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#1
Finally they reduce it to a more normal price! May have to wait until pay day though... :-p
#2
Bewarned, the flash is very weak so for indoor pics the camera raises the iso and you get lots of noise on people's faces. Good for outdoor shots though.
#3
Was waiting for the price to drop on this,also I was waiting for my £20 lovefilm voucher,to make it even cheaper.£20 e-voucher hasn't been sent yet,so have ordered anyway,don't want to risk the price going back up.I will use the voucher,when it comes,for an extra battery from amazon.
#4
Brilliant camera. Image quality better than my Nikon SLR. Don' know about the flash but the gps feature is a bit battery hungry. Advise spare battery though
1 Like #5
I have one. It is a great camera.
#6
Sooooooooooooooo tempting!
#7
its a great camera, i think the gps is the only think that sucks.. it found me at the Dutch TT Assen track, but not Skegness!
Great price, i sent a copy of my receipt to panasonic and got a cheque back for £30!
HEAT
#8
I recently bought one of these, great camera

Edited By: souljacker on Jun 08, 2011 12:11
#9
That's disappointing news about the flash there... I've been watching the prices on the TZ's for a couple of years, and reading nothing but good reviews.

The main problem I have is that despite the great zoom features etc on these, I would want to take decent shots inside too.

Can anyone recommend a similar one that has better flash or f point performance for indoor? Is there one TZ that stands above the others, even?
3 Likes #10
NikLP
That's disappointing news about the flash there... I've been watching the prices on the TZ's for a couple of years, and reading nothing but good reviews.

The main problem I have is that despite the great zoom features etc on these, I would want to take decent shots inside too.

Can anyone recommend a similar one that has better flash or f point performance for indoor? Is there one TZ that stands above the others, even?

I would go and check out independent reviews, I wouldn't settle with someone's opinion here :)
#12
dark_shadow
NikLP
That's disappointing news about the flash there... I've been watching the prices on the TZ's for a couple of years, and reading nothing but good reviews.

The main problem I have is that despite the great zoom features etc on these, I would want to take decent shots inside too.

Can anyone recommend a similar one that has better flash or f point performance for indoor? Is there one TZ that stands above the others, even?
I would go and check out independent reviews, I wouldn't settle with someone's opinion here :)

I agree , ive got one and theres nothing wrong with the flash on mine.
#13
seanyd
dark_shadow
NikLP
That's disappointing news about the flash there... I've been watching the prices on the TZ's for a couple of years, and reading nothing but good reviews.

The main problem I have is that despite the great zoom features etc on these, I would want to take decent shots inside too.

Can anyone recommend a similar one that has better flash or f point performance for indoor? Is there one TZ that stands above the others, even?

I would go and check out independent reviews, I wouldn't settle with someone's opinion here :)


I agree , ive got one and theres nothing wrong with the flash on mine.


Yeah u cant just settle with one persons opinion. i got this camera and its great, both outdoors and indoors. a lot of people say gps sucks battery but not on mine. i recently went to my holiday and gps was on all the time and it didnt disappoint me at all.

some reviews HERE

Edited By: imsraj on Jun 08, 2011 12:32
#14
nice one - really good set of cameras
#15
ok, high ISO produces grainy photos in this camera due to the size of the sensor, so as all pocket size cameras. if this bothers you, there is an option to limit the maximum ISO in the setting.
If u take lots of video with this camera, getting a second battery is definitely useful.
I own a sony HD camcorder and a nikon D3 SLR and I am just sicked and tired of lugging my camera bag on family holidays, so on the last family trip to Disney Orlando, I left everything behind and took just the TZ10.
familiarise yrself with the various manual functions if u wanna be creative


Edited By: sonasang on Jun 08, 2011 12:54
3 Likes #16
I also have a TZ10 and would recommend it. However, beware of the reviews. As you would expect, all the reviews compare it to other superzoom cameras and in this context it is a very strong performer. However, if you are used to a "normal" 3 x zoom compact from Canon / Sony etc., this does not deliver the same picture quality. Essentially you are substituting some picture quality for the convenience of a superzoom. If you compare a non-superzoom compact picture next to one from the TZ10, you will find that the TZ10 is softer with lower levels of detail and more noise. For most people, the convenience of the superzoom outweighs the lower picture quality.
#17
When was this camera released, any idea?
#18
thanks! ordered!
#19
alintatoc
When was this camera released, any idea?


March 2010
#20
I bought mine around May last year. I was great for my road trip around Florida last summer, I had a second battery as I wanted to enable the GPS and record HD video.

