Panasonic Lumix TZ6 10.1Mp digital camera, just £184.98 with free delivery at eBuyer.
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Panasonic Lumix TZ6 10.1Mp digital camera, just £184.98 with free delivery at eBuyer.

£184.98
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Found 25th Sep 2009Made hot 25th Sep 2009
First time I've seen this fantastic 12x optical zoom camera (Leica branded lens) under £200. It was around £300 at launch in the spring and still seems to be around £230 most places on the high street.

The TZ6 and its TZ7 sister are the latest offerings in the much praised Panasonic TZ series. The TZ6 is probably the one to go for if you don't need the HD video capability of the more expensive TZ7. At this price you really are getting an exceptional camera for less money than some mediocre alternatives.

Comes complete with proper Li-ion battery and charger.

Some basic specs:

25mm Ultra Wide angle
12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
Compact Body
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
AF Tracking
2.7-inch High-resolution LCD
10.1 Megapixels
Continuous Shooting Mode
Battery: DMW-BCG10e

40 Comments

£200 + when I bought mine :-(
Super camera, great deal, voted hot.

Top, top camera...I got one for £190 through Panasonic webshop (with voucher)

anyone know what the mic in this is like for recording videos? in the context of live gigs. most cameras when used in situations with such a high volume just record a muffled bassy mush - the only camera i've owned which actually does a good job has been a Sony (can't remember the model number) which was great until it broke last month (the reason? my sister nicked it and took it to a rave.)

Also - what's it like in low light situations (again, live gig photography)?

fredthefish;6392290

Also - what's it like in low light situations (again, live gig … Also - what's it like in low light situations (again, live gig photography)?



Panasonic are not well known for low noise/low light performance. They do perform excellent in good light though. Take also into consideration that you need to now buy Panasonic's over-priced batteries since they blocked all third party batteries from their cameras (3rd party batteries will not work).

BTW, Fuji sensors are best for low light photography (in compact cameras).

fredthefish;6392290

anyone know what the mic in this is like for recording videos? in the … anyone know what the mic in this is like for recording videos? in the context of live gigs. most cameras when used in situations with such a high volume just record a muffled bassy mush - the only camera i've owned which actually does a good job has been a Sony (can't remember the model number) which was great until it broke last month (the reason? my sister nicked it and took it to a rave.)Also - what's it like in low light situations (again, live gig photography)?



Shot on a TZ6 .

youtube.com/wat…2Xg

Shot on a TZ7 , watch when it zooms in , awesome picture quality.

youtube.com/wat…qkg

pet2000;6392386

Also, with Panasonic you need to buy there over-priced batteries since … Also, with Panasonic you need to buy there over-priced batteries since they blocked all third party batteries from their cameras (3rd party batteries will not work).



Only if you have upgraded the firmware . :thumbsup:
You can still Downgrade the firmware to use a replacement battery.

esq3585;6392428

Only if you have upgraded the firmware . :thumbsup:You can still … Only if you have upgraded the firmware . :thumbsup:You can still Downgrade the firmware to use a replacement battery.



What's the point buying an expensive camera if you can't use their lastest firmware? Doesn't make any sense to me.

pet2000;6392601

What's the point buying an expensive camera if you can't use their … What's the point buying an expensive camera if you can't use their lastest firmware? Doesn't make any sense to me.




Same as buying an expensive camera then running it with a cheepo battery

pet2000;6392386

Panasonic are not well known for low noise/low light performance. They do … Panasonic are not well known for low noise/low light performance. They do perform excellent in good light though. Take also into consideration that you need to now buy Panasonic's over-priced batteries since they blocked all third party batteries from their cameras (3rd party batteries will not work).BTW, Fuji sensors are best for low light photography (in compact cameras).



I don't think what you say about the 3rd party batteries is correct as I have one that works perfectly with my TZ7.

Amazing camera!

John Mason;6396069

I don't think what you say about the 3rd party batteries is correct as I … I don't think what you say about the 3rd party batteries is correct as I have one that works perfectly with my TZ7.



Likewise, works just as well as the original Panasonic one.

I have this camera & paid a lot more, its well worth the money. H&R ADDED!

Was in Costco tonight and they are selling it for £192.03, I'd rather buy it from there because if you are not satisfied you can return it within 90 days for a full refund.
Also Costco provide excellent service if you have a problem, namely a refund:thumbsup:

i love these cameras, they're fantastic

i work for sony too

bargin

pet2000;6392601

What's the point buying an expensive camera if you can't use their … What's the point buying an expensive camera if you can't use their lastest firmware? Doesn't make any sense to me.


I would equate this to buying a new car and using Asdas petrol compared to BP.
Some Firmware updates have nothing to do with improvements.They have a lot to do with blocking the cheaper competition.DON'T BE FOOLED!

well worth it for this awesome piece of kit

FWIW it's listed at £178.95 with free delivery here: simplyelectronics.net/

mind you, not a company I've ever heard of.

Same price on Amazon.

Nice spot.. H&R added. Not sure if i will go for it though. How long does the battery last when using it in auto mode for general holiday snaps?

Stompa;6397769

FWIW it's listed at £178.95 with free delivery here: … FWIW it's listed at £178.95 with free delivery here: http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mind you, not a company I've ever heard of.



theres a long thread on avforums about those guys.... sum of it...prob best to avoid

fantastic deal thanks

nice deal.thanks

john306;6394803

Same as buying an expensive camera then running it with a cheepo battery



Please enlighten me how using a cheap battery can affect the photographic performance of any camera?

Surely the only thing it may impact is the length of time between recharges?! :?

I have 2 non-Canon batteries from 7dayshop in the battery grip on my 400D SLR .. makes no difference what-so-ever to the shots I take .. and so far they seem to last for just as long as my original canon battery.

:thumbsup:

got mine from amazon for more but very pleased with it
used at monkey world dorset this week - battery lasted until 4pm using burst and video about 700 pictures - i have spare battery & 2 4gb cards
just enough for a 3/4 days music festivals (download latutude bloodstock)
i think i will get at a 8gb card just in case next year
very good zoom (less chance of being moshed at the front)
burst - several pic one after other ( no flash)
video fine for songs (rock metal) if you keep away from speakers & excesive drums

sellingmysoul666;6398535

got mine from amazon for more but very pleased with it used at monkey … got mine from amazon for more but very pleased with it used at monkey world dorset this week - battery lasted until 4pm using burst and video about 700 pictures - i have spare battery & 2 4gb cards just enough for a 3/4 days music festivals (download latutude bloodstock)i think i will get at a 8gb card just in case next yearvery good zoom (less chance of being moshed at the front)burst - several pic one after other ( no flash) video fine for songs (rock metal) if you keep away from speakers & excesive drums



Should post some pics from monkeyworld on the photo thread, we love it there. :thumbsup:

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toycollector;6397439

I would equate this to buying a new car and using Asdas petrol compared … I would equate this to buying a new car and using Asdas petrol compared to BP.



Asda petrol does just fine. Only suckers pay more for the same stuff.

I use Canon SLRs, (50D) i also have a TZ4 (older one). It's excellent device, My 6year old uses it, as i dont let her play with my SLR.

If anyone want a Compact buy it - if one has deeper pockets get a Canon G11

I've had mine about 4 months now, I'd recommend it, or the TZ7 if you want 720p video & a better LCD

Original Poster

Ditto;6397390

Was in Costco tonight and they are selling it for £192.03, I'd rather buy … Was in Costco tonight and they are selling it for £192.03, I'd rather buy it from there because if you are not satisfied you can return it within 90 days for a full refund. Also Costco provide excellent service if you have a problem, namely a refund:thumbsup:


OK, but you have to pay for membership.

toonarmani;6398280

Please enlighten me how using a cheap battery can affect the photographic … Please enlighten me how using a cheap battery can affect the photographic performance of any camera?Surely the only thing it may impact is the length of time between recharges?! :? :thumbsup:




I can't remember saying it will
"affect the photographic performance of any camera"

I'm just wondering why anyone would risk using a cheepo battery in close to £200 camera,
there was an email reply from Panasonic to someone as to why they resorted to stopping the use of these 3rd party batteries in their cameras (of course they would say that) but it sounded logical to me.
I've been looking to buy for a few weeks now so where that email was is anyones guess, but should I find it I'll post it here.:thumbsup:

kckoopa;6398196

theres a long thread on avforums about those guys.... sum of it...prob … theres a long thread on avforums about those guys.... sum of it...prob best to avoid


Hmmm thanks, I see what you mean. Definitely one to avoid.

