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I have owned this camera for quiet a few years and I have to say this is a great camera which is really cheap. When i bought this a few years back, the price was fairly cheap for this camera at 99.99 from Currys. However, if you are looking for a great bargain camera at the moment, you can get this camera for very cheap prices online or you could even buy this second hand on Ebay for less than £40.
This camera has a great specification for a value camera as it's a 12.1 megapixel camera which features a 5x zoom with a 2.7-inch LCD monitor. It also enables you to record videos at 720p HD. The camera itself comes in various colours including silver and black. I personally have the black coloured version which looks sleek and looks like a premium camera as even though it's meant to be cheap, Panasonic has done a great job at making it feel like and look like a premium product as it has a metallic chassis. It also takes great photos as it's 12.1 megapixels and does not run out of charge quickly so you can snap beautiful pictures whilst on holidays and not having to worry about it running out of battery.
I would recommend this camera without a doubt if you require a cheap camera which is solidly built as well as stylish to bring on holidays, adventures and special occasions!
Image Format: JPEG
Built in Flash
Plus lots more advantages.
Styling: This camera is slim line and light weight, making it an ideal choice for handbag or pocket use. Choice of colours.
Advantages: As it is pocket sized, it can go anywhere with you and is ideal to keep handy for photo's of better quality than a mobile phone. It benefits from a nice sized viewing frame, with a central on-screen gauge for centring the photo. Easy zoom in and out, straightforward menu and easy to use controls. Very easy to use video function with good sound quality.
Negatives (no pun intended!): Uploading can be a bit tricky and uses a lot of battery power: I found the software is not that good, it (eventually) auto-loads, but then cannot delete photos from the computer or alter them without saving to the hard drive. So possibly has some PC interface issues, but if you have a suitable system, maybe not a problem. Easy enough to work round anyway.
Uses: Happy Snapping, Flora, Fauna, Pets, Family, Landscape, Seascape, Static and slow moving items. Uploading video's onto those well known sites.
Best for: When a neat lightweight camera is needed.
The Good: Nice size in the hand, lightweight and robust.
The Bad: Shutter speed seems to be stuck on slow after about 2 years of use.
Summary: All in all a very good, budget priced digital camera. The software maybe due to my OS and I have not tried to remove and re-install. So, maybe could be improved upon.
I would give 4.75 out of 5 if I could - only due to deleting issue - which may be just me?! So its 4/5.
6 months on: Still going strong!
Having owned this camera now for sometime, it has become a key element to family days out, parties and special occasions.
Light in weight, but still well built, the clarity and crispness of the picture quality is excellent, with very little interference in the pictures.
The camera has many different modes which are all very simple to navigate. It can be a little awkward at first getting used to how the menus operate and how you access them, but once you have the camera set up the way you want it, it becomes a simple point and click style camera.
The video camera is also a useful addition, although it doesn't give out the best quality. This is really just a background 'add-on' to the camera, in that it's main feature is undoubtedly the pictures and the quality it can produce.
The camera can also store a large number of photos, with access for an SD memory card. we currently have a 4GB memory card in the camera which equates to a substantial amount of photos and video time. It is easily hooked up to the computer to allow downloading of pictures that have been taken.
The screen is a good size and gives a wide angle for snapping. Zoom functions, red-eye removal and stabilizer are all extras which we have turned on to enhance further the photos we take.
All in all this is an excellent camera, and at a cost of under £100, it is well worth the investment. For the person looking to take professional type photos on a point and click I would not recommend this - but for the person looking for photos of the family, days out and special occasions, it certainly fits the bill.
I think this camera is great. It doesnt cost a lot of money but produces the best photos. it has lots of different modes on it, even down to candlelight mode which really makes a difference.
We used the camera at our wedding and the photos are near the quality of a professional photographer!
The camera is slim line and pretty light. The only thing is it doesnt come with a case but we bought one as extra.
When we were looking for a camera we spent ages looking at all the fancy ones but we wanted a good quality one. They have come down in price so much now. I wanted one with lots of features on it.
This panasonic is perfect for someone who wants good quality pictures but not pay for something completely overpriced. Its easy to download the photos onto your laptop and does this really quickly.
