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Option: the Lumix TZ100

Option: the Lumix TZ100

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Option: the Lumix TZ100

Question: Does any smartphone camera come close to a normal compact camera? Four phones that would be in my budget range are the Samsung S8, S8+, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. The camera I'm looking at is the (Panasonic Lumix) TZ100 which is now down to about €400 (from over €700). I suppose the one thing a smartphone has in its favour is that it's always with you. I'd love to hear your view.

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The short answer is that the TZ100 will definitely beat it on zoom and marginally on quality for close-up photos (with one exception, which I'll elaborate on below). If you're seeing a price of €400, that's also considerably cheaper than any of the flagship phones that might come close to it from a photography point of view.