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Panasonic Lumix TZ6 Digital Camera - Black @ Amazon £171
Panasonic Lumix TZ6 Digital Camera - Black @ Amazon  £171

Panasonic Lumix TZ6 Digital Camera - Black @ Amazon £171

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cheapest i've seen it so far for an excellent compact superzoom.
Black only - other colours are more expensive.

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Looks like a nice camera, one thing to be aware of though, I've been reading on a few photography sites that Panasonic have enabled their firmware to block the use of compatible batteries. If you think you will need a spare its something to take into consideration as the Panasonic ones are very expensive, that's if you can find someone who sells them.

also if you already have a Panasonic camera and some compatible batteries don't update your firmware to 1.2 as that's all it does, stop you using them.

This move as made me strike Panasonic of my potential buying list.

Just thought I'd pass on the info .

i have this camera and i have to say its great. so good i got my brother one too. the battery on this last a long time so i dont think it should be too much of a problem unless your going on holiday to somewhere where there is now power.

philb100;6786257

This move as made me strike Panasonic of my potential buying list.



Same here when I was looking to replace my FZ20. Silly fools.

It's 'normal' to include the price in the deal title.

Looks like these are dropping a little in price at last.

Hot :thumbsup:

philb100;6786257

...Panasonic have enabled their firmware to block the use of compatible … ...Panasonic have enabled their firmware to block the use of compatible batteries. If you think you will need a spare its something to take into consideration as the Panasonic ones are very expensive, that's if you can find someone who sells them.also if you already have a Panasonic camera and some compatible batteries don't update your firmware to 1.2 as that's all it does, stop you using them.This move as made me strike Panasonic of my potential buying list.Just thought I'd pass on the info .



What a stupid move I hope it isn't copied by other manufacturers - I was just looking to get an FZ38 (it's not affected yet but I won't take the risk) - guess it'll be Canon for me or a trusty AA powered camera.

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I'm sure it won't take long for the 3rd party battery people to figure out how to make their batteries compatable with teh new firmware so don't let it stop you buying one of these as they are great cameras. I have a TZ65 which I use when I can't be arsed to carry my Nikon DSLR. Top camera for the money.

killie99;6788001

I'm sure it won't take long for the 3rd party battery people to figure … I'm sure it won't take long for the 3rd party battery people to figure out how to make their batteries compatable with teh new firmware so don't let it stop you buying one of these as they are great cameras. I have a TZ65 which I use when I can't be arsed to carry my Nikon DSLR. Top camera for the money.



from what I've read this isn't just a firmware thing but the batteries and cameras or actually chipped. it seems they have been planing this for a while as cameras had the chip but this new firmware activates it so it could take the 3rd party manufactures a while to do it (if they can with copyright and all that).

The only reason there is such a large market for compatible batteries is that camera manufactures massively overcharge for originals. if they sold them for a decent price in the first place I'm sure most people would prefer to buy a genuine battery.

Its a shame really as I do think panasonic make good cameras and I like the look of them, but with my other cameras I realise I rely on compatible batteries quite a lot of the time so I decided not to risk it. I'm sure this will loose them quite a few sales. maybe they will rethink this if that happens.

Didn't know that thanks.

I have a TZ3.

Compatible batteries were really cheap for it.

They only lasted a year though whilst the panasonic one still goes strong.

However, for the price of them, a years use seems good value.

I will not update.

I was going to buy a TZ7, but reports of poor battery life put me off. The new Fuji F70 looks to be a good alternative.

philb100;6786257

Looks like a nice camera, one thing to be aware of though, I've been … Looks like a nice camera, one thing to be aware of though, I've been reading on a few photography sites that Panasonic have enabled their firmware to block the use of compatible batteries. If you think you will need a spare its something to take into consideration as the Panasonic ones are very expensive, that's if you can find someone who sells them.also if you already have a Panasonic camera and some compatible batteries don't update your firmware to 1.2 as that's all it does, stop you using them.This move as made me strike Panasonic of my potential buying list.Just thought I'd pass on the info .


I've read this on here before but has anyone actually experienced it or is it an urban myth? If it's real I can't help feeling that:

-Other manufacturers will follow
-Compatibles manufacturers will get around it

Is there no anti-competitive legislation to throw at them?

Fantastic camera at best price yet (by a small margin). However, I've previously experienced very poor availability on Panasonic's own accessories, notably a battery which they couldn't supply even if I was prepared to pay £60 for it! Excellent compatible was £11 delivered and performs as original.

