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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the lens and image quality are overall positive. The responsiveness and portability also get good views, but many are critical about the low light performance and viewfinder.

value for money, portability, responsiveness, image quality, lens

viewfinder, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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New Panasonic Micro-Four Thirds Cam Wants You to Step U...


If you're looking to graduate from point-and-shoot school and go to DSLR university, consider the Lumix G10.

Looks and feels like a mini-SLR. Lightweight and easy to use with one hand. Comfy tactile finish and good ergonomics. A credible, beginner, interchangeable-lens camera. Dedicated iA button for no-brainer shooting

Pointless electronic viewfinder. Decidedly average auto-focusing in low-light conditions

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10


At $599.95, the 12.1-megapixel Lumix G10 is Panasonic's least expensive Micro Four Thirds camera. It offers the same still image quality and speedy performance as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 ($899.95, ), but in a noticeably larger body. The G10, along...

D-SLR image quality. Camcorder-like 720p30 HD video recording. SDXC card support

Poor low-light performance (images are noisy above ISO 800). Microphone picks up lens noise during video capture. Proprietary USB cable

The Panasonic Lumix G10 is an affordable option for photographers who want D-SLR image quality and speed without the bulk of a traditional D-SLR.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 (body)


Panasonic's entry-level interchangeable-lens model, the Lumix DMC-G10, is a moderately de-featured version of its big brother, the G2. Based around the same Micro Four Thirds-standard sensor and lens mount, the G10 is a solid ILC model, but one that...

Fastest in its class thus far; well-built; intelligent design for enthusiasts, with lots of direct-access controls

Mediocre EVF; no dedicated record button; overly noisy JPEG photos

How the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 stacks up to its competition depends upon your priorities: it's the speed king, with the best design for manually oriented shooters, but its image quality lags the field.


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Lumix DMC-G10 Preview


Along with the announcement of the DMC-G2, Panasonic has released a second new G model, the DMC-G10. Sharing almost identical specifications with it's brother, the G10 includes a slightly different Live Viewfinder with less resolution (202k dots) and...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Review


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Panasonic G10


The Panasonic G10 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Third camera. As you may know, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the G10 operate without the bulky mirror between the image sensor and lens.

For the price, the Panasonic G10 is tough to beat. It misses out on some of the features of its bigger sibling, the G2, (like a swivel LCD, auto EVF/LCD switching, AVCHD recording, external mic, etc.), but it hits the nail on the head for an affordable...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Review


The Panasonic Lumix G10 shares much of its genetics with its G series Micro Four Thirds predecessors, including a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, but its $600 introductory price makes it the lowest priced Lumix MFT camera yet.

Price ; Good Image Quality ; Lightweight

Poor at high ISO ; Slow AF in low light ; Some purple fringing

Though the G10 has its lackluster areas, like slow AF, noisy images when you push the ISO, and chromatic aberrations in high contrast areas, it takes great pictures. Overall, it's a good camera at the right price.

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"Great step up from point & shoot camera"


Great next step for someone looking for more than a point & shoot, but can't get a DSLR. Good quality images, a good range of lenses, and even more if you can get a 4/3 mount for other lenses. Nice compact size compared with sometimes bulky DSLR's

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"Great Gateway Interchangeable Lens Camera"


Most of the cuts from the DMC-G2 are extraneous such as the adjustable LCD touch screen ability. Removal of the dedicated record button is not that bad of a drawback, considering the price. The DMC-G2's electronic viewfinder is better than the...

Price is great for a ILC- $400

Electronic Viewfinder is ok. However, is a lot better than having no view finder. Other features make up for this.

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Great Gateway Interchangeable Lens Camera


Most of the cuts from the DMC-G2 are extraneous such as the adjustable LCD touch screen ability. Removal of the dedicated record button is not that bad of a drawback, considering the price. The DMC-G2's electronic viewfinder is better than the...

Price is great for a ILC- $400 ; Micro Four Thirds lenses allow variety of lenses needed for enthusiast photographers ; Allows for better diversity than Super-zooms ; Great amount of MP ; sensor size is larger than super-zooms/P&S ; Raw Shooting

Electronic Viewfinder is ok. However, is a lot better than having no view finder. Other features make up for this

Product Specifications

Full-time live view works with both the LCD and the live view finder. This means that, no matter which way you shoot, you see before you shoot how adjusting the exposure compensation, white balance, aperture and even the shutter speed will affect the image. On the G10, both the LCD and the live view Finder boast true full-time live view capability. The G10's 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor offers the best of both worlds the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. This sensor is also advantageous for photo and movie recording with its high S/N, thanks to an advanced circuit structure that is unaffected by the noise generated in each of the circuits. It results in clear images even when taken at high ISO sensitivity. With the G10 you're always ready for those sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. Just press the dedicated iA button and aim the camera at your subject. The G10 automatically determines the most suitable Scene mode and helps correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems to capture great photos. While taking photos my color mode makes it easy to capture creative images. Just aim the camera and select any of seven preset effects, including silhouette, expressive, pure and others, while checking the image in live view. The custom setting lets you adjust the color, brightness and saturation to your liking, to further expand your creative palette. The venus engine HD II incorporates two CPUs. This not only boosts image processing speed, it also helps achieve an exceptional noise-reduction performance. Also the venus engine HD II features a circuit that makes intelligent resolution technology possible. In iA mode, the G10 automatically identifies parts with outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas, and optimizes the edge emphasis on the outlines and detailed texture areas while using the Venus Engine noise reduction process to make the soft gradation areas smoother. You can capture stunning images with details you've never seen before in both photo and movie recording. If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when you're changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in photos. The G10 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the live MOS sensor. Vibrating around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles. This keeps the image sensor clean at all times and eliminates the need for cumbersome maintenance procedures.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sunset / Sports mode / Scenery / Pet / Night portrait / Party/indoor / Close-up / Portrait mode / Baby1 / Baby2 / Peripheral defocus


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Panasonic 14-42mm lens
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:14mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / QuickTime
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto / ISO 3200 / ISO 6400 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:RAW / JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD