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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10

By Cliff Smith

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

The FS10 has astonishingly good performance for such a relatively cheap camera. It can start up and take a picture in approximately 2.5 seconds, and in single-shot mode it has a shot-to-shot time of approximately 1.6 seconds, which is very quick by any standard, and faster than some cameras costing twice as much. In continuous shooting mode it is even faster, zipping along at nearly two frames a second, and apparently able to keep it up until the memory card is full. The only very small fly in the ointment is the autofocus system, which is a little bit on the slow side, but only when compared to other more expensive cameras. It works well in low light though, and the camera has a good AF assist lamp with a range of around three metres.

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In terms of image quality the FS10 performs very well, although it's not going to be making any LX3 owners regret their purchase. The lens doesn't bear the Leica brand name of Panasonic's more expensive cameras, probably because it does suffer from quite significant barrel distortion at wide angle, however the edge-to-edge sharpness is very good and there is almost no chromatic aberration. As usual with 12MP ultra-compacts the FS10 is lacking in dynamic range, and has no contrast compensation to correct this, so high-contrast or back-lit shots do lack shadow and highlight detail.

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Colour rendition and exposure metering are very accurate and reliable, and image noise is also handled well. The noise reduction system does cause some loss of fine detail at 400 ISO, but even at 800 ISO colour gradients are relatively smooth and images are far from disappointing. All in all the FS10 performs exceptionally well for the money.

Verdict

With the Lumix DMC-FS10 Panasonic proves once again that its budget cameras are every bit as good as its more expensive prestige models. The FS10 has an excellent specification for the price, and backs it up with superior build quality, outstanding performance and very good picture quality. Once again it's top marks for value.

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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