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I absolutely adore the Panasonic Lumix range. They have great image stabilisatiion which is just smoking if you have had too much champagne. They are also small enough to slip into an Prada evening bag.
The lens quality is incredibly good, and best of all, you hardly need the handbook . As with all Panasonic products, the camera is as simple and user- friendly as an Apple Mac.
A small lens on a compact such as this means not such good functioning in low light areas; but I have taken some beautiful shots in daylight conditions.
I love the build quality of this camera. It is as sturdy as tiny metallic brick, I once dropped mine at a premiere- and I still looked fab in all the shots!
Much gorgeousness seemingly can be purchased at a small price, and Panasonic have it licked with these Lumixes. A great little camera which is also superbly stylish and also has important features like Macro and Simple modes.
Ok - I did have to buy it a new battery so battery life is not good.
It has a great macro facility, a simple mode which has a good backlit facility ( images are not so crisp though)
Zoom is okay, not fantastic.
The flash is excellent and has the usual red eye facility.
You can buy larger size memory cards for this easily and cheaply.
The charger arrangment is a bit cumbersome, you have to remove the battery to charge- my old camera you just put the whole thing on the charger.
The viewing screen is a good size and very clear.
There is a navigation toggle at the back and you can alter most aspects by entering the menus. It is quite good for my small fingers but larger peopel might find it fiddly.
The shutter button is easy to find, there is a also a self timer.
You can zoom in on pictures you have just taken and scroll about to check.
It can do live action but it uses up the battery like mad.
I paid £90 for my camera but i think they are cheaper now.
I don't think you can go wrong with a Lumix.
Like most things, you have to learn how to use something to get the best out of it. Stick it on easy mode and it will do, just an average camera for the average photographer.
It is such a simple camera to pick up and learn, the end result is the difference between good and excellent.
I took this camera whilst on a cruise for two weeks, I took over two thousand photos either at day or night, on the boat or up a mountain. The photos speak for themselves, out of the group we were in, three of the couples had digital SLR's. This little Panasonic was the better package. No need to change bulky lenses, add filters etc, I have done that and moved away from my digital SLR as this camera can take them on and in most case match or even better the finished photo.
Options, you can easily switch to a different mode depending where you are either on the beach or on a snowy mountain, the camera will take care of the situation, or if you want a little bit more, you can play with the white balance settings etc and tweak the settings for a truly professional end result photo.
Don't be fooled by the size, this camera has an excellent lens, Panasonic use a Leica lens, a Leica camera costs more than a Panasonic and the performance is not up to the performance of a Panasonic.
Its a no brainer really, you spend a fortune on a holiday, why not spend a couple hundred pounds on a bloody good camera that captures these memories either as a photo or an excellent video clip which can be played straight back through your huge flat screen television, awesome!
As mentioned I love this camera and would not go anywhere with out it, and it fits in your top pocket!
Panasonic's TZ-series compact superzooms have been a line of successful quality travel, zoom cameras that were amazing all round. but now the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10, includes a higher-resolution sensor, GPS functionality, manual exposure modes and intelligent image processing. Also it comes at a fairly cheap price which is what i wanted just for holidays and simple walks.
Could this be the perfect travel camera?
The pictures of course are high quality and are high detailed. The optional intelligent system works well in nearly all photos like reducing noise in certain areas or increasing detail. I use this mostly in photos as occasionally it well shoot slightly worse photos but nearly always it shoots better photos in my opinion.
There is an intelligent zoom of 1.3x and an extra optical zoom of a staggering 23.5x but has lower resolution which is understandable.
Compared to the last model the 12.1 megapixels hasn't really done anything for the image quality but of course is nice but at iso 800 it looks significantly worse.
I also use this camera for video and it shoots 720p video which looks very nice but what i was most impressed was how easy it was just press the red button and you have started the video. I found it easy to play back videos on my computer and auto focus still works while filming.
Its high quality metal construction made it feel strong yet it was small enough for pockets and such. The straight forward control layout was easy to get to grip with especially for beginners like me and it took me no time to be taking decent snaps of anything and everything.
obviously if you have read my review you will know it is a great camera and is best in the the series so far although the image quality has more or less stayed the same the gps and intelligent features mixed with hd video makes this the perfect travel compaignion.
