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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 review

July 10, 2011

Overall Rating:

3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10


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Price as Reviewed:

£499.99

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.

Features

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.

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