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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 341 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the focus and usability. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the memory and storage. There are mixed reviews on the shutter and value for money.

lens, image quality, portability, usability, focus

low-light, features, storage, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10


Fast shooting. Two image stabilization settings. Clearly labeled controls. Real-time histogram. Sharp and crisp images.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10S Digital Camera - Silver


Photograph: Rick Rizner

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10


Well built ; Fast, stabilized 12x zoom lens ; Sharp and large LCD and electronic view-finder ; Excellent continuous-shooting modes ; Full manual controls ; Very good photo quality ; Support for add-on lenses and external flash

No AF illuminator (and therefore poor low-light focusing) ; Must use manual focus for macro shots in manual shooting modes ; Electronic view-finder can be hard to see in low light


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10PP-K


Impressive 12X, f/2.8 zoom lens with optical image stabilization; fast for a long-zoom camera; relatively broad feature set.

Poor autofocus performance in dim light; disappointing image quality; doesn't support uncompressed files.

The FZ10 offers better design and performance than many long-lens models, but its image quality is so-so.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 is the industry's first 4-megapixel consumer digital camera with a 12x optical zoom. The high precision Leica 12x zoom is equivalent to a 35 - 420mm zoom with F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range. Panasonic's...

The DMC-FZ10 features Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes as well as Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning and Night Portrait picture modes. Single or Continuous auto focus, Spot AF Switching, AF Lock and Manual focus...

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Panasonic Lumix FZ10S-K


Panasonic has been providing the industry with great home theatre products, but what many people may not be aware of is that they manufacture digital still cameras as well. These cameras are known as the Lumix series. Today we will explore their Lumix...

For delivering 8 mega pixel like images from a 4 mega pixel CCD, I think the FZ10 is a fantastic camera.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10; Big 12x Zoom Shows The Benefits Of A Built-In Image Stabilizer


With the typical 37-110mm (equivalent) optical zoom lens, it's impossible to take tight shots of distant subjects.

That's great news for anyone who enjoys shooting sports, wildlife, and performers on a distant stage, or any subject that's far from the camera. Simply zoom in to take frame filling images of the pitcher at a junior baseball game or a black bear...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10


Is this the camera ultra zoom enthusiasts have been waiting for? Read on

Love that lens: F2.8, 12X, optical image stabilization ; Very good photo quality ; Easy and fun to use ; Full manual controls ; 30 frames/sec movie mode (though still 320 x 240) ; Large, sharp LCD and EVF (though the latter is not useable in dim light)...

Some purple fringing and "jaggies" in images ; Poor low light focusing / no AF-assist lamp ; Minor redeye ; Macro mode can't be used in A/S/M mode (unless manual focus counts) ; EVF difficult to use in low light ; Unwieldy: bulky, hard to hold ; Can't...

Even with those issues, I still really like the DMC-FZ10, and I highly recommend it to those looking for a top-notch, fun-to-use ultra zoom camera.

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Consumer review by:

"Excellent compromise"


Long zoom, image stabilization, burst feature, manual controls give remarkable flexibility in a point-and-shoot camera

Manual not terribly helpful, menu very intuitive

Product Specifications

The Panasonic DMC-FZ10 is the industry's first 4-megapixel consumer digital camera with 12x optical zoom. Featuring F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range, the camera's powerful 12x zoom is equivalent to a 35 - 420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera. Its precision Leica lens, extraordinary telephoto features and no-lag processing speed enable this camera to capture every detail of distant or quick-moving subjects with superb brightness and clarity. The camera features a 1/2.5" CCD and F2.8 large-aperture Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 13 elements in 8 groups and three aspherical lenses. Legendary for rendering images with superb color reproduction and expressive depth, the Leica lens opens the door to exciting new creative possibilities, for both the first-time digital camera user and the experienced photographer. Especially important for a high zoom camera, Panasonic's advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) enhances the camera's telephoto zoom capabilities, helping to deliver sharp, vivid images even when taking handheld telephoto shots or shooting in low light. This feature uses motion sensors, which detects even slight hand movement and integrally links the lens control to the motion of the camera to reduce jitter. Unlike digital image stabilization systems, this optical system provides precise compensation with no degradation in image quality. The DMC-FZ10's new histogram feature functions like a digital light meter, providing a graphic representation of the luminance level of the pixels composing an image. By using the histogram, users can exercise more precise exposure control for quality photos. The histogram can be displayed on the unit's large, 2-inch LCD screen while an image is being recorded and also after a shot has been taken. Incredibly responsive, the DMC-FZ10 captures consecutive shots nearly as quickly as a motor-driven film camera. As soon as the camera's CCD captures the image signal, Panasonic's multi-tasking Venus Engine LSI simultaneously displays images on the LCD while writing data to the memory card, significantly reducing lag time between shots. To capture sudden events as they unfold, Panasonic's exclusive MEGA BURST recording feature enables consecutive rapid-fire shooting, capturing 4 frames per second with undiminished quality from frame to frame. The camera can also record motion images (320 x 240 pixel JPEG) in 30 or 10-frames-per-second QuickTime

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in/2in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm/5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Macro / Night portrait / Panning / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Max Focal Length:55.2mm/72mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm/6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"/1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )/7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:3
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Vivid / Warm/Black & White / Cool / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic