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Panasonic Lumix TZ10 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

by Panasonic
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)



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  • LUMIX super zoom digital camera with intelligent auto mode and optical image stabilizer
  • 12.1 megapixel, 25mm Wide-angle 12x optical zoom with LEICA DC lens
  • Intelligent resolution technology and 16x intelligent zoom
  • HD movie in AVCHD Lite and HDMI compatibility featuring VIERA television link
  • Travel mode with GPS for easy organizing images of travel


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.3 x 6 cm ; 195 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: DMC-TZ10EB-K
  • ASIN: B0031MA0ZE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,767 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Panasonic's multiple award winning TZ series is pleased to welcome a new addition to the family. Sporting key features fundamental to the TZ success story – including AVCHD Lite HD movie recording capability, a 25mm ultra wide angle and powerful 12x optical zoom in a compact body – the TZ10 goes one step further to offer users built-in GPS and full manual control.

Lumix G2 Wins Best Travel Compact Camera 2010/11 EISA Award

The Lumix TZ10 has been awarded the
Best Travel Compact Camera 2010/11 EISA Award

Lumix TZ10 Winner of the Best Travel Compact Camera 2010/11 EISA Award

The Lumix TZ10 has been awarded the prestigious Best Travel Compact Camera 2010/11 EISA (European Imaging Sound Association) Award. The panel stated: "The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ10 represents a big step forward for the company’s TZ series. Beyond all the auto and user-selectable specialised scene options - with new Pinhole and Film Grain modes - the TZ10 offers the more traditional P/S/A/M shooting modes for greater control and increased creativity. As a travel camera, the inclusion of GPS and geo-tagging is very welcome, while the 12x 25-300mm Leica DC Vario-Elmar zoom lens offers focal lengths for every occasion. The feature set is completed with AVCHD Lite video recording. And, better still, it all fits very easily into your pocket".

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Ultra Compact Zoom

With a strong heritage, this fourth generation TZ model features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens with a 12x optical zoom. A high quality lens like this, with a range from 25mm to 300mm[1], is almost inconceivable in such a small, lightweight camera.

The new model has a 14.5-megapixel CCD and shoots with up to 12.1-megapixel resolution. This enables multi-aspect shooting that can reproduce images taken with the lens set from 25mm to 300mm in any of three aspect ratios - 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 - so you can always capture dynamic, richly expressive shots with a wide perspective. The Multi Aspect mode lets you to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously then choose the one that best suits your scene after shooting -perfect for when you want to take a picture for widescreen TV use but also to make conventional prints.

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Never Forget your Location with Built-in GPS Function

Panasonic’s TZ series has received world wide acclaim as an excellent travel companion because of a wide shooting range and hybrid recording capability of high quality photo and movie. The new TZ10 further enhances its value by adding a built-in GPS unit into the camera.

Manual Exposure for More Control

The TZ10's iA mode is the perfect camera for every user to be able to take beautiful shots effortlessly. Going one step further, the TZ10 also features manual control for advanced expressive photo shooting. It has A(Aperture Priority) / S(Shutter Speed Priority) / M (Manual Exposure) modes for advanced users to enjoy the creative shots depending on the subject or the scene by controlling the shutter speed and aperture. Each of these modes and iA mode can be quickly set by the mode dial on the top of the camera unit.

HD Movie

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In addition to Motion JPEG images[4], the DMC-TZ10 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite. It allows almost doubling of the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the newly added Intelligent Resolution technology. The TZ10 also features Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful motion images with outstanding stereo sound, and further offers a one-touch movie button for instant recording of videos.

Power Optical Image  Stabiliisation in action

Introducing new POWER O.I.S

Panasonic has incorporated Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. In iA mode the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments. Just press, aim and shoot. This mode is now further advanced with the inclusion of r advanced image stabilization system POWER O.I.S. and Intelligent Resolution technology for the DMC-TZ10.

A 3.0-inch, Super High Resolution 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD for Easy Viewing

The TZ10 is equipped with a 3.0-inch, super high resolution 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle and AR (Anti-Reflection) coating. The screen brightness automatically adjusts in 11 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a small photo and video viewer, allowing the user and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.

Continuing to push the boundaries and providing consumers with additional features to be proud of, such as GPS and manual control, users will be finding more reasons to go on holiday to enjoy the new model than ever before.


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Customer Reviews

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804 of 811 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 14 Mar 2010
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Good points
Fantastic sharp pics
Fantasatic sharp motion pics in AVCHD LITE
The iA function does all the hard work for you, and it really works.
All the scene modes work and do what they are ment to. (some cameras dont seem to make much difference)
The starry sky mode is brilliant. (must use a tripod though)
Really easy menu to follow.
Battery lasts longer than I thought, some of the reveiws I have read did not give it much of a good rating, but i have had the GPS mode off and not tried it yet.
The Manual mode lets you change Aperture and shutter speed etc, but unless you know what you are doing with them there is not much point.
The 12x optical zoom is very good.
Build quality is excellent.
The software provided does a good job.

Bad points
Hard to keep your fingers away from the AF light on the front corner.
The AVCHD "LITE" (different to standard AVCHD)video files are not recognised by the older editing programs, I have had to upgrade my "Corel videostudio 12" to corel videostudio pro x3.
Quite annoying that the price will rapidly drop in a few months, so if you can wait,you will save a few quid.

Fantastic bit of kit

UPDATE

You do get a slight clicking sound when you are zooming on video mode, and you can clearly hear it in playback.
When playing back the HD AVCHD movie clip on a large TV screen, you do get slight blocking, but still very good.
When you order a new battery, (which you will) make sure the model number of the battery ends with the letter E, IF NOT IT WILL NOT WORK.
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339 of 342 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine Camera 10 May 2010
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This certainly deserves a 5 star rating and I'm not sure if one of the previous reviewers had a defective unit as I don't recognise the description at all.

I've used DSLRs for over 4 years now and I was dying for a product that I could take with me (on occasions when a DSLR would not work) that approached DSLR levels of image quality. This is undoubtedly it. As a previous reviewer notes, the intelligent auto function is approximately 10 times more effective than the auto options on other digital cameras. Most of the time you really can point and click.

My battery life on medium to average use (say about 150-200 pictures in a day) was about a day and a half. I don't think that's unusual. I think the default setting for GPS is to check location about every 10 minutes or so - if you increase the frequency of checking it will drain the battery. In any event, I didn't find battery life a problem and the GPS feature does add some fun to looking at pictures in Picasa.

I just wanted to mention another feature that's great - the 16:9 picture mode. I know cameras increasingly have this, but it really does let you create amazing desktop wallpapers for your PC.

The AVCHD video quality is good as long as you don't expect it to approach 1080p/full hd video quality (obviously, since its effectively 720p). It isn't shabby for a compact though. AVCHD playback is widely available with Windows 7 (the codec is included) so I wouldn't worry about compatibility.

Very satisfied with my purchase, even though I paid more for it than it currently retails for.
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412 of 416 people found the following review helpful
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Having spent many weeks doing much research regarding my next camera purchase, I finally settled on the Lumix TZ10 a few weeks ago. I'm very glad that I did.

Firstly, let me start with my requirements. I wanted a camera that first and foremost took quality still photos and HD video. Beyond that, I wanted manual control over shutter speed and exposure for creative photography, plus a wide angle lens. All of this I ideally wanted in a compact camera that would still fit in your pocket.

The Lumix TZ10 ticked all the boxes and after reading exceptionally favourable professional reviews online I took the plunge.

I can now safely say that I am delighted with this camera. The intelligent auto mode generally works well if you don't want to fiddle too much with the other settings, and the dedicated one touch record button enables HD recording instantly.
Most people already know this, but bear in mind that the camera does not ship with an SDHC card or a HDMI mini cable. You will have to purchase both of these separately. I strongly recommend a card with "class 6" speed or later or you will find any HD videos "jerky" on playback.

Image quality is excellent all round (the 16x intelligent zoom also makes great use of the dreaded digital zoom) and surprisingly so for a compact, is still very good in low light. There are an abundance of scene modes to choose from if you wish, plus the ability to select and store your own presets using the mode dial.
You also get the choice of three different aspect ratios, 4:3, 16:9 and 3:2. Taking photos is 16:9 widescreen resolution will of course mean the absence of those annoying black bars down the side when viewing on a widescreen TV!

Remember as well that you can set up face recognition for up to six people.
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146 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in its class. 25 May 2010
By Nick D.
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A little known fact is that Panasonic now makes most of Leica's small compact cameras. The quality you get with a genuine Leica, which is extraordinary, is now available in a Panasonic Lumix - but at 50% of the cost. Even so, the asking price of this camera is hardly cheap but I'd say it is worth every penny. The lens is excellent. The build quality excellent. Battery life is good. Photographs can easily be transferred from the industry standard memory stick to a computer. And it is easy to use with controls and a menu system that are ideal. Having owned Sony, Canon and Olympus compact cameras, I think this Lumix is in another league. Ultimately, if picture quality boils down to the lens, and i think it does, then this little camera as good as it gets before you need to buy an SLR.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent camera. Fits in pocket but then so does my phone!
Published 13 hours ago by Oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera
Great camera and photos top notch.
Published 1 day ago by Geoff Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars as I absolutely love it.
Wouldn't be without this, time for me to upgrade to a newer model, as I absolutely love it.
Published 10 days ago by June Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic Lumix TZ10 Digital Camera
Up until earlier this year my review would have been 5 stars probably, but I dropped it on holiday, a foot onto a hard surface and it wouldn't then switch on. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. G. T. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Camera Digital
Really excellent little camera. We find it easy to use, easy to upload photos, not a masters degree needed to use it, but masterful photos taken!
Published 4 months ago by C
4.0 out of 5 stars Good camera
Good price and good sturdy camera. It has various different settings which one needs to get used to. Night pictures are not always amazing though.
Published 4 months ago by Dark Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing camera, even now.
Simple to use. Carry it everywhere. I can pack a great pic in about 10 seconds from observing something interesting. Light and compact. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DefibDuncan
5.0 out of 5 stars TZ stands for travel zoom. It has been great for that job.
I purchased a TZ10 in late 2010. Mostly because it had GPS. I travel often & with this & a previous camera have amassed 20,000 plus images. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Biker one
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Product but so many problems
I purchased this camera two years ago for around 270.00. At first it performed fantastically. Photo andvideo quality excellent for a camera in its class. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Lumix TZ10
Easy to use with pretty good results. Just wanted a "point & press" camera & this camera serves this purpose.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. MA. Greenfield
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