Original Poster

john306;6400699

I can't remember saying it will "affect the photographic performance of … I can't remember saying it will "affect the photographic performance of any camera"I'm just wondering why anyone would risk using a cheepo battery in close to £200 camera,there was an email reply from Panasonic to someone as to why they resorted to stopping the use of these 3rd party batteries in their cameras (of course they would say that) but it sounded logical to me.I've been looking to buy for a few weeks now so where that email was is anyones guess, but should I find it I'll post it here.:thumbsup:


There is a theoretical overheating risk with poorly made Li-ion batteries (you may remember that Sony had to replace many thousands of laptop batteries a while back - and they were branded). I've never heard of a problem (other than simple failure) in a camera battery and bear in mind that they are recharged outside the camera. I've got lots of unbranded Li-ions for various cameras, sourced very cheaply from HK traders on ebay, and have had nothing but identical performance from any of them. By way of example, I paid £11 each for batteries Panasonic wanted over £60 for!

I think the biggest potential risk is to Panasonic's profits and would happily take the risk again for the massive saving. Last time I looked at Panasonic's site for a battery they were out of stock anyway.

This firmware issue is a concern but it seems that users of this camera have had no problems with 3rd party batteries anyway.

These are such good cameras I wouldn't let it put you off.

Awesome camera. I got mine from Amazon when it was £192 and it had the 3rd party battery blocking firmware on it, that is the only thing different in the latest firmware so I put the older firmware on it so I could use 3rd party batteries, I bought the Innov8 battery, it seems fine and is one of the more well known........of course... what if they do bring out a genuinely upgraded firmware that I want to use? Then I am ******ed.

The firmware you need to use 3rd party batteries is here opendrivers.com/dri…tml (make sure you use the "backup server" download link)

Update firmware like this...
Make sure your battery is fully charged, then format the SD card (in camera), take card out and put firmware on it, put card back in, keep camera switched off, flick switch to playback mode and switch on, the update screen should then appear.

I kept getting a screen saying "no image to view" or something like that, until I followed the above procedure.

If you have trouble the first time, take battery and card out, put back in, switch to playback mode and switch camera on again.

Ditto;6397390

Was in Costco tonight and they are selling it for £192.03, I'd rather buy … Was in Costco tonight and they are selling it for £192.03, I'd rather buy it from there because if you are not satisfied you can return it within 90 days for a full refund. Also Costco provide excellent service if you have a problem, namely a refund:thumbsup:



Besford;6399975

OK, but you have to pay for membership.



You can get a free day pass and buy it, you have to pay cash though

Amazon for £184? Better customer service than Ebuyer and I think 30 days to send it back? amazon.co.uk/Pan…b_t

Sorry to appear a little dim but can someone please explain why everyone is on about firmware updates ??

I bought a Panasonic a few weeks ago (FZ28 fantastic camera) that happily uses 3rd party batteries that cost me £5 each so that I always have a spare if I manage to flatten the original battery. How often should I look for these firmware updates, where do I look, and what is the benefit ?

Thank you :-) !

Original Poster

vraptorchick;6405148

Sorry to appear a little dim but can someone please explain why everyone … Sorry to appear a little dim but can someone please explain why everyone is on about firmware updates ?? I bought a Panasonic a few weeks ago (FZ28 fantastic camera) that happily uses 3rd party batteries that cost me £5 each so that I always have a spare if I manage to flatten the original battery. How often should I look for these firmware updates, where do I look, and what is the benefit ? Thank you :-) !


Sounds like you're better off leaving the firmware as it is. If it works fine why risk this theoretical (no one seems to have experienced it yet) block on 3rd party batteries.

What everyone agrees is that Panasonic cameras are the proverbial dogs nuts!
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