

The TZ220 records 4K video footage in the Ul­tra HD res­o­lu­tion of 3840x2160 pix­els at 25 fps (PAL stan­dard) and with a bit rate of 100 Mbps. There’s also a 24 fps record­ing speed for 4K. Full HD video can be recorded at ei­ther 50 or 25 fps. Also as on the GX9, the built-in WiFi is now sup­ple­mented with Blue­tooth LE con­nec­tiv­ity to pro­vide the con­ve­nience of an ‘al­ways on’ con­nec­tion and func­tions such as geo­tag­ging.

The new Lu­mix DC-TZ220 is avail­able in ei­ther black or dark sil­ver fin­ishes and is priced at $1199. Aus­tralian avail­abil­ity will be from April. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.pana­

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