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Just went to Currys, happened to have noticed the Easter deal:

'Want a stylish Digital Camera that's got a big LCD screen for easy picture viewing? The black Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ65 Compact Digital Camera could be a good choice!

Panasonic have come up with an even more advanced model. With its 3 LCD screen and resolution of 10.1 mp, the DMC-TZ65 promises outstanding, reliable photography.

If you're a budding landscape photographer, you can marvel at the DMC-TZ65's 25-300mm (35mm equivalent) Leiza zoom lens! You can really capture the scenery, as well as zooming right in on your chosen subject!

Sick of blurry snaps? With the Digital Camera's optical image stabilisation and Face Detection features, you get sharp pictures every time! Love taking movies? That's easy with Panasonic's wide-aspect 848 x 480 pixel movies setting!

With its high optical quality and professional zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ65 Compact Digital Camera captures your celebrations and life journey with accuracy and skill. '

Free Home delivery +quidco too

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#1
This has a 12x optical zoom - seems to be the TZ6 with a larger LCD screen. £20 to £50 cheaper than most TZ6 prices so definitely a good deal.
#2
Yeah.
It has 12x zoom, same as TZ7.
It has 460k screen, same as TZ7, better than TZ6's 230k.
#3
Also at Dixons, same price, don't forget Quidco.
#4
Same price in all DSG shops (Dixons & PC World)

Can see this getting warm.
#5
Quicklite;8201062
Yeah.
It has 12x zoom, same as TZ7.
It has 460k screen, same as TZ7, better than TZ6's 230k.


Great price. Had this been around when I bought my refurb ZS1/TZ6 from Ebay last month I would have got this instead I think.

The screen is bigger and has higher definition than the TZ6 so is brighter/clearer but I have seen reports it makes it more prone to cracking. I would imagine it drains the battery a bit quicker too.
#6
If they were same price should I go for this or a Fuji F70 ???

Answers on a postcard please.
banned#7
GR8 DEAL!
Amazing Value, Can't belive the Price. Have reserved and will collect!!

Bigtone gives 'Thumbs up!'
#8
This camera should offer class leading performance - and at this price, there is little reason to say no.

Cnet given the TZ6 model 9.4 out of 10 - one of the highest ever, TZ65 is even better!

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/digitalcameras/0,39030233,49301691,00.htm

With upgraded screen, this is a bargain.
#9
Cracking price for an excellent camera, will have to pass this though I really require a camera with the HD recording grr will have to stump out for a TZ7, however the new Sony HX5 looks interesting along with the new Canons and Samsumg models. If you don't mind not having HD videos then for this price this is recommended.
#10
Searcher2
Great price. Had this been around when I bought my refurb ZS1/TZ6 from Ebay last month I would have got this instead I think.


Hi I have been looking at the refurbed TZ6/ZS1 on abeay as well

any probs ???
#11
exStudent
Cracking price for an excellent camera, will have to pass this though I really require a camera with the HD recording grr will have to stump out for a TZ7, however the new Sony HX5 looks interesting along with the new Canons and Samsumg models. If you don't mind not having HD videos then for this price this is recommended.


Tbh TZ7 and TZ10 are still the best allround. Sony and newer models have more impressive spec - but whether they deliver, is another matter. The sony is about £315 I think.

This camera allows you to do 848 x 460 - not quite 720p, but not too shabby neither.
#12
Awesome camera. I have the TZ7 which does HD video (a very high quality video too, I may add) but the TZ6 does the same pictures and the pictures are outstanding.

Seriously - this is a top price for a top compact camera. You won't be dissapointed.
#13
TZ65 and TZ7 are pretty much identical hardware, TZ65 just lacks HD that's all.

Very portable camera with great capability!
1 Like #14
Adamski1964;8201548
Hi I have been looking at the refurbed TZ6/ZS1 on abeay as well

any probs ???


No - no problems. Mine had an almost imperceptible scratch on the base. Came in a brown box. 4GB card and official Panny case. £126 delivered (auction). Bought mine from Digigood. They should come down a bit more now I reckon. Got a spare battery from DealExtreme which works with firmware 1.2 for less than £7.

For the extra warranty, local supplier and better screen I would seriously consider this 65 model though. Prices should drop in general now the new models are out or about to come out.
#15
I didn't get one in the morning, kinda regretting it now. Might pop back and pick one up!
#16
Quicklite
TZ65 and TZ7 are pretty much identical hardware, TZ65 just lacks HD that's all.



The TZ6/65 also has a smaller sensor but Panasonic do a great job of getting the best out of their sensors.
#17
superb camera, i've had mine for about 6 months and I can't fault it. Great for point & shoot and there are plenty of predefined shooting modes. The video is excellent as well and for £150 this is not to be missed if you are looking for a new camera in this price bracket. Some people will whinge that you need to use a Panasonic battery due to the locked firmware but I've never had the battery run out on me and I've taken several hundred pics on it some days.
#18
killie99;8201737
Some people will whinge that you need to use a Panasonic battery due to the locked firmware but I've never had the battery run out on me and I've taken several hundred pics on it some days.

As mentioned you don't need a Panny battery. The one from DealExtreme works on firmware 1.2. I only have mine as a backup... the battery gets hammered with video. For just photos it will last for a lot of shots as you say.
#19
26 program modes but no manual exposure settings? No manual focus either. I suppose will be ok for holiday snaps on 6x4, LOL. Expensive toy.
#20
pet2000
26 program modes but no manual exposure settings? No manual focus either. I suppose will be ok for holiday snaps on 6x4, LOL. Expensive toy.


The newer TZ8 and TZ10 do have manual - but those come at twice the price.
#21
Other than the sensor and HD video, does this baby lack anything else of the TZ7 (which it seems can now be had for around £210)?
#22
pet2000
26 program modes but no manual exposure settings? No manual focus either. I suppose will be ok for holiday snaps on 6x4, LOL. Expensive toy.


Well yes, I'd rather tjust have P,A,S and M and be done with it but that's not the way the market has gone - but I know a couple of experienced photographers with TZ7s who really like the camera and can live with the multiplicity of modes. At least it has a live histogram so you can see if it's making a pig's ear of the exposure. The new replacement model ( TZ8 or 10 can't remember which) does have proper manual modes.
#23
Anyone know if there is a great difference between this and the new TZ8?
e.g. Is the new Power O.I.S noticably better than the Mega O.I.S? if not, i could save £100.
I want a decent camera for South African holiday, so i am undecided what to get.
Any comments appreciated
:thumbsup:
#24
haggisheid
Anyone know if there is a great difference between this and the new TZ8?
e.g. Is the new Power O.I.S noticably better than the Mega O.I.S? if not, i could save £100.
I want a decent camera for South African holiday, so i am undecided what to get.
Any comments appreciated
:thumbsup:


Newer one has GPS I think. TBH the mega OIS is so good, Power OIS is much marketing gimmick as the marginal improvement it brings AFAIK.
#25
Quicklite
Newer one has GPS I think. TBH the mega OIS is so good, Power OIS is much marketing gimmick as the marginal improvement it brings AFAIK.


Thanks for that, you are probably right, i wish someone had done some comparisons, but the reviews on the TZ8 are few and far between and there is no real feeback from real people! Just want to point out that the TZ10 is the one with the GPS, i am not intersted in that though, all i want is a good, compact camera which will take good pictures of wildlife, but i don't want to be carrying around a DSLR, i like the FZ35 but it seems to big, and in South Africa with the high crime rate, i need something a bit discreet.
#26
Heading on hols on Saturday, it's £142.85 in Dixons at the airport
Sorely tempted, to replace my aging Canon Ixus 45...
#27
Tomb
If they were same price should I go for this or a Fuji F70 ???

Answers on a postcard please.


Well.....

I recently had a TZ5, which I sold to get money towards a F72exr (same as F70exr).
This was the worst photography based decision I have ever made...I was so dissapointed in the F72exr. Whilst the Fuji was a nice looking camera, and it was much smaller and neater for the same zoom size, the pictures were very noisy, and as I own a legendary F31fd, I cant stand any noise in my pictures !
They were so bad, I sold the fuji after about 2 months and made a bit of a loss on it and bought another Panasonic, the TZ7, which I am loving.
I would get the TZ6 or TZ7 over the Fuji any day, after my bad experience with it.
#28
Thanks, just cancelled my fs10 and ordered this instead :)
#29
Tomb
If they were same price should I go for this or a Fuji F70 ???

Answers on a postcard please.


