Panasonic Lumix G10 review

The Panasonic G10 offers DSLR quality in a substantially smaller camera body. In this G10 review, we test its handling, autofocus, ISO performance and more

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  • 13.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
  • Built in flash
  • Good price


  • Extra features on G2 worth paying for
  • Image quality at high ISOs
  • Low-resolution eye-level display

Up until now, the Micro Four Thirds system has been an exciting – but expensive – development in digital camera history. With its interchangeable lenses, it has taken on DSLRs at their own creative game – but in a substantially smaller package.

Panasonic's Lumix G Series has been right at the forefront of this brave new innovative world. But although many were tempted by the idea of the cameras like the Panasonic G1 – or Olympus' much-advertised PEN series – when it came to coughing up the dough, the more affordable DSLR designs got most people's cash.

Now that has all changed, with the launch of the Panasonic G2 and its baby brother, the Panasonic G10. Both cameras offer built-in electronic viewfinders, and a conventional SLR-style design – unlike the rangefinder styling of the Olympus PEN or Panasonic GF1. But what creates their appeal is that these competent stills cameras can also shoot high-definition video – which makes their price tags more appealing than seemingly similar digital SLRs.

But whilst the G2 sells on the street for a seductive £594 with its kit lens, the G10 goes one giant step better with an actual price of £454 with the same 18-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS (optical image stabilization) zoom.

You'd be right to ask what gets sacrificed in order to turn an already aggressively-priced model into what seems like the sale of the century. The answer is remarkably little. Both have the same 12.1 megapixel sensor, electronic eye-level viewfinder, and a 3-inch LCD screen. They have a near identical range of exposure, focusing and drive options.

Panasonic G2 vs Panasonic G10

G2 vs g10

What the G2 has, that the G10 lacks

• A fold-out, rotating screen. The LCD on the G10 is fixed.

• The touchscreen interface. You can't use your fingers to change settings quickly, to scroll through your shots, or to set a focus point. Touch the LCD on the G10, and all you get is greasy fingerprints

• Weight. The G10 is about 35g lighter than the G2, with an all-up shooting weight of 558g.

• A choice of colours. The G10 is available in any colour, as long it as it is black.

• Quality of electronic viewfinder. The G2's eyelevel finder offers over a million pixels, the G10 offers just 200,000 – giving less detail

• Eye detection system. To switch between screens on the G10 you have to press a button, the G2 senses when you want to use the eyelevel finder and switches automatically.

• AVCHD video format. The G10 can record high-def videos, but only using the Quicktime MPEG format.

• Mic socket. On the G10 you can only record sound with the built-in microphone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyLumix G
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4.4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Live View, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)336 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height83.6 mm
Width124 mm
Depth74 mm
Product SeriesG
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-G10
Product NameLumix DMC-G10 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCG10KEBK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DMC-G10 features dual Full-time Live View for the LCD and the LVF (Live View Finder). It gives you a live view of what you're shooting, with approx. 100% field of view. The DMC-G10's 3.0-inch LCD features 460,000-dot resolution Intelligent LCD with wide-viewing angle. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes and from low-angle to high-angle shooting. The DMC-G10 also features Contrast AF system that is not only accurate and easy-to-use, but also very fast.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-G10 Mirrorless Camera
  • H-FS045200 Lens
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Adapter
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year