Last updated on June 6, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, travelling and making photos for 20 years. Read more Gear Review

I am always after the perfect camera for travel photography. I love my present camera, Nikon D610, however I can definitely see some drawbacks. I had the possibility to do a Panasonic TZ110 review and I had a great time.

There are already websites that do extensive reviews with all the technical tests, graphs and much more and this is great. My reviews are more down to the essentials, dedicated to the everyday users, the city explorers and the travellers. Basically down to earth with few photography notions that I like to introduce for anyone’s benefit.

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I am usually a fan of the Lumix cameras and I was quite excited to have the possibility to do a review of the Panasonic TZ110. I am not sure why but this camera has 3 different names: ZS100 for US, TZ100 for UK/Europe and TZ110 for Australia. It would be interesting to understand what drove the different naming convention

This camera is called in different ways based on the country, TZ110 in Australia, TZ100 in Europe and ZS100 in USAI should start saying that I am not a great fan of the point and shoot cameras. I prefer to take a mirrorless or DSLR on my trips with 2, maybe 3 lenses. I have tested a few in the last few years and you can see some great finding in this post with the best cameras for travelling updated on a monthly basis.

Admittedly I have to change idea with these last few cameras that are coming out in the market. And the Panasoic TZ110, as well as the Lumix LX10, is one that on paper was promising to deliver a lot. You may also have a look here to other similar compact cameras in the same segment with a comparative table and final suggestions.

Let’s see what I found out about the TZ110

Panasonic TZ110 sensor

The size of the sensor was probably the biggest concern I had about the compact cameras.

Why is that?

The sensor size determines how much light the camera uses to build your image. The bigger the more light it receives which translates in more information and higher quality of photos.

I usually like at this point to compare the light in the camera to the light in a room. If you leave the blinds wide open your eyes can see everything, the more you close the blinds the harder it gets to see things and your eyes goes from a clear picture to a noisy picture till it is so dark that you see just shapes.

The light is the friend of our eyes……and of our camera sensor too!! The bigger the sensor the more light will receive, as easy as that.

You can have a 100 megapixel camera however if the sensor is tiny, the quality of the photo will be not that good. As an extreme example, you may still remember the image quality of the first Nokia phone cameras, not very good hey.

The typical point and shoot have a sensor size of 1/1.7″ (7.60 x 5.70 = 43.32mm2) or 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 = 28.07mm2). Just to have an idea with the mobile world, the Iphone 6 camera has a sensor size of 1/3″ and the one in the new Samsung S7, although bigger, it is still 1/2.6″.

There is much more than just the sensor size in a camera, however we can say it gives an indication of the photo quality.

The Panasonic TZ110 has gone big. It provides a nice 1″ sensor (12.8m x 9.60m = 120.96mm2) which is 3, if not 4, times bigger than most of today’s point and shoot in the market, at a very high resolution of 20MP

I was impressed by the quality of the TZ110 photos at sunset time
I was impressed by the quality of the TZ110 photos at sunset time

The Panasonic TZ110 is not however the only one in the market. I may mention the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 as an example. Competition is there, which is great for us, customers, as we get better products at better prices.

The importance of the sensor size becomes even bigger when you shoot in the dark, or at night, when usually the light is already poor by itself. It is indeed less noticeable in very good light conditions.

Just after sunset, when the light was poor, to say the least, the TZ110 performed quite well. No real noticeable noise
Just after sunset, when the light was poor, to say the least, the TZ110 performed quite well. No real noticeable noise

The bigger sensors have however a drawback……..size. It may be laughable, because this is what we are after, however the bigger they are the heavier they become. They also need bigger lenses too.

Another drawback is also the cost, more expensive.

I had a test with the Panasonic TZ110 and another Lumix compact camera, the TZ80, with smaller sensor and I could see the difference in the end result. Again, if you think about putting your photos just on-line or print them in small format, probably the sensor is not a driving decision factor

That zoom 25-250 or 10x

Considering the specific needs for travelling I think that the 25-250 range is all we need. I would have loved to have maybe more on the wide angle side than on the long zoom side, but that really would have been the cherry on top.