If you prefer TZ6 silver, it's £169.99 delivered ]here . Black is same price too.
Though I would prefer to buy from Amazon, however, the silver version costs £193.76

Hot deal!

Besford;6789131

I've read this on here before but has anyone actually experienced it or … I've read this on here before but has anyone actually experienced it or is it an urban myth? If it's real I can't help feeling that:-Other manufacturers will follow-Compatibles manufacturers will get around itIs there no anti-competitive legislation to throw at them?Fantastic camera at best price yet (by a small margin). However, I've previously experienced very poor availability on Panasonic's own accessories, notably a battery which they couldn't supply even if I was prepared to pay £60 for it! Excellent compatible was £11 delivered and performs as original.



Follow the link I posted below from the Panasonic site - it's not an urban myth.

This is a totaly anti-competitive practice and has really soured Panasonic in my mind.

Incidentally reading around this is really putting me off the idea of li-on batteries - they do seem to be dangerous little beasties.

Edit:I wouldn't touch any compatible 'that gets around it' as to do so they'll be breaking Panasonic copyright (in evading their software) so any company prepared to do that may be willing to sell you a bomb.

waynehayes;6789125

I was going to buy a TZ7, but reports of poor battery life put me off. … I was going to buy a TZ7, but reports of poor battery life put me off. The new Fuji F70 looks to be a good alternative.



Silver and Black available from ]Fuji at £181.98 delivered for a refurb with 6 month warranty; however you can buy two years warranty (including accidental damage cover) for another £29.50.

Banned

[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]Before buying, you might wanna look at the new ZX1, which is an offshoot of the TZ range...

12mp, 8x zoom, hd video, a lot smaller than the TZ's[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

vibeone;6789506

[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]Before buying, you … [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]Before buying, you might wanna look at the new ZX1, which is an offshoot of the TZ range...12mp, 8x zoom, hd video, a lot smaller than the TZ's[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]


Yes, but still a lot more expensive too - around £250 I believe.

Besford;6789578

Yes, but still a lot more expensive too - around £250 I believe.



£199 from here. . . buyacamera.co.uk/xse…3Jg

I Have the TZ7 which is only different in the fact it does HD video recording and a few other bits. The pictures are the same. It is a FANTASTIC camera and I have bought two spare batteries off ebay for £5 and they work brilliantly in it. I havn't updated the firmware at anytime.
Voted HOT!

Thanks, exactly the kind of reassurance I was looking for.

Maybe this 'protection' is coming or maybe it's a myth, but either way it needn't affect this hot deal!

waynehayes;6789125

I was going to buy a TZ7, but reports of poor battery life put me off. … I was going to buy a TZ7, but reports of poor battery life put me off. The new Fuji F70 looks to be a good alternative.



I like my F70EXR with 10x optical zoom. I wanted a small camera that is good in low light without flash, and had good reach. TZ7 is 33mm thick and the F70 is only 23mm.

Edit - and my spare battery only cost me £6

Probably a good place to mention that Microsoft are doing the same thing with the 360 memory units.

The next update will make all your non official units useless.

SCUM:engadget.com/200…it/

wombat6025;6787950

What a stupid move I hope it isn't copied by other manufacturers - I was … What a stupid move I hope it isn't copied by other manufacturers - I was just looking to get an FZ38 (it's not affected yet but I won't take the risk) - guess it'll be Canon for me or a trusty AA powered camera.]http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/info/dsc_battery.html


That's on the global site but doesn't appear to be available on the UK site. I wonder if it applies only in some territories excluding UK?

You can downgrade the firmware to 1.1 quite easily, and the non oem batteries will work. Good price for a good camera, although I would still go for the TZ7 for the HD filming.

The ZX1 isn't comparable simply because the 12x zoom in my opinion, is worth more than the 8x zoom with higher pixel count. The size difference actually works in favour of the TZas well, the smaller camera being more fiddly to use, with my large hands.

I was going to get a TZ7 for xmas, but with the batteries im abit worried?
i just assumed the batteries are rechargeable? is that not the case - how much is an offical battery and how long do they last?

juniper;6790784

I like my F70EXR with 10x optical zoom. I wanted a small camera that is … I like my F70EXR with 10x optical zoom. I wanted a small camera that is good in low light without flash, and had good reach. TZ7 is 33mm thick and the F70 is only 23mm.


Yes, the low-light performance of the TZ's is pretty dire unfortunately.

Stompa;6791429

Yes, the low-light performance of the TZ's is pretty dire unfortunately.



No idea where you get that information from. Several independent reviews have stated how good the cameras low light performance is.

