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The Panasonic GF3 is even smaller than its predecessor, the GF2, by approximately 16.7% in size and 16.2% in weight, measuring 107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5mm and weighing 222g without a lens attached or battery inserted. With a pancake lens like Panasonic’s own 14mm f/2.5 fitted, the GF3 is about the same size as a typical fixed-lens compact camera, even though it boasts a much bigger sensor. The GF3 is not much bigger than the LX5 compact, mostly through the lack of a shooting mode dial and several other external controls, and the adoption of touchscreen technology.
Importantly this significant reduction in size makes the GF3 smaller than the diminutive Sony NEX 5 and 3 compact system cameras, which additionally suffer in comparison by not having a built-in flash unit. Indeed, Panasonic claims that the GF3 2 “breaks the record of being the world’s smallest and lightest system camera”, although the newly-announced Olympus E-PM1 gives it a run for its money. If you’re looking for the smallest possible compact system camera, then the Panasonic GF3 certainly fits the bill.
The main changes versus the GF2 – apart from the obvious size/weight reduction and design overhaul – include the omission of the flash hot-shoe / accessory terminal and the rear-mounted thumb-wheel, and the inclusion of a scroll wheel around the four-way pad, a first on a Panasonic Lumix G Micro System camera. Another change to the user interface is that the Up button is now dedicated to exposure compensation rather than ISO sensitivity, which may dismay some enthusiasts.
The mechanical button for the pop-up flash has also been retained, although its position changed somewhat along with that of the flash itself. The top-mounted controls – including the shutter release, movie record button, power switch and dedicated intelligent Auto button – have been reshuffled and grouped more tightly together, but otherwise remain essentially the same both in appearance and functionality. The GF2′s stereo microphones have given way to a more modest monaural mic.
The DMC-GF3 has a significantly raised and curved vertical area on the front-right of the body which acts as a handgrip, allowing you to hold the camera with three fingers whilst operating the shutter button with your forefinger. This works in tandem with the useful rubberized thumb-rest on the rear. The GF3 sports a new design characterised by clean lines, gentle curves and a polished exterior. Whilst still not as charismatic as the retro Olympus Pen models, the GF3 is a handsomely futuristic camera with more of an obviously electronic feel to it, and is also extremely well-built despite its mid-range price-point, with a high quality aluminum body, lens mount and tripod socket.
- 10.1 megapixel, 1/1.63-inch CCD image sensor
- F2.0 Leica DC-Vario-Summicron 3.8x optical zoom wide-angle with 24-90mm (equivalent) focal range
- ISO 80-1600 (up to 12800 high sensitivity at lower resolution)
- 3.0-inch TFT LCD with 460K pixels (backlight LED)
- 720p HD video capture (AVCHD lite)
- Face Recognition and Detection technologies
- Venus Engine FHD image processor
- POWER Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.)
- SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
- A/V, USB 2.0, HDMI outputs
- Stereo Microphone with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
- Powered by a Li-ion battery pack (rated up to 400 shots per charge)
- Accessories include External Optical View Finder, Wide Conversion Lens, Live View Finder, ND Filter, MC Protector, External Flashes and Leather Case
The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 is a photo/movie hybrid compact camera that features intelligent resolution technology, 16x intelligent zoom and built-in GPS. The GPS function makes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 an ideal travel companion for all!
Panasonic Lumix TZ10 camera features
The new image processing technology “Intelligent Resolution” is incorporated in the Venus Engine HD II for Panasonic TZ10. By detecting the signals whether they are at edges of the subjects, they compose detailed texture or just a soft gradation first and give appropriate enhancement to the edges and textured areas respectively. Unlike the uniform enhancement of sharpness, it is possible to perform the optimum signal processing to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. Panasonic’s iA mode – a hallmark of Lumix cameras – includes POWER O.I.S. which features double the repression power compared to the conventional image stabilization system, MEGA O.I.S. The hand-shake, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, is effectively compensated by the new POWER O.I.S. to enjoy blur-free photography. The iA mode is also available in movie recording mode. It automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode and helps to correct handshake, focus and brightness problems – making iA mode your one-stop solution to capture beautiful still and motion images.
Panasonic DMC-TZ10 equipped with Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens
The Panasonic TZ10 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO ELMAR 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens with a 12x optical zoom. A lens like this, with a range from 25mm to 300mm, is almost inconceivable in such a small, lightweight camera. Comprising 10 elements in 8 groups, including 2 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, and utilizing new lens material in its design, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body while passing Leica’s stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the Lumix DMC-TZ10 which extends the zoom ratio by approx.1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 12x optical can virtually extend to 16x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 23.4x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 GPS camera
On the other hand, manual control of shutter speed and aperture is available with A/S/M mode for advanced users to choose to enjoy the creativeness of photography. Now the GPS is finally built-in the world-renowned travel companion Panasonic DMC-TZ10 not only just to record the latitude and longitude but also to display the location information real-time while shooting or playing back the images with the information to increase the fun of travel photography. The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 features a 3-inch, high resolution 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle and AR (Anti-Reflection) coating, boasting excellent visibility during recording and playing back the photos and movies. Despite of the pocket-sized compact body, the truly “hybrid”, versatile digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 will surely satisfy every user at any level of photography with its ultimate performance and offer a rich experience like never before.
12.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix TZ10 camera
The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 has a 14.5-megapixel CCD and shoots with up to 12.1-megapixel resolution. This is because the CCD on the TZ10 is multi-aspect that can reproduce images shot with the lens set from 25mm to 300mm in any of three aspect ratios – 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 – so you can always capture dynamic, richly expressive shots with a wide perspective. The Multi Aspect mode lets you take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously then choose the one that best suits your scene after shooting.
Panasonic Lumix TZ10 incorporates the Venus Engine HD
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine HD has been re-engineered to compile the new image processing technology “Intelligent Resolution”. It enables the recording of beautiful photo and high-definition movie with higher quality signal processing. With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction system of the Venus Engine HD II is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording.
Panasonic Lumix TZ10 features Intelligent Resolution technology
The Intelligent Resolution technology also realizes the Intelligent Zoom, which virtually extends the optical zoom ratio to its 1.3x equivalent maintaining the picture quality even combining the digital zoom. Details of an image in high sensitivity recording tends to be lost in the noise reduction process, however, the Intelligent Resolution works to keep them. At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine HD II supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.006 second and the camera’s quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus) that lets you lock on the subject minimum in approx. 0.35 (wide-end) / 0.41 (tele-end) second and the short startup time of approx. 1.1 second. The high performance Venus Engine HD II is also energy efficient to feature an extended the battery life up to 300 shots (CIPA) per a single charge.
Panasonic TZ10 records motion pictures in AVCHD Lite
In addition to Motion JPEG images, the Panasonic DMC-TZ10 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite. It features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the newly added Intelligent Resolution technology. The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 also features Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful motion images with outstanding stereo sound.
Panasonic TZ10 digital camera offers movie recording function
The hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, is recognized as a low-frequency vibration, for which the new POWER O.I.S. is particularly effective. This greatly improves the quality of shots taken at night or indoors where a flash cannot be used, or where the photographer doesn’t want to use a flash because it would spoil the mood. It captures beautiful photos in situations that previously resulted in blurring. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 features the Face Recognition, a function that is popular in the previous TZ7, with several upgrades.
Intelligent auto mode on the Panasonic DMC-TZ10
Panasonic incorporated the iA(Intelligent Auto) mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. In the iA mode the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments. Just press, aim and shoot.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 scene modes
Lumix functions continue to evolve. Scene modes, which are optimized for a variety of still-image shooting situations, are now available for motion images as well. Thanks to a rich variety of 28 scene modes for still image and 18 for motion image (Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self portrait, Scenery, Low light, Food, Party, Candle light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, High Sensitivity, Pin hole, Film grain, High Dynamic and Underwater), capturing beautiful videos is effortless.
