Panasonic Expand Travel Range With Lumix DC-TZ90 Compact Travel Camera

Lumix TZ90 (ZS70)

Panasonic has introduced a new travel zoom to its range of compact cameras that updates the TZ80 and it will be available from June.

The Lumix TZ90 shares the same 30x optical zoom as its predecessor but the sensor has been improved and it also has a 3.0-inch, 1,040k-dot touch-sensitive tilting screen. The ultra-wide-angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens extends to 720mm at the telephoto end and power optical image stabilisation is built in.

Panasonic's 4K Photo function is available on the TZ90 so you can extract 8Mp stills, capture footage at 30fps and make use of Post Focus so you can change the point of focus after shooting. Focus stacking is also available so you can change the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images.

The TZ90 boasts a 0.1 second AF speed and you can also employ burst shooting at 10 (AF-S) fps or 5 (AF-C) fps. A range of AF functions are available and for those worried about manual focusing, there’s lots of help on board for that too, including Focus Peaking and MF assist.

For selfie fans, the camera will automatically select self-shot mode when the screen is flipped and there's a new 4K Selfie mode as well as a Panorama Selfie selfie mode. Other portrait capture features include background control and beauty functions plus, you can trigger the camera by posing in a certain way.

As well as the rear monitor, there’s also a 0.2-inch, 1,166k-dot EVF (Electronic View Finder) with an eye sensor which switches the EVF on automatically. While using the EVF you can also continue to use the screen to set AF point usTouchPad Pad operation.

Those wanting a little more control over how their final image looks there is a range of manual and semi-automatic modes (PASM) available along with RAW shooting. Use the control ring around the TZ90’s lens to adjust settings such as aperture, while the control dial on the rear of the camera is also on hand to change other settings.

As well as photos, the TZ90 can capture high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 at frame rates up to 30p. Various video functions are available which includes tilt-correction, 5-axis image stabilisation, 4K Live Cropping to pan and adjust the composition and the ability to capture video at 120 fps / 100 fps in full HD to create a slow-motion effect.

Macro fans will enjoy using the camera's 3cm macro function and as you'd expect n a compact camera, various creative modes are built in along with Wi-Fi.

The Lumix DC-TZ90 will be available from June for £399.

Check out the full specs of the new camera below and you can also compare the TZ90 with the TZ80 with the help of our comparison table. We'll also find out if it can knock the TZ80 off the number 1 spot of our top pocket travel zoom cameras list when we put it to the test.

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 (ZS70) Specifications

Manufacturer Panasonic
Lens
Max Aperture f/3.3 – f/6.4
35mm equivalent 24mm – 720mm
Optical Zoom 30x
Image Sensor
Pixels 20Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) No Data
Pixels (H) No Data
Sensor Type Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size 1/2.3inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 1040k
Touch Screen Yes
Focusing
Min Focus 3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity 80 – 6400
White balance
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 10fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS 50p for FullHD, 25p for 4K
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 320shots
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 282g
Width 112mm
Height 64mm
Depth 38mm

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Comparison Table

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (ZS60) Panasonic Lumix TZ90 (ZS70)
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Lens
Max Aperture f/3.3 – f/6.4 f/3.3 – f/6.4
35mm equivalent 24mm – 720mm 24mm – 720mm
Optical Zoom 30x 30x
Image Sensor
Pixels 18Mp (Megapixels) 20Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) No Data No Data
Pixels (H) No Data No Data
Sensor Type Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.) Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size 1/2.3inch 1/2.3inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in 3in
Screen resolution 1040k 1040k
Touch Screen Yes Yes
Focusing
Min Focus 3cm 3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 60sec 60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity 80 – 6400 80 – 6400
White balance
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-2 +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 10fps 10fps
Video
Movie mode Yes Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS 50p for FullHD, 25p for 4K 50p for FullHD, 25p for 4K
Stereo Sound Yes Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes Yes
Interface
HDMI Yes Yes
USB USB 2 USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 320shots 320shots
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data No Data
Dimensions
Weight 282g 282g
Width 112mm 112mm
Height 64mm 64mm
Depth 38mm 38mm
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