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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

With no mirror, the autofocus system used by the Panasonic G10 (and other Micro Four Thirds models) works in a slightly different way to DSLRs. It uses the image sensor to analyse image sharpness, rather than using a separate 'phase detection' sensor. But although this is generally slower, this fact of physics did not make itself particularly noticeable in our tests.

The basic 14-42mm lens (with an equivalent angle of view to an old-fashioned 28-85mm zoom), does not stretch the autofocus to the limit, of course, in the way that a telephoto zoom lens might. But all the same, it worked well.

There is a good range of focus options, even without the touch-control option that you'll find on the G2. Face focusing on the G10 works well – and manual focusing is greatly aided by the electronic viewfinder, which zooms in automatically to allow precision adjustment of the lens. In auto mode, it gives excellent feedback as to which of the 23 AF zones it is currently able to render in sharp focus.

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