Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10


Review posted 11/21/2003

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 is the industry's first 4-megapixel consumer digital camera with a 12x optical zoom. The high precision Leica 12x zoom is equivalent to a 35 - 420mm zoom with F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range. Panasonic's advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) enhances the camera's telephoto zoom capabilities, helping to deliver sharp, vivid images even when taking handheld telephoto shots or shooting in low light. This feature uses motion sensors, which detects even slight hand movement and integrally links the lens control to the motion of the camera to reduce jitter.

Incredibly responsive, the DMC-FZ10 captures consecutive shots nearly as quickly as a motor-driven film camera. As soon as the camera's CCD captures the image signal, Panasonic's multi-tasking Venus Engine LSI simultaneously displays images on the LCD while writing data to the memory card, significantly reducing lag time between shots. To capture sudden events as they unfold, the MEGA BURST recording feature enables consecutive rapid-fire shooting, capturing 4 frames per second with undiminished quality from frame to frame.

The DMC-FZ10 features Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes as well as Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning and Night Portrait picture modes. Single or Continuous auto focus, Spot AF Switching, AF Lock and Manual focus control with a ring on the lens barrel. Other features include High Speed and Low Speed Continuous, AE Bracketing and Timelapse recording. The camera also captures QuickTime 320 x 240 motion video at 30 or 10 frames-per-second with audio, the length is limited only by available memory space.

The DMC-FZ10's histogram feature functions like a digital light meter, providing a graphic representation of the luminance level of the pixels composing an image. By using the histogram, users can exercise more precise exposure control for quality photos. The histogram can be displayed on the camera's large, 2-inch LCD screen while an image is being recorded and also after a shot has been taken.

Power is supplied by a proprietary lithium rechargeable battery pack that is charged outside of the camera. The charger also serves as an AC power adapter and allows you to charge one battery while using another. Images and movies are stored on removable Secure Digital (SD) memory cards which are available in capacities up to 512MB.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

The Lumix DMC-FZ10 is available in silver or an all-black body



Major DMC-FZ10 Features:

  • 4-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2304 x 1728 pixels
  • Leica DC-VARIO ELMARIT 12x zoom lens, equivalent to a 35-420mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to prevent camera shake and blurring
  • Macro focus with autofocus down to 1.9 inches
  • 2-inch TFT color monitor with 130,000 pixels
  • Eye level color electronic viewfinder with dioptric adjustment
  • Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes
  • Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait picture modes
  • High Speed and Low Speed Continuous, AE Bracketing and Timelapse modes
  • 320 x 240 QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps w/audio
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 8 seconds (Shutter priority and Manual modes)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • External flash hot shoe
  • Intelligent Multiple and Spot exposure metering
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 4 presets and custom set
  • Secure Digital memory card slot, 16MB card included
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge and USB Direct-Print compatible
  • Lithium rechargeable battery, charger and AC power supply included


The high-performance Lumix DMC-FZ10 has a suggested retail price of $599.00. The camera comes with a lens hood to help diminish flare and ghosting when photographing extremely bright scenes. Other accessories included are: rechargeable battery pack and charger; 16MB SD Memory Card; AC cable; DC cable; A/V cable; USB connection cable; lens cap; carrying strap and software on CD-ROM.





Physical Views

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

The DMC-FZ10 compared in size to a standard CD disc.




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

The 12x DMC-FZ10 compared to the 10x Olympus C-750UZ.




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Lumix DMC-FZ10 Specifications

Image sensor 1/2.5", 4.23 Total Megapixel CCD, Primary Color Filter
4.0 megapixels effective
Still image JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2)
2304 x 1728
1920 x 1080 (HDTV 16:9 format)
1600 x 1200
1280 � 960
640 x 480
(Fine or Standard quality)
Digital video capture 320 x 240 @ 30 or 10 frames per second with audio
Clip length is limited only by available memory
Digital video format Motion JPEG, QuickTime MOV format
Audio capture Attach up to 10-sec audio notes to still images
Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x aspherical
f=6-72mm (35-420mm 35mm equivalent)
Constant F2.8 aperture
with Mega Optical Image Stabilization
13 elements in 8 groups (3 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces)
Digital zoom 3x
Focusing TTL Auto Focus System, Manual Focus, Normal/Macro (Dial), Spot AF On/Off (Spot Mode), Continuous AF On/Off
Normal focus range 11.8 in (W) / 6.56 ft (T) to infinity
30 cm (W) / 200 cm (T) to infinity
Macro focus minimum 1.97 in (W) / 6.56 ft (T)
5 cm (W) / 200 cm (T)
ISO sensitivity Auto / 50 / 100 / 200 / 400
White balance TTL Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/Custom Set
Exposure modes P Mode (Program)
A/S/M Mode (Aperture Priority/ Shutter Priority/ Manual)
Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Moving Image
Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation (each with Low, Standard and High)
Shutter speed 8 to 1/2000 sec Shutter priority and Manual
1 to 1/2000 sec., except Shutter Priority and Manual
Metering Intelligent Multiple / Spot (Spot Mode)
Self-timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
LCD screen 2-inch color low temperature polysilicon TFT (130,000 pixels)
Viewfinder type Electronic with diopter adjustment
Flash Manual popup with modes for: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow-sync, Fill, Forced Off
Flash Range
(at ISO 100)
11.8 in - 6.89 ft (W) / 3.94 - 6.89 ft (T)
30 cm - 2.1 m (W) / 120 cm - 2.1 m (T)
Tripod mount Yes
Data I/O connection USB 1.1
Video out NTSC or PAL
Audio out Monaural
Battery type Rechargeable 7.2v 680mAh Li-ion battery pack
Battery charger AC Adapter/Charger (Input: 100 - 240V AC)
Charging time 90 minutes maximum
Battery life 100 minutes using color LCD monitor (approx. 200 pictures)
120 minutes using electronic viewfinder (approx. 240 pictures)
Storage type(s) Secure Digital (SD), 16MB supplied / MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Cables USB and A-V cables
Software PC/Windows: SD Viewer 2.0 for DSC, Acrobat Reader, ArcSoft Suite (PhotoImpression, Panorama Maker, PhotoBase), QuickTime 5.0, USB driver

Macintosh: ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, ArcSoft PhotoBase, QuickTime 5.0

Operating temperature 0°C - 40° C
Humidity 10% - 80%
Dimensions 3.43 x 5.45 x 4.16 inches (HxWxD)
Weight 1.21 lbs (including battery and SD card)

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)


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