For example

photographyblog.com/rev…ty/

landofdan;6791186

I was going to get a TZ7 for xmas, but with the batteries im abit … I was going to get a TZ7 for xmas, but with the batteries im abit worried?i just assumed the batteries are rechargeable? is that not the case - how much is an offical battery and how long do they last?


You've misunderstood. An excellent rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger is included. It will give you loads of shots per charge (probably around 300 but depends on use of flash, etc.). The discussion is around buying a non-original Panasonic as a spare (much cheaper but suggestion is non-Panasonic ones may not work in future products). Doesn't appear to be a problem with this camera at the moment anyway.

It's one of the best cameras out there - go for it!

vibeone;6789506

[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]Before buying, you … [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]Before buying, you might wanna look at the new ZX1, which is an offshoot of the TZ range...12mp, 8x zoom, hd video, a lot smaller than the TZ's[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]



Thanks - rep

HowAboutNo;6789802

£199 from here. . . … £199 from here. . . http://www.buyacamera.co.uk/xsearch.asp?searchtype=name&searchfor=panasoniclumixzx1&gclid=CLKUh9r4850CFdBb4wode2b3Jg



Thanks and rep :thumbsup:

Besford;6791794

Doesn't appear to be a problem with this camera at the moment anyway.It's … Doesn't appear to be a problem with this camera at the moment anyway.It's one of the best cameras out there - go for it!



"Doesn't appear to be a problem" = True if you don't want a spare battery. True if you are happy with Panasonics rip-off prices. True if your camera is below firmware 1.2 and you will never update it.

"It's one of the best cameras out there" = Completely true. Although if you want HD video the ZX1 looks a good bet?

wombat6025;6792408

"Doesn't appear to be a problem" = True if you don't want a spare … "Doesn't appear to be a problem" = True if you don't want a spare battery. True if you are happy with Panasonics rip-off prices. True if your camera is below firmware 1.2 and you will never update it."It's one of the best cameras out there" = Completely true. Although if you want HD video the ZX1 looks a good bet?


My comment was based on post #18.

I doubt 99% of people even know you can update (including me until this issue arose).

Yes, it is a concern but doesn't appear to be an immediate problem. The camera is so good I wouldn't let it put me off. Got a TZ4 and a TZ5 within the last year though so can't justify the expenditure - yet!

I spent ages deciding which compact to buy. Eventually buying a TZ6 from Costco.

It's a superb camera with brilliant point and click results.

Hot price I paid £200

Besford;6793535

My comment was based on post #18.I doubt 99% of people even know you can … My comment was based on post #18.I doubt 99% of people even know you can update (including me until this issue arose).Yes, it is a concern but doesn't appear to be an immediate problem. The camera is so good I wouldn't let it put me off. Got a TZ4 and a TZ5 within the last year though so can't justify the expenditure - yet!



Yes the TZ6 is an excellent camera.

Most manufacturers make updates to firmware to improve performance and resolve defects; (release 1.1 for the TZ6 is such an example); it's rarely neccessary to upgrade to later firmware; however Panasonic will almost certainly be shipping the TZ6 with the 1.2 firmware (and later) at some point. For many buyers this will not be an issue.

I don't think it's worth discussing this any more.

The TZ6 & TZ7 are excellent cameras. They are easy to use but produce excellent pictures without being a big bulky camera. Yes there are smaller cameras out there but to be honest I find them too fiddly and easy to drop. This still fits easily into my pocket. A charged battery lasts me well, obviously if you spend a long time viewing and reviewing your pictures on the screen it will use your battery up more quickly. There is a firmware update available but I haven't bothered. Therefore I haven't had a problem with using my two spare batteries obtained from ebay. I paid £5 for two batteries and an in car charger. yes they're dodgy copies from china but they work well.

I haven't had any problems with low level light. I would go for the TZ7 as the HD video is fantastic. I now really don't use my camcorder much as it is really negating the need for it and the picture quality is as good if not better.

Hope that helps

I've recently purchased a TZ6 and am really please with it, even in the short space of time owning it.

With regard to the battery I used to buy cheap replacement ones , that was until one day the one on my mobile phone exploded causing the phone to fly across the room some 15-20'! I dread to think what injuries I would have received if it had been in my pocket! The phone or battery weren't faulty it would seem it had got hot in the sun causing it to explode. Put me off cheap batteries any day.

I want to buy a new camera and I quite confused about what to buy, a Panasonic TZ6, TZ7 or a cannon SX200 (with a £40 cashback).. Anyone can suggest which one is the best?!?
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