TZ100 recommended accessories

As an amateur or hobby photographer, I was looking for a flexible use camera, not too big and not too basic.  The TZ100 is the camera I purchased, read my review of the TZ100 to find out why I chose it over the LX15.

There are several accessories I purchased with the camera and shortly afterwards to improve the usability and practicalness of the TZ100.  From batteries to cleaning products, all are useful and improve the usefulness of the camera and maintain the camera.

  • Batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • Tripod
  • Battery extender
  • Grip
  • Sound muffler
  • Case
  • Wrist Strap
  • Neck Strap
  • Screen protector
  • Cleaner
  • User guide

Batteries

The original battery is good quality (obviously) and the original replacement is a little expensive.  I wanted to order with the camera but it was out of stock at the time, I had one on backorder but it wouldn’t arrive for a couple of weeks.

I looked around for compatible replacement batteries for the TZ100 and found that there were several available with mixed reviews.

Panasonic DMW-BLG10 Battery

The original Panasonic DMW-BLG10 battery is always the best additional/replacement battery.  It is manufactured to high quality and it is guaranteed to be compatible and work with the TZ100.  Check out the battery DMW-BLG10 here.

Compatible Batteries

There are several DMW-BLG10 compatible batteries available, I purchased a set of Maxsimafoto DMW-BLG10 compatible batteries which I found to be good and reliable.  The only issue I had which I found from the reviews was that the battery can get a little stuck and be difficult to remove.  The solution is very easy, cut a 1inch piece of strong tape, I used duct tape, and stick 3/4 of it onto the battery body and leave the rest out so that it can be folded over safely and is accessible to remove the battery.  This is a simple solution and you get a pack of batteries at half the cost of a single original.

Battery Charger


There is no external charger supplied with the camera unfortunately, the battery must be charged inside the camera.  The downside is that you cannot use the camera at the same time.  I found this external USB compatible battery charger that works great with original and compatible batteries and is great for charging on the go with a USB battery pack.

Tripod

I tried a few tripods, large tripods, medium tripods and cheap tiny tripods.  The size depends on what you need to do.  I carry the small tripod in my pocket and the Manfrotto mini in my backpack.

Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod

This is my favourite tripod when I require stability as it is solid, well built and has a great ball head push-button adjustment feature.  I also use this with my mini Phillips PPX4935 projector as it offers great stability.

Manfrotto MP1-BK Pocket Support

This is a handy, portable, stable and a quite flexible tripod by Manfrotto.  The MP1-BK mini tripod screws underneath into the standard tripod socket and the legs can be adjusted for suitable stability and folded away when finished.  It has a large screw head for attaching and detaching.  A mini adapter was supplied previously but on the model bought which is the updated model pictured, there is no adapter.  You just need a slim coin to screw in or detach.

This is a great little tripod when you want to keep your camera off a hard surface that may scratch the camera body.  It does block the battery cover when fitted but I managed to shift over and turn to get the battery out without completely detaching.

Battery Extender

I bought a battery extender pack for the rare occasions I need to keep the camera going for hours for example when recording a timelapse.

Dummy Battery

I call it a battery extender but it is called a dummy battery power bank adapter.  I bought this after noticing that the TZ100 could not be charged and used at the same time.  I tried with both a power bank and mains charger and it does not charge whilst in use.  This is an option if not completely ideal.

Grip


I found the camera body to be very slippery and I was petrified that it would slip out of my and in use.  The smooth metal finish is not great to grip, also there are no barriers when holding the camera preventing accidental button pressing.  I tried a few options to get the right grip.

I was looking for some sort of grippy surface to stick on semi-permanently to give my finger something to grip on to.  I tried the Dritz Fabric Monigrod Invisigrip as it appeared to be a grippy surface.  It was supplied on a sheet and I cut strips off to stick to the camera but it did not work well.

This strange looking item is excellent and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to allow safe and stable grip of the TZ100 camera.  It is called Flipbac FBG3 Camera Grip and is manufactured in Japan.  It is supplied with high quality adhesive 3M strips to stick to the camera and grip.  I don’t know why Panasonic did not fit such a grip on the camera as I and many others have found it near impossible to use without this.

Wind Muffler


I only noticed an issue with the sound when I was recording on a very windy day, the wind noise was unbearable!  I looked around and found a solution ish.  Not a straight fix but a modified fix.

I purchased the Rycote Micro Windjammer kit to fit onto the camera microphone located on either side of the camera flash.  I had to cut the fixing adhesive strip and the muffler to fit.  This kit is more suited to a single microphone camera but by cutting it, I made it work just fine and it is very effective.

Case

I like to keep my gadgets scratch free so a case was essential.  I didn’t want something too bulky so something well fitting with space for a spare memory card was ideal.  I found a universal case with a rigid outer shell and inner mesh pocket.  The case I purchased fits several cameras and the TZ100 was compatible.  The camera is quite snug inside, I had a hand loop with large plastic detachable buckle on it, I had to fold it to fit in.  The mesh pocket holds several mMicroSDcards just fine, I keep 2 in a MicroSD case.

The case it too tight to fit anything else such as a battery.  I found the case to be strong enough to handle some knocks as I have dropped it on concrete with the camera inside a few times and the camera was fine.

Hand Strap


I purchased a pack of Nordic Flash hand straps as they are highly recommended and are great quality.  I like the quick detachable plastic clip which is handy for quickly detaching the camera for tricky shots.

Neck Strap

I don’t like just the wrist strap, I prefer the neck strap so that I can keep my hands free.  I am using my old DJI Phantom drone controller strap but I wanted something just for the camera.  I found several good options for camera neck straps, some with padded fittings.

Screen Protector


I always put a screen protector on any surface where dirty fingers will be poking and prodding, I hate scratched and dirty screens and do what I can to protect the screen.  I purchased a pack of Brotect screen protectors and found that they were easy to fit and work well.

Cleaner


The camera is not cheap and keeping it clean is essential to maintain it and prolong its life.  The recommended kit is a bit of overkill but is worth it to keep the camera nice and clean.

User Guide


I found the user guide called Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 by chance and read the reviews, it seemed to be well written and had real-life usage examples of the TZ100 in use.  I found it very useful for looking up settings for particular situations.

There are two versions, the cheaper Kindle version and the more expensive paperback version.  I purchased the Kindle version so that I would have a quick reference on my phone when out and about.