By Elias Plastiras PC World Australia | on July 19, 2010
Pros: Big lens, lovely bokeh effect, great for macros, built-in GPS, dedicated exposure button.
Cons: Images look soft, images get noisy above ISO 200, maximum aperture of only f/6.3.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ10 is one of the most feature-packed and versatile point-and-shoot digital cameras on the market. It ships with a big lens, has lots of automatic features that make it easy to use as well manual modes for when you want to get creative, and even includes a built-in GPS receiver so that you can see where your pictures were taken.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ10: Image quality
Images shot with the Lumix DMC-TZ10 are good enough for social media sites and prints up to A4 in size, but pictures do look a little soft and highlights tend to get blown out — especially in iAUTO mode. Chromatic aberration is also noticeable in high contrast areas and can be a consequence of overexposure. Basically, while the iAUTO mode is very useful it won't work magic; you'll still have to make sure your subject is properly lit and you may even have to fight with the manual modes to find the optimum exposure.
Colours are captured well, and this difficult scene is mostly well illuminated, but the bright sky shows clear chromatic aberration against the tree branches.
This is another difficult scene, but the camera has done well to capture the colours just as we intended, without overcompensating.
While the Lumix DMC-TZ10 camera captures colours accurately, the softness and haloing in some instances will be too noticeable, and if you want to crop your images then you'll end up with displeasing results. Viewing photos at their full size will show a lack of definition as well as discoloured pixels. The lack of definition will be accentuated if you've taken photos at full zoom, where camera shake, coupled with a small aperture, can also contribute to blurriness.
On bright days the tele-zoom can come in handy, especially if you're a plane spotter.
But you won't want to crop too much out of the photo, otherwise it will end up looking very poorly defined.
One of the things the small Lumix DMC-TZ10 camera does surprisingly well is create a lovely bokeh effect when you're shooting objects at a shallow depth of field. Macro photography is one of its strong suits and you can get nice and close to your subject — within a few millimetres — to capture plenty of detail.
We love the round bokeh effect of the sun reflecting off the roof tiles in the background. But the branch in the foreground still looks soft.
Despite the softness of its images and the poor definition when you examine the photos closely, the Lumix DMC-TZ10 is a much better camera than the DMC-TZ8 and the inclusion of a GPS device makes it an even better proposition for travellers than previous travel zoom models. It also has improved controls compared to the TZ8. We like its close-up capabilities and depth of field characteristics, and the big zoom can definitely come in handy when you want to shoot close up details while visiting Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, for example.