Panasonic DC TZ96 Detailed Review

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The DC TZ96 was presented by Panasonic in February 2019. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Panasonic
Category Superzoom
Date 02/2019
Sensor Properties

In additional DC TZ96 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also DC TZ96’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Format Compact
Sensor area 6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24″ x 0.18″)
Resolution (physical) 21.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.30 megapixel
Pixel size 1.48 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 5 frames/second
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 720mm
Aperture (max) 3.3
Aperture (min) 6.4
Viewfinder Properties

The DC TZ96 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.33 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.53x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.53x
Resolution 2.33 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DC TZ96’s shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 4s.

The highest shutter speed of the Panasonic is just 1/2000s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/2000s
Min. shutter speed 4s
Sensitivity Properties

The DC TZ96’s sensitivity is from 80 ISO and 3200 ISO.

Also, Panasonic’s sensitivity can be boosted to 6400. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity 80 ISO
Max. sensitivity 3200 ISO
Boost 6400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DC TZ96 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DC TZ96’s auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DC TZ96 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (19 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Panasonic.

Range 5.60m
(19 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The DC TZ96 display has a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 1.04 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DC TZ96 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DC TZ96 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DC TZ96 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Panasonic DC TZ96 has a BLG10E LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 380 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DC TZ96’s battery battery parameters:

Type BLG10E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 380 photos

The Panasonic DC TZ96’s dimensions are 112 x 68.8 x 41.6mm³. (4.4″ x 2.7″ x 1.6″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is a reasonable 328 grams (10.6 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DC TZ96:

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DC TZ96 is not much bigger:

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