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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 Black £206.98 in Costco
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 Black £206.98 in Costco

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 Black £206.98 in Costco

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Original Poster

Cheapest price I have seen so far. :thumbsup:

good price by the looks, fantastic camera too.

What's improved over the TZ5? I have that and it's a great camera. Is the step up worth the extra (which seems considerable)?

Anyone know any deals on the TZ7?

TZ7 and not TZ6 is the real upgrade of TZ5... Linking DPreview...]http//ww…all

Does anybody know if Costco are going to stock the TZ7?

Can't believe this isn't hot, best price anywhere else is £30 more.

TZ6 IS an upgrade to the TZ5 (I've seen both).

The 6 has a 25mm even wider lens and using the Ez function (3m pixels) you get an incredible 21.4x OPTICAL zoom. This is the best in any compact camera I have ever seen and one of the main reasons why I keep sticking with the excellent Lumix range.

Also it has 12.1mp and is a bit smaller than the 5 (evidenced by the slightly smaller screen at 2.7").

Minor design changes and they have dropped the max zoom button (which I like actually).

Oh and Costco customer service is superb, my friend just took a TZ5 back as she thought it had a fault where the menus came up when pressing the shutter button down half way, and Costco didn't even try it out they just refunded on the spot and she bought the TZ6 instead for the reported £206.

Heat and Rep buddy

I think you'll find the TZ7 has the larger screen, hence comment that the TZ6 is not the direct replacement for TZ5. Arguably it's the replacement for TZ4.

All great cameras though.

best price ive seen for this, brand new as well

these cameras are fantastic. best in the market if you ask me

hot for me

Very good price indeed for TZ6. Heat added!
Just make sure VAT is included in this price. COSTCO Often quotes the prices without VAT.

You may like to read this:

The 10-megapixel TZ6 succeeds the 9-megapixel TZ5, cramming an extra megapixel onto its CCD sensor for good measure, while the TZ7 is an all-new model that employs a 12-megapixel sensor with an effective output of 10-megapixels.

The main differences between the two new models is that the TZ7 is able to record HD video and can shoot in multiple aspects (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9), while the TZ6 offers 848x480 WVGA quality video and is able to capture images in standard 4:3, or 16:9 for viewing on a widescreen TV. As an added string to its bow the TZ7 can also be set to record a single image in all three aspects at once, thereby allowing the user to decide which one works best afterwards.

Reflecting the different shooting and video recording capabilities of each model is the choice of processing engines assigned. The TZ6 is powered by Panasonic’s Venus Engine IV engine and features a top ISO setting of 6400, while the more advanced TZ7 gets Panasonic’s Venus Engine HD to help out with its HD video capabilities. The TZ6 boasts a top burst speed of 6.5fps, while the TZ7 can manage 10fps.

One further difference between the two models is in the quality of the rear LCD. While the TZ6 features a 2.7in, 230,000-dot screen the TZ7 sports a 3in, 460,000-dot resolution screen.

I too am a very happy TZ5 owner.

If you are thinking of getting one of these TZs' worth mentioning that they take excellent HD movies that look great on the plasma compared to my old Canon Ixus 60 captures.
The max record time is 8.5 minutes and you need a 6x SDHC card but I picked one up last year for about £20 for 16GB. The time limit is because it writes to a 2GB mov file.

Anyone know if the TZ6 or 7 have overcome this yet ?

scav;4873659

I too am a very happy TZ5 owner.If you are thinking of getting one of … I too am a very happy TZ5 owner.If you are thinking of getting one of these TZs' worth mentioning that they take excellent HD movies that look great on the plasma compared to my old Canon Ixus 60 captures.The max record time is 8.5 minutes and you need a 6x SDHC card but I picked one up last year for about £20 for 16GB. The time limit is because it writes to a 2GB mov file.Anyone know if the TZ6 or 7 have overcome this yet ?



Hi
This may answer your question:

TZ7 records HD movies (1280 x 720-pixels) in AVCHD Lite, which lets you shoot beautiful HD video with almost twice the recording time compared to the conventional Motion JPEG. Optical zoom can be used when shooting motion images. TZ7 is also the world's first compact camera to feature Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, which records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of the HD video. The wind cut function minimises distracting sound from the background during audio recording.TZ7 is also the world's first compact camera to feature Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, which records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of the HD video. The wind cut function minimises distracting sound from the background during audio recording.

