Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 Preview

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 is a budget-friendly point-and-shoot digicam that offers 16-megapixel still images and 720p HD video recording. As an entry-level camera, the focus here is on ease of use. Enter iA Mode, or Intelligent Auto mode, which combines automatic image stabilization, ISO control, exposure settings, face detection, and scene selection (i.e., optimizing the camera for certain conditions).

Selfie-lovers will also enjoy the 2.7-inch LCD monitor, which tilts up 180 degrees for perfect framing, and also "beauty effects" that defocus the background, smooth out skin texture, or even slim you down. The SZ10 also offers 15 Filter Effects that can be applied in advance -- using Creative Control -- or after the face -- using Creative Retouch.

Finally, built-in Wi-Fi and QR Code technology allows the SZ10 to connect, using the Panasonic Image app, to a compatible smartphone or tablet. From there it's easy to set up Instant Transfer for backing up your files, or to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote viewfinder (i.e., controlling your camera directly from your phone while using it as a remote display)

Panasonic LUMIX SZ10 Features
  • 12x Optical Zoom
    • 24mm ultra wide angle lens
  • 16MP CCD image sensor
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
    • Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Intelligent ISO Control
    • Intelligent Scene Selector
    • Intelligent Exposure
    • Face Detection
  • 2.7 inch large 460K-dot LCD monitor
  • Beauty Effects
    • Soft Skin
    • Defocusing
    • Slimming
  • 15 Filter Effects
    • Creative Control
    • Creative Retouch
  • Wi-Fi
  • QR Code
  • Instant Transfer

Exact pricing and availability for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 have yet to be announced.

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