I'd agree that the indoor shots are not great. My Panasonic FZ38 was much better.
#21
Been following this for a while as my weapon of choice, though I typically have no cash when it comes down to a reasonable price. dammit!
#22
Do all Panasonic TZ cameras use their own battery packs? Would much prefer to use rechargeable AA's.
#23
Lowtrawler
I also have a TZ10 and would recommend it. However, beware of the reviews. As you would expect, all the reviews compare it to other superzoom cameras and in this context it is a very strong performer. However, if you are used to a "normal" 3 x zoom compact from Canon / Sony etc., this does not deliver the same picture quality. Essentially you are substituting some picture quality for the convenience of a superzoom. If you compare a non-superzoom compact picture next to one from the TZ10, you will find that the TZ10 is softer with lower levels of detail and more noise. For most people, the convenience of the superzoom outweighs the lower picture quality.


I had this camera for a couple of weeks, and was unhappy at the amount of noise when you blow-up a picture you've taken, even at low ISOs and with noise reduction, which makes the high resolution a little redundant. The pictures did however look great on a 22" monitor, even when they had been taken at top camera zoom - it's just when you blow-up any bigger that the noise becomes obvious.

If Lowtrawler or anyone else could recommend a similar compact with better sensitivity and good indoor/low light performance I'd be grateful (I like to take my camera to clubs and gigs).
#24
Lowtrawler
I also have a TZ10 and would recommend it. However, beware of the reviews. As you would expect, all the reviews compare it to other superzoom cameras and in this context it is a very strong performer. However, if you are used to a "normal" 3 x zoom compact from Canon / Sony etc., this does not deliver the same picture quality. Essentially you are substituting some picture quality for the convenience of a superzoom. If you compare a non-superzoom compact picture next to one from the TZ10, you will find that the TZ10 is softer with lower levels of detail and more noise. For most people, the convenience of the superzoom outweighs the lower picture quality.


Many thanks for this explanation. I have a Pentax Optio 550 with a 5x zoom that is now quite an old camera, and wanting a bigger zoom I have tried 2 different versions of the Lumix superzoom over the past few years. I have had to return the Lumix both times as I have been very disappointed with the 'clarity' of the picture compared with those from my old camera. Now I understand why!
#25
morgaine
Lowtrawler
I also have a TZ10 and would recommend it. However, beware of the reviews. As you would expect, all the reviews compare it to other superzoom cameras and in this context it is a very strong performer. However, if you are used to a "normal" 3 x zoom compact from Canon / Sony etc., this does not deliver the same picture quality. Essentially you are substituting some picture quality for the convenience of a superzoom. If you compare a non-superzoom compact picture next to one from the TZ10, you will find that the TZ10 is softer with lower levels of detail and more noise. For most people, the convenience of the superzoom outweighs the lower picture quality.


Many thanks for this explanation. I have a Pentax Optio 550 with a 5x zoom that is now quite an old camera, and wanting a bigger zoom I have tried 2 different versions of the Lumix superzoom over the past few years. I have had to return the Lumix both times as I have been very disappointed with the 'clarity' of the picture compared with those from my old camera. Now I understand why!


If you pop into your local Jessops/Jacobs (possibly camera specialist) with a SD card they will normally let you take some snaps on the display cameras. You can then take these home and examine them to see which is best for your requirements. While it may be difficult to replicate low light conditions at this time of year (shop will close before it gets dark outside), you can atleast get an idea of which works best at the focal lengths you use most.

Failing that you may want to consider the 4/3rds (or bridge) systems, although I don't believe any telephoto lenses have been released for them yet.

With superzoom compacts, you just have to accept there will always be a compromise trying to fit such a large focal range into such a small package :( (otherwise nobody would lug around a DSLR :D).
1 Like #26
Assuming you don't require the GPS function, it may be worth considering the TZ9, which is being cleared at £149 by DSG.
Other cameras to consider at a similar price are Sony HX5 (£179 @ Jessops/DSG), Samsung WB650 (£149 @ Currys/DSG), Olympus SZ 10 (£144 @ Novatech), Olympus SZ 20 (£149 @ Jessops).

The two Olympus are new, so there aren't many reviews. They are feature packed, with sweep panoramic and 3D functionality. Although I'm not sure the sweep function is of the same quality as Sony's. The plastics also feel slightly cheaper on the Olympus (I've seen display models of the SZ 20 and SZ 30). Reviews of the rest suggest their isn't much between them and which you prefer will be down to how you prioritise the various features each offers over the other. My experience of playing with them in store bares this out.

(Currently searching for a Camera for the GF, so thought I may aswell share my findings to date).

Edited By: Mentos on Jun 08, 2011 14:52: .
#27
Anyone know how this compares to the Samsung ST1000 GPS compact camera? Can pick one of those up for around the same price or less.
#28
edredw
Anyone know how this compares to the Samsung ST1000 GPS compact camera? Can pick one of those up for around the same price or less.


