The predecessor of this model was the T-7, which was rightly considered a leader in its class. It offers a number of new features that Panasonic hopes to avoid compared to many competing products.
Panasonic offers a 14.5-megapixel sensor and an impressive 12-fold optical zoom. On the back, the images appear on a 3-inch screen. It also allows you to record high-definition 720p video, and the built-in GPS receiver allows the user to tag photos from where they were taken.
As the T?10 improves compared to the T’7, the question is whether it will improve enough to maintain leadership in its class after the emergence of new models from Ricoh and Canon. From Ricoh we have the CX4, which, although almost identical to its predecessor CX3, still offers similar lens characteristics with a 10.7-fold optical zoom and a 10-megapixel sensor.
The CX4 is very well designed and includes a continuous shooting mode that Panasonic can’t offer. However, in low light, Panasonic still has an advantage.
There is a third competitor – Canon IXUS 1000 HS. This new product from Canon includes a lens with a 10-fold optical zoom and a 10-megapixel sensor. Unfortunately for Panasonic, it has received critical acclaim as the perfect wagon. It is compact and easy to carry, but provides an image quality comparable to that of many conventional cameras.
Although on paper we can say that Panasonic has the best characteristics, in recent years the growth of megapixels has stopped. Manufacturers seem to have decided that ten was enough, and the real basis of differentiation is in shooting modes, performance in low light, speed and ease of use. So, how do these three contenders stack up on these factors?
When it comes to shooting modes, it’s a dead end: all three cameras offer HD video recording, a number of different presets and multiple facial recognition.
I believe that Canon and Panasonic are suitable for working in low light, and Ricoh is a little struggling. In this respect, it is worth mentioning Canon, as it is the best of the three in terms of ISO, and the camera still produces print quality photos in the ISO 1600.
Ricoh surpasses the next factor – speed. This is achieved by adding a continuous shooting mode that allows you to record every 0.6 seconds until the memory card is filled. Others offer continuous and serial shooting modes, but not on the same level as Ricoh.
Finally, ease of use, and Ricoh may be able to do it again. However, all three cameras are designed to be easy to use, and you can see that. Each of these three cameras would be very easy to use.
Overall, three cameras are a good choice, and Ricoh may be just behind the other two. Whether you choose Canon or Panasonic, you’ll definitely get an exceptional quality camera.