The Venus Engine HD, with its twin CPUs, has exceptional processing capabilities and low power consumption, enabling both HDMI support and HD movie recording in AVCHD Lite. It features effective noise reduction even at high ISO sensitivity levels. Connect to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional HDMI mini-cable, and use VIERA Link to run mixed slideshows of still and motion pictures. Or, insert your SDHC/SD Memory Card into an HDTV equipped with VIERA Image Viewer (SD Card slot) to playback pictures and movies. *must be recorded in AVCHD Lite *must be recorded in AVCHD Lite

DealWizard;4873638

Very good price indeed for TZ6. Heat added! Just make sure VAT is … Very good price indeed for TZ6. Heat added! Just make sure VAT is included in this price. COSTCO Often quotes the prices without VAT.


No It's £178(ish) plus vat making the £206 vat inclusive price.

You may like to read this:The 10-megapixel TZ6 succeeds the 9-megapixel … You may like to read this:The 10-megapixel TZ6 succeeds the 9-megapixel TZ5, cramming an extra megapixel onto its CCD sensor for good measure, while the TZ7 is an all-new model that employs a 12-megapixel sensor with an effective output of 10-megapixels. The main differences between the two new models is that the TZ7 is able to record HD video and can shoot in multiple aspects (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9), while the TZ6 offers 848x480 WVGA quality video and is able to capture images in standard 4:3, or 16:9 for viewing on a widescreen TV. As an added string to its bow the TZ7 can also be set to record a single image in all three aspects at once, thereby allowing the user to decide which one works best afterwards.


My TZ5 can do the 3 formats in one shot. And if I connect via a component cable I can view shots and videos in HD, but I note the 7 has an HDMI slot - much easier to use.

Reflecting the different shooting and video recording capabilities of … Reflecting the different shooting and video recording capabilities of each model is the choice of processing engines assigned. The TZ6 is powered by Panasonic’s Venus Engine IV engine and features a top ISO setting of 6400, while the more advanced TZ7 gets Panasonic’s Venus Engine HD to help out with its HD video capabilities. The TZ6 boasts a top burst speed of 6.5fps, while the TZ7 can manage 10fps.One further difference between the two models is in the quality of the rear LCD. While the TZ6 features a 2.7in, 230,000-dot screen the TZ7 sports a 3in, 460,000-dot resolution screen.



I now agree the 7 directly replaces the 5 and the 6 replaces the 4 - how confusing for customers - price I suppose determines which you buy.

thelatics;4873425

The 6 has a 25mm even wider lens and using the Ez function (3m pixels) … The 6 has a 25mm even wider lens and using the Ez function (3m pixels) you get an incredible 21.4x OPTICAL zoom.

Um, isn't that just digital zoom by a different name? You'd get the same result by cropping a higher resolution picture wouldn't you? The only difference is that the file size on the camera is smaller, which is of little significance nowadays.

DealWizard;4873719

HiThis may answer your question:TZ7 records HD movies (1280 x 720-pixels) … HiThis may answer your question:TZ7 records HD movies (1280 x 720-pixels) in AVCHD Lite, which lets you shoot beautiful HD video with almost twice the recording time compared to the conventional Motion JPEG. Optical zoom can be used when shooting motion images. TZ7 is also the world's first compact camera to feature Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, which records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of the HD video. The wind cut function minimises distracting sound from the background during audio recording.TZ7 is also the world's first compact camera to feature Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, which records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of the HD video. The wind cut function minimises distracting sound from the background during audio recording.The Venus Engine HD, with its twin CPUs, has exceptional processing capabilities and low power consumption, enabling both HDMI support and HD movie recording in AVCHD Lite. It features effective noise reduction even at high ISO sensitivity levels. Connect to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional HDMI mini-cable, and use VIERA Link to run mixed slideshows of still and motion pictures. Or, insert your SDHC/SD Memory Card into an HDTV equipped with VIERA Image Viewer (SD Card slot) to playback pictures and movies. *must be recorded in AVCHD Lite *must be recorded in AVCHD Lite



The slightly larger sensor on the TZ6 might give better still image results?
Be nice to get a comparative review. If you don't need the HD Video, the TZ6 "might" be the smarter option. Interesting. Whats the cheapest TZ7 price around?

hwangeruk;4874149

The slightly larger sensor on the TZ6 might give better still image … The slightly larger sensor on the TZ6 might give better still image results?Be nice to get a comparative review. If you don't need the HD Video, the TZ6 "might" be the smarter option. Interesting. Whats the cheapest TZ7 price around?



