Panasonic Lumix TZ8 v. TZ10?

Treacle44

Standard Member
The TZ10 works out £16 more than the TZ8 with the cashback offer, I'm not really interested in the GPS, but is it worth paying the extra for the HD video and slightly bigger screen?

Thanks
 

Johnmcl7

Well-known Member
I think it's definitely worth the £16 more, I'd pay that alone for the better screen.

John
 

CFC1

Distinguished Member
Yes, definitely. I upgraded last week from the TZ6 and the larger screen of the TZ10 and it is definitely worth it... higher resolution too! :)
 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member

Buggerlugs

Active Member
Yes, definitely worth the extra 16 quid. Like you, I didn't think the GPS was that big a deal and I primarily bought mine for the AVCHD movie mode and better LCD (Having been previously spoilt by a well used TZ7). But if you use Picassa online it's a really neat feature to see your picture locations pinned to Google maps :thumbsup:

The local points of interest that scroll along the bottom of the screen though (you can disable them) are a total waste of screen real estate :confused:

Honestly, now I've got used to the GPS tagging feature, if I were considering a future camera update and the camera I fancied didn't have GPS tagging, it'd probably be a deal breaker :thumbsdow
 

CFC1

Distinguished Member
I disabled the GPS as soon as I got the camera. TBH, I can't see me using it... after all, I don't travel that much that I forget where I've been! :rolleyes: I suppose it would be useful if on a continental tour or something like that, but for someone that just heads to Spain or Portugal for a week, it's no big shakes for me. One thing that I do notice though, is that the battery life is pretty poor compared to my old TZ6 (even with the GPS turned off). I suppose the higher res screen accounts for most of that, but it has surprised me. :(
 

lunar524

Active Member
Besides disabling the GPS, turning off the 'Pre-focus' will extend the battery life even more, by default it's set to continual focus.
IOW the focus motor is continally trying to maintain focus, which you don't need unless in video mode, and continual focusing is always on in video mode anyway (cannot be disabled) Probably extent the life of the focusing motor too.

Just turn it off, and obtain focus by pressing the shutter button halfway as normal. Really improves battery life much more.
 

Prize78

Well-known Member
I've never really noticed any battery life issues. Although if you switch the gps to airplane mode, it only activates when the camera is switched on and deactivates when the camera is switched off. But as i say, i haven't noticed any issues myself.
 

rodman

Active Member
got TZ10 from amazon for the same price (after cashback) as TZ8.
HD movies are amazing, wished it had better battery life.
 

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