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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

Lumix g10

Despite the simplification of the design, the Panasonic G10 is still a remarkably well designed camera. For its small shell, the controls are well thought out and spaced.

Like on the G2, you get a large dial to access its key shooting modes, and a pair of levers – one to turn the camera on, and the other to cycle though the different drive modes (including a top continuous shooting speed of 3.2 frames per second).

On the left side of the protruding electronic viewfinder you get a single button for accessing the main focus modes (although the option to quickly toggle through the AF point options provided on the G2 is missing).

Given its size and weight, the G10 feels remarkably substantial in the hand – with a well-shaped grip allowing you to get good purchase on it as you shoot. A rear input dial allows you to toggle through and input menu and button options. As with the G2, this control works very well in aperture priority (or shutter priority mode); turn to change the aperture (or speed) and push and turn to change the exposure compensation.

Sadly it is the differences in handling between the G2 and G10 rather than the similarities that you really notice. Electronic viewfinders are generally a godsend in low light – showing the scene more clearly than a DSLR's viewfinder.

In bright light, however, they are not quite as clear and bright as using a DSLR. However, in both situations the G10 is at a severe disadvantage, as with far fewer pixels it cannot show the scene in anywhere near as much detail as the G2.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourBlack
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
Minimum Focus Distance1 m
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution13.1 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
Height83.6 mm
Width124 mm
Depth74 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesG
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-G10
Product NameLumix DMC-G10 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCG10KEBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
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.

Battery Life410 Shot
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
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker