Panasonic Lumix G10 review
Look at picture of the Lumix G10 might give you a sense of déjà vu, and it has to be said the package as a whole isn’t especially novel. It’s similar in basic design and features to every other Micro Four Thirds camera before it, from both Panasonic and its rivals. The kit lens is the now-standard 14-42mm (28 – 84mm equivalent) f/3.5 – 5.6 zoom and the body is roughly the same size as all previous Micro Four Thirds models; which is to say, larger than a digital compact but significantly smaller and lighter than the average digital SLR. Features are similar too, although it does bring a few extra tricks to the circus.
All Micro Four Thirds cameras lack an optical viewfinder because of the lack of space between lens and sensor; the G10 attempts to compensate for that with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) to supplement the 3in TFT screen. It’s only a partial success. With it, you can frame a shot in bright sunlight, but its colour rendition is poor, resolution is low at 202kpixels and it presents a very small image to the eye.
In fact, ours tended to start hurting after about a minute of squinting at it. The camera also needs to be switched on to use it, whereas with the optical viewfinder of a DSLR you can spend all afternoon framing your shot if you want, and not waste any battery life at all.
The lens doesn’t feel like a professional piece of kit, with matte-plastic construction and a plastic mount. Its low weight does contribute to an all-up weight for camera, lens and battery of just 552g, but that’s heavier than the Olympus PEN E-PL1’s overall 478g with its 14-44mm lens. The lens itself is less compact too, at about 62mm deep to the PEN’s 43mm. And there’s little arguing the Olympus has a lot more going for it in the looks department.
There are other differences between the G10 and its rivals though. The control layout is refreshing; you get a dedicated switch to select between single-shot, burst and bracketing modes, which for the many amateurs dabbling in HDR photography these days, will save a lot of time. Bracketing is flexible too, allowing up to seven shots in a sequence.
|Camera megapixel rating||12.1mp|
|Camera screen size||3.0in|
|Camera optical zoom range||3x|
|Camera maximum resolution||4000 x 3000|
Weight and dimensions
|Dimensions||124 x 56 x 84mm (WDH)|
|Battery type included||lithium-ion|
|Battery life (CIPA standard)||380 shots|
|Aperture range||f3.5 - f5.6|
|Camera minimum focus distance||0.30m|
|Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent)||28|
|Longest focal length (35mm equivalent)||84|
|Minimum (fastest) shutter speed||1/4,000|
|Maximum (slowest) shutter speed||1 mins|
|Bulb exposure mode?||yes|
|RAW recording mode?||yes|
|Exposure compensation range||+/- 3EV|
|ISO range||100 - 6400|
|Selectable white balance settings?||yes|
|Manual/user preset white balane?||yes|
|Progam auto mode?||yes|
|Shutter priority mode?||yes|
|Aperture priority mode?||yes|
|Fully auto mode?||yes|
|Burst frame rate||3.0fps|
|Secondary LCD display?||no|
|Tripod mounting thread?||yes|
|Data connector type||Proprietary USB|
Manual, software and accessories
|Full printed manual?||yes|
|Software supplied||PHOTOfunStudio 5.0, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 5.1|
|Accessories supplied||Lens hood|