Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10


In videoland, the Lumix DMC-ZS10 turned in scores of Good for both video quality and audio quality, but its video capabilities are serviceable only in well-lit situations. High-definition video shot with the camera in our bright-light test looked smooth, but most clips were noticeably deficient in sharpness. In our low-light test, sample video was far too dark and murky for subsequent viewers to see what was going on, and the camera's autofocus struggled quite a bit.

Here are the sample videos we captured in our bright-light and low-light tests. Select '1080p' from the bottom-right menu in each player to see each clip at the highest resolution.

The Lumix DMC-ZS10 struggles a bit in the realm of battery life, too, with a CIPA rating of 250 shots per charge of its lithium-ion battery--and that's with the camera's GPS function turned off. Once I established a successful GPS connection, the battery seemed to drain rather quickly; you'll definitely want to turn the camera's GPS features off in order to squeeze more shots out of the battery.

The Lumix DMC-ZS10's GPS features are a bit better than most cameras we've seen, but they fall short of the Casio Exilim EX-H20G's excellent in-camera mapping capabilities. For one thing, the camera lacks an interface for displaying your images and video on a map overlay. Instead, you must offload the images to a PC and use online mapping services that can read a photo's EXIF data; so you don't get the instant gratification of seeing your pics on an on-screen map (or figuring out where you are by using your camera).