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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.

Viewfinder, LCD, Liveview and Video


I shot this low-angle shot in 16:9 format. As I did not have a clear view of the composition on the LCD screen (the ground was too filthy to lie on), I had to crop the image to get the result I wanted

As it doesn’t have a reflex mirror, the G10 has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical one. With just 202,000 dots (equivalent), the G10’s EVF has a considerably lower resolution than the 1.44-million-dot (equivalent) devices of the G1 and G2. However, this doesn’t make as much difference as the numbers might suggest. The view is slightly less detailed in the G10 EVF, but the image looks more natural with lower contrast and less edge sharpening.

Despite the lower resolution of the finder, focusing manually is easy using the 10x magnified display. I also found the G10’s EVF less prone to colour drag, which is the phenomenon that makes rainbow colours appear to trail behind features such as the grid lines as the camera is moved relative to the eye.

While the G10’s 3in, 460,000-dot LCD screen provides a good view when shooting indoors, I had to turn its brightness up to 
the highest available level when shooting outside to get a reasonable view. When shooting from a low angle I really missed 
the articulated joint that allows the G2’s screen to be visible from above. Even though the screen has a wide viewing angle, the G10’s EVF projects out by around 1cm and obscures the majority of the scene.

Although it doesn’t offer Full HD (1920×1080-pixel) video recording like the Lumix DMC-GH1, the G10 can shoot 1280×720-pixel movies at 30fps, which is sufficient for most enthusiast photographers.

  • 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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