Excerpt: Physical Views Continue to Features & Controls Lumix DMC-TZ4 Specifications Camera Type Super Zoom KEY FEATURES . Camera Effective Pixels 8.1 Megapixels Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1/Mode 2) Optical Zoom 10x Image Sensor 1/2.5", 8.32 Total Megapixels CCD, Primary Color Filter Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 12.8x for 5 Mega, 15.9x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 0.3 Mega 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 12.8x for 4.5 Mega, 15.9x for 2.5 Mega 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 12.8x for 3.5...
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 , along with its more feature-rich sibling, the TZ5, is the latest incarnation of Panasonic's compact ultrazoom concept to begin making its way to store shelves. As with previous TZ models, the 8.1 megapixel TZ4 offers up a rather considerable 10x zoom range in a camera only slightly larger than a standard compact.
Pros: Great exposure, vibrant color, Easy to use, byt with enough flexibility for serious shooters, 10x zoom in a compact is still fantastic, Excellent movie mode with widescreen capture, HD output
Cons: Long-end AF issues, Still noisier than many competitors beyond ISO 400, Not small enough to fit in a pocket, May not be widely available in the U.S.
Summary: So how does the MSI Wind stack up? As you can tell, I liked the machine a lot. As a portable computer it succeeds totally. Whilst the individual components differ little from much of the opposition, the end result is somehow “more” and incredibly effective. It’s small without being too small. It’s light but feels well-built, it’s roomy but highly portable, it’s reasonably powerful and noticeably quick.
Summary: As you can tell, I’m not a true fan of scene modes, so for many of the shots taken, I used Intelligent Auto mode. Yeah, I know, allowing the camera to do everything for you will probably be frowned on my some of the higher end photographers out there, but I am not a photographer, I just like the ease of pointing a camera at something, pressing the button and pretty much getting better results than I would if I had played with the settings.