No postcard but a feature comparison between the Fuji and the TZ6 here:-

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=fujifilm_f70exr%2Cpanasonic_dmczs1&show=all

On paper at least it's a pretty close call

..and the Fuji is available for 155 quid ish from a real camera here:-

http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk/Fuji_Finepix_F70EXR
#30
I have this camera, originally i had the tz3 that was awesome but stolen

I replaced with this, as it has similar properties to the tz7 without the hd video

Video is still good however and as i don't want to shoot movies with it i opted for this one

I paid £218 Tax free at Christmas and i love this camera i think what i paid was a bargain so snap this up don't even consider others

The lithium batteries last ages and you can buy replacements on ebay for 4 quid, handy to have 2

I took over 300 pictures in Rome With one battery!
#31
On Fire!!!
#32
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head added XD
#33
Great deal - heat added
#34
i've got a tz7 the tz6 is it's little bro this is a wicked camera for the size if ur looking 4 a top top compact camera then buy
yes i know it's not thet smallest camera but it the best point and shoot camera around with this type of high zoom
#35
I'm sure this is a great camera but, for the sake of an extra £50-60, consider a TZ7.

Jon Bentley from the Gadget Show has just been testing the TZ10 and he recommended that I get the TZ7 instead while it's still available. I'd already got one from Amazon;). Paid £220 for it but signed up for the Amazon credit card and so got £15 cash back making it £205. Great camera;). Not sure it'll get much cheaper even though it's the previous model. Snap them up while you can;).

Cheers,

jahman
#36
Thanks for posting this, just what I have been looking for - have reserved in Currys - fingers grossed the quidco comes through on that too!

Heat added.
#37
spamcan61
No postcard but a feature comparison between the Fuji and the TZ6 here:-

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=fujifilm_f70exr%2Cpanasonic_dmczs1&show=all

On paper at least it's a pretty close call

..and the Fuji is available for 155 quid ish from a real camera here:-

http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk/Fuji_Finepix_F70EXR


Liking my Fuji F70 very much. Got it from Clifton Cameras (in the shop) last year and I don't find noise a problem as someone suggested. Maybe he wasn't using the recommended setting - this bloke really knows his stuff and I use his P-mode setting nearly all the time with good results.
http://kimletkeman.blogspot.com/2009/10/fuji-f70exr-how-to-shoot-it-mkii.html

I originally dismissed the Panny TZs because they are so much bigger than the F70.
#38
jahman;8202724
I'm sure this is a great camera but, for the sake of an extra £50-60, consider a TZ7.
jahman


But if you have no need for HD recording and twin microphones you could usefully put £60+ elsewhere. The TZ65 still has video recording but not in HD.
1 Like #39
jahman
I'm sure this is a great camera but, for the sake of an extra £50-60, consider a TZ7.

Jon Bentley from the Gadget Show has just been testing the TZ10 and he recommended that I get the TZ7 instead while it's still available. I'd already got one from Amazon;). Paid £220 for it but signed up for the Amazon credit card and so got £15 cash back making it £205. Great camera;). Not sure it'll get much cheaper even though it's the previous model. Snap them up while you can;).

Cheers,

jahman
The image sensor on the TZ6/TZ65 is slightly different to the one on the TZ7 but I doubt you'll notice any significant difference in image quality (- they offer the same resolution but slightly different cropping). The TZ65 lacks face recognition or HD video/stereo audio recording but otherwise is the same camera feature-wise. It adds the larger/higher resolution screen of the TZ7 which is a bit more battery draining. But is otherwise better value I think - it depends how much the HD video recording is of use. In terms of negatives there are surprisingly few; low light image quality (which is always going to be a compromise with such a small sensor), loose function wheel which can be knocked rather easily, few manual settings and heavier/bulkier than smaller zoom models. But to offset that you are getting a pretty nice travel camera - don't get your memory cards or other accessories (like a carry case) from Dixons though since they're going to be less expensive elsewhere.

Certainly all three are good value when you compare them to the TZ10 which being a new model is significantly more expensive. GPS might be of use to some, but again it's even more battery draining. The higher resolution sensor provides diminishing returns in terms of image quality, though it does have a few more manual settings which could be useful for some (although the aperture adjustment is a bit limited).

Robert
#40
jahman

Jon Bentley from the Gadget Show has just been testing the TZ10 and he recommended that I get the TZ7 instead while it's still available. I'd already got one from Amazon;). Paid £220 for it but signed up for the Amazon credit card and so got £15 cash back making it £205. Great camera;). Not sure it'll get much cheaper even though it's the previous model. Snap them up while you can;).

Cheers,

jahman



Jon Bentley from the Gadget Show !!!! Get real, nobody seriously takes any notice of that bunch of plonkers.

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