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Panasonic Lumix ZS10 Image Quality

The Panasonic ZS10 features, controls and performance are excellent. However, I am not in love with the image quality. The exposure and color are good but the actual image quality isn’t as good as I think it should be.

Panasonic Lumix ZS10 - Tourist In Zurich

Many of my ZS10 images have a mushy watercolory look and obvious noise – even photos shot outdoors at ISO 100. I’ve actually seen this in a lot of Panasonic compact cameras so it doesn’t come as a surprise to me in the ZS10. There are comparable pocket superzoom cameras that have better image quality (Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and Nikon Coolpix S8100). If the ZS10′s image quality were a little better it would be the obvious top choice because it has the best feature set and performance of all the pocket superzooms. To be fair, even though the image quality isn’t as good as I’d like, I’m still very happy with the majority of the photos I took with the ZS10. By no means does the image quality make it a bad camera. You’ll just have to evaluate for yourself whether you’re willing to trade a little image quality for the ZS10′s 16x Leica zoom lens, touchscreen LCD and fast 10 FPS burst rate. Take a good look through the included sample photos and decide for yourself if the ZS10′s image quality will work for you.

Panasonic Lumix ZS10 - Riva del garda Alley - ISO 800 Panasonic Lumix ZS10 - On The Lift - ISO 3200 Panasonic Lumix ZS10 - Spring In Salt Lake City
Panasonic Lumix ZS10 - Me And Josh Panasonic Lumix ZS10 - Mountain Bike Bride Panasonic Lumix ZS10 - Downtown San Francisco

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Panasonic Lumix ZS10 Studio Test Images
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  • Photo-John says:

    I forgot to include this in the review so I thought I’d just add it as a comment. If you like the features, size and performance of the Panasonic ZS10 but the $350 street price is a bit steep for your wallet, check out the Panasonic ZS8. It’s basicallly the same camera as the ZS10 but without the built-in GPS and for about $100 less. So if you don’t care about GPS-tagging in your photos or you can’t afford the ZS10, the ZS8 is the way to go.

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