Tested: This is the best travel zoom compact camera | NOW

What is the best travel zoom compact camera? And which one has the best price-quality ratio? The Consumers’ Association and NU.nl provide an answer.

Compact cameras do not have an interchangeable lens. They have the advantage that they are usually small and light, often have a large zoom range and can easily photograph small objects full-screen. There are different types of compact cameras, each with its own specialty.

Do you want a lot of zoom in a compact camera that can easily travel with you? Then choose a travel zoom camera. However, not many new models are coming on the market.

The Consumers’ Association tests travel zoom compact cameras for photo quality, video quality and color reproduction, among other things. Despite the fact that not many new models are coming on the market, the Consumers’ Association has nevertheless tested 26.

A Panasonic camera is Best in the Test. Another Panasonic model is Best Buy, which means it’s a great device at a great price.

Best in the Test: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100

This Panasonic is a good travel zoom compact camera from the higher segment, with many functions and a large zoom range; a real travel zoom camera. This model has a beautiful plastic body of high quality. It also has a touch screen and multi-function ring.

The camera has enough space for your thumb on the back. Navigation in the menu is simple. The Leica lens with multifunctional ring is striking. You can also add GPS data via your smartphone. The camera is available in two colors.

Strong points include photo quality, resolution and ease of use. In addition, the video quality is also good and the color reproduction is more than sufficient.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 does not have any real downsides, although the speed could be slightly better.

Best Buy: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80

Just like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100, this Panasonic is a good travel zoom compact camera from the higher segment, with many functions and a large zoom range. It’s nice that it has a viewfinder, but it is very small. You also sometimes see an annoying rainbow effect. Handy are the multifunctional ring on the lens and adding GPS data via your smartphone.

Although this camera has many similarities with the Best in the Test, it scores a bit less on some important points, including photo quality (sufficient), flash and video quality. On the other hand, the operation and the screen are fine.

All in all, this travel zoom compact camera is always a great device for a great price.

In this column we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers’ Association. This is a collaboration between the independent editors of NU.nl and the Consumers’ Association.

The Consumers’ Association tests thousands of products every year, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The products under test are bought in the store so that they are not pre-manipulated by manufacturers.

New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction. How fast that is differs per product. The Best in the Test is the product with the best test rating. This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better. The Best Buy is the product with the best price-quality ratio.