This camera is absolutely fantastic for my needs. Reasonably priced, good quality pictures and easy to use. I have owned it for just over 6 months and had no problems whatsoever. It takes pictures quickly, a necessity when you have a little boy whose expressions change in a second. I will say my parents have an older version of this camera which doesn't take pictures anywhere near as quick but no problems with this version. Very easy to use with a flash, zoom etc. Can crop and resize however I don't really use these features I prefer to do it on my laptop. Can easily flick through pictures you have taken. All pictures are of a good quality. I would say this camera is most suited to anyone who wants a decent camera without spending a fortune especially if you are no camera expert as it is so easy to use. Defiantly the best camera I have owned.
Honestly i'm not that into photography, but when i needed a new camera i did want a good quality one. I wanted one with lots of features and extras, with good quality pictures at a good price. Little did i know that one actually existed! This panasonic is perfect for someone who wants good quality pictures but not pay for something completely overpriced. I searched all the normal brands - a.k.a sony, samsung etc. And panasonic seemed to be getting the best reviews. So i thought why not and i bought this little number. The screen size is excellent and the zoom is great! Plus you get a great carry case. It's so simple to take pictures and videos. You just point, and shoot! Great for in the moment pictures and partys. I love taking pictures on my camera and take it everywhere i go just incase i need it for a quick snap!
I bought this camera to take on my honeymoon in January 2010, I didnt want to spend too much on a digital camera as I'm not much of a photographer and just wanted a basic camera to take holiday snaps with. I was absolutely amazed with the quality of the photos and liked all the extra features such as quick snap where you can just hold down the button and it will continuously take pictures paparazzi style. I found I took a lot more photos than usual due to the interesting things I could do with the camera, it can also take short films which again we're better than expected quality. When I returned the photo quality was so good I could make some of the nature photos into quite large canvas' without compromising the quality. Now onto the unfortunate part, in August 2010 the camera had a melt down. The zoom would not retract back into the camera and the screen became white with an error message. Nothing I could do would fix the issue and the camera had to be returned to the shop, I asked for a replacement as I was so happy with the original camera but they no longer sold this model. I received a refund and ended up buying a newer model of the same range. I would definately recommend the Lumix range to anyone looking for a good quality digital camera at a resonable pirce.
I don't claim to be a photography enthusiast - I don't know much about taking photos, and I certainly do not have the money for such a hobby - but I do like like good photographs. Some of the views and scenery that are captured through a lens is simply stunning. For me a mobile phone camera is simply not good enough for taking photos that are worth keeping, and a decent point-and-shoot is a must have for parties and gatherings.
My budget was £150 and I wanted the best I could get for this amount, despite the majority of the cameras in this price range being incredibly similar. They all have a reasonable amount of settings, they're all between 10 and 14 mega pixels, and they're all fairly compact. So what drew me to the Panasonic DMC-FS10?
The Panasonic is a good looking little camera, with a metal front and back and a silver plastic band going around the sides. The prominent branding on the camera is in fact not Panasonic, but Lumix - the brand of the lens. The back is dominated mainly by a 2.7 inch LCD, with a few controls to the side. The controls for the camera are pretty standard are easy to understand as they are clearly marked.
The lens itself is 12 mega pixels, and is Lumix branded. As I said I do not have much photography knowledge but it seems that Lumix is a very strongly regarded brand, and my own opinion of the photos I have taken back up that this is a very capable camera that takes very good shots both during the day and at night. The 5x optical zoom is more than the usual 3x, and having an extra bit of zoom often comes in handy.
Now to one of the main reasons I bought this camera. I know just enough about photo taking to know that settings such as iso control, optical image stabilization, shutter speed and scene selecting are al vital in taking a good picture, but I don't know enough to be able to use such features effectively myself. This is where Panasonic's 'Intelligent Auto' button comes in. Press this button and the camera will automatically optimise the settings so that every photo you take is as good as it can be. It also automatically detects faces, and controls the flash settings automatically It isn't just a gimmick - I find it makes photos both clearer and more vivid. It makes taking good photos a much faster process, and is certainly a killer feature for a consumer camera in my opinion.
The camera also accepts SD cards as you would expect, and a rechargeable battery is included in the box. Something that is slightly annoying is that to charge the battery, it must be taken out of the camera and put in the supplied charger. Not a something that is awful, but it is an unnecessary hassle in my opinion.
