It has much in common with the new Lumix DMC-G2, but its pared spec means that Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G10 could be the most attractive Micro System Camera for enthusiasts on a budget.
The Lumix DMC-G10 was announced at the same time as the Lumix DMC-G2, and is designed to be Panasonic’s most affordable MSC to date. Although it has the same mini-DSLR shape as the G2 (which replaced the Lumix DMC-G1), the G10 has a fixed LCD screen rather than an articulated unit.
Also, unlike the G2’s monitor, the G10’s screen isn’t touch sensitive, although it does offer a Live View of the scene. In addition, there’s a 202,000-dot (equivalent) electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a 100% field of view for composing images with the camera held to the eye. This is a lower resolution than the 1.44-million-dot unit of the G2 and G1, so it will be interesting to see how it performs.
Like Panasonic’s other MSCs, the G10 has a Four Thirds-type Live MOS sensor with 12.1 million effective pixels. Images may be saved as raw or JPEG files, or as both simultaneously. Images are processed using the G10’s Venus Engine HD II chip, which enables the camera to record JPEG files at 3.2fps or 2fps until the SD (or SDHC) card is full. In keeping with the current trend, the G10 can record 1280×720-pixel movie footage at 30fps.
With the exception of the lower resolution EVF and an articulated LCD, the G10 appears to offer just about everything that an enthusiast can hope for from a Micro System Camera, so perhaps it is the ideal choice for those on a budget. At present it is only sold as a kit with the new Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS lens.