Panasonic DMC TZ101 Detailed Review

Panasonic DMC TZ101

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The DMC TZ101 was presented by Panasonic in January 2016. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Sensor Properties

In additional DMC TZ101 has a 1" CMOS sensor with size of 13 x 9 mm² (0.52" x 0.35").

Picture of DMC TZ101's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: DMC TZ101 comparing sensor sizes

Also 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The DMC TZ101'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.

Sensor area13.20 x 8.80mm²
(0.52" x 0.35")
Resolution (physical)20.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.10 megapixel
Pixel size7.36 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min)25mm
Focal length (max)250mm
Aperture (max)2.8
Aperture (min)5.9
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC TZ101 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1.16 megapixel, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.

The magnifcation is c. 0.46x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Resolution1.16 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DMC TZ101's shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 60s.

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 speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC TZ101's sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity80 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC TZ101 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC TZ101'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.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC TZ101 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.

(19 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
DMC TZ101 display and touch screen

The DMC TZ101 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.04 megapixel. That's about average.

Unfortunately, the DMC TZ101's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The DMC TZ101's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC TZ101 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC TZ101 Video parameters:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DMC TZ101 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:

Memory cardsSD

The Panasonic DMC TZ101 has a BLG10E LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 320 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 TZ101's battery battery parameters:

TypeBLG10E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life320 photos

The Panasonic DMC TZ101's dimensions are 111 x 65 x 44mm³. (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 310 grams (10.0 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DMC TZ101:

Panasonic DMC TZ101 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Panasonic DMC TZ101 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
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 TZ101 is not much bigger:

Panasonic DMC TZ101 size comparison

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