Sample Photos

by Jim Zimmerlin

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Here are some digital photos taken with my
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10K digital camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10k digital camera with 12x zoom
I've been a photography nut since the 1960s, and already owned two

digital cameras before upgrading to the FZ10.  It's an extremely powerful tool
because of the big 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilization
and because of the manual ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings.

Here are a few examples of what it can do...

All pictures on this page are the copyrighted works of Jim Zimmerlin
and should not be copied or used without his permission.

Pismo Beach surfer photo from Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10
A woman surfing at Pismo Beach

The long zoom lens allowed me to capture this shot from the pier, and the fast shutter speed stopped the action well.
Cocker Spaniel Photo from Panasonic digital camera
Our male Cocker Spaniel, Wally

More Cocker Spaniel photos are here, although many were shot with my older cameras
Sample photo shot with DMC-FZ10 digital camera
A view of the sunrise from our back yard

The DMC-FZ10 captured the wide spectrum of color in the sky very well
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10k test photo
My wife, Kellyn

Unlike point-and-shoot digital cameras, the FZ10 actually gives you a
nice narrow depth-of-field (blurry background) if you want it.
night shot from Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10k
A night shot of our local Blockbuster Video store

I wanted to see what the DMC-FZ10k could do with a long exposure.
I manually set the shutter speed to 8 seconds.
California Coast photo taken with Panasonic DMC-FZ10 camera
The beach at Cambria, California, near Hearst Castle.

The camera has a grid that I used to help line up the horizon in this shot.
With my previous cameras, I often found my photos turned out slightly crooked.
Photo of Elephant Seals using 12x zoom on Panasonic DMC-FZ10 Lumix
Two elephant seals argue over who owns this spot on the beach

Without the 12x optical zoom, I never would have got this shot.
Thanks to the image stabilizer, I was able to take this shot without a tripod.
Sandcastle Inn Pismo Beach sunset photo from Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10
The Sandcastle Inn at Pismo Beach

The camera did a good job with very tricky lighting...  the sun had already set for the day.
By the way, I highly recommend this hotel if you are visiting our area.
photo taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10k
One of our local restaurants

I just love the way the camera made this look.
However, if you're looking for a good meal in our area, you'll do better at McLintocks
Photo of California coast from Panasonic digital camera DMC-FZ10
"Through The Artist's Eye"

It's interesting to see his artistic interpretation of the scene.
American Cocker Spaniel in agility training - Panasonic Lumix DMCFZ10 test photo
One of our Cocker Spaniels during agility training
I set the camera's shutter speed to 1/500th of a second in order to photograph her in motion
and to create a narrow enough depth-of-field for the background to come out slightly blurred.
I used the camera's display grid to properly align the shot so that vertical and horizontal lines were level.
If you like Cocker Spaniel pictures like this, head on over to our main page.
Panasonic DMC-FZ10 sample photo at Avila Beach California
The Last Sunset Of 2003

I was driving home from work on December 31st and the sunset was just spectacular!
I pulled over and snapped this shot of a family playing on Avila Beach.
Panasonic DMC-FZ10 image stabilizer demo
County singer Phil Vassar in concert at the California Mid-State Fair

This is a good demonstration of the DMC-FZ10 image stabilizer.
I shot this hand-held from quite a few rows back in the audience.
The combination of the big zoom lens and the image stabilization is awesome!

Want to see more pictures shot with my DMC-FZ10?
Check out my July 2004 vacation photos

 If you've decided that the DMC-FZ10 is the camera for you...  there's one little problem:  Panasonic stopped making them several years ago!  It's difficult to find a new one anymore...  and even if you could, you might not want it since it would have been sitting on a shelf for years.  You might be better off to check out the DMC-FZ8 , or the top-of-the-line DMC-FZ50 .  If you appreciate the information that I've taken the time to share on this page...  you can say "thank you" by ordering your camera through any of the links on this page.  When you do, gives me a small referral fee...  which is the nicest way you can thank me for the effort I've put in to this page. Lumix DMC-FZ20 with lens hood attached

If you'd like to find out about other cameras that I recommend, or all sorts of other electronic items for that matter, take a look at my Holiday Tech Guide!

