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Old Aug 11, 2014, 3:06 PM   #1
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I currently have a Panasonic Lumix TZ6 (ZS1), had it for about 4 years and it has served me well.
Was looking to upgrade and am torn between the TZ40 (ZS30) and a TZ 55 (ZS35)
When i compare specs, it actually looks to me although there are lots of similarities that the older TZ40 actually looks the better camera.

What i am most interested in however is how these compare when taking 16:9 shots.
My wife and i like to take lots of snaps on holiday and then load them onto a hard drive to view on a 50 inch TV.
On my old TZ6 it offers various picture size options with different resolutions.
Our preference would be just to set the camera to intelligent auto and let it take care of settings.
With the TZ6 if we choose Intelligent auto and set it to 16:9 it seems to offer a resolution of only 2M.
I dont want to take 4:3 and come home to have to crop hundreds of pictures.
My question is, can anyone who has either of these cameras tell me if the Intelligent Auto setting allows you to select 16:9 and get it at a higher resolution.

Also would you agree that the older TZ40 seems a better buy.

Thank you for your help.
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Old Aug 11, 2014, 5:36 PM   #2
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The TZ40 was the "top" model at the time- whereas the TZ55 sits below the 60, hence why it might seem like the 40 might appear better (and maybe it is..!).
For what it's worth,I'd actually prefer the TZ30- as it retains the image/camera switch,which I found to be a handy safety feature if you accidentally hit the power switch- in doing so,the lens wouldn't try to extend (assuming you left it in preview position.).
The TZ40's highest res' 16/9 is 13.5 mp... though I cannot confirm if that's available in iA, though I'd be surprised if it didn't- I'm sure my old TZ10 offered a high res iA 16/9- and my FZ150 does also...

P.S having viewed the TZ40 manual online, I can confirm that 16/9 at 13.5mp res' is available in iA.

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Old Aug 11, 2014, 6:05 PM   #3
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I just looked at the specs for the TZs and they don't seem to have the same 16:9 image size as the FZ and LX models.

The LX is particularly good with aspect ratios, if you don't need the zoom. I think they expand on the screen, rather than shrink. It's more like the m4/3.

It should fill the lcd from right to left like 3:2 and then clip the upper and lower. It's not the same as cropping 4:3, where the image looks smaller. It looks bigger in the lcd. My FZ28 doesn't do that.

The LX5 is especially good with it's multi-aspect sensor.

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Old Aug 11, 2014, 6:12 PM   #4
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Thank you very much for taking the time to look at this for me. The website here
http://snapsort.com/compare/Panasoni...nic-Lumix-ZS35
shows side by side comparisons and most things seem equal although, gadgets and gimmicks aside i think the TZ40 slightly edges it for me.
I dont fancy the flip screen.
Thanks again, really appreciate your help
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Old Aug 11, 2014, 9:56 PM   #5
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I thought you were interested in these specs:

4896 x 3264, 2896 x 2752, 3664 x 3664, 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2692, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
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Old Aug 12, 2014, 2:43 AM   #6
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What i was looking for was the best resolution i could get at 16:9 aspect ratio using intelligent auto feature.
On the old TZ6 i have, i can select Normal mode and then choose whether to shoot at 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9.
If i select 4:3 as aspect ratio, i can then choose a picture size of 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M or 0.3M.
If i select aspect ratio of 16:9, the picture sizes available change to 7.5M, 5.5M, 3.5M or 2M.
As the main use of the camera is usually quickly taken holiday snaps in a variety of settings, lighting etc. my preference, and i am probably doing photography a great dis service here, is to use intelligent auto which will hopefully quickly select the ideal settings for the picture.
Anyway, when i choose the intelligent auto mode then the figures above change.
There is no separate aspect ratio option to choose from, just picture size.
The choices here are 4:3 10M, 4:3 5M EZ, 4:3 3M EZ, 3:2 9M and then 16:9 2M EZ.
The EZ is an optional extra zoom.
I understand that shootingin 16:9 will just use a selection of the sensor for the picture taken so actual resolution will always be smaller, however to drop down to 2M concerns me that the quality would be greatly diminished.
I have tended to use 4:3 10M and crop but this is time consuming and not always ideal.
I hoped if i could get a decent 16:9 resolution then what is framed in the picture would be the best resolution available rather than cropping. That is why i was querying the picture size at 16:9 in intelligent auto.

I hope that helps and i realise that for any true photographer out there, probably what i am looking to do would make you have nightmares.

Thanks again for your input though, it really helps.
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I think the TZ40's 16/9 13.5mp resolution in iA should suffice for most applications...
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