If you are looking for a larger CCD sensor, my advice is to go in for a Lumix LX3 with a CCD of 1/1.63. That can roughly be bought for £300 in the UK.

A very cheap but excellent option for a larger CCD in a compact is a Finepix F60fd or Finepix F100fd. They are available for about £150 plus. These cameras have a CCD of 1/1.6.

TZ7 is available for £274.99 at sundigital or bigcitydigital. Please note that not all colour choices are available at the moment. A nice brown colour is due on the 24 April.

mike63uk;4845355

Does anybody know if Costco are going to stock the TZ7?



My question exactly.

I nearly bought the TZ6 yesterday but want to hold out for TZ7, attracted by HD video.

Good cams. My bro has the TZ5, highly impressive. Id have gone for one were it not for lack of full manual controls.

stezo2k;4873581

best price ive seen for this, brand new as well :)these cameras are … best price ive seen for this, brand new as well :)these cameras are fantastic. best in the market if you ask mehot for me



The reception being given to the Fuji F200EXR suggests otherwise
reviews.cnet.co.uk/dig…htm

united4eva;4874614

Good cams. My bro has the TZ5, highly impressive. Id have gone for one … Good cams. My bro has the TZ5, highly impressive. Id have gone for one were it not for lack of full manual controls.



How about the Canon SX200? Very similar to the TZ7, but with manual controls?

DealWizard;4874340

If you are looking for a larger CCD sensor, my advice is to go in for a … If you are looking for a larger CCD sensor, my advice is to go in for a Lumix LX3 with a CCD of 2/1.63. That can roughly be bought for £300 in the UK. A very cheap but excellent option for a larger CCD in a compact is a Finepix F60fd or Finepix F100fd. They are available for about £150 plus. These cameras have a CCD of 2/1.6.TZ7 is available for £274.99 at sundigital or bigcitydigital. Please note that not all colour choices are available at the moment. A nice brown colour is due on the 24 April.



Mr Wizard, the LX3 is on my list to look at too.
Appeals of the TZ is the smaller pocketable size, although I'm hoping when I see the LX3 in the flesh it will be small enough. 300 quid is doable.
It's the traedoff for low light capability. Compacts tend to suck for evening and night shots, when for a lot of people myself included is when you want to take pics (dinners, parties, clubs, birthdays etc).
Also the TZ's can take a couple of standard AA's in an emergency?
Decisions Decisions

hwangeruk;4875155

Mr Wizard, the LX3 is on my list to look at too.Appeals of the TZ is the … Mr Wizard, the LX3 is on my list to look at too.Appeals of the TZ is the smaller pocketable size, although I'm hoping when I see the LX3 in the flesh it will be small enough. 300 quid is doable.It's the traedoff for low light capability. Compacts tend to suck for evening and night shots, when for a lot of people myself included is when you want to take pics (dinners, parties, clubs, birthdays etc).Also the TZ's can take a couple of standard AA's in an emergency?Decisions Decisions



Hi Hwangeruk
TZ7 is not really a pocketable size. It is quite thick and heavy.
You are absolutely right about decisions! I still cannot make one after looking at cameras for 6 years:-D I own a Sony F717 and it has served me extremely well all these years. Its far from being a pocket camera though at about 600 gms :-D
Have a look at Lumix FX37 and Lumix FX150. These are good pocketable cameras with excellent specifications.

hwangeruk;4875155

Also the TZ's can take a couple of standard AA's in an emergency?


Nope, they use a Lithium-Ion battery.

I have the TZ3 and its been a great camera.Superb build.

Just to clarify for those thinking of upgrading from a TZ5, the TZ6 isn't able to record HD video in 720p like the TZ5 and TZ7 can. (the TZ7's video is better quality though as it is in AVCHD format and not MOV)

toycollector;4875401

I have the TZ3 and its been a great camera.Superb build.

I have the TZ3 too. It packs a lot in, but is definitely an outdoor camera - the flash is weak and darks are turned to mush.

Ive had the LX3 for about a month and unfortunately I lost it yesterday. Absolutely gutted! Its unbelievable in low light conditions. I wrote a personal review of it here if anyone is interested:

flickr.com/gro…67/

Im hoping to get money from the house insurance, and I think I might just go for the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. Sounds incredible!

pibpob;4875755

I have the TZ3 too. It packs a lot in, but is definitely an outdoor … I have the TZ3 too. It packs a lot in, but is definitely an outdoor camera - the flash is weak and darks are turned to mush.



+1.

