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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

Panasonic lumix g10

Be in no doubt, the Panasonic G10 offers remarkable value for money – providing a portable system camera, with a good range of creative tools, at a price and size that will attract a lot of people.

For this reviewer's money, the SLR styling, with the built-in eyelevel electronic viewfinder makes this a much more appealing camera than the rangefinder-styled Olympus PEN. In terms of value, the Samsung NX10 is probably this camera's most serious rival.

However, there is a strong case for outlaying a bit more and going for the Panasonic G2 instead. The articulating screen is seriously useful for shooting at awkward angles, or for helping you to see the image in strong light. The touchscreen interface proves more than a gimmick – and actually helps you speed around the camera's many settings.

But the killer punch is the electronic viewfinder. The low-resolution eyelevel display on the G10 is a liability – making it very hard to check focus accuracy and composition as you shoot. Opting for the Panasonic G2 gives you five times more detail through the EVF – and this alone makes the extra investment worthwhile.

Verdict

The Panasonic G10 offers a good solution to the age-old creativity-or-convenience conundrum – and at a ground-breaking price for the Micro Fours Thirds system.

However, being the cheapest doesn't always make you the best value. This has plenty for the price, but the extras on the Panasonic G2 are worth paying for, if you can afford it.

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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