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
White balance and colour
As with Panasonic’s other G-series cameras, the G10 produces images with bright, attractive colours. In the Standard Film mode, red and green can be a little on the vivid or oversaturated side, but not excessively so in most cases.
I rather like the results produced using the Nostalgic Film mode, but its warmer rendition and brighter midtones don’t suit every scene so I appreciate being able to shoot up to three different versions of the same scene in quick succession using the Multi Film mode with the camera set to continuous shooting.
Panasonic’s automatic white balance system is extremely effective in most natural lighting conditions, and when shooting outdoors I find there is often little difference between using it and the sunny daylight settings (even in cloudy conditions).
Images taken under artificial light are reasonable, but not neutral. In tungsten lighting, for example, the results are usually quite warm and benefit from post-capture adjustment, but this is not unusual.
Image: This image (taken at ISO 1600) needed a little post-capture brightening, which has brought out the chroma noise. It looks better in monochrome