I’m sitting on an airplane as I’m writing this, kind of
wishing that the Panasonic Lumix TZ95 compact camera was already here, rather
than coming in April 2019. It strikes me that this $699 zoomer would be perfect
for my forthcoming tourist activities.
I reckon the two attributes in a camera most important for
travellers are compactness and zoom range. Even though I haven’t had the Lumix
TZ95 in my hands, it seems compact enough and should be pocketable.
As for zoom, it features a 30x zoom range in its Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. That, says Panasonic, is equivalent to the range from 24mm to a mighty 720mm on a 35mm camera.
This camera seems to be a replacement of the Lumix TZ90. Panasonic says that the Lumix TZ95 has a host of other useful features, including:
A 20 megapixel MOS sensor
Depth from Defocus autofocus in less than a
tenth of a second
Burst shooting at 10 frames per second (or 5fps
with continuous autofocus)
RAW image shooting
4K video at up to 25 frames per second
4K Photo mode, which (at the cost of reducing
resolution to 8.3MP) lets the user select the ideal moment from up to 30 frames
before releasing the shutter, as well as after
Post Focus – you can select the point of focus
after taking the shot
Focus Stacking – where several shots can be
combined to provide incredible depth of field in a shot
An electronic viewfinder
Optical image stabilisation
A rear monitor that flips up by 180 degrees so
that the camera can be used in “selfie” mode
Finally, the Lumix TZ95 also has a “Zoom Compose Assist”
feature. It apparently helps you re-acquire your subject if it wanders out of
your frame while you a. I haven’t seen this feature in operation yet, but it
sounds as though it would be very useful.