Panasonic DMC TZ10

TZ10 is a compact superzoom from Panasonic which improves the popular Lumix TZ line with GPS and geo Tags and the Power O.I.S  image stabilization system.

Panasonic TZ 10 is equipped with a 1/2.33 CCD sensor with 12.1 megapixels and is capable of recording AVCHD Lite HD movies. Also the camera features LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens capable of 12x optical zoom. The lens unit is built very compact but have 10 elements in 8 groups, including 2 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces which for the size of the camera sounds pretty good. Also the large zoom can be used in both photo and video mode.

TZ10 comes with a new image-processing engine called Venus Engine HD II which offers better response times : the shutter release time lag is stated to be 0.006 seconds.

The location data where the photo was taken is automatically embedded by the  built-in GPS unit with its latitude and longitude in the EXIF data.

Panasonic TZ 10 Specifications:

  • image sensor:  1/2.33″ Type CCD, 14.5 million pixels total, 12.1 million effective pixels
  • Video Mode: AVCHD Lite up to 1280×720 pixels @ 30fps
  • optical zoom: 12x
  • lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR, 25 – 300mm (35mm equiv.), f=4.1-49.2mm
  • Image stabilization: Power O.I.S lens-shift stabilization
  • ISO sensitivity: up to 6400
  • Continuous shooting: 2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images
  • ViewFinder: No
  • LCD monitor: 3.0″ TFT LCD Display, 460k dots
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, miniHDMI, AV Output
Panasonic Lumix TZ10 digital camera versions picture

Panasonic Lumix TZ10 colors

You can find more details about TZ10 on the official Panasonic Lumix Website

Panasonic DMC TZ10 Reviews

Here are the most popular reviews of Panasonic Lumix TZ10 digital cameras.

TrustedReviews  features a TZ10 review and the camera receives 10 out of 10 points for  build quality and features with 8 points for image quality. They found the video quality to be good in decent light and they were impressed by the audio quality  of the footage. Also the Power OIS optical image stabilisation system gets appreciated and rated extremely effective. The verdict is straight forward:

The Panasonic Lumic DMC-TZ10 is a well-designed, solidly built and extremely versatile camera with a lot of useful features. The 12x zoom, optical image stabilisation, HD video and excellent low light performance are the main benefits, and manual exposure is a nice bonus. The GPS feature is a bit of a gimmick, and drains the battery too fast to be much real use.

Another great TZ10 review come from Photography Blog. They found the GPS feature improved over the older models but ometimes the user needs to  manually update the satellite lock whic affects the battery life. The 12x zoom is appreciated and the image quality is rated as “very good” with 4 points out of 5. The camera gets 5/5 points for features and gets the “Highly recommended”  award:

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 is an excellent travel-zoom camera, with the notable additions of manual shooting modes and GPS tracking sure to continue the TZ success story….

…There aren’t too many compact cameras that offer such a compelling combination of size, features, image quality and handling, easily making the TZ10 deserving of our Highly Recommended award.

Another great Panasonic TZ10 review comes from CameraLabs. They appreciate the big optical zoom and the compact body of the camera.  Also they appreciate the manual exposure controls, the good looking lcd screen, the HD movie recording and the new image stabilization system. Overall the camera gets 87% score and the “Highly Recommended” Badge :

Panasonic may no longer have the compact super-zoom market to itself, but the latest Lumix TZ10 / ZS7 remains a highly compelling camera that’s likely to sell by the bucket-load…There’s very little this camera won’t do

Another shorter review comes from PocketLint. They write:

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 provides a superb general snapping tool in terms of the subjects its lens focal length can encompass. Image quality is on a par with similar cameras and the features list is particularly impressive at the price too making the TZ10 great value for money.

Here are more pictures of the Panasonic TZ10 digital camera

Panasonic TZ 10 camera views - Controls and LCD screen

Panasonic Lumix TZ10 controls and LCD

Panasonic HDC-MDH1 pro camcorder

Panasonic HDC-MDH-1  is a shoulder mount shooting camera shaped for pro-style shooting (professional style). The MDH1 is the entry level camera from Panasonic for professional video shooting. It cam record both  Full HD and Standard Definition footage. For HD recording it uses the known AVCHD format and for storage it uses the SD cards (compatible with SDHC and SDXC memory cards). An external stereo microphone is included in the basic kit together with a long life Life 5h 5min  battery.

Panasonic HDC-MDH-1 Specifications:

  • Built-in Zoom Microphone
  • 35.8mm Wide-Angle
  • HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • Image Sensor: 1/4.1″ MOS, 3.32 Megapixels
  • Lenses: Panasonic, F1.8(WIDE) / 2.6(TELE)
  • Optical Zoom: 16.8x
  • Low Light: 4.0 lx (1/25 Low Light scene mode) and 1 lx (Color Night View)
  • camera weight: approx. 1800g

Panasonic HDC MDH1 Camcorder

Your can read more about MDH 1 camcorder on this panasonic webpage.

This new entry level camera replaces the old SD, miniDV model Panasonic NV-MD10000 which was a bestseller for quite a time.

You can see a comparison video sample between NV-MD10000 and Panasonic HDC-MDH1 on youtube. Also you can watch a full hd sample from the same user.

Ricoh GXR with Leica Lens Mount

Ricoh GXR will have its own mount for Leica lens. Introduced back in late 2009, the GXR DSLR digital camera from Ricoh introduced an unique modular design. It makes use of an innovative slide-in mount system used to attach interchangeable units  that integrate the image sensor, image processor and the lens. This offered a better image quality as the lens and the sensor are tuned to work together and achieving the best performance. Last year the new GXR modular design was awarded with the ‘Innovative Imaging Product of the Year’ by Australia’s Camera Magazine.

The new mount will make the GXR users able to add new series of lenses (like Leica M) but losing the sensor-lens integration feature.

The mount will come with 12.9 megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C size / 23.6 mm × 15.7 mm) and a new focal plane shutter.

As announced by Ricoh, the GXR Lens Mount Unit will be available in September with price to be announced.  You can get the Leica M mounts for about 240$ these days.

Ricoh GXR digital camera

Ricoh GXR modular camera

You can read a nice Ricoh GXR review at TrustedReviews where the camera gets 8 point for build quality and 5 points (out of 10) for image quality:

While the GXR is well made, technically proficient and has good overall performance, the very high price of the lens/sensor units and the disappointing image quality shown by the test unit, as well as the unreliable autofocus system…

Ricoh CX5 compact superzoom camera

The new CX5 from Ricoh is a compact superzoom featuring wide angle lens and up to 10.7x optical zoom. It also features better focusing time than its predecessors : as low as 0.2sec (or both wide-angle 28 mm and telephoto 300 mm) grace of the new hybrid AF system developed by Ricoh.

The camera comes with a 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor with fluorine coat to prevent soiling, a hard coat to prevent scratches, and an anti-reflection (AR) coat designed to protect the screen against dirt and damage.

The CX5 digital camera can also shoot movies at 720p resolution and is equipped with HDMI connectors.

Ricoh CX5 specifications:

  • camera sensor: 1/2.3″ Type CMOS, 10 Megapixel
  • lens:  28 – 300mm (35mm equiv)
  • zoom : 10.7x optical zoom
  • autofocus: Contrast AF method with AF auxiliary light
  • ISO: 80-3200
  • weight: 176g (without rechargeable battery DB-100)

Ricoh CX5 images:

Ricoh CX5  front

Ricoh CX5 front

Ricoh CX5 compact=

Ricoh CX5 Top

Ricoh CX5 superzoom LCD screen

Ricoh CX5 Back


Samsung ST6500 digital camera

Samsung ST6500 is the latest addition to Samsung’s design-led camera portfolio with an angled design,  camera body being curved around the lens for a more ergonomic usage.

Samsung ST6500 specifications: the new camera is equipped with a  16 megapixel sensor (sensor size: 1/2.33″ CCD),  26mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom, a  wide 3.0” multi-purpose LCD touch screen (featuring the new Smart Touch 3.0 User Interface) and 720p HD video recording

The camera will be available from march and the price will be around $229.

Check these ST6500 digital camera images to see if the new body-design convince you.

Samsung ST6500

Samsung ST6500

Samsung camera: ST6500

Samsung ST6500 image 2

Sony Cyber Shot HX9V

The new Sony HX9v  digital cameras from HX series shares most of its specifications with the flagship HX100V model but comes in another form factor.

The main difference is the use of Sony G lenses instead of  Carl Zeiss used in its big brother.

The optical zoom is also limited to 16x optical.

Sony HX9v  digital camera specifications:

  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation with Active Mode
  • One-touch Full HD video
  • 16.2 effective megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor – 1/2.3 type (7.77mm)
  • 3.0” 921,000-dot XtraFine LCD with wide viewing angle
  • GPS/Compass
  • 3D Sweep Panorama, 3D Still Image and Sweep Multi Angle
Sony CyberShot HX9V digital camera

Sony CyberShot HX9V

Sony Cyber-shot HX100V

The new Sony Cyber-shot  HX100V is the new company flagship equipped with Vario-Sonnar lens by Carl Zeiss with 30x optical zoom and Active Mode optical stabilisation. The lens also comes with   T* coating and Sony claims that this  virtually eliminates flare.

The camera is build to resemble by body shape and controls with the professional DSLR design but in a much lighter form.

Sony Cyber Shot HX100V digital camera

Sony CyberShot HX100

Sony Cyber-shot HX100V Specifications

  • image sensor: 16.2 effective megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor 1/2.3 type (7.77mm)
  • screen: 3.0” 921,000-dot XtraFine LCD with wide viewing angle
  • DSLR-class high-speed Autofocus
  • GPS/Compass with geotagging
  • 3D Sweep Panorama, 3D Still Image and Sweep Multi Angle
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode captures super-size scenes
  • manual control ring (for adjusting Zoom or Focus)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

The newest member of Panasonic’s Lumix ZS series is the new DMC ZS10. The new Panasonic ZS10 digital camera features a 24mm ultra wide angle an up to 16x optical Zoom which is available on video mode too. The camera comes equipped with a built-in GPS module for geotagging

Other Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS10 Specifications:

  • image sensor: 14.1-megapixel MOS with Venus Engine FHD image processor
  • lenses: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
  • video recording: full-High Definition 1920×1080 video
  • screen: 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD featuring Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback
  • other features: Motion Deblur, POWER OIS, Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure

You will be able to buy a new ZS10 camera starting March 2011. The price was not announced yet.

Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS10 digital camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3

Panasonic DMC TS3 is the newest rugged lumix digital camera. The new Lumix model is specially designed for active users and comes with some nice features like 1920 x 1080 full-High Definition videos, a built-in GPS function, a compass, altimeter and barometer.

Some other DMC-TS3 camera specifications:

  • image sensor: 12.1-megapixel Hi Speed CCD
  • image processor: Venus Engine FHD
  • lenses: 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
  • optical zoom: 4.6x (available on video mode too)
  • screen: 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD, featuring wide-viewing angle and Anti-Reflection coating
  • colors: red, orange, silver, and blue

The new Lumix model will be available in March 2011. Price will be announced soon.

The new Panasonic Lumic TS3 rugged camera

Panasonic Lumix TS3

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