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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10


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£455.00

It shares much with the new Lumix DMC-G2, but its pared-down spec means that Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G10 could be the most attractive Micro System Camera for enthusiasts on a budget

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Micro system camera at a glance:

  • 12.1 million effective pixels
  • Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount
  • 1280×720-pixel video at 30fps
  • Street price around £455 (with 14-42mm lens)

A recent AP online poll revealed that of the five Micro System Camera (MSC) systems currently available, AP website users have the most faith in Panasonic’s.

This is despite the fact that Olympus has a longer history in photography and that Ricoh, Samsung and Sony use larger (APS-C-sized) sensors rather than the 17.3x13mm Four Thirds-type device employed by Panasonic.

In its favour, though, Panasonic was the first manufacturer to enter the MSC market and, more importantly, it has proved that it can make decent small cameras that produce high-quality images.

  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, plus 2 custom and Kelvin settings
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +4 dioptre, eye point 17.5mm
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 11m @ ISO 100
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane
  • Output Size: 4000x3000 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Electronic (with 202,000-dot equivalent)
  • LCD: 3in, 460,000-dot TFT
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (supplied)
  • Weight: 336g (without battery or card/s)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, plus custom modes, Intelligent Auto, 28 scene modes
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Sensor: Four Thirds-type Live MOS device with 12.1 million effective pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures with blue/amber and magenta/green adjustment
  • AF Points: 23 automatically selectable points, or one of 3,283 single vari-zone selection points
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously, QuickTime Motion JPEG video
  • Drive Mode: 3.2fps or 2.6fps for 7 raw images or unlimited JPEG files
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus B to 4mins
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • RRP: £499.99 (with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS lens)
  • ISO: 100-6400 in 1/3EV or 1EV steps
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single shot AF, continuous AF
  • DoF Preview: Yes, or shutter speed preview
  • Dimensions: 124x83.6x74mm (inc grip)
  • Metering System: 144-zone Intelligent Multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI
  • Compression: Two-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps

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