Panasonic SZ10 summary
Panasonic SZ10 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first launched on January of 2015. The camera houses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The SZ10 stands at #169 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #767 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personal criteria.
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Panasonic SZ10 family
The Panasonic SZ10 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can identify all past and newer models along with key specifications.
Panasonic SZ10 Gallery
You can check the SZ10 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic SZ10 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Panasonic SZ10 based on things which are normally regarded as crucial in a camera.
Panasonic SZ10 Sensor info
The sensor specification in the Panasonic SZ10 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor has 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. This ISO can be expanded electronically to a high of 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath displays the SZ10's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The SZ10 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic SZ10 dimensions
Panasonic SZ10 weighs about 0.39 lb (177 grams / 6.24 oz) & the volume of the camera is 99mm x 60mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Panasonic SZ10 is less heavy in comparison with its competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Down below is a shot of the Panasonic SZ10 beside a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view under will show you the button design on the SZ10.
Panasonic SZ10 Lens info
The SZ10 offers a built in lens and it has a focal range of 24-288mm making it a 12.0 x zoom which won't be significant however it can be handy in certain circumstances.
At the widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.1 which will be really slow and not ideal for low light circumstances and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You would also need to boost the ISO which causes noisy pictures. For the tele end, 288mm is excellent zoom and comes to f6.3 which is quite slow and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic SZ10 Connectivity
The SZ10 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
Many applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Panasonic SZ10 Video info
The highest possible video quality in the Panasonic SZ10 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You really should strive for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone socket which means that you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to find a different model if you need decent audio for your video clips.
Panasonic SZ10 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Panasonic SZ10 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Panasonic SZ10 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic SZ10 is equipped with a 3 inch tilting screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic SZ10 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Panasonic SZ10 Shutter info
Panasonic SZ10 continuous shooting rate is 1.4 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Panasonic SZ10 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic SZ10 features only integrated flash with no external flash support.
Panasonic SZ10 Autofocusing info
Panasonic SZ10 features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is useful for portrait photography.
The Sensor supports 9 focus points to pick from. Panasonic SZ10 has no manual focus. Manual focus option is useful for low light occasions or you need more precise focus control.
Panasonic SZ10 Battery life
The battery life in the Panasonic SZ10 is made to last for 200 clicks based on the CIPA requirements making it lesser compared with it's competitors. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the best (600) battery life for this range of cameras.
Here is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:
Panasonic SZ10 for various kinds of photography
The following graph displays a summary of the Panasonic SZ10 for various kinds of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Panasonic SZ10 Portrait photography features
The Panasonic SZ10 has a points total of 36 which is lousy, and means the camera is simply not good for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos & capability to use off-camera flash.
Panasonic SZ10 Street photography highlights
Getting a nice score of 70, the Panasonic SZ10 is a fine choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Panasonic SZ10 Sports photography information
A lousy sports photography points total of 35 suggests the Panasonic SZ10 is simply not good for photographing sports. A camera should have very good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic SZ10 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is pretty crucial in picking a camera for travel. All things considered, the Panasonic SZ10 gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a good fit to buy for your vacations.
Panasonic SZ10 as a Landscape photography camera
When you're looking to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic SZ10 at it's lousy grade of 42 for a landscape camera is simply not good amongst its competition.
Vlogging with Panasonic SZ10
A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic SZ10 is simply not good for vlogging as it receives a lousy rating of 32.
Panasonic SZ10 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the SZ10, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line chart listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the SZ10 compared to it's top rated competitors listed earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.