Adding to its popular travel-zoom compact line-up, Panasonic has announced an update to last year’s TZ80 model – the Panasonic TZ90. Featuring an updated 20.3-mega-pixel imaging sensor, 4K Photo functionality, and a new LCD display that can be tilted right the way round, the new model borrows a lot of its specification from its older sibling.
The 20.3MP CMOS sensor is a step up from the TZ80’s 18.1MP, offering better resolving power and is paired with one of Panasonic’s Venus Engine processor, which Panasonic says should provide good quality images in a variety of shooting scenarios – including in low-light conditions.
Autofocus has also seen a boost, using Panasonic’s DFD (depth from defocus) technology – with AF speeds now apparently up to 0.1 second. Users can also shoot bursts at 10 (AF-S) fps or 5 (AF-C) fps. The updated range of AF functions include Touch AF, 49-point AF points and Low Light AF help to lock on focus in a wide variety of different conditions. There’s also a few options included to aid with manual focusing, such as Focus Peaking and MF assist.
Panasonic’s 4K Photo function is available for the TZ90, accessed using a dedicated control on the TZ90’s body to choose from the various 4K PHOTO modes. Users will be able to shoot at 30fps and extract stills at 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. There are also a range of other useful functions which utilise 4K technology. Post Focus means you can change the point of focus after shooting, while Focus Stacking enables changing the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images.
Externally, the new model’s layout remains largely unchanged from the TZ80. Like its predecessor, the Panasonic TZ90 features a long 30x zoom super-wide-angle lens (which is 24-720mm focal length in 35mm format terms) with optics by Leica, this time round with optical image stabilisation for better performance when zoomed in further. The lens will feature an aperture ring on the barrel for changing settings on the fly.
The 3″, 1,040-dot, touch-sensitive LCD display now features a 180° tilt ability, and when rotated all the way round automatically puts the Panasonic TZ90 into self-shot mode. As well as the rear monitor there’s an also an 0.2″, 1,166k-dot EVF, which features an eye sensor which switches the EVF on automatically – so users can continue to use the screen to set AF point using Touch Pad operation when without having to remove their eye from the viewfinder.
Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity for linking up with smart devices, raw shooting, enthusiast PASM controls and 4K video options at 30fps.