The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 is a digital camera available for around £200 in the United Kingdom, or $300 in United States. It is been out a while now, and has now been succeeded by a slightly more specced up model, the Panasonic DMC-TZ30EB-K. However it now offers excellent value for money and has had good feedback on sites like Amazon. In this article we will look at the Panasonic Lumix TZ10; its specification, positives and negatives to find out whether it's worth buying.
The core specification of the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 is:
- A 12.1 megapixel sensor
- 12 times optical zoom
- 25 mm wide-angle lens
- 3 inch LCD
- GPS geo-tagging
The image performance of the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 is good; with many claiming the quality is comparable to that of some digital SLR's. The pictures are sharp and the wide-angle lens allows you to take better panoramic shots.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 can take video in a mode called AVCHD Lite; this claim is to double the recording time whilst producing quality similar to that of 1080p. Most people claim that the quality of this is closer to 720p but I doubt you would notice the difference unless you really looked for it.
Design and ergonomics
The design of the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 is a traditional compact, which allows it to be slim enough to put into large pockets in bags or in jackets. The 3 inch screen is large enough to be seen easily and makes it easy to take photos. The build quality of this camera is excellent which is what would be expected from a company like Panasonic.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 also has a GPS mode for geo-tagging photographs. This mode is useful when on holiday and you want to remember where you took the photograph. It also allows you to integrate this information into programs like iPhoto or Flickr, which can make it interesting if you visit the same location and take the same photograph year after year to see the changes. The battery life of this camera should enable it to take around 180 photos on each charge.
- Sharp pictures
- GPS for geotagging
- 3 inch LCD screen
- Image stabilization on the lens
- Could potentially drop in price further
- AVCHD isn’t supported in some editing programs
- Not slim enough to be comfortably kept in jeans pockets
Is the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 right for you?
The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 is a good camera available for a very good price. The updated model will inevitably add more features, but it will cost much more. I think that this camera is suitable for most people, especially if you want to go on holiday and geotag pictures.
Before you buy any camera you should always attempt to try it in a shop. This is to see how well you can hold the camera, whether the buttons are comfortable to use and functionality of the camera like shutter speed. You should also look out for any special deals or offers, as some stores may be trying to clear their stock of this camera for a discount price ready for the next model.
If you liked this review then you may also want to read about the Canon IXUS 115 HS, the Nikon Coolpix S3100, the FinePix HS20EXR, Sony DSCW570 Cyber-Shot , the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 and the Canon IXUS 220 HS.
Do you like the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 digital camera? Have you bought one? Do you think the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 was a good buy? Feel free to leave a comment below.