This review is also on CIAO under the account ryanz
Me and the Mrs got round to the age where we wanted a camera to take decent photos that we could get printed for the house instead of the usual camera stuff in the hand bag for nights out round town and after reading endless reviews we decided to go for this one.
I'm your typical man I like to think I know what I'm doing when it comes to taking decent photos but in reality I just point and shoot. The Camera its self has endless settings which I imagine would be usfull for people who know what they all mean but I just like the Auto setting and have yet to struggle to take and picture using this so just leave it set to this.
A couple of points i'd make would be definatley buy a second battery as we've found when looking back through the photos we've taken that day or videos we've done drain's the battery loads. With the size of the camera your already going to need a large ish case so shouldn't be a problem to carry round as its not the type of camera that you could shove in your pocket.
After looking around for quite a while, I eventually choose this camera to be my camera for the upcoming summer holidays. It has high specifications and quite a hefty price tag. In my eyes, worth every penny. The photos are so crisp, and the zoom is astonishing, along with the focus. The camera itself does not feel to delicate, it could probably take quite a bit of damage if you drop it etc. but I guess only time will tell in terms of its durability. I have never bought a camera so I cannot compare with any other cameras, but I know for sure that this is top of the range, Panasonic are a reputable make. If you are looking for a camera with great shot quality, this is the camera for you. However, the price may be a put off for some people, but if you have the money to spend it is most definitely worth it!
The Lumix DMC-TZ10 from Panasonic 's features a 12x, 25-300mm lens, AVCHD video with stereo sound and built-in GPS geo-tagging (read more about that later) . It has a massive 14.5 megapixel CCD sensor
I've never had a camera with a built-in GPS before and I have to admit it's a pretty cool idea, The camera tracks where each photo is taken, and automatically embeds the latitude and longitude in the EXIF data. Depending on what software you use, this info can be used to plot a map of all the photos you have taken over the years, which is very cool.
This camera features an Intelligent Resolution function which can also be called Intelligent Zoom on some other cameras. Basically it means you can zoom in past the 12x optical zoom and the picture will not degrade as bad as it used to on older cameras. In practice I found this worked surprisingly well, although 12x zoom is really enough anyway.
720p HD video recording of course is one of the reasons I got this camera, and the movies do look great on a big telly, especially if it is filmed in good light.
For build quality, I'd say I was impressed with the high quality metal body. The large 12x lens on the front and a large 3 inch LCD screen on the back are great. The shiny smooth handgrip on the front and the small textured area on the rear are classy, but I guess that's down to personal taste.
Quality still images.
The iA function really does work and produces great results.
Lots of scene modes to help with quick settings. Starry Sky especially is very cool.
Menu navigation is well done and simple to follow.
Good selection of Manual modes inc. Aperture and shutter speed.
Amazing 12x optical zoom, well ahead of the competition.
Solid Build quality.
There's a clicking sound when zooming on video mode, that can be heard in playback. It's not bad, but I did notice it.
GPS is a cool feature but it is a battery KILLER so beware, switch it off unless you really want the GPS features.
There is no optical viewfinder, although, who really needs one?
I bought this camera in October 2010 and I paid just under £300 for it. It is probably the most expensive camera I have ever bought. But I love it. I had a digital camera previously but it didn't have a very good zoom and I found in certain situations like, the school play, I couldn't take decent enough photos with the zoom. A friend of mine had this camera and the quality of her pictures were fantastic even when she had zoomed in. So I deceided to go for it and splash out on one of these cameras and I dont regret it. The photos I have taken are of fantastic quality and also the videos. I took videos at the school Christmas play on zoom and they have come out really well. The camera can do lots of things that to be honest I dont fully understand but it also has an auto setting for amateurs like me and I have never been dissapointed with a photograph I have taken yet. This camera is ideal for someone who doesn't know much about photography but still wants good quality photos but I am sure it is also great for someone who does know about photography as it has all sorts of settings like gps and face recognition. I would recommend it to anyone.
We bought this camera in October 2010 to replace an old Olympus as we were off on our honeymoon to Mauritius and wanted something to catch the amazing scenery. We looked at various models, including the Canon and Sony competitors but decided with this.
