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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2 - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

A range of test shots are shown over the next two pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.

Full-sized versions of some of the following images can be downloaded by clicking on the sample shots as indicated. However be aware that the average file size is around 2.4MB, so those on very slow connections will experience some delay.

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In case you missed it in the last review, here's another shot of the front window of Exeter cathedral for detail comparison. See below for a full-res crop, or click to download.

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Compare this with similar shots from other reviews of 6MP cameras. The level of fine detail is very good, although the aggressive image compression has done it no favours.

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The TZ2's remarkable lens produces no barrel distortion at all, even at its widest setting. This is the best I've seen from a camera of this type.

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This is a crop from the bottom left of the above picture, showing excellent corner sharpness and zero chromatic aberration.

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Iggy

December 2, 2008, 3:08 am

I bought this camera on a runout deal early in 2008 via the net for only 䀏.99. A real bargain. I had earlier taken a serious look at a TZ3 and like its intuitive menu. It felt good to handle and reassuringly solid but was considerably more expensive. having used the TZ2 thoughout 2008 I have found it to be exceptional. It takes blindly good macro shots and is equally impressive are the telephoto end. I took a great one of Big Ben clockface from ground level about 200 feet away using the full 280mm. The photo fills an A4 sheet of photo paper and the detail is absolutely stunning. A very underated camera that I'm so glad I bought. It replaces a much loved Fuji Finepix F700 that for me, after 4 years good service did not have a good enough range being only 3X optical. I briefly flirted with a Finepix S6500fd but couldn't get on with it - to bulky slow to focus and those awful AA rechargeable batteries, what a faff. Give me compact and a Li-ino battery everytime.

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