We need to consider that the real focal length, on the wide side, is actually 9.1mm (see specs below for more info) however, due to the sensor size of 1″, this is equivalent to 25mm on a full frame camera.

I remind that a 50mm lens is considered to be the “standard” lens because it is the closest to the human field of vision which is actually 43mm

Beside that, I really believe that during my travel and city exploration, having a zoom of this size would cover 95% of my needs. I left the 5% for some interior photography where a wider angle would be a plus.

The zoom at 250 is just amazing. You can use the Panazonic TZ110 in the city, where you can take some shots from really far away (architectural photos are an example).


I was at the Taronga Zoo in Dubbo (Australia), a massive open air zoo. This nice super zoom helped me to capture some interesting photos. Definitely happy with it.

Just one suggestion, that applies to any zoom lens. Try to use it more in the middle that to the extreme values. Any lens, when wide open tend to have a bit of distortion and the photo may not look as sharp as in the middle range of the zoom (in this case at 100-150mm)

Using the view finder on the Panasonic TZ110

I love using the viewfinder when making photos. The main reason is that it isolates my eye from the environment around me. I just concentrate on the composition.

The Panasonic TZ110 has a built-in one, which is great, although a small one (0.2″). Maybe it’s just me that I am used to a much bigger one however a bigger size would have helped I believe.

One feature that I did like was the automatic eye detection that switches on/off the monitor on the back (3″ touch screen)

4 function buttons on the TZ110, quite useful I would say

4K video and photo mode

Although I do few videos, this is not my field of expertise. I therefore preferred to check only the Panasonic TZ110 4k shooting feature that allows to capture a 8M photo from a 4k video. If you have an Iphone 6S you already know what I am talking about. Basically you make a video and you select only the frame you want.

I did a couple of tests with exactly the same results as I had when I reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8. Just brilliant. I really suggest to read that review to have a 360 degrees view of this feature.

When would I use this 4K Photo mode?

Surely in any sport shooting, to capture the right moment. Also for kids photography is perfect, they are so unpredictable in the way they move. Honestly whenever you feel you are going to miss the moment, like in a big storm.

Panasonic Lumix post focus

If the 4K Photo Mode is a concept connected to the Shutter Speed mode, the Post Focus is a feature connected to the Aperture mode. It allows to create in-camera that nice depth of field post-production.

My personal suggestion is always to shoot what you would like in camera with the perfect setting. In this way you spend less time in post-production (photoshop and the likes) and more time with the camera.

In saying that, it’s not always that easy and having an in-camera software that allow me to control the depth of field is just great.

How does the Panasonic Post focus work?

Essentially it is a focus bracketing function. Using the 4 Video, the camera takes as many pictures as needed with different focus points. Once the photo is done you can select which subject you want to focus on.

Does the post focus work on the Panasonic TZ110?

Not every time in an effective way. When the objects in the photo are in a very close proximity the post focus function is “ok” however I was not able to have that depth of field I could achieve with the correct setting of the camera (f/2.8 as a start). It may be just me

When the objects are far away the post focus works great.

The photo is also cropped and the resolution is down to 8Mp.

The last thing I noticed is that with moving objects the focus point does not work. I will have to go back to Panasonic asking if my setting is not correct.

I felt in love for the 4K photo mode,  I can’t say the same for the post focus function, however it is definitely a great start, especially because it is in-camera function.

Dimension and weight

Do not expect the super light tiny compact camera. There are 2 main reasons: [1] the big sensor we talked about [2] the big zoom lens (read glass)

The body is 312g and the dimension is 65mm x 111mm x 44mm.

I personally rather prefer to take with me few grams more, and we are talking about 50-100 more, but have a better overall photo-quality experience.

If you prefer to go light I think you need to look to a smaller sensor and zoom range ….. compromise  compromise 😀

Panasonic TZ110 and the weather

I reckon that this camera was built by Panasonic thinking to the more demanding amateur travel photographers. It covers that gap between the entry level compact camera and the DSLR.

To my surprise this camera has not environmental sealing.

