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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 12-MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera (Body)

4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Overall score: 70%
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DPReview Tested August 2010
The G10 is a very capable camera, and as an entry-level DSLR competitor it fulfills its purpose very well. It offers an excellent range of features and a lot of customization, but its 'auto everything' iA mode is on hand for those occasions when you just want to point and shoot.
Barney Britton Barney Britton
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Conclusion

The G10 is Panasonic's first entry-level Micro Four Thirds camera. Its core systems are capable and reliable, and although its menu system is a little dated, the G10 is an easy camera to find your way around. Unfortunately it is marred by a poor EVF, which is almost unusable in some shooting situations.

Reasons to buy

  • Reliably good image quality up to ISO 800, usable (just) up to ISO 3200
  • Accurate metering and focus
  • Good JPEG resolution (though stick to raw for best results)
  • Fast and responsive in use
  • Good ergonomics all around, excellent build quality, nice handling
  • Very useful status panel and quick menu allow direct access to many important settings
  • Highly customizable - up to three custom modes and many user-definable options
  • Very flexible AF-system with movable AF-area and very effective AF tracking/face detection
  • Fastest contrast detect AF to date (with kit lenses), on par with entry-level DSLRs
  • Very usable manual focus mode (including new distance scale)
  • Face recognition is fun, and works (reasonably) well

Things to consider

  • Poor EVF compared to G1/GH1/G2
  • No automatic EVF/LCD switch
  • Fixed LCD screen
  • Out-of-camera JPEG color not as appealing as best competitors
  • New kit lens not as good as predecessor
  • Image quality at ISO 3200 poor, ISO 6400 verging on the unusable
  • High ISO default noise reduction a bit too high
  • Dynamic range still not as good as best APS-C competitors
  • User interface looking a bit dated
  • Motion JPEG not as efficient as AVCHD (lite) format for video shooting.

Suggested for

General use either by a beginner or enthusiast using the rear LCD screen. Plenty of customisation but capable iA automatic mode as well.

Not suggested for

Anything that requires the EVF.
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Product Description

12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Intelligent Resolution technology; Dual Full-time Live View for LCD and LVF; High-speed Contrast AF System; HD Movie (Motion JPEG) and HDMI compatibility featuring Viera Link

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.3 x 5.6 inches
Item Weight 2.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds
ASIN B003UCZM6M
Item model number DMC-G10 K
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4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #60,695 in Camera & Photo
#1,593 in Camera & Photo > DSLR Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com June 30, 2010

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This is my third Lumix camera the others were more point and shoot, this had what I was looking for in a digital camera automatic exposure and focus as well as manual control of both focus and exposure. The fast mos sensor is a great plus and can now capture subjects in motion without blur. It's easy to use and even though it has many features they are quite easy to learn too.

My previous camera kit was Canon with the FD lenses, I will never buy new Canon kit again after they dropped support for FD lenses. I'm glad I found Micro Four Thirds which appears to becoming the standard across several makes. I can even use my FD lenses with an adaptor. It would have been nice to have had a full frame (35mm) digital camera but they are far too expensive and most haven't adaptors for FD lenses. The surprising feature of using my Canon FD lenses on this camera is that they have an equivalent focal lenth doubled and my telephoto's are really useful my 500mm reflector becomes a 35mm equivalent of 1000mm great for wildlife. The same with my other lenses my Canon 50mm f1.4 becomes 100mm f1.4 who could afford that for a 35mm camera. Canon FD lenses are among the best and I'm glad I can still use them. For those of you who haven't any Canon lenses they are cheap used.

The manual focus is good and easy although the eye level finder could be better it gets the job done. I think this camera with a suitable adaptor would be good for anyone migrating from film to digital it's not too expensive and it has lots of useful features.

The bottom line, I like it it suits the way I take pictures it's also nice to play with trying out different things.
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I am quite satisfied with the camera's performance to date and appreciate the option of being able to change lenses for varying kinds of pictures.
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buenisima camara, me ha sirvido para captar los momentos inolvidables de la vida con mi familia y amigos, en casa, oficiana, playa, desierto, y en el campo
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