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.
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: 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.
Summary: The G10 fills an affordable alternative to its more expensive Micro System Camera cousins. What it lacks in features (and there’s not much) is made up for by its low