Any comments on the Panasonic FZ10?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by normanstrong, Feb 2, 2004.

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    normanstrong Guest

    I haven't been able to find any recent reviews on this camera, which
    seems to have most all the features I need in a digital camera. In
    particular, has anyone found out any serious drawbacks to the camera?
    My main use will be for portraiture, with display sized results in the
    11 x 14 and larger sizes.


    Norm Strong
    normanstrong, Feb 2, 2004
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    Linda_N Guest

    When I asked about Panasonic DMC FZ10 not so long ago the only downfall that
    was mentioned was that it is not so good for indoor shots. Other than that
    the users seemed to be very pleased with their Z10 (and even the older Z1).
    If you search the group for FZ10 you will get a few recent threads. In one
    of those threads a fellow named Hans posts a link to his FZ1 travel
    photography site that has tons of examples of what the older model could do.
    Assume that the newer model (FZ10) is even better.

    Linda_N, Feb 2, 2004
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    Paul H. Guest

    Norm, here's a link to a Japanese site with a few pictures showing what
    can be done with the FZ10 in the hands of a professional photographer. I
    think the photos-- even the low-light ones- compare very favorably with
    those taken with far more expensive cameras.
    The biggest drawback to the FZ-10 I can think of is the absence of a RAW (or
    even a TIF) mode.

    Thumb #6 points to a portait shot showing excellent detail (look at
    individual hair strands) with skin tones that are warm and quite
    realistic-looking. Reflections from the nose and shoulder-point are a tad
    over-exposed, but other than that it's a good portrait. If you blow up the
    eye on YOUR left as you look at the properly-oriented photo, you can quite
    clearly make out in the model's iris the reflections of the photographer and
    another person standing behind him.
    Paul H., Feb 3, 2004
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    Ray Guest

    Been waiting for some time for a decent IS mega zoom cam above the 10x
    level (to retire my current Oly E100RS) and the FZ10 is it. I have had mine
    for a little over a week, and while I find it to not be perfect in every
    aspect, it looks as though it will do just fine.

    The lack of an eyecup around the viewfinder is a big minus for bright
    daylight shooting (I am getting a workaround for this via an after market
    eyecup I found on Ebay).Also the burst mode freezes the action in both the
    viewfinder and LCD so you have to estimate where the subject will be, while
    panning. Then there is the use of a proprietary battery, and finally the
    lack of indoor focus assist light, are the only minuses I have come across
    so far. The Image Stabilizer works beautifully and indoor shots while
    tricky, are also nice from what I have taken so far. It is very fast camera
    which makes using the burst mode ok because you can zero back in on the
    action in a little over 2 seconds as this processor in this cam is lightning
    fast so that will be ok too. The images overall are pretty well exposed,
    lifelike and crisp in all environments and need little enhancing. I will be
    putting up a page dedicated to this new cam shortly. Needless to say I
    bought mine through a mail order company for 499 (US model) delivered, a
    pretty good bang for your buck as I remember paying over $900 back in 2001
    for a (pathetically slow) Canon Pro 90IS.

    Ray, Feb 3, 2004
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    Ray Guest

    Ray, Feb 3, 2004
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    Linda_N Guest

    Ditto on that for me too, Ray. Your point on description is very helpful, bo
    th pros and cons.

    Linda_N, Feb 4, 2004
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