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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.

Resolution, Noise and Sensitivity

These images show 72ppi sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the kit lens set to 35mm (70mm equivalent). We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.

While DSLR manufacturers have been pushing sensitivity settings up so that ISO 12,800 (equivalent) is now becoming commonplace, Panasonic is a little more conservative with its MSCs and the G10 has a maximum setting of ISO 6400. This is the same as the G2 and a stop faster than the G1.

However, even at the lower sensitivity settings noise is visible in some even-toned areas. This doesn’t really become a problem until around ISO 1600. The shadows of raw images taken at this setting have quite a lot of chroma noise, with red speckling being particularly noticeable. Although the JPEG files captured with the standard level of in-camera noise reduction applied are smoother and have less colour noise visible, they contain a little less detail than the simultaneously recorded raw files.

Our resolution tests confirm that the G10’s resolution is on a par with the previous Panasonic G-series cameras we have tested, and in good light it can out-resolve some 12-million-pixel, APS-C-format DSLRs. The resolution chart images shown here were shot with the new G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS lens, indicating that it is another high performer.

  • 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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