I too had a TZ3..really didn't warm to it at all. on a full charge the battery didnt last very long at all cos of the massive 3" screen, and it wasn't ideal to take on a night out..fab results outside, inside pics were trip unless the lighting was very bright..

i think i'm the only one who really doesn't like these bulky wotsits..:oops:

I don't have a problem with battery life, but then I put it on Power Save 1 mode which blanks the screen after a few seconds. I also carry it around in a case big enough to hold two spare batteries - although those 7dayshop ones aren't up to much!

DealWizard;4874340

TZ7 is available for £274.99 at sundigital or bigcitydigital. Please note … TZ7 is available for £274.99 at sundigital or bigcitydigital. Please note that not all colour choices are available at the moment. A nice brown colour is due on the 24 April.



Thanks for the info on TZ7 suppliers. Are those two dealers known to be reputable?

Vendee;4879247

Thanks for the info on TZ7 suppliers. Are those two dealers known to be … Thanks for the info on TZ7 suppliers. Are those two dealers known to be reputable?



Hi Vendee
I have never used these dealers as they are relatively new compared to the many old ones on the online market. I would advise you to use a credit card that gives you purchase protection so that you are safe if anything goes wrong. If you are interested in the brown colour version for TZ7, do call them and make sure they take the money out from your account only after the stock has been received by them.
Hope this helps
Cheers

Thanks for that DealWizard.

My TZ3 is excellent for battery life, lens performance & photo quality.
It's a real stretch to get this thing in a pocket, but anything with such a lens will be similar.
The TZ7 must be a really good camera.:thumbsup:

My local independant camera shop has TZ6 at £239 and TZ7 at £299. I'd guess these are probably 'list price' (whatever that means these days). Might provide a base to search from? Look like great cameras.

DSG still seem to be clearing out a large stock of the TZ4 at around £175 (more than I paid for my TZ5 in December) and I don't think many places actually have the new models in stock yet.

From what I can ascertain, there are 4 camera choices in the pro'sumery segment:


TZ7 : Best if you want HD
Fuji F200 EXR: Best PQ for a compact
Pansonic LX3 : Best low light, PQ
Canon G10: Best long distance

I like the LX3 and new EXR, not sure how the TZ7 compares.

hwangeruk;4893669

From what I can ascertain, there are 4 camera choices in the pro'sumery … From what I can ascertain, there are 4 camera choices in the pro'sumery segment:TZ7 : Best if you want HDFuji F200 EXR: Best PQ for a compactPansonic LX3 : Best low light, PQCanon G10: Best long distanceI like the LX3 and new EXR, not sure how the TZ7 compares.



Hi Hwangeruk
Your comparison is interesting but you may not like to compare a semi-professional camera like LX3 with the 'popular' TZ series. LX3 is extremely well made and is an exact replica (specifications wise) of Leica's D Lux 4 that sells for about £500.
In case you want a poor man's choice over LX3, consider looking at Lumix FX150. You would be surprised by its specifications.
All that TZ7 offers is an excellent superzoom with HD movie facility using the new AVCHD compression format. Let me add that LX3 and FX150 also can shoot wonderful movies in 720p HD.
My advise, if you got the money go in for LX3. If you want to cut the costs nearly in half but would like to get almost 80 percent of what LX3 offers, go in for FX150. Buy the TZ7 only if you are interested in superzoom.
Cheers

Wow, Whizz, thanks for the extra info. Very useful.
I will duly hit the add rep button.
I think you've just tipped me over the edge on the LX3

hwangeruk;4901403

Wow, Whizz, thanks for the extra info. Very useful.I will duly hit the … Wow, Whizz, thanks for the extra info. Very useful.I will duly hit the add rep button. I think you've just tipped me over the edge on the LX3



Thanks for your kind words Hwangeruk!
Just pm me if you feel I could help you in making your decision.
Cheers

amazon now have it for £212.00, which is good if you don't have costco membership or a store locally, but there is a current 3 - 5 week wait as its out of stock, looks like the cheapest online price at the mo

amazon.co.uk/Pan…8-1

matt_james27;4967017

amazon now have it for £212.00, which is good if you don't have costco … amazon now have it for £212.00, which is good if you don't have costco membership or a store locally, but there is a current 3 - 5 week wait as its out of stock, looks like the cheapest online price at the mohttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-Lumix-TZ6-Digital-Camera/dp/B001T0H0J4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1240093679&sr=8-1



2mins later, and its priced at £224 :w00t:
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