Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10 review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10 review
Aug 2, 2008

The LZ Series have always been a great line up for the money. They hold up very well, long battery life.. especially with Hybrid batteries!! The Panasonic cameras tend to capture more finer details then many competing cameras. They have excellent white balance performance as well.

Everyone complains about terrible noise, but I have yet to honestly experience anything terrible. A little tiny bit more then the competition, but nothing horrible. Most of the noise can easily be gotten rid of by a few Menu tweaks.

First of all it is best to set your ISO to 100 and leave it there, unless you absolutely need to go above that. Never go above ISO400 though if you can help it. Now, make sure your picture size is set to the maximum and that your Quality is set to the maximum as well.

Next, make sure you turn OFF digital zoom!! Digital zoom is a bad thing and it greatly destroys image quality! You only want optical zoom!

Next, go to your picture adjustment (PICT.ADJ. on most or maybe Color Mode on some) and set it to Natural instead of the Normal default.

Lastly, some, but not all, models allow you to control the amount of in camera noise reduction. You want to turn this to the lowest setting possible. Now, your images will have a bit more noise of course, but you will also have far more details. Now, to remove the noise you want to buy or just use the Demo of Neat Image with the profile for your camera model. This will remove the noise easily while retaining the greatest amount of details.

They also have an excellent macro mode and work quite well! Excellent camera for those wanting Auction pictures and such too!

Problems:

A little more noise then competition. But easily fixed by the above menu tweaks as well as a nice noise reduction software like Neat Image. It also helps, since there are lots of MegaPixels there for print, to actually reduce your image size down, which in turn will help eliminate the noise. A simple contrast enhancement and a little sharpening to recover that lost in resizing and you will end up with excellent prints from wallets to 8x10", 11x14" is doable with a perfectly taken shot and perfectly post processed one, but 11x14" is pushing the limit for ANY P&S camera except for the Sigma DP1. Any P&S camera should really stick to 8x10" and smaller for optimal quality, but 11x14" can be done. Anything above that and forget it on ANY P&S, again, except for the DP1.

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