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Panasonic Lumix TZ10 review

A 12.1MP superzoom compact with built-in GPS tagging

Our Verdict

For

  • 12x zoom
  • GPS tagging
  • Great image quality

Against

  • No RAW mode

The long-zoom area in the compact camera market is a keenly contested marketplace. With the the Canon SX20 IS, Fujifilm Finepix F80 EXR, Casio EX-FH100 and Ricoh CX3 among the strong offerings on show, the TZ10 has some tough competition.

Rising to the challenge, Panasonic has gone all out, making sure the TZ10 has enough headline features - 25mm ultra wide angle, 12x optical zoom, built-in GPS, full manual control and Intelligent Resolution Technology to help to keep them champions of the long-zoom camp.

You might notice the TZ10's specs have been mimicked almost exactly by Leica's new V-LUX 20. That's no coincidence - Panasonic also manufacture compact cameras for Leica.

Albeit a few negligible differences (firmware, movie recording format, aesthetics) the camera's are identical. Leica are charging £495 for the V-LUX 20, where as you can buy a TZ10 for around £250.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)218 g
Flash Memory Capacity15 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Total Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height59.6 mm
Width103.3 mm
Depth32.6 mm
Autofocus Points11
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.10 mm to 49.20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ10
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ10 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCTZ10EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 12.1-megapixel DMC-TZ10 features a 25mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm) in a compact body. The 25mm wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens. The powerful 12x zoom can also be used in motion picture recording. In 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 23.4x by using the center part of the CCD.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ10 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker