I ordered the TZ10, and I'm hoping the zoom/autofocus noise is not as noticable on this as it was with the TZ7. See my earlier post on my experience with it in a quite, office environment.
I did manage to get my hands on a PowerShot SX20 IS, in lieu of my interested in a bridge camera and in my quest as to which one to chose from vs. the Z35. I went with the SX20 because of the flip out view finder. However, I was very unimpressed and quite dissapointed with the photo quality and performance. Especially at the macro/close up level.
For instance, I typically take pictures of electronics I workon, or of serial numbers on my systems, for product reference an inventory purposes. I've been using my trusty TZ1 (yes, this oldie but goldie - it actually allows both zoom and focus during video - go figure, while this feature was absent in subsequent models and especially in competing brands).
What I did notice, again was that the SX20 was unable to zoom lets say from about 3 feet from an item - perhaps a laptop or so, to take a picture of its model information on the backside. The SX20 refused to focus at minimal zoom levels, requiring me to physically move closer to the item to "help" the focus out. But wait, the flash would then wash out the detail.
Weaving my thread back on topic, I'm hoping the TZ10 will provide the same performance as my trusty TZ1 - that is, provide a nice focus response with practicle partial zooms - so I don't have to have the camera right on top of the - close focus situations - as I usually do - during product inventory situations ( back of an LCD screen on the wall, etc. - do I need to get the ladder, or will the partial zoom/with macro do the trick - again, where the Lumix TZ1 did quite outstandingly well.
So, next week when I get the TZ10, I'll hope to see the same focus/zoom under macro situation performance.
Of course, I'll look forward to the Video/photo aspects of the camera.
Why not the Z35 vs. the TZ10? Form factor? Yes, the Z35 appears to be just like the SX10, in size, and that is a non-hip pouch carrying form factor.
I wear a uniform on my job, and am just able to carry the old TZ1 in a pouch on my belt without creating too much of a distraction.
I also led towards the TZ10 because it chose to use the higher resolution screen, whereas the Z35 maintained the lower resolution screen.
I will add that if the TZ10 did not have the Power OIS, I would have been back into deliberation as to which model to choose.
I am still concerned about the zoom/autofocus noise issues (in a quite room, remember, it become part of the permanent recording - can't extract it unless you use another soundtrack) - So as a videographer, this seemed to be too much to bear with, especially in the TZ7. Where, most of my impromptu shots may be around the house.
But I've balanced my anticipational expectations on the TZ10 more around my familiarity with its 1) form factor (like the TZ1), 2) its performance under partial zoom/focus factors (how close do I need the camera to the subject to get it to zoom).
Notice, I didn't even mention the GPS feature - I think this is a definite standard to be in cameras in the near future (just like video is now/or is to be).
One concern about GPS, there may be issues regarding military personnel maintaining equipment which records position information in their devices. This is called Operational Security (OpSec), and well, these cameras may not be permitted in the field for fear of them falling in the wrong hands. That's all I'll say about that.
Along the same lines, you should also see Garmin (GPS guys) start offering photo/video capabilities in their products in the future as well. My thinking is - if its got an LCD screen, you better be able to take pictures/video with it as well.
Thank's Gordon - I project we will see future hard copy magazine publications " CameraLabs Magazine" in the future from you/your organization. I agree, your reviews are a standard, unmatched by other reviews I've seen. Where other reviews are self promotional, selling based, yours approaches the item with a critical objective, fun, and interesting style.
As a suggestion, maybe you can delve a little into the "accessories" which may or may not be part of the cameras. For instance, the Z35 vs. SX20 - one will permit filters the other does not? Also talk about the lens hoods, whats in the box, benefits of ordering the mini HDMI cable, vs. not doing so, etc.
I know you got your hands full, but hey, that did cross my mind.