Competition in long zoom, compact camera making is getting tougher with the passage of time. Leading manufacturers like Fujifilm, Casio, Canon and Panasonic are individually trying to leave others far behind in this industry. Today, I am going to review a super zoom compact camera made by Panasonic called Lumix TZ10. let us have a look at its specs and features.
- Type: Point and shoot
- Dimensions: 4.07 in x 2.35 in x 1.28 in
- Weight: 7.69 ounces
- Viewfinder type: LCD
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Screen type: LCD (Active, Color)
- Camera effective resolution: 12.1 MP
- Sensor type: CCD
- Mage stabilization; optical
- ISO Modes: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
- Optical zoom: 12x
- Aperture: 3.3 – 4.9
- Focal length: 4.1 – 49.2 mm
- Intelligent zoom: 16x
- Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
- 2-speed zoom
- Optical image stabilizer: Power O.I.S.
- Digital zoom: 4x
- Focus range display
- AF assist lamp
- Flash: Internal
- Internal memory: 15 MB
- Memory card: SD (SDHC)
- Video recording
Let us begin with the screen. It is a 3 inches LCD that is present on the back side of camera and shows vivid and sharp picture. The lens in this compact camera is a 25 mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR and has a commendable 12x optical zoom. This super zoom and optical image stabilization work great together. Another notable feature is its GPS tagging.
This superb feature can be switched on and off (according to your preference and choice) through the menu system. When it is turned on, it records the time at which you take a picture. Also, it records particular geographic details of the area where you take the picture. Try the genius system of TZ10 while you are out of your country; it will set the local time of the place (where you presently are) automatically. It will show you name of the area, the town and landmark (its memory covers 500,000 landmarks present in 73 countries worldwide). This feature is surely going to attract habitual tourists as it makes organizing albums easier than ever before.
Shooting modes include manual, shutter priority and aperture priority. These modes will attract serious photographers towards this compact camera. Also, there are two scene modes for customization. Overall, there are 32 shooting modes. Perhaps the best mode is Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Mode, which does everything by itself and gives you best results. It optimizes ISO, scene setting, face detection, image stabilization and quick auto focus. The face detection feature can remember up to 5 faces.
All of the camera’s important functions are applicable in the video shooting mode, too. This is amazingly nice feature. Camera records pretty nice video with good audio quality. This compact, super zoom, GPS active camera can be bought for a very nice and adequate price of £250.
Product’s Unique Selling Points:
- Manual controls
- Nicely priced
- Wonderful image quality
- 12x zoom
- GPS tagging both in still picture mode and video recording mode
- Works well for serious photographers
- No RAW mode