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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10

By Cliff Smith


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The camera's controls are comprehensive but quite easy to use. The nine-position main mode dial holds program and manual exposure, the "intelligent auto" option, four basic scene programs (portrait, landscape, action and night portrait), movie mode and scene mode, which offers a further 15 scene programs, illustrated by some of the lamest animated icons I've seen since the days of the Commodore 64. Main shooting options such as ISO setting, white balance, picture size, AF mode, continuous shooting and image stabiliser mode are accessed via a quick one-button on-screen menu. Other often-used options are assigned to buttons on the D-pad, including flash mode, macro focusing, self-timer and exposure compensation.

The LZ10's features are surprisingly complete for a relatively low-cost camera. The AF modes include nine-area, three-area high speed, one-area high speed, single area, spot focusing and face detection. Metering options include multi-zone, centre-weighted and spot. Picture adjustment available in the main menu gives five-step control over contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction, and even the manual exposure control is more sophisticated than on many compact cameras. Aperture settings from f/3.3 to f/8.0 and shutter speeds from 60 seconds to 1/2000 of a second can be selected in 1/3EV increments.

There are a couple of unusual features. One is the "E.Zoom" button on the top panel. When pressed this immediately jumps to maximum optical zoom, and when pressed again it adds maximum digital zoom as well, even if you've wisely turned digital zoom off in the menu. This is a bit superfluous, because the LZ10 has a very good zoom control. The zoom doesn't appear to be stepped at all, and the control is sensitive enough to set the zoom to exactly where you want it, but hold it down and it zips to the far end of its range very quickly.

Another unusual feature is the LCD control, available in the quick menu. It includes an option that alters the angle of view, changing the polarization of the display to make it clearer when holding the camera above your head.

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Sarah Joyce 1

August 22, 2008, 5:12 am

I happen to own the Panasonic LZ-8, and as a professional digital camera instructor, I think that it offer a lot of bang for its low price. Just as does the Kodak Z-712 which is selling in the USA at $(US) 169.00.

Tom MacFarlane 1

August 27, 2008, 2:07 am

I recently bought the LZ10 and it is certainly a flawed camera.

I found it to be at its best at the widest setting, and also for macro work.

At it's default setting I found it to be lacking in sharpness.

The ezoom settings - unlike Canon's - are a waste of time.

The movie mode is poor.


December 10, 2008, 9:37 pm

I am a professional photographer, but don't carry my pro equipment 24-7. I need a little point-and-shoot to carry all the time.

I have a Panasonic DMC-LZ5 and it is the best-point-and-shoot camera I own! Several reasons:

1) It uses AA batteries - I buy rechargable AA's but if you travel and cannot recharge you can buy new AA batteries anywhere! I found that out the hard way while on a trip and no access to plug in dead batteries. A quick stop at a local convenience store is now my backup battery plan.

2) The 6X optical zoom exceeds MOST pocket cameras in the price range. The New LZ10 is 5X zoom and again for a pocket camera it's OK - better than most!

3) It uses SD media cards which are the most universal.

I dropped the LZ5 and need to replace my favorite pocket camera now. I'm researching the series since the LZ5 to make the right choice, but I won't get anything other than a Panasonic DMC-LZ( )filling in the blank.

I recommend it for anyone needing an easy low cost pocket camera. Most people not shooting professionally will find that this economical camera will do a fine job.


January 16, 2009, 8:47 am

Panasonic's new 10 mega pixel Touch Screen - FX520 - uses similiar internals ( with a wider lens )and it retails for $750...photoreview.com.au


They both have a great lens coupled with a undersized sensor - but the implementation and resulting features make for a pretty fine camera !


February 4, 2010, 12:00 am

My wife bought an LZ10 and her main complaint is that it eats batteries. Your review said that you only got 40 pictures from a set of new alkaline batteries, but implied that they might have been old. No they weren't! Don't use ordinary AA batteries and expect to recharge others frequently.

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