Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 at a glance

Panasonic lumix DMC-G2: Samsung NX10:
12.1-million-pixel 14.6-million-pixel
Four Thirds Live MOS sensor APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
1280×720-pixel video resolution 1280×720-pixel video resolution
3in articulated touchscreen 3in AMOLED screen
Street price around £549 (body only) Street price around £520 with 18-55mm kit lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10

It seems that hardly a month goes by without a new development in the world of micro-system cameras (MSC).

Already this year we have seen Sony’s new NEX system, as well as the launch of the Samsung NX10. While Samsung and Sony are both new to the game, Panasonic is now something of an old hand, having been the first manufacturer to release a digital micro-system camera in September 2008.

That camera was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, which was also the first Micro Four Thirds model. However, in the world of digital cameras nothing stands still for long, and with the micro-system camera market being one of the largest areas of growth, manufacturers must keep expanding, updating and refreshing their ranges. With this in mind, it was no surprise that Panasonic launched the successor to the G1 in March this year.

Predictably named the Lumix DMC-G2, the second-generation Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera brings a number of new features to the table. The most interesting of these is a touch-sensitive screen, but as I wrote in my review of the G2 in AP 15 May, while this screen provides a few advantages, it doesn’t really offer much to improve the handling of the camera.

Meanwhile, in our initial review of the Samsung NX10 (AP 3 April) we were very impressed with its handling. Designed as a direct competitor to the Micro Four Thirds system, the NX10 has a larger, APS-C-size sensor, which should enable better image quality. It also has a slim body that feels very much like that of a miniature DSLR.

Despite announcing its intention to release the NX system just a few weeks after the launch of the Micro Four Thirds concept, Samsung was in no rush to release the NX10. Instead, it seems the company spent some time studying the success of the Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds products and perfecting its own NX system.

The question is, how does the second-generation Panasonic camera, the Lumix DMC-G2, compare to the first-generation Samsung NX10 camera, and exactly what difference will the NX10’s larger, APS-C sensor make?