To conclude, I would without a doubt recommend this camera to anybody who wants a good point and shoot camera for a decent price. It has a brilliant feature set, and is very easy to use.
I have just recently started my degree, Architectural Technology, at Trent, and being a part photography based course I was told almost immediately that I'd need to purchase a digital camera capable of wide-angle, long-distance shooting, as well as close-up detailed shots prior to beginning.
Now this task could have been nothing short of a nightmare considering the HUGE range of digital cameras now littering the market... It's swamped. The Panasonic range however, with its highly recommended LUMIX wide-angled, high-quality lens system appeared top of many of the 'best selling', 'most recommended' forum and internet store links. The range was even suggested by no fewer than three separate friends and friends of friends as being the 'best value for money'. So, based on this I thought I'd give the DMC-FS10 a go.
Where to begin?
With all the latest gizmo's from face-recognition to HD digital video
recording, this product has everything. What I believe to be the main feature however (or perhaps it's just an ability), is the cameras ultra-quick click to capture time capability. I have honestly never seen a product perform better, and this is something you really do need - O.K. not with buildings as they tend to stay still, but with people, and small children especially, this is a necessity if you're after an un-blurred finish.
Which takes me neatly onto my next feature, anti-blur.
Basically, forget everything I just said about kids as this is the real solution. I've even tested it by moving the camera across quickly and clicking simultaneously - anti-blur cures un-recognisable images, allowing you to capture the best possible impossible situations, improbable that other cameras will catch.
When talking about features though, you can't not mention the LUMIX 28mm wide-angle, 5x optical zoom lens. If quickly changed from 12.1 mp (maximum quality) to 3 mp or less, this powerful lens will even allow 9.8x optical zoom. They're some fabulous stats considering one of these models could be yours for WELL under £150.
Now it's all good praising incredible features, but what does this device have to offer in the way of usability, or 'ease of use'?
The camera's 2.7 inch high contrast LCD screen means fantastically clear reading of menu text and previewing of photo's before they're uploaded - in any light setting. Meaning like many camera's nowadays, you have the option to clearly view, modify and if necessary delete images without docking to a computer. But are the controls just as straight-forward?
Well the main mini control panel (a total of 5 buttons) is very easy to use, with simple instructions (or directions) of buttons you need to press next displayed on the screen to the left.
The buttons themselves are rugged enough to withstand a healthy
battering without the need for a hammer and chisel to make them work (not recommended).
The zoom function is also very good, with a nice feel to the lever located around the circular action button on the top right of the device. This makes for smooth zooming when taking pictures, and especially when using the built-in HD video recorder function.
The flash function is as with most cameras, reliable and
more critically, automated
A software package disk is supplied inside the box, but as with most USB connected products, a drag and drop process can be completed easily for more novice users (as well as confident photographers looking to save time).
There are around 5 different Megapixel settings, from 12.1 to 0.5 available on the cameras options which directly affect quality/detail, and therefore change the memory size of the image when brought onto a computer.
Internal camera memory is small, so a Micro SD card is needed as usual for capturing and storing photos on the device. I purchased an 8-GB SanDisk from Amazon.co.uk for just under £10 and recommend you do the same. 8-GB is enough for many hundreds of photographs, even on a high MP setting!
The battery is removable and replacements can be bought for reasonable prices on Amazon and other sites. The battery is also charged outside the camera in a special unit designed by Panasonic to improve charging time and quality.
This also means if you have two separate batteries, one can be on charge at home, whilst you're out snapping with the other.
I haven't dropped mine yet as it's only a week old, but I wouldn't have thought it would prove too durable, as style and function have both been considered over strength. This is completely expected though, and cases range from just £5 to over £20 on Amazon alone if you're worried (as I am) about future damages.
As for button and screen durability, these look to be average,
and very similar to other products.
This camera, I should add, is NOT waterproof - so no pictures
of fishies with this one I'm afraid.
-LOOKABILITY (not sure that's a word)-
It's possible to look at this camera. And looking at it is nice.
On pictures it seems very dark, almost black, but then suddenly when it appears on your door-step it's more a dark grey colour. I really like the greyness, and the cameras curves, angles and squashed flash light fit together perfectly.
I think the most attractive element to the FS10 though, is its large, wide lens which swamps the front, making it seem like you really have got your money's worth on form and functionability (which you have!).
