Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

$218
  • 14 MP
  • 16x f/3.3
  • 1/2.5" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released January, 2011
The ZS10's controls are well spaced and easy to use, but its touch screen is under used.
Rated 78% by by c|net (Mar, 2011)

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Features Key features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Back view of Panasonic DMC-ZS10 / DMC-TZ20
If you don't mind a slightly broader chassis still, Fuji also has the DSLR-styled 18x zoom S2800HD at the same price as the Canon, which is excellent value.
Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

megapixels

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14 MP
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20 MP
If you don't mind a resolution drop to 3.5 megapixels then up to 60fps is also offered.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
The TZ20 actually has a 15.1 megapixel sensor, but only uses 14.1 megapixels so that it can offer three different aspect ratios - 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 - without having to change the angle of view.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)

sensor size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Fujifilm FinePix F660 EXR
Panasonic Lumix TZ30
You can only view the results on a 3D TV (the TZ20 records standard MPO files), and although it isn't as effective as images taken with Panasonic's 3D Micro Four Thirds lens or the Fujifilm 3D W3, for example, it does create quite a convincing effect which particularly suits subjects that are close-up to the camera.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
The sensor is the same type that's found in its top full-size megazoom, the FZ100, and it's paired with Panasonic's Venus Engine FHD processor.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by c|net (Mar, 2011)

wide angle lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150
Its weight and size are approximately the same, remaining remarkably compact for its features and wide-angle lens with 16x zoom (that's wider and longer than its predecessor).
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by c|net (Mar, 2011)
The TZ20's lens isn't particularly fast at either the wide-angle setting, with a maximum aperture of f/3.3, or the telephoto setting, with a maximum aperture of f/5.9, but given the focal range on offer, we feel this is a compromise worth making.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)

aperture size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Olympus SZ-31MR
Fujifilm FinePix F660 EXR
Apertures are f3.3-6.3 wide and 5.9-6.3 telephoto.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by c|net (Mar, 2011)
For those who like to take more control, the ZS10 does offer aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and manual shooting modes.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by c|net (Mar, 2011)

zoom range

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In the face of some tough competition, Panasonic have introduced a number of key features to their flagship travel-zoom camera to try and keep it ahead of the pack.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
Not all of us might need the full extent of the zoom being offered here, but after you've used a broader than average focal range, going back to a compact with a 3x, 4x or even 7x zoom option feels a bit like trying to take pictures with one hand tied behind your back.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

body size

105 x 58 x 33 mm
106 x 69 x 40 mm
95 x 56 x 22 mm
At first glance the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 strikes you as being a little large, elongated and bulky, but it's virtually the same size and weight as the previous TZ7 model.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
The Fuji is both sleeker in design, being just 22.9mm at its 'thickest' point (to the Panasonic TZ20's 33.4mm), and altogether sexier (thanks to a double gloss finish) if you are purely looking for the best compromise of big zoom in a small camera body.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

shutter lag

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Fire the shutter when you've arrived at the composition you desire and any shutter lag is imperceptible, with a highest resolution JPEG committed to memory in around two seconds.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
The DMC-TZ20 joins the handful of Panasonic compacts to offer advanced controls over exposure, with full manual (M), aperture-priority (A) and shutter-priority (S) modes on offer, which will instantly appeal to the more experienced photographer.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)

max continuous shooting

Successor to the TZ10 model, the DMC-TZ20 has a new 14.1 megapixel MOS sensor which enables full 1080i HD movies in the AVCHD format and fast continuous shooting at either 10fps or 5ps with continuous auto-focus turned on.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
The TZ20 notably offers a bigger 16x zoom, faster continuous shooting, full 1080i HD movies, a touchscreen LCD, 3D Photo Mode and faster auto-focus system, all at the same launch price as last year's TZ10 model.
Lumix DMC-ZS10 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 16x
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
  • 24 mm
  • Records the location of your photos automatically
  • Create 3D photos to view on a 3D TV
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Create slow motion video
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 60 s

cons

  • Jan, 2011
  • 7.12 fps
  • No automatic stitching
  • 14 MP
  • 33 mm
  • 219 g
  • 105 x 58 x 33 mm

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (May, 2014)
Screen brightness automatically adjusts through 11 stages depending on light conditions at the time so hopefully the best visibility is achieved without the user having to think about it.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Feb, 2011)
The 16x zoom lens makes this one of the most versatile compacts in terms of focal range, especially as it is coupled with Panasonic's excellent POWER O.I.S system, which helps to ensure that the majority of photos taken in good light are sharp.
Rated 78%
Read the review (Mar, 2011)
The lens has good center sharpness and is reasonably consistent edge to edge.

Lens

You won't want to go back to a "standard" 35mm zoom, or even a 28mm one, after using the 24mm lens on the DMC-TZ20 - 3mm at the wide-angle end really does make a big difference.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 is a brand new premium travel-zoom camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
Nudge the physical zoom lever encircling the shutter release and the lens, which automatically starts off at its widest setting, glides through its basic 16x range in four seconds.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

Zoom

Panasonic thinks it has the answer in its Lumix DMC-TZ20 (also known as the DMC-ZS10 outside of Europe), which newly tops its 'TZ' range of so-called 'travel zooms.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
The basic specs include a 24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 16x zoom (with nano coating to reduce ghosting and flare), a 3-inch, 460K-dot resolution touch-screen LCD, and a 14-megapixel MOS sensor.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 78% by by c|net (Mar, 2011)

Video

The JPEG is visibly low res and has the appearance of a video grab, so arguably really only of value as a reference tool.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
The ability to shoot good quality still images at up to 10fps and full HD video with the use of an ultra-wide and long telephoto zoom lens, all from a camera that you can easily fit in a pocket, goes a long way to justifying its cost.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
The high-speed shooting also gets you 3D photos.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 78% by by c|net (Mar, 2011)

Image quality

Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater, High Sensitivity, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W) / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
For all its features, though, its photo quality is no better or worse than other recent high-end Panasonic point-and-shoots I've tested.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 78% by by c|net (Mar, 2011)
For really low light there's the option to switch to the High Sensitivity option amidst the scene modes, but the result is a smoothing of detail that may make you wish you hadn't bothered.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

GPS

A built-in GPS unit tracks where each photo is taken, automatically embedding the latitude and longitude in the EXIF data and also now including landmark information from over 1 million locations.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2011)
You can then go into the GPS Area Select menus and pick the correct information for your location.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 78% by by c|net (Mar, 2011)
For everyday shooting, attaching GPS information is probably not that exciting.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 | Rated 78% by by c|net (Mar, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10 / DMC-TZ20

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