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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.

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.

  • 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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