-CONCLUSIONABI - CONCLUSION-
Altogether a fantastic product and a fantastic purchase on my behalf. Please do the same and go for a camera with the best possible spec at the best possible price. Yes, you could spend £50 less and buy something with the same MP and zoom, but it won't be a LUMIX and it won't be the same top quality!
AMAZON : 109.97 (absolute bargain) FREE POSTAGE&PACKAGE.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10
Not wanting to spend too much money on a camera when my photographic experience is not very high, I came across this Panasonic camera a while ago for around £100. There were a few cheaper models, though this one seemed the simplest to use and that is what I needed.
This model comes in two colours that I know of; black and pink. I have the black version, though all the ins and outs will be the same in both colours.
The camera is a 12 mega pixel camera with a 28mm wide angle lens and 5x optical zoom. There are also many options to aid in the best way to take a photo; macro, portrait, scenery, night portrait, sunset and night scenery. Having a partner in the house who has much more of a photographic love than me, I know that these options are nothing compared to many more advanced cameras, though for someone like me, these many options were perfect - any more and I would be too confused to take the picture! There is also a movie function which is simple to use and both movie and picture comes out in very good quality.
The camera is very lightweight and small and thin and quite attractive in both colours. It is the perfect size to carry around with you and seems rather durable (I have dropped it a couple of times and it still works fine with barely a scratch on it).
Fully Recommended for those who are beginners like me!
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10 is a brilliant littile point and shoot. I've never been very skilled with a camera but the Lumix makes photo taking so easy. The auto detect feature will lock onto a persons face and put it into focus automatically. This even works with multiple people in frame. There are also other presets to help take pictures of high motion or low light. The controls are placed where your hands are naturally placed whilst holding a camera. The viewing screen is a decent size and is easily visible outdoors. Remaining photos and settings are clearly displayed on the screen.
The camera has a pretty high mega pixel count at 12.1 which translates into very high quality pictures. Of course this means that pictures take up more storage. The Lumix supports a variety of SD cards including SDXC and SDHC. If you use these cards viewing photos is a quicker process.
The only real weakness is the 5x optical zoom. While this probably wont be an issue for most people it means that taking photos at a distance is limited.
I'm one of those people who manages to put their thumb in every picture, or washes out even the most beautiful scenery- the Lumix enables even my inept photography to look decent!
Lets ignore specs for now and I'll just tell you how I have found this camera to perform, as a total layman in photography.
For the most basic of shots the point and click gives you a good picture, no real effort required here. The Lumix however has a huge range of 'scene modes' which allows you to even further remove thought from your photography - this sounds callous but for someone like me it is very useful. Navigating the scenery modes is simple, allowing you to switch from sunset, to baby, to food, to fireworks in the work of a few moments.
An excellent feature of this camera is the macro zoom, which allows you to take fantastic close ups - a friend of mine took a photo of a dragonfly that was so detailed you could see its eyes and mouth in the picture.
Along with the numerous scene modes, you can film videos, and take high burst pictures, as well as varying sized photos and some other nice to have effects such as frames.
This camera is easy to use, gets great results every time, and is simply fun to use - I would recommend it particularly to those of you lacking in the photography skills department for a quick solution to those blurry thumb shaped photos, but also for those of you who are already able to take a half decent photo - it is simply a great camera and at a reasonable price.
I was in desperate need of a camera after my previous Sony one had, been damaged. At first I was blown away by the pixel quality in this camera. 12.1 megapixels! Quite marginally overshadowed my last 7 megapixel one, some phones even have 7 megapixels nowadays! Anyway I bought this camera and was impressed by the many features and details in the camera. Some minor but others made a big impact on the way I take photos. Everything from the colour of your surroundings to the movement in the frame could be taken into account to create z magnificent looking photo that looks gorgeous when printed off. An especially easy task on the Lumix as the connecting process was extremely straightforward. As well as the ease of use, the camera provided a long-lasting battery and various forms of memory cards to back up my photos. This was useful for me as I had hundreds and hundreds of photos! The next thing which impressed me once more was the ruggedness of the camera. It had lasted a many drops. but sadly recently came to it's death. I think I may just buy another one.
