What is the difference between the Panasonic DMC-TZ5 and the TZ4?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Pathfinder55, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Pathfinder55 macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
    I am thinking about getting the TZ5 but then I found out about the TZ4 and it was cheaper. I was looking for the difference between the two but I couldn't find one. Does anyone know the difference? The TZ5 is at least $50 more than the TZ4.

  2. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I think the main difference between the two are:

    1. The TZ5 is 9MP vs. 8MP for the TZ4.

    2. The TZ5 has a movie mode capable of 1280x720-30p while the TZ4 is limited to 853x480-30p.

    The TZ5 might have more built-in flash memory, but I'm not sure about that. And in my opinion, it doesn't really matter too much.

  3. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
  4. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Little bit more than that.

    The TZ5 and 4 share the same lens, body and menu system, but not the same sensor. The TZ4 has a 9MP 4:3 format sensor capable of standard def video in 16:9 and 4:3 formats. The TZ4 also has 16:9 capabilities for shooting pictures, but it's not native to the sensor. Instead the TZ4 crops the tops and bottoms of the picture to get to 16:9

    The TZ5 has a multi-aspect sensor capable of true 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 shots, including all 3 at the same time. Additionally, that sensor can do 720p video at 30fps. The other BIG advantage of the TZ5 vs. TZ4 is it has a GORGEOUS 430K pixel LCD screen vs. the TZ4's 260K pixel LCD. The TZ5 will be easier to see in bright light, and playback on the TZ5 is wonderful.

    Image quality is about the same, but (in short) the TZ5 gives you more native picture modes, HD video mode and a better LCD. It's worth the money for most folks, but if you are on a tight budget, the TZ4 is also a nice camera.

    check out www.dpreview.com to compare the two directly.
  5. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
    Oh, thanks a bunch, that helped me out. :D

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