Panasonic DMC TZ56 Detailed Review

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The DMC TZ56 was presented by Panasonic in January 2014. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Panasonic
Category Superzoom
Date 01/2014
Sensor Properties

In additional DMC TZ56 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also DMC TZ56’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

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) 17.50 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 16.00 megapixel
Pixel size 1.79 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 480mm
Aperture (max) 3.3
Aperture (min) 6.4
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC TZ56 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera’s display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The DMC TZ56’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 DMC TZ56’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 DMC TZ56 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC TZ56’s auto focus processor uses 21 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).

The Panasonic doesn’t support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 21
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC TZ56 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Panasonic.

Range 6.00m
(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The DMC TZ56 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

The camera’s display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The DMC TZ56 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.46 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC TZ56 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC TZ56 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DMC TZ56 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

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 DMC TZ56 has a BCM13E LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 350 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 DMC TZ56’s battery battery parameters:

Type BCM13E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 350 photos

The Panasonic DMC TZ56’s dimensions are 106.8 x 62.2 x 32.4mm³. (4.2″ x 2.4″ x 1.3″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 224 grams (7.2 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DMC TZ56:

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 DMC TZ56 is not much bigger:

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