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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

Our Verdict

For

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

Against

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

We tested the G10 in a wide variety of lighting situations – and had the good fortune to have a G2 so that we could shoot comparison pictures in some of the situations.

Unsurprising, the results from the two cameras were very similar. In the standard film style, JPEG images were a touch more contrasty than perhaps ideal – but this can be adjusted to your liking. More sensibly you can use the RAW option, to give you a much greater control over tonal range.

Auto white balance proved extremely accurate, compared to many digital SLRs. Although exposure was not always foolproof, the fact that you have a preview of the image in the viewfinder and the option to display a histogram means there is no real excuse for ending up with duff shots.

The small sensor (when compared to rival DSLRs) proves an Achilles heel when it comes to high ISO. The G10 offers a range of speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. However, the grain that you get when using 3200 or 6400 settings is severe, and so these options are best avoided. Shots taken at ISO 1600, however, were significantly better – and this is a good option in the lowest light.

Ultimately, however, the lens supplied with this camera does not seem capable of providing the critical sharpness of image that you would expect from a traditional SLR – although obviously you can opt to use better quality optics (as is the benefit of using a system camera like this).

Video quality is generally good – although the lack of microphone socket is a serious obstacle to this camera making a career in the movies.

ISO test main

Panasonic G10: ISO test

ISO 400

Panasonic G10: ISO 400 test – 100% crop (click for full-size image)

ISO 1600

Panasonic G2: ISO 1600 test – 100% crop (click for full-size image)

ISO 3200

Panasonic G2: ISO 6400 test – 100% crop (click for full-size image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix G
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
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height83.6 mm
Width124 mm
Depth74 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesG
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
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