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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.

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.

  • 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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