What We Think
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 is certainly a great camera, but the new “intelligent” image processing isn’t actually all that “intelligent”.
The GPS and manual exposure modes are steps forward that more advanced photographers have wished for from Panasonic, but the softness of the images and the poor definition are certainly not.
However, for the casual snapper the photos that this camera can capture are more than perfect for the family holiday facebook photo album.
The Panasonic TZ10 Digital Camera is a great camera and the picture quality is crystal clear in daylight. However, if you get up to around 8x magnification you will start to notice colour bleeding and noise around the edges of objects which isn’t good enough for the professional photographer.
At night the quality wavers. In the dark the pictures are equally impressive because of the strong flash. Nonetheless, there is a lot of blurring if you’re taking a snap in a changeable light situation. This is down to the long shutter speeds and this means that the picture takes longer to “develop” within the camera because it cannot take in as much light as other cameras. However, in order to counter this the shutter stays open for around 1-2 seconds meaning that anything that moves during this time is shown as a blur.
You can change the setting to the Intelligent Auto mode which will lower the quality of the image but capture the scene quicker. If you’re looking for clear night photos you’ll end up with a couple of blurry photos before you get the one worth keeping.
Furthermore, it is pretty straight forward to use and most users will be able to just point and click and get adequate photos. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of information given on the more professional settings provided such as aperture or shutter speed options.
Nonetheless, this camera is great value for money and for the portable point and shoot market this is most definitely a winner.
The Pansonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 boasts a high-resolution sensor, GPS, manual exposure modes and even though it seems to be aimed at the more advanced travel shooter it could still be the ultimate travel camera for everyone considering its at a pretty spectacular price of £230.