Something more on the Panasonic TZ110

This is a list of small things that I did like straight away on this camera:

  • Function buttons: there are 4 of them, of which 2 assigned to 4K and Post Focus. I love these buttons. I usually use them on my DSLR for some unique environment, or type of photography, that all have a similar exposure. In this way I do not need to look for the correct setting everytime, it’s already there (markets, panning, etc)
  • The presence of 2 dials, the first one for the manual/automatic setting and the second dial to change the values within the setting. This is quite typical of the professional cameras. Learning to use the camera in this way can only be beneficial for any future development in the photography life
  • Battery charger: this is the great news. There is none. The battery is interchangeable (you can have spare ones) however the charger is integrated in the camera, you just need to connect your USB cable to the provided AC adaptor or to your computer, something less to transport in your trip
  • Wi-Fi and NFC available to connect your camera directly to your mobile or computer. There is also an in-camera RAW conversion which is perfect if you want to transfer your photos to the mobile
  • Panasonic Image-App for Android and for Apple. They are both great to control you camera, even as a remote shutter release, or just for photo download

Panning on a cyclist at the Moomba festival in Melbourne (you can apply techniques as on a DSLR)Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ110: Hot or Not?

In my opinion the TZ110 covers a segment which is growing very very fast, the high end compact cameras. I have organised a full guide with The best Compact Cameras for Travel if you are still unsure about the model.

As I wrote many times in this blog, the weight and size of my DSLR is most definitely a concern in some situations. That is why I am testing other cameras as the mirror less Panasonic GX8.

If you are after an easy camera to take always with you and still have great prints or books out of it, I would definitely suggest the Panasonic TZ110. In this respect it is a hot camera, I believe, one of the best in the market.

Best price for the TZ110/ZS100/TZ100        Latest TZ110 price in Australia

 Great compact camera for the safari or zoo (Taronga Zoo in Dubbo, NSW)
Great compact camera for the safari or zoo (Taronga Zoo in Dubbo, NSW)

There is however a price to pay for that (check the last price of the ZS100 in USA or the last TZ110 price in Australia). It could be pretty steep for your first camera however you get a lot out of it.

At that price range you start seeing some of the amateur DSLR. Should I go for that instead? Great question. Are you willing to transport it, change lenses etc etc? If you are, I would probably have a look around.

Just a final reminder about the naming of this camera. In Australia Panasonic called it TZ110, in Europe you find it as TZ100 and finally in USA it is called ZS100. I know, confusing

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TZ100 specs

Metrics Dimensions (W x H x D) 110.5 x 64.5 x 44.3 mm
Dimensions (W x H x D) (4.35 x 2.54 x 1.74 inch)
Weight Approx. 310g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.681lb)
Weight Approx. 268 g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.590 lb)
Optics Pixels Camera Effective Pixels 20.1 Megapixels
Sensor Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / 20.9 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Lens Aperture F2.8 – 5.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm
Aperture (Still Image: F2.8 – 8.0 (W), F5.9 – 8.0 (T), Motion Picture: F2.8 – 8.0 (W), F5.9 – 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom 10x
Focal Length f = 9.1 – 91mm
Focal Length (27 – 270mm in 35mm equiv. in 4:3)
Focal Length (25 – 250mm in 35mm equiv. in 3:2)
Focal Length (26 – 260mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9)
Focal Length (32 – 320mm in 35mm equiv. in 1:1)
Focal Length (37 – 370mm in 35mm equiv. in 4:3 4K Photo recording)
Focal Length (37 – 370mm in 35mm equiv. in 3:2 4K Photo recording)
Focal Length (37 – 370mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 4K Photo recording)
Focal Length (40 – 400mm in 35mm equiv. in 1:1 4K Photo recording)
Focal Length (26 – 260mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / O.I.S. Off / Level Shot function Off)
Focal Length (28 – 280mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / O.I.S. On / Level Shot function Off)
Focal Length (31 – 310mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / O.I.S. On / Level Shot function On)
Focal Length (37 – 370mm in 35mm equiv. in 4K video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 14x (3:2 / 10M (M)), 20x (3:2 / 5M (S))
Intelligent Zoom 20x
Lens 12 elements in 10 groups
Lens (5 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. +*
Optical Image Stabilizer * 5-Axis compensation works in video recording except for 4K video or high-speed video recording.
Digital Zoom Max. 4x (When Digital Zoom is used simultaneously with Intelligent Zoom, you can only increase the zoom ratio up to 2x.)
Focus Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm – infinity / Tele 70 cm – infinity
Focusing Area AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 5 cm – infinity / Tele 70 cm – infinity
AF Assist Lamp Yes (On / Off)
Focus AF / AF Macro / Macro Zoom * Each available with AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF/AE Function,
Focus Touch Shutter, Touch Pad AF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, AF+MF, Focus Peaking, One Shot AF (Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF-ON), Low Light AF, Starlight AF, AF/AE Lock Button
Post Focus Yes
AF Metering Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 49-area / Custom Multi / 1-area / Pinpoint
AF Metering (Full area touch is available)
Shutter Shutter Speed [Still Image] Still Image:
Shutter Speed [Still Image] Approx. 60 – 1/2,000 sec (Mechanical Shutter)
Shutter Speed [Still Image] Approx. 1 – 1/16,000 sec (Electronic Shutter)
Shutter Speed [Still Image] Time (Approx. 120 sec)
Shutter Speed [Motion Picture] Motion Picture:
Shutter Speed [Motion Picture] Approx. 1/25 – 1/16,000 sec
Shutter Speed [Motion Picture] Approx. 1/2 – 1/16,000 sec (Creative Video M Mode / MF Mode)
Finder Viewfinder 0.20″ LVF (Live View Finder) (1,166k dots equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 2.59x / 0.46x (35 mm camera equivalent)
Recording File File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) / RAW, DPOF
File Format Motion Picture: AVCHD Progressive, AVCHD, MP4
Recording Modes Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Creative Video, C (Custom), Panorama Shot, Scene Guide, Creative Control
Creative Control mode Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, Sunshine (22 filters)
Still Image Scene Guide Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child’s Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Handheld Night Shot, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome
Continuous Shooting Mode (Approx.) [AFS] SH: 50 frames/sec*, H: 10 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) [AFC] H: 6 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) * Electronic shutter only.
4K Photo Mode (*2) 4K Burst: 30 frames/sec, max. 15 min
4K Photo Mode (*2) 4K Burst (S/S): 30 frames/sec, max. 15 min
4K Photo Mode (*2) 4K Pre-Burst: 30 frames/sec, approx. 2 sec
4K Photo Mode (*2) (Depending on memory card size and battery power)
4K Photo Mode (*2) Exif Information: Yes
4K Photo Mode (*2) Selectable Aspect Ratio: Yes (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 are selectable)
4K Photo Mode (*2) Exposure Mode: Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
4K Photo Mode (*2) Marking Function: Yes (in 4K Burst (S/S) mode)
Motion Picture Recording (*2) 4K Video 3840 x 2160 pixels, 25p (4K: 100Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) (AAC)
4K Video 3840 x 2160 pixels, 24p (4K: 100Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 24fps) (AAC)
HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50p (FHD: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 50fps) (Dolby)
HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24p (FHD: 24Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 24fps) (Dolby)
HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (FHD: 24Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25fps) (Dolby)
HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (FHD: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 50fps) (Dolby)
HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50p (FHD: 28Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 50fps) (AAC)
HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25p (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) (AAC)
HD Video 1280 x 720 pixels, 25p (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) (AAC)
STD Video 640 x 480, 25p (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) (AAC)
High Speed Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25p (FHD: MP4) (Sensor Output is 100fps)
Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Pictures) AVCHD FHD/50p: Approx. 105 min
AVCHD FHD/50i: Approx. 110 min
MP4 4K/25p: Approx. 90 min
MP4 FHD/50p: Approx. 110 min
Actual recordable Time (Motion Pictures) AVCHD FHD/50p: Approx. 50 min
AVCHD FHD/50i: Approx. 55 min
MP4 4K/25p: Approx. 45 min
MP4 FHD/50p: Approx. 55 min
Exposure Parameters Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-5 EV (+/-3 EV for motion picture)
Auto (AE) Bracketing 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, Max. +/-3 EV
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Still Image: Auto / i.ISO / 80* / 100* / 125 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600*
ISO Sensitivity Motion Picture: Auto / 125 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
ISO Sensitivity (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
ISO Sensitivity * Extended ISO
Picture Quality Still Picture Recording [4:3] 4864×3648 (17.5M) (L) / 3456×2592 (9M) (M) / 2432×1824 (4.5M) (S)
Still Picture Recording [3:2] 5472×3648 (20M) (L) / 3888×2592 (10M) (M) / 2736×1824 (5M) (S)
Still Picture Recording [16:9] 5472×3080 (17M) (L) / 3840×2160 (8M) (M) / 1920×1080 (2M) (S)
Still Picture Recording [1:1] 3648×3648 (13.5M) (L) / 2592×2592 (6.5M) (M) / 1824×1824 (3.5M) (S)
Image Quality RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set1 / White Set2 / White Set3 / White Set4 / Color Temperature
White Balance (2-axis Adjustable)
Photo Style Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D*, Cinelike V* * When Creative Video mode is selected.
Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Saturation*, Color Tone**, Filter Effect**
Picture Adjustment * Except for Monochrome mode. ** For Monochrome mode only.
Other Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Yes (On / Off)
Wi-FI IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wi-FI 2412 MHz – 2462 MHz (1-11 ch)
Wi-FI Infrastracture Mode / WPS
Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec (3 images)
Self Shot Mode
Playback Display Playback Mode All, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, 4K PHOTO, Post Focus, Category Selection, Favorite), Calendar
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Yes
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / Yes
Show Histogram/ Show Highlights Yes / Yes
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Edit Retouch
RAW Processing Yes
Resize/ Cropping Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp – / Yes / Yes
Video Divide Yes
Creating Still Pictures from a Motion Picture Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / DPOF / Favorites
Setup OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)
Others Monitor LCD Monitor 7.5cm (3.0″) TFT Screen LCD Display (1040k dots), Static Touch Control, AF Coating
LCD Monitor Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle
Flash Built- in- Flash Auto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off * For iA, iA+ mode only.
Built- in- Flash 0.6 – 8.0m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.7 – 3.8m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Media Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Recording Media (Compatible with UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Built- in- Memory
Audio Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Mono
Interface Interface microHDMI typeD (*3), USB2.0 Micro-B
Power Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh, 7.4 Wh) (Included)
Power AC Adaptor (Input: 110 – 240V AC) (Included, connect with USB cable)
Battery life (approx.) 300 pictures (rear monitor) / 260 pictures (LVF) (CIPA Standard) (*1)
Standard Package Included Software ・ The software to process RAW file on PC is not bundled with DMC-TZ110. To do this, SILKYPIX Developer Studio is available for download at Ichikawa Soft Laboratory’s website using PC connected to the Internet.
Included Software ・ The DMC-TZ110 Operating Instructions for advanced features is available for downloaded at Panasonic LUMIX Customer Support Site using PC, smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet.
Included Software ・ The software for PC is not bundled with DMC-TZ110. Please use the software pre-installed to the PC or other general image viewing software to browse pictures.
Standard Accessories Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, Strap Adaptor

As reported on the Panasonic TZ110 Australian website

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16 thoughts on “Panasonic TZ110 review [9 essential things to know]”

  1. I maybe 2 years late on this but I have a similar TZ80, I find that, particularly when using the view finder – the key feature in selecting this camera – the FN and menu controls are right under my thumb and things get changed all to often!

  2. Ciao Stefano, here Alfredo from Palermo, Sicily. Congrats for your review!. I have this camera, but I have to confess you I’m a typical “Point & Shoot” newbie, so, except for some videos and panorama, It’s quite likely that I’ll use it in automatic mode(s). My question: what is the difference between iA and iA+ modes? Which one do you think is better for a newbie like me?
    And…another question, concerning the use of flash. Is that a way so that every time I turn the flash on manually, I get the firing by the flash, even in iA/iA+ modes? I’m asking, since there are times when even with the flash on, it does not fires, probably because automatic modes “decide” that there is enough light, but it’s a shame, since portraits with backlight are not so good, this way…

    • Ciao Alfredo,
      and thanks !!
      With iA it is a shoot and go experience. Not much to set around. Just enjoy the moment and leave the camera to decide how to take the photo. Probably in most cases you get what you want. Cameras are pretty smart nowadays. You may miss out on few however.
      With iA+ you can change some small things (still Auto but you can control something). For example you can change the exposure compensation that allows you to brighten, or darken, your photo. This may be useful when you have a photo with high contrast or with a wide dynamic range. Think of a bird on a tree with white/blue sky in the background. If you do not use exposure compensation you will end up with a blue perfect sky but a very dark, if not black, bird (this happens in most of the cases, unless you are super lucky with the light metering).

      You are right about the flash however I believe you can set the flash always-on in the Q.Menu. In that way the flash is going to shoot doesn’t matter the light.

      Enjoy photography!!

      PS It’s so many years I am saying I want to come and visit Sicily, such a beautiful island. Sooner or later I have to come, just a long way from here LOL

  3. Thank you for such an informative post..I am a new owner of this camera and the instruction leaflet is a waste of time..I haven’t had any assistance with Panasonic over the phone regarding setting up the camera so I decided to buy a Instruction book, which I hope will help me..I currently have a Nikon DSLR and here I am with this small compact and I feel lost trying to initially set it up,,can you please give me a brief outlne what settings I need to set this camera up to basic photography..I have found the RAW + Jpeg setting how ever I am lost from there ,,any help would be greatly appreciated and I cannot seem to find a You Tube video on first setting up this camera.. Thank you..Regards, Annette

    • Good day Annette, it’s great to hear you have this amazing camera. About the setting….I have a Nikon DSLR too and, at first, the Panasonic menu may look unfamiliar and possibly hard to go through. After a little while you will not have anymore issues though, just practice after all.
      My only tip is to use the “Quick” menu (you can customise it too, I believe). It allows to go through the most important settings and your favourite ones (the custom ones).
      I hope I was able to help
      Happy photography 🙂

    • Thanks Sam.
      Ahahaha another name
      I guess TX1 is the name in Japan…I am really not sure why Panasonic has so many names for the same camera.
      Happy travelling and photographing 🙂

  4. Hi, my wife is looking at this camera, she’s sensitive to size and doesn’t want to worry about changing lenses, so this seems like a good fit. Her only reservation is macro: she’s a botanist and wants to be able to get close and get nice clear images, any idea how this goes for that?


  5. Fantastic review … I am a new TZ110 owner (2 weeks) and is still experimenting with it in-between my busy day.

    TZ110 has only a 1 second maximum shutter speed. My previous attempt to capture the Aurora Borealis light while in Sweden in February using the TZ60 (4 second) was not successful. However, my Iphone6 was able to (though faintly).

    Appreciate any guide on how I can capture the northern light with TZ110.

    • Good day Don,
      thanks for your comments.

      You can set he shutter speed up to 60 seconds when the mechanical shutter is in use.

      I am planning very soon a post on night photography that includes as well how to shoot stars. Stay tuned. It will be soon on line


  6. Hi, thanks for your very informative review! I just have one question regarding the video function of the TZ110. Does it record video (and play back video) in PAL format or in NTSC format? Or is it switchable in-camera? Thanks for your time!

  7. Thanks for your review. Great to see some Melbourne images in a camera review. Just a quick note. You said that the wide angle is 25mm, which is equivalent to a 50mm lens on a full frame camera. The actual wide angle of this camera is 9.1mm, which is equivalent to a 25mm lens on a full frame camera.

    Incidentally, if it was physically a 25mm wide angle then this would be equivalent to about 68mm on a full frame. The crop factor of a 1″ sensor is about 2.7x. It is the larger m4/3 system that has a 2x crop factor (as against 1.5x for APS-C).

    • Thanks Nils, you are absolutely right. The lens focal length is 9.1 to 91mm and, as you reported, the crop factor is a touch more than 2.7x. I will make the change to the post.
      As I wrote in the article it was something I was going to investigate because numbers did not add up. I should have done it before actually publishing yesterday the post.
      Thanks again for your quick feedback 😀


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