Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LZ10 certainly won't win over many folks on its looks alone, but Photography Blog found that it more makes up for its rather bland exterior where it counts, and they've given the 10-megapixel camera high marks across the board in their new review. Winning the most praise is the camera's full manual controls, which proved to be enough to get Photography Blog to declare the LZ10 "one of the most versatile compacts in its class." Just as importantly, it also found the image quality to be an improvement over the previous generation models, with the 5x, 30mm wide-angle zoom lens turning in some great results and the camera's image stabilization feature actually proving to be quite useful. Less than useful, however, was the camera's ISO 800 and 1600 settings which, like most cameras in this class, proved to be more of a gimmick than anything. The site was also a bit disappointed by the camera's slightly awkward control system and slow maximum apertures, among other minor quibbles, but those apparently weren't enough to stop it from getting an impressive 4.5 out of 5 rating. The sub-$250 price tag certainly didn't hurt things either.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10 gets reviewed