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Most budget cameras ax extras like wi-fi and a good optical zoom. While the Panasonic DMC-SZ10 isn't the cheapest camera around, it does offer a few features that are harder to find at this price point.
Despite being small enough to fit in a pocket, the SZ10 still sports a 12x optical zoom lens. That lens is combined with a 1/2.3" sensor--while the type is the less expensive CCD style, the size isn't sacrificed. Optical image stabilization is also included. The LCD screen tilts up to 180 degrees, ideal for selfies, while the wi-fi offers easy social media uploads and a remote control.
So what does the SZ10 sacrifice to keep wi-fi, a tilting screen and a solid zoom on a $200 camera? The biggest one is speed--the burst mode sits at just 1.4 fps, so while it's a good options for selfies and travel, it's not ideal for taking pictures of sports or kids. Video also isn't the best quality available, at a 720p resolution and the slower 30 fps frame rate. The battery life also isn't the greatest, rated at 200 shots on one charge.
Despite the slower speed, video resolution and battery life, the Panasonic DMC-SZ10 still has plenty of features to keep quite a few consumers happy. While it's not ideal for sports or parents with young kids, it's a good choice for social media lovers and even travel. That 12x zoom with wi-fi for a $20 list price will make it a decent option for many.