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
Build and handling
Apart from it being slightly lighter, there is no discernible difference between the feel of the G10 and either the G1 or the G2 in the hand, and it appears just as well built. However, the control layout falls somewhere between the G1 and G2.
Like the newer G2, the G10 has a rear control dial above the thumb rest instead of a front dial, and there’s a button on the top-plate to activate iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, which is reached via the mode dial on the G1.
Unlike the G2, though, there’s no dedicated video-recording button and the G10’s mode dial must be rotated to its movie option and the shutter release used to start recording. The G10 also has the same method of setting the AF point selection mode as the G1, with a dial on the left of the top-plate setting the focus mode (single AF, continuous AF and manual) and the left navigation button providing a route to the point selection options. I prefer the top-plate-located switch-and-dial approach of the G2.
One feature of the G2 that I miss in the G10 is the eye sensor that automatically detects if the camera is held to the eye and switch between the EVF and LCD screen displays. I find it frustrating to have to keep pressing the EVF/LCD button to alternate between the two display options manually.