Panasonic’s LUMIX line is known for its portability, host of features and pretty good picture quality, and the LUMIX ZS10 is no different.
Featuring an exemplary 16x optical zoom, the SZ10 is perfect for getting that far away shot on vacation. Though other cameras we’ve tested in the past have included similar zooms, this camera’s built-in image stabilizer does a fantastic job of keeping those far off shots in focus. Zooming out that far can make a camera much more sensitive to movement but the ZS10 is able to take those shots very well.
The ZS10’s also features a 3.0-inch LCD touch screen that allows users to make use of standards functions but honestly didn’t find much use for it. It was generally quicker to use the camera’s actual controls anyway, so while it’s nice to have a touch screen, it doesn’t add much to the camera.
The camera’s 24-384mm lens is great for capturing those wide shots and with a resolution of 14.1-megapixels, photos generally come out pretty sharp. The one issue I found is that when shooting in Auto mode, many of the images end up looking underexposed in low-light situations. Even with the flash, images come out grainy and don’t look particularly good. However, when an area is well-lit, or when using the camera’s manual controls to make the proper adjustments, the photos looked much, much better. This was the same for shooting video; low lighting made for a terrible video but outdoors, the 1080i motion capture flourished. Movie modes include Portrait, Transform, Scenery, Low Light, Party, Film Grain and a few others, for those looking to add a bit of style to their videos.
Users will also find a 3D mode, which requires two photos to be taken, one slightly to the right of the other. The image is then saved as a .jpeg to be viewed on the camera and can then be seen in 3D on a 3D-compatible TV.
For people on vacation, or for those who like to keep track of all aspects of their photos, the ZS10 also includes GPS capabilities that allow for photos to be tagged with local time, city, state and country – a very handy feature, though you’ll want to keep an eye out on the battery since the functionality drains it a little quicker.
While the ZS10 includes 18MB of built-in memory, users will find it compatible with the SDXC memory card format which can support cards bigger than 32GB.
Overall, the ZS10 does a formidable job of pumping out quality photos. With a ton of features and a great optical zoom, it’s not hard to recommend another one of Panasonic’s LUMIX cameras. Though novice photographers will want to stay in well-lit areas, those with more experience can surely get the most out of this nice little camera.