One of the reasons that I like my Panasonic Lumix camera is the hot-shoe which allows you to use an external flash unit.  Most digital cameras do not have a hot-shoe, so you're stuck with only the built-in flash.  By adding an external flash on to the FZ10, FZ20, or FZ50, you will find that you are able to get much better results in many situations where you are shooting indoors...  especially if the room has a white ceiling you can bounce the flash off of.

I purchased a Sunpak 383 flash for well under $100, and it has made a big difference in the quality of my indoor photographs.   Here is a little demonstration.  The following 3 photos were all taken in my living room with a Panasonic Lumix digital camera.

This first photo was shot using natural light only.  It was mid-day and there was light coming in through the windows, but because the light was uneven you can see we had major shadows.  Not a good picture.


Look at how harsh that lighting is.  Yuck.  It's very un-natural looking.  And since the flash was so close to the lens, she got some red eye, too.


Click here for Sunpak 383 flash from This is why people who are really in to photography make sure they have a camera with a "hot-shoe" so that they can use an external flash unit.  Finally, we have evenly distributed light...  and it gives the picture a nice soft look.  I doubt you could get much better lighting than that without spending a ton of money on studio equipment!

You get the soft lighting effect by not pointing the external flash directly at the subject...  you swivel it up towards the ceiling and let the light bounce off the white ceiling and fill the room.  This is called "bounce flash".  So, if you're going to buy an external flash, make sure it can swivel!  Some lower-priced external flashes can not.  And make sure it can swivel both vertically AND horizontally, so you can bounce it off the ceiling regardless of whether you are shooting in portrait or landscape orientation!  The Sunpak 383 is a good match for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10, FZ 20, or FZ50 cameras and will swivel in both directions.

My advice to those with a Panasonic camera with a hot shoe:  get yourself a Sunpak 383 external flash!  I highly recommend them.  If you click on this link you can order a Sunpak 383 for well under $100, and Amazon will give me a small sales commission...  which is the nicest way you can thank me for taking the time to give you this little lighting demo.

Note:  These Sunpak flashes are very popular and go in and out of stock at  If you see an announcement at Amazon that they no longer have these units...  just check back in a week or two.  They keep getting them, selling out, and then getting more.

Ready for another suggestion regarding accessories for the Panasonic Lumix cameras?

The camera comes with a 16mb Secure Digital memory card...  but at about 1.6mb per picture, that won't get you very far!  So, you're going to want to buy a larger SD memory card for it.  I'd suggest a 256mb card, which will allow you to shoot about 150 pictures in the highest quality mode before you'll have to connect to your computer and download them.

Here's the thing that most people don't understand about memory cards...  they come in different speeds.  The cheap ones can't read and write data to and from the card as fast as the more expensive high-speed cards can.  So, it takes longer to download your pictures from a cheap memory card than it will if you shell out the few extra bucks for a high-speed card.

But most importantly, a high-speed card will allow the DMC-FZ10 to work much better when you are using the camera's high-speed burst mode.  In boost mode, the camera can take a series of five pictures back-to-back extremely quickly.  I've found this to be VERY handy when shooting kids and animals since they tend not to sit still!  But if you buy a slow memory card, the burst mode won't work very well because the camera will have to wait for the card to finish writing the previous picture before it can shoot the next one.  The memory card ends up being a bottleneck to the flow of data simply because it's too darned slow to keep up with the camera!  So my strong advice to you is to spend a couple of extra bucks when you make your memory card purchase and get yourself a high-speed card such as the SimpleTech ProX or the Lexar 32x card.  Either one is a perfect match for any of the Panasonic Lumix digital cameras.

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A montage of several photos of our dogs

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