Panasonic/Lumix FZ10

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Stuart Walker, Aug 14, 2004.

  1. Has anyone any experience of the Panasonic FZ10 camera?

    It seems to have a very good spec but is hard to track down in shops to play
    with. I am primarily interested in Shutter Lag times but I haven't seen any
    reviews that list its various times. Imaging-resource.com seem to be the
    best site I have found for giving you the low down on every aspect of a
    camera, but they carry no Panasonic reviews at the moment.

    It seems strange that the world's best lens manufacturer would link up with
    a new kid on the block in photography. Do they know something about
    Panasonic technology that most of us don't.

    Stuart
     
    Stuart Walker, Aug 14, 2004
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    Harlen Ng Guest

    Ritz Camera / Wolf Camera let me take their loaner home
    for an overnight testing. I bought it.
     
    Harlen Ng, Aug 14, 2004
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    Clyde Torres Guest

    High end Panasonics are great cameras with probably the best lenses on the
    market for rangefinders. The lens on the DMC-FZ10 is a very good lens, but
    I would wait until the DMC-FZ20 comes out. Panasonic has improved their
    video engine drastically, and you will see this improvement in the FZ20.
    The FZ10 is no slouch, though. If I weren't into dSLR photography, I would
    definitely buy a high end Panasonic camera.

    Panasonic makes some of the best electronics in the world. If a company
    like Leica enters into an agreement with them to produce their cameras, then
    they will demand the highest quality, of which Panasonic is capable of
    delivering. They have done a great job of packaging both the DMC-LC1 and
    DMC-FZ10. You will not be disappointed. I was a Canon and Nikon
    aficionado, but I have switched when it comes to rangefinders.

    Clyde
     
    Clyde Torres, Aug 14, 2004
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    Dave Devine Guest

    The current issue of the German magazine c't (computer magazine) gives
    the following timings for the FZ10:

    Startup time: 4.8 seconds
    Shutter lag: 1 second

    The review is largely very positive, with good marks for the lens and
    the image stabilization, in particular.

    Other comments include fast flash recharge times, precise, moderately
    fast autofocus, mediocre 2" TFT, image in electronic viewfinder tiny,
    fast save times and shot-to-shot times.

    Dave
     
    Dave Devine, Aug 14, 2004
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  5. bought an FZ10 a couple of months ago and still putting it through its
    paces. resolution, sharpness, contrast and acutance are ok, what you'd
    expect of a leica lens - only there's a lot of barrel distortion on wide
    angle.
    all in all, a nice camera if you need both extreme tele and stabilisation,
    but panasonic should have made up their minds if they aim for the prosumer
    market, or just plain old point-and-shoot.
    no, there's no appreciable shutter lag, thank God!
     
    Yehuda Paradise, Aug 14, 2004
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    There's an extensive review of this camera (and most other
    cameras too) at Steve's digicams. See:
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_reviews/fz10.html

    Here's an excerpt from Steve's conclusions:

    "The shooting performance of the FZ10 is good. Power-on
    to first shot captured measured five seconds, with
    about half of that time consumed by the physical
    extension of the lens. While that is not responsive
    enough to capture unposed impromptu moments, it's a
    compromise made for having a large zoom lens. Shutter
    lag, the delay between depressing the shutter and
    capturing the image, was a respectable 2/10 second
    when pre-focused but an average 9/10 second including
    autofocus time. Auto focus time gets longer as the
    focal length increases or in poor lighting."

    There's a lot more there too.
     
    Alan Meyer, Aug 14, 2004
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    Dave Devine Guest

    Hi Hans-Georg,

    I just dug around on their site to find a description of the test
    procedure. This time does indeed include focussing time. Good call!

    Dave
     
    Dave Devine, Aug 14, 2004
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