By Patrick Avenell

QUEENSTOWN, NZ: Panasonic launched its new flagship Travel Zoom camera in Queenstown, New Zealand earlier this week. The TZ20 is the hero product (RRP $599), with the TZ18 playing the supporting role (RRP $499). had a chance to test drive this new unit, with Panasonic’s celebrated zoom capacities under the microscope. The TZ20 has 16x optical zoom, with enhancements up to 21x. Take a look at what this means for consumers.

This is a shot of Lake Wakatipu, with a boat on the water circled.

This is a shot of that boat at 21x, taken moments after the first shot from exactly the same position.

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