What is the best travel zoom compact camera?

And which one has the best price-quality ratio?

NU.nl and the Consumers' Association provide an answer.

Travelzoom compact cameras are small cameras without much fuss and with a fixed zoom lens.

They are light and often fit in your trouser or jacket pocket.

If you're looking for a simple, small camera for on the road or on vacation, a travel zoom camera is a good option.

This type of camera faces a lot of competition from smartphone cameras.

The zoom range of the travel zoom cameras varies from five times to 40 times.

That is the advantage over smartphones: the image quality is high, even when zooming.

In addition, it lies more comfortably in the hand.

The Consumentenbond tests photo cameras for photo quality, film and video quality, operation, resolution and sharpness.

A total of 169 widely available photo cameras have been tested.

Sixteen models were tested within the travel zoom compact camera category.

A Leica camera is the Best in the Test.

The Best Buy is a model from Panasonic.

Best in the Test: Leica C-Lux

  • Price: 995 euros

  • Test verdict: 7.3

  • Optical zoom range: 24 - 360 mm = 15x

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The Leica performs best of all tested cameras in this category, but it is not exactly cheap.

Good to know: in terms of construction and electronics, the Leica is almost the same as the more affordable Panasonic DC-TZ200, which costs around 620 euros.

Very small differences mean that the Leica scores just a bit better and is the Best in the Test.

The Leica has a reasonably large image sensor (the sensitive plate of the camera).

This ensures better photo quality.

A large sensor and a lot of zoom are difficult to combine.

The zoom range is therefore somewhat more limited than with other travel zoom cameras.

The touch screen and viewfinder are very good.

The operation is smooth and the buttons are well placed.

The function of some buttons is somewhat unclear at first glance.

You can also shoot good quality videos in 4K with this camera.

The camera is available in two colors.

Best Buy: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80

  • Price: 249 euros

  • Test verdict: 6.7

  • Optical zoom range: 24 - 720 mm = 30x

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Would you rather spend less money?

Then the DMC-TZ80 from Panasonic is a great choice.

The photo and video quality are quite good and you can film in 4K.

The sensor is a bit smaller.

This, in combination with the lens and camera size, enables a larger zoom range.

The operation of the camera is pleasant and the buttons are in good places.

It has a viewfinder and touch screen that also work well.

The viewfinder is a bit small, and that sometimes gives a 'rainbow effect' in the image.

This camera is not only good at automatic photography, but also has many possibilities for creative photography.

It is available in two colors.


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 being tested are store-bought so 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.