Summary: 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 a easy camera to find your way around. Unfortunately it is marred by a poor EVF, which is almost unusable in some shooting situations.
Pros: 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 ...
Cons: 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.
Summary: 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 consumer model. The Panasonic G10 does the essentials well: solid image quality, HD video capture, quick/reliable autofocus and live view image composition.
Panasonic Lumix G10 Review: Hello, Micro Four Thirds
20 July 2010
Conclusion: At the end of every review, I have to make a “conclusion/ending/do I like it or not” sort of thing. The G10′s poor ISO performance compared to normal DSLRs and other Micro Four Thirds cameras can really be a deal breaker for any consumer, even in lit indoor conditions, the ISO starts to fuss up. The great image quality though is nothing you can simply walk by, either. So what’s my point? The Lumix G10 is a perfect buy for the price, power, and pro looks.
Pros: Great image quality, DSLR design, albeit slightly large for a real 4/3rds camera, Autofocus in both stills and HD video, Battery lasts more than 430 stills
Cons: Terrible, low-res, viewfinder, Noisy ISO quality, A little bigger than a 4/3rds should be
Excerpt: Dull colour performance; noisy ISO unusable in upper ranges; no dedicated movie button; records in inferior Motion JPEG format; no dial for AF Pattern; non- articulated screen; poor quality EVF; no external mic plug
Cons: Dull colour performance; noisy ISO unusable in upper ranges; no dedicated movie button; records in inferior Motion JPEG format; no dial for AF Pattern; non- articulated screen; poor quality EVF; no external mic plug
Panasonic LUMIX G10 review: A Micro Four Thirds camera that takes great pictures, but could be better value
Good Gear Guide.au
1 December 2010
Summary: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G10 is an entry-level interchangeable lens camera that has heaps of features, but it could still use a couple more. At $899 with a 14-42mm zoom lens, this Micro Four Thirds camera isn't cheap, but it's small, it has manual features and a built-in EVF, and it can take high-quality images.
Pros: Good image clarity, good manual features, built-in EVF, great focusing features and performance
Cons: Feels a little sluggish, no auto-switching between LCD and EVF, no dedicated video recording button, not great for night-time shooting
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 is outwardly very similar to the 18-month old DMC-G1 camera, so a lot of the comments that we made about that model's handling apply equally to the G10. Measuring 124 x 83.6 x 74mm and weighing 336g without a lens attached, the G10 is exactly the same size but 50g lighter than its predecessor, largely because the G1's rotating, free-angle LCD monitor has been replaced by a fixed screen.