Pros Handheld Nightshot Mode, User manipulation of white balance, also a Manual mode setting to help capture even better shots
Cons Food mode photos come out a little shaky, but had excellent results in Aperture Priority with no flash
Summary I am a semi-professional photographer, and wanted a small travel camera to go along with my DSLR. I have owned Panasonic's TZ1, TZ5, ZS3, ZS6. The ZS6 was a disappointment regarding low light image quality. I purchased the ZS10 after I looked at the new specs, and saw that they changed the sensor and added the Handheld Nightshot Mode. This new model is amazing! The low light photos are clean and have low level noise as compared to the ZS6 and ZS3. I was able to use manual mode as well to accomplish some tricks in the field, such as smoothing a waterfal while maintaining the proper scene exposure. I love the other mode settings I can manipulate, such as the white balance and easier EV settings. I've gotten some great shots with that, including improved food shots in Aperture Priority Mode, over using the scene selection for Food, which turned out a little blurry (which may be my fault of being too close). The lense quality is simply amazing. The detail in the photos is remarkable. I would highly recommend this camera. If you would like to see a few shots, send me a message with your email address and I'll put a few photos together for you to compare and help make your decision.
Pros Leica zoom lens, Auto Intelligence, Scenes
Cons poor weak plastic battery door, lock and hinge. Should be made from metal.
Summary Bought ZS10 in March 2012. I hope Panasonic Lumix people re-design the battery/SD cover and lock on the new ZS20. My ZS10 cover opened, (I presume by unconsciously handling of the camera). The cover broke off. The hinge part is the weakest part of the cover.
Simple Blue masking tape allowed me to hold the door in place for the rest of my trip, otherwise - I would have NO FUNCTIONING camera.
You need to RE-DESIGN and make that door and hinge out of metal. This was a Deal breaker.
I returned mine to Costco in May 2012.
Pros How does it compare to Canon sx230 HS?
Cons How does it compare to Canon sx230 HS?
Summary How does it compare to Canon sx230 HS?