The optical zoom is amazing for a digital camera, and makes taking amazing photos simple. Another top feature is the HD video recording, in which you can adjust zoom whilst recording. We thought the GPS tag was a bit useless but has since proved very clever, with pins placed over a map showing where the photos were taken. Also the camera is packed with useful scenes if you want a quick solution, but you can also get right into the settings if that is what you would rather do.
We found the battery to be good, but clearly the GPS can drain it if left on. We've been delighted with the photos it has taken, and videos. I've used it to capture some great footage of fireworks which we then played on a 42 inch LCD TV, looking good!
One thing I think could be improved is the shape and feel of the camera when you hold it and also possibly the layout of the menus.
However overall we have been very happy with this camera and would certain recommend it to friends and others.
My new wife and I decided to buy a camera in the duty free before our honeymoon to New York. We had heard good reviews from other people who swear by its quality. On first impressions, it took great photos of Dixon's.
After a play on the airplane, I was ready to use it from day one. I played about with all the settings and found that it had almost too many features - exposure lengths, colour saturation, iso controls along with face recognition settings meant that I was bewildered as a photography novice. However, I soon latched onto the 'intelligent auto' setting which proved invaluable as it adjusts all of these settings for you. For example, on the Empire State Building, it automatically selected the landscape mode while pointing at the views, but when taking one of my lovely wife, it selected portrait mode (seen in the top corner).
The pictures have since been 'ooohed' and 'aaahed' over by people commenting on the quality of the photos. It almost makes me look talented!
GPS is also a useful feature.
Panasonic's TZ10 is one of the most popular compact camera models on the market at the moment and there are a good few reasons for this, which I'll try to explain below.
What are the main differences between the TZ10 and the TZ8?
Both are current models however the TZ10 has a GPS feature and can record high definition movie. Usually this makes about £50 difference to the price, however you can currently get £30 cash back from panasonic on the TZ10 bringing it down to about £220.
The TZ10 (why do camera's always have such catchy names?) is quite bulky for a compact at over 3cm deep, but the size of the zoom and the number of shooting options available justify this. Furthermore the metal body feels really well made and nicely durable although it is quite weighty which may put some people off. Whilst this is not a paticularly stylish camera it is well designed from the point of view of functionality and it is available in a number of different colours.
The zoom is very good and comes in at a 12x optical range with an additional 4x digital on top of this. This is right up there with the best zooms in a compact - infact the only bigger zoom to come to mind is the 14x optical in the canon SX210 (if you want a much bigger zoom you'll have to go up to a bridge camera). This means that this is a really good compact for getting the distance to take wildlife shots.
The camera has a full selection of manual modes which make it a good choice for the professional photographer looking for an every day camera, or even the every day user looking to further their interest in 'proper' photography but without the budget for an SLR. Of course though you still have the standard shoot modes (portrait, landscape etc) and intelligent auto which I have found is very good at detecting the type of scene you're photographing.
One thing which isn't available on many cameras (the only other one I can think of is the sony HX5) is a GPS setting. This won't be something that many people need and it does significantly drain the battery life, however it can be handy if you're on holiday and would like quite precise locations or if your memory isn't quite up to scratch.
Of course due to all these available features, this camera isn't the most simple to use - if you're coming to it from using an SLR then you should be able to pick it up pretty quickly, however if you're used to a simple point and shoot then you may spend some time studying the manual and trying to work out all the different options available to you.
For macro photos you can focus from just a couple of cm's from the subject, however if you're using the flash you'll find that it's not adequate (I'm guessing due to placement of the flash in relation to the lens) to illuminate the whole scene, as such the bottom left hand corner is too dark. As such - if you want to shoot macro you'll be best served doing so with the flash off.
Images are of a high quality - colour reproduction and contrast is good, giving true to the eye results in the vast majority of situations. Noise levels are decent, personally I found the ISO to produce useable quality results up to about 800.
The movie function is very good quality - it's fast to focus even with very rapid movement across a scene and there is the added bonus that you can zoom whilst filming, which many camera's do not allow.
Depending on where you purchase it from this camera can be bought for about £250, with an additional £30 cash back on application from panasonic.
Overall I think this is an excellent compact camera, but whether I would recommend it or not depends entirely on what you would use your camera for...
Buy if: you want a full range of manual shoot options, you need/want a good zoom
Don't buy if: you want a simple point and shoot, need something small and lightweight to stick in your pocket