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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10

By Cliff Smith

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It's always nice to see a camera design where just as much attention has been paid to handling as to appearance. The FS10 is a good looking camera, but it still handles extremely well. The controls are small but clearly labelled and sensibly laid out, leaving plenty of room to hold the camera, and the flash is positioned well clear of any obstructing fingers when holding the camera. The buttons all operate with a nice positive 'click', and Panasonic's trademark slider switches are solidly mounted and operate smoothly. The zoom control is particularly nice. It isn't stepped, and has a proportional speed control, so it moves faster the longer you hold it. This means that it is possible to frame shots precisely, while still zooming in fast when needed.

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As with all of Panasonic's compacts the FS10 has a dual menu system; a quick menu for often-used shooting settings including image stabilisation mode, drive mode, AF mode, white balance, ISO and image size, as well as a main menu which duplicates all of these and adds camera set-up options. Despite its impressive specification the FS10 is a pretty basic point-and-shoot camera, so it does lack a few useful features, for instance it has no metering options, relying only on multi-zone evaluative metering. The AF options are also very simple, with only multi-zone, centre-zone or face priority. There are a few colour options and automatic red-eye correction, but that's about it for the camera's features. The camera's main shooting mode is the novice-friendly Intelligent Auto mode, and there is a dedicated button on the top of the camera to activate this mode for easy automatic operation.

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The FS10 does have 720p HD video recording at 30fps with mono audio, but then so does just about every camera on the market by this point. Video clips are restricted to 8mins 24 secs in length at full resolution, and it has to be said that the audio quality is not very good. As usual the optical zoom cannot be used while recording.

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.

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Splogbust

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....

Premfab

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.

amz07

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

JrRRr76

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.")





JrRRr

ahmedmo

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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