Product Type: Panasonic digital cameras
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10
Member Name: ElectricDaisy
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10
Advantages: Clear pictures, clear movies, decent sound, easy to navigate, and very very cute
Disadvantages: I cannot think of 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!
Summary: Don't judge a book by its (very pretty) cover
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