Summary: Let's start with the lens, the headline feature of any super-zoom camera. After sticking with the same 12x zoom for a couple of generations, Panasonic has boosted the range to 16x on its 2011 TZ / ZS models. The vast majority of that extension takes place at the telephoto end, significantly increasing the reach from 300 to 384mm, although the camera is also now a tad wider at 24mm compared to the 25mm of its predecessor.
Pros: Broad and well-corrected 16x zoom covers every situation., 720p video with zooming and continuous AF., Image quality a little better than pricier TZ20 / ZS10., Good auto and full manual control modes.
Cons: Basic continuous shooting at full resolution., Modest 230k resolution screen., Minimal control over image quality - little if any tweaking., Record / play switch less intuitive than a plain play button.