As a total technophobe I was a bit worried about venturing into the world of digital cameras again, given my last experience with a Samsung model that broke 3 times within the space of as many months. Given that I am a bit of an idiot when it comes to photography and I want a camera that does all the work for me, I think I've done pretty well. I will totally admit to choosing this camera solely because it had a high number of mega pixels for its price range, and because you can get it in pink. This should tell you something about the extent of my photography knowledge! Will apologise for the brevity of this review in advance, this is photography from a total novices perspective, so you can't expect too much of me!
So, a bit about this camera. It's a 12mp with a 28mm wide angle lens and 5X optical zoom...not that I know a great deal about what this actually means! It has an "intelligent auto" feature for photography newbies such as myself, which chooses between several modes (macro, portrait, scenery, night portrait, night scenery and sunset) for the current situation. It films in HD and has a 2.7 inch screen. Its compatible with SD and DSHC cards.
My shallow interest in appearance was not disappointed with this camera. Its small, reasonably narrow and fairly lightweight. I would not agree with everyone else saying it will fit in a pocket, it doesn't fit comfortably in most of mine but it is a dinky little thing that will fit in a purse or combats pockets. For its price range it looks pretty solid and well made, with a brushed metal casing, its not cheap looking (unless you hate pink) and doesn't seem like one knock will break it. It comes in blue, pink, black and silver.
My OH has a more professional camera so this one was mostly for nights out, days out, taking pics of ebay items and taking pictures of my (many) pets. And I don't think I could have made a much better choice in its price bracket, even though it was pretty much pot luck me choosing this model. Most of the images I've taken have been very clear and good quality. It takes much better close-up pictures than other point and shoot digital cameras that I have previously used. Obviously if you were specialising in this sort of photography you would never choose a camera like this but for the occasional close up shot it way outperforms other cameras I've tried. I would say this camera is pretty much idiot proof, rubbish as I am at using them (and my mum is even worse) we've both taken some lovely pics with this camera. I have read a few reviews saying that its no good in dark conditions but I've taken a few pictures in poor light and aside from one or two fuzzy ones they've all turned out well. It also takes decent quality pictures when subjects are in motion, not much blurring to speak of.
The HD movie function has also been great, very clear and it also has decent sound quality.
One thing I did notice which again sets this camera apart from other digital cameras I have used is the shutter time. When you take a lot of photos of animals it can be extremely frustrating due to them constantly been on the move. Many times with other cameras I've been delighted by perfect shots only for the shutter to be so slow that the animal has moved and the camera captures a totally different image.
Battery power so far seems to be great, Panasonic suggests around 310 pictures in between charges and though I haven't counted it definitely lasts a good long while!
The menu is well thought out and easy to navigate. The zoom feature is located right next to the shutter button which is great for taking good fast snaps, again brilliant if you are taking pics of anything thats constantly on the move...pets or children I guess!
Most places I've looked at this camera it seems to be priced around £100 and I would say for the price its an absolute bargain, especially if you're not the greatest of photographers like myself. Anyone can take a good picture with this camera. It's well made and nice looking, for the price it has plenty of features and really I can't find a bad thing to say about it!
I purchased this camera in an airport when I was going away for holiday. I was just looking for a camera which was cheap but looked good enough for everything that I needed it for. After looking around for a while I thought this fitted the bill.
When I got this camera I paid £115 for it which i thought was a very good price. I had seen similar types of cameras which has an extra £50-£60 on the price tag which was baffling. This was the best priced camera there for what I wanted it for.
The camera is a 12mp digital camera which takes extremelly good quality pictures. When I seen that it was 12mp I was very suprised as the camera itself is very small so it made it even more appealing to me as it was very good but also compact.
One thing that instantly attracted me to this camera was how it looked. I think when you go and buy a camera the first thing that you notice is how it actually looks. Once I seen how it looked I decided to look more into the features and that is when I decided that this would be the camera I wanted to purchase.
The battery life is like a lot of camera's which could be better but by all means it is not very poor. I think aslong as you are sensible and switch it off when you are finished and not leave it no you will be more than comfortable with using it for the day. When you get in just re charge it and repeat the process.
Overall I was very pleased with the product that panasonic have released. With the price being what it was I expected it to just be sufficient for what I needed it for but I was wrong and it exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this to anyone who is considering spending that amount on a camera.