The Panasonic Lumix ZS10 sports a wide 16x optical Leica DC Vario-Elmar zoom lens. Made up of 12 elements in 10 groups, it has a 35mm equivalent of 24-384mm and maximum aperture of F3.3 - 5.9. This huge 16x optical zoom completely folds up inside the compact body when the camera is turned off to prevent it from damages.
A small flash unit has been added to the camera to assist you in your low-light shooting situations. It has a range of up to approx. 15ft. (W) at ISO auto and operates in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Sync modes.
The top of the camera is full of controls and features, including the GPS, speaker and stereo microphone all on the left side. On the right side is the power switch, video recording button, shutter with zoom controls and the mode dial. Shown above you can see that the mode dial consists of full auto and manual modes, custom scene shooting modes and even a 3D mode.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot touch LCD screen. Unlike most touch screen cameras, the screen is not the main source for you menu navigation. Touch focus and zoom are the main features in shooting mode. The rest of the controls are built into the camera body next to the LCD.
Controls on back: At the top is the playback/rec mode switch. Next is the exposure button which allows you to change the exposure modes with the 4-way controller. The 4-way controller acts as shortcuts to the more popular camera settings when you are not in the menus or changing the exposures. These settings include Exposure Compensation, Flash, Macro and the Self-Timer. At the bottom are the DISPlay and Quick Menu buttons.
The ZS10 comes with two I/O ports. The top is the mini HDMI port for
connecting the camera to your HDTV, and the bottom is the AV OUT/DIGITAL
port. These ports allow the camera to be connected to a television or
computer for saving or to watch videos or display images on a larger
screen. With the USB cable, you can also plug the camera directly into
you Pictbridge compliant printer for direct printing options.
Storing your images is done on either a SD, SDHC or SDXC card. With the camera's burst and HD capture abilities, a class 6 or higher SDHC/SDXC card is recommended. The camera is shown here with a class 10, 8GB PNY Pro SDHC card.
Powering the ZS10 is a 3.7V, 895mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. It provides enough power to capture up to 260 images on a single charge. Also included is a portable quick charger that allows you to keep your battery and a spare charged and ready at all times.
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