S P E C I F I C A T I O N
|Metrics||Dimensions (W x H x D)||103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm
(4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 inch)
Approx. 218 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.48 lb)
Approx. 196 g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.43 lb)
|Optics||Pixels||Camera Effective Pixels||12.1 Megapixels|
|CCD||Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter||1/2.33-inch / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter|
|Lens||Aperture||F3.3 – 4.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 – 6.3 (W) / F4.9 – 6.3 (T))|
|Focal Length||f = 4.1 – 49.2 mm (25 – 300 mm in 35 mm equiv.)|
|Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)||14.7x (4:3 / 8M), 18.8x (4:3 / 5M), 23.4x (under 3M)|
|Lens||LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
10 elements in 8 groups
(2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical Surfaces / 2 ED Lenses)
|Optical Image Stabilizer||POWER O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)|
(Max. 48.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
(Max. 124.0x combined with Extra Optical Zoom and Intelligent Zoom)
|Focus||Focusing Area||Normal: Wide 50 cm – infinity / Tele 200 cm – infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard: Wide 3 cm – infinity / Tele 100 cm – infinity
|Focus Range Display||Yes|
|AF Assist Lamp||Yes|
|Focus||Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off, AF Tracking|
|AF Metering||Face / AF Tracking / 11-area / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot|
|Shutter||Shutter Speed||Still: 60 – 1/2000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
|Shutter Interval||ZS7 (TZ10): Approx. 1.0 sec|
|Optical Image Stabilizer||Photo & Movie|
|Intelligent ISO Control||Photo|
|Face Detection||ZS7 (TZ10): Photo & Movie|
|Intelligent Scene Selector||ZS7 (TZ10): Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)|
|Intelligent Exposure||Photo & Movie|
|Digital Red-Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)||Photo|
|Intelligent Resolution Technology||ZS7 (TZ10): Photo & Movie|
|File||File Format||ZS7 (TZ10):
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21)
Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime
Motion Picture: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
|AVCHD Lite REC||ZS7 (TZ10): NTSC / PAL (Depends on Region)|
|Interface||Mode Switch||[Recording] / [Playback]|
|One-Touch Movie Button||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes|
|Recording Modes||Mode Dial||ZS7 (TZ10):
Intelligent Auto, P (Program) Mode, A (Aperture Priority) Mode, S (Shutter Priority) Mode, M (Manual) Mode, Custom, My Scene Mode 1, My Scene Mode 2, Scene Mode, Clipboard
|Still Image Scene Mode||Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater|
|Movie Scene Mode||ZS7 (TZ10):
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pin Hole, Film Grain, Underwater, High Sensitivity, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W)
(Activated by selecting Still Image Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Image Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
|Continuous Shooting Mode||Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 6.0 frames/sec (Image Priority), Approx. 10 frames/sec (Speed Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
|Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode||Max. 5 images (Standard Mode)|
|Motion Picture Recording||
|Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Pictures)||AVCHD Lite with Picture Quality Set to [GSH / SH]||ZS7 (TZ10): Approx. 100 min*2|
|MOTION JPEG with Picture Quality Set to [HD]||ZS7 (TZ10): Approx. 100 min*2|
|Actual Recordable Time (Motion Pictures)||AVCHD Lite with Picture Quality Set to [GSH / SH]||ZS7 (TZ10): Approx. 50 min*2|
|MOTION JPEG with Picture Quality Set to [HD]||ZS7 (TZ10): Approx. 50 min*2|
|Exposure Parameters||Exposure||Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual|
|Exposure Compensation||1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV|
|Backlight Compensation||Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO Mode)|
|Auto (AE) Bracketing||+/- 1/3 EV – 1 EV step, 3 frames|
|Light Metering||Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity (ISO 1600 – 6400)
|Image Parameters||Aspect Ratio||4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9|
|Still Picture Recording||4:3
4000 x 3000 (12M) / 3264 x 2448 (8M) / 2560 x 1920 (5M) / 2048 x 1536 (3M) / 640 x 480 (0.3M)
4176 x 2784 (11.5M) / 3392 x 2264 (7.5M) / 2656 x 1768 (4.5M) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M) / 640 x 424 (0.3M)
4320 x 2432 (10.5M) / 3552 x 2000 (7M) / 2784 x 1568 (4.5M) / 1920 x 1080 (2M) / 640 x 360 (0.2M)
|Image Quality||Fine / Standard|
|White Balance||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Sports, Panorama Assist, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic, Underwater）
|Color Effect Mode||Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)|
|Picture Adjustment||Contrast +/-2 steps
Sharpness +/-2 steps
Saturation +/-2 steps
Noise Reduction +/-2 steps
|Others||Still Image with Audio Recording||5 sec|
|GPS||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes|
|Composition Guide Line||Yes (2 patterns)|
|Auto Review||1 sec, 2 sec, Hold|
|Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume||ZS7 (TZ10): – / Yes|
|Optical Zoom in Motion Picture||Yes|
|Scene Mode Help Screen||Yes|
|Self Timer||2 sec / 10 sec|
|Focus Icon Select||Yes (in Face Recognition only)|
|Playback||Display||Playback Mode||ZS7 (TZ10):
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Mode Playback, GPS Playback, Travel Playback, Category Playback, Favorites Playback
|Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback||12, 30 thumbnails / Max. 16x|
|Playback Still Images with Audio||Yes|
|Playback Motion Picture||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes (AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG)|
|Slideshow Mode||ZS7 (TZ10):
All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / GPS Area / Travel / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
|Delete||Delete Image||Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites|
|Edit||DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection||Yes / Yes|
|Resize / Trimming / Aspect Conversion / Leveling||Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes|
|Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp||Yes / Yes / Yes|
|Cut Animation||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes|
|Video Divide||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes|
|PictBridge Support||Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF|
|Setup||OSD Language||English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek|
|Movie REC Guide||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes|
|Wind-Cut in Motion Picture||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes|
|Travel Date / World Time||Yes / Yes|
|Others||Monitor||LCD Monitor||ZS7 (TZ10):
3.0″ TFT Screen LCD Display (460,000 dots),
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide-viewing Angle
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
|Flash||Built-in-Flash||Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 – 5.3 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 – 3.6 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
|Media||Recording Media||Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Built-in-Memory||ZS7 (TZ10): Approx. 15MB|
|Audio||Microphone / Speaker||ZS7 (TZ10): Stereo (Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator) / Yes|
AV Output (AVCHD Lite: NTSC or NTSC / PAL)*, mini HDMI, USB2.0 High Speed
|Network||VIERA Link||ZS7 (TZ10): Yes|
|HDMI Output||ZS7 (TZ10):
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p for PAL)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
|Power||Power||ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 – 240V AC) (Optional)
|Battery Life (Approx.)||ZS7 (TZ10): 300 pictures (CIPA standard)*1|
|Standard Package||Included Software||ZS7 (TZ10):
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition (5.0 HD Edition for China), QuickTime, Adobe Reader
|Standard Accessories||Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|
Recording conditions by CIPA standard
· CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association].
· Temperature: 23 °C (73.4 °F) / Humidity: 50% when LCD monitor is on.
· Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB).
· Using the supplied battery.
· Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [AUTO].)
· Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording.
· Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording.
· Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases.
· The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode and Power LCD Mode.
· These are standard times taken at a temperature of 23 °C (73.4 °F) and a humidity of 50%.
· The time available for recording varies depending on the environment, the interval between recordings, and the manner of use.
· Actual recordable time is the time available for recording when repeating actions such as switching the power supply [ON] / [OFF], starting/stopping recording, zoom operation etc.
· Motion picture recorded continuously in [MOTION JPEG] is up to 2 GB. Only the maximum recordable time for 2 GB is displayed on the screen.
· Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in European PAL area (ZS7/TZ10).
Panasonic Lumix FP8
The FP line features a notably slimmer profile, measuring a slim 0.8 inches. It may be small, but it’s equipped with some competitive features. A quick spec check of the Lumix FP8 reveals a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch LCD, and 4.6x optical zoom range. The Leica-standard lens covers an equivalent focal length of 28-128mm.
The FP8 will record 720p HD video at 30 fps, and shooting modes include Panasonic’s iA Intelligent Auto mode for automatic scene selection. At the heart of the FP8 is a Venus Engine V processor, which promises more efficient processing and a boost in battery life. Panasonic will equip the Lumix FP8 with Power O.I.S optical image stabilization as well, which promises an improvement of 2x the blur-reduction of its predecessor, Mega O.I.S.
Picking up speed
Another tech improvement to this class of Lumix cameras is a faster 0.96 second claimed start-up time and quicker auto focus operation. Panasonic offered us a little hands-on time with the FP8 last week, and I can say that their claims of faster AF seem justified. Even in a dim conference room, the FP8 snapped into focus quickly. Though I don’t yet have our own lab data to back it up, I’d say it could compete with the fast performance we saw from the similarly-styled Sony T series.
Panasonic has taken a slight design departure in the control layout of the FP8, eliminating a center button in the four-way direction pad. The iA shooting mode has also been given a dedicated button on the top side of the camera, and the buttons on the back panel emit a blue LED glow.
The Panasonic Lumix ZR1 will feature a 0.3mm aspherical lens, trimming down the size of the whole camera body. The Leica 8x optical zoom lens will reach an equivalent focal length of 25-200mm. Behind the glass is a 12.1 megapixel sensor and the latest optical image stabilization also on-board the FP8.
Buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8