Panasonic Lumix TZ90 review

The Panasonic TZ90 is a compact snapshot camera offering 30x optical zoom power that will slip into your jeans pocket

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Digital Camera World Verdict

Though there were cooler and more diminutive compacts released by its manufacturer, the Panasonic Lumix TZ90 is a fully featured pocket point-and-shoot that includes a useful 30x optical zoom plus flip up LCD screen to more accurately enable composition of selfies. While it’s not 100% perfect and shots at maximum wideangle setting display softness towards the corners of the frame, we are getting a lot of versatility. In short, this travel zoom is suitable for a broad range of users seeking a single camera that very nearly does it all.


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    Pocket sized dimensions yet a usefully broad focal range makes this a decent all-rounder

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    Effective image stabilization

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    Selfie functionality works well and 4K resolution video is a bonus


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    Some loss of definition and visible softness towards the edges of the frame at widest lens setting

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    Eye-level viewfinder is so small as to introduce eye strain and so is better ignored

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    Camera grip could be improved

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Suitable for various levels of photographer from beginners to intermediate users, pocket-sized digital cameras with generous focal ranges that belied their compact dimensions were once a product category in themselves: aka the travel zoom. They earned their existence by offering what smartphones couldn’t: a built in optical zoom that, when the camera was dormant, was retracted within the body, thus maintaining their pocket friendly status and portability. 

This was pitched as being a better, more proper option than using our smartphone’s ‘zoom’ – essentially just a crop of the image to make it appear that we’d zoomed in closer. The Panasonic Lumix TZ90, with its Leica branded lens and 30x optical zoom was certainly one of the most enticing examples upon its original announcement in 2017. So how does it shape up for anyone seeking an all-round compact digital camera today?

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.