While they are both compacts, they are different segments of the market. First decide which segment of the market suits you, and then compare cameras within that segment. Do you need the focal length range this Camera offers? Or are you happy with 5x zoom? Is pocketability at the top of your list, or image quality? ETC........
#29
Cumbrian Hammer
Was waiting for the price to drop on this,also I was waiting for my £20 lovefilm voucher,to make it even cheaper.£20 e-voucher hasn't been sent yet,so have ordered anyway,don't want to risk the price going back up.I will use the voucher,when it comes,for an extra battery from amazon.
1 Like #30
battery lasted forever.....I never used spare one since I bought camera + extra battery
#31
It seems curry etc have pulled the tz9 from sale, no longer available online but I haven't checked store. I'm also tempted with the Sammy's as many reviews agree they are the only ones that come close to the Panny's.

Can anyone confirm image quality on anything smaller than A4 size?

There's a few reconditiined tz8's in eBay for £120 at the moment as well.

Still this is a good deal for the tz10!
#32
Montasura
It seems curry etc have pulled the tz9 from sale, no longer available online but I haven't checked store. I'm also tempted with the Sammy's as many reviews agree they are the only ones that come close to the Panny's.

Can anyone confirm image quality on anything smaller than A4 size?

There's a few reconditiined tz8's in eBay for £120 at the moment as well.

Still this is a good deal for the tz10!

It depends how fussy you are. I can notice the difference in quality even at 7"x 5". However, for family photography, it is perfectly acceptable. If you want the quality. Go for a 3 x zoom Sony or Canon. Not only will it be cheaper but it will deliver the extra quality you would be looking for.
#33
If you like me are into image quality then none of todays compacts can deliver as well as older ones. Too many pixels on small sensors. If you want quality than look at older 5-6MP used cameras. But if you are happy printing small then these cameras are great.
1 Like #34
Montasura
It seems curry etc have pulled the tz9 from sale, no longer available online but I haven't checked store. I'm also tempted with the Sammy's as many reviews agree they are the only ones that come close to the Panny's.

Can anyone confirm image quality on anything smaller than A4 size?

There's a few reconditiined tz8's in eBay for £120 at the moment as well.

Still this is a good deal for the tz10!


They still have it in some stores and if you're flying anytime soon it may be worth calling the Dixons Travel at the airport in question, as they are doing the TZ9 for £125 (provided its in stock). Moreover, for those that can claim this as a business purchase, VAT is still reclaimable provided the flight is within the EU (or you opt for home delivery). Obviously this only applies to VAT reg'd businesses.

Edited By: Mentos on Jun 08, 2011 15:45
#35
A lot of it would be family photography and some scenery stuff. I liked the idea of a superzoom but not so sure now as I'd be looking some decent quality prints etc. but the extra zoom is ideal for sports days and the like.
#36
Thanks for the useful posts. I was about to buy one of these but really don't need all that zoom and wouldn't like to trade picture quality for it. Anyone recommend a good compact for image quality especially with good low light performance
1 Like #37
got it from november 2010
check the video it can make

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-0-Sb_6U5g
#38
Montasura
A lot of it would be family photography and some scenery stuff. I liked the idea of a superzoom but not so sure now as I'd be looking some decent quality prints etc. but the extra zoom is ideal for sports days and the like.


Some of these maybe a little slow at the top end for sports and nature. Although it would still be better then not getting the shot at all.

Also WRT picture quality they aren't poor, they are just not the best. Most people probably wouldn't notice the difference as they don't make large prints and the large focal range limits the need for cropping later.

IMO if you need the focal length the compromise is worth it. If not, then save your money and go for another camera.
#39
I bought one for my daughter and she loves it. If anyone is interested a spare battery (compatable one) is £7.99 from seven day shop:-

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=106838

and 16gb SDHC memory card for £13.99 from Play.com. To make best of camera u need a class 6 - this is class 10:-


http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/19666791/Play-com-16GB-SDHC-Class-10-Memory-Card/Product.html?searchtype=allproducts&searchsource=0&searchstring=Play.com+SDHC+16gb&urlrefer=search
P :)

Edited By: pill on Jun 08, 2011 16:24
#40
Flombard
Thanks for the useful posts. I was about to buy one of these but really don't need all that zoom and wouldn't like to trade picture quality for it. Anyone recommend a good compact for image quality especially with good low light performance

Try the Canon Digital IXUS 300 HS. It can be had for around the £180 mark. It doesn't overdo the pixel count and comes with a fast f2 lens and a speedy continuous shooting mode which is good for sports.

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