Panasonic Lumix G10 Review: Hello, Micro Four Thirds
31 December 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
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 an 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.
New Panasonic Micro-Four Thirds Cam Wants You to Step Up and Shoot, Baby
15 June 2010
Excerpt: The Micro-Four Thirds genre is growing up. No longer the pricey young upstart, the format is expanding its reach to the budget-conscious masses. Case in point: Panasonic’s Lumix G10. The G10 is meant for a shooter who wants to escape from the point-and-shoot world and play with interchangeable lenses, but who doesn’t want a bulky, prism-bound DSLR. Built around the larger 12-megapixel Micro-Four Thirds sensor, it delivers a bump in image quality and creative control.
Summary: CONCLUSION The Panasonic DMC-G10 is the best-priced model in its line-up of MFT cameras. It has a lot of the same features as its predecessors, including the same body, build, look and feel. Many of the same specs are carried over from the G1 and GH1, though Panasonic took a few cost-saving measures to make the G10 more affordable.
Pros: Price, Good Image Quality, Lightweight
Cons: Poor ISO performance, Slow AF performance in low-light, Purple fringing in high-contrast scenes
Summary: 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.
Pros: Fastest in its class thus far; well-built; intelligent design for enthusiasts, with lots of direct-access controls.
Cons: Mediocre EVF; no dedicated record button; overly noisy JPEG photos.
Summary: For most photographers considering buying the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10, the most important fact is that it is capable of recording the same level of detail as the other cameras in the Panasonic range. The company has not compromised in this area. The cost savings have been made at the expense of a few handling refinements, which may be of no consequence to some prospective users.