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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10 review




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  • Aluminium build
  • Ultra compact design
  • HD video recording
  • Great value


  • Slowish autofocus
  • Barrel distortion at wide angle
  • Mono audio on video
  • Screen doesn't have best viewing angles

Key Features

  • 12.1-megapixel
  • Ultra compact
  • 5x zoom lens (28-140mm)
  • Aluminium body
  • HD video
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: £99.98

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At the end of last year I reviewed the Panasonic FS62, a budget-priced 10MP 4x zoom ultra compact, and one of the cheapest cameras on the market to feature optical image stabilisation. The FS62 was – and still is – the base model of Panasonic's extensive and growing range of consumer compacts (currently 20 models), but it's not the only bargain. For those of you looking for a slightly better specification Panasonic has recently launched the FS10, a 12.1-megapixel ultra-compact which features a 5x zoom lens equivalent to 28-140mm, a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, 720p HD video recording and optical image stabilisation. It's currently selling for around £139, which is a very good price for that specification.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10 front angle

By way of a comparison, the new Canon IXUS 105 (12.1MP, 4x zoom) will be available for £189, while the IXUS 110 IS with a similar spec is £265. The 12MP, 5x zoom Nikon S570 is £135, but that has no image stabilisation. The Nikon S640 does have mechanical IS, but it costs £180. However you look at it, the FS10 offers a lot of camera for the money.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10 front

Often with low-cost cameras corners will be cut on build quality, but happily this is not the case with the FS10. It has a well-finished all-aluminium body with a similar overall design to the new range-topping FS33 (£299), which was launched at the same time. It measures 98.4 x 55.2 x 23.4 mm and weighs 145g including card and battery, so it's small and light enough to slip into a shirt pocket for a night out. It's available in black, turquoise blue, bright pink and the plain silver finish shown here.

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February 14, 2010, 12:21 am

Looks interesting, but prepare yourself for a moan, or at least a question / lack of understanding etc.:

the ISO tests - are these are done in natural light, hence the 1 second exposure time at ISO80 or whatever? If so - pretty impressive as far as this camera is concerned at least, but there have been occasions when (go on, quote them! no, i can't remember them etc. but if pressed I could dredge them up) the ISO tests that have been 'impressive' have shown too much noise in my opinion, possibly due to too long an exposure time. As performances of cameras /ccd / cmos also seem to vary with exposure time then the test you appear to be performing may be as much dependent on the weather as the camera! (yes, I know, overstatement - you can shoot me down if you like - I'm cruising in a Fokker.... no, a Hurricane)

Regards etc.

PS, this is my favourite camera review site, so sorry about shooting at you. I have my parachute ready....


February 16, 2010, 1:03 am

Got one of these for my daughter as a present. I am utterly amazed. This is way superior to the rubbish Casio, Kodak, Samsung that I had bought before. I am most definately a Panasonic convert.


March 4, 2010, 5:21 am

Cliff mate , your the expert in cameras and im a novice so please help me make a decision as to which camera i should buy. Im stuck between the Panasonic FS26 and Panasonic FS10.

Price wise their ok. I will use the camera for taking stills but many of them will be in low light so which camera will do best. I also want the images i take to be clear which nice rich colours. In addition to this i will be taking video. Are the cameras good in low light and how bad is the microphone on the fs10. Please give me your opinion on which camera you think I should pick. Thank you very much


April 17, 2010, 6:09 pm

Quote from page 2 in the review: "My only real complaint about the FS10 is the LCD monitor, which has a rather narrow angle of view by modern standards. It's not too bad horizontally, but tilt the camera up or down and the screen becomes very dark, inverting completely by about 45 degrees, which is annoying if you need to hold the camera over the heads of a crowd."

Was this observed when "High angle mode" was on? (Quote from advertisement: "The High-angle mode makes the LCD screen extremely easy to view when the camera is held high, such as when shooting over a crowd.")



June 28, 2010, 6:40 pm

Hello there,I have read the reviews for the lumix FS10 and the Lumix FS62. Both cameras are extremely good and I am pleased with both. I am left with a dilemma of which camera to purchase. I need a camera that can record good quality videos and take good quality pictures,as you've already mentioned above, both are wonderful, I just need a little bit of advice on which camera to purchase. Thank you

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