The Panasonic Lumix TZ41 is currently the best camera in the compact segment.
The TZ41 offers an excellent 20× zoom that is usable due to optical image stabilization. It is compact, leightweight and has a reasonably-sized battery.
|Name||Panasonic Lumix TZ41|
|Dimensions||108.3 × 58.9 × 27.7 mm|
|optical image stabilization||✔|
|Sensor||1/2.3" MOS Sensor with 18.9 Megapixel|
|Video||1920 x 1080 full HD video|
|Internal Storage||12 MB|
|DMC||Digital Media Camera|
|TZ||Traveler Zoom||SZ, TS, GM, LX|
|41||40 seems to be the same as 41; 60, ...|
|EG||European Union model|
|K||Black colored||W = White, R = Red, S = Silver|
Panasonic doesn't use the standard european charger / cable combination that is used for smartphones.
The software is not available for Linux.
moose@pc08$ cat /etc/issue Linux Mint 16 Petra moose@pc08$ uname -a Linux pc08 3.11.0-12-generic #19-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 9 16:20:46 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
and the camera as a USB device:
moose@pc08$ lsusb Bus 001 Device 006: ID 04da:2372 Panasonic (Matsushita) Lumix Camera (Storage mode)
GPS Assist Tool
The GPS Assist Tool seems to update the camera internal GPS information. It works like this:
- Connect camera with SD card in it to the computer.
- Start gpsasist.exe with wine.
LUMIX Map Tool
The LUMIX Map Tool should allow you to copy maps with information about the environment on your camera. It looks like this:
The drive detection for the SD card doesn't work on Linux as you can see in the second image. So I've have written a Linux version of that program which can be found on GitHub.
To compare the quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 I have shot some photographs with my old Casio Lumix Exilim EX-Z200.
Normal range photographs
Overall, the Panasonic Lumix TZ41 is a great camera. But the lack of a standard charger and a standard cable as well as the missing Linux software is a downer. This is the reason why I give it 4/5 stars.
Good German resources are:
- Chip.de: A review with some comparisons to other cameras.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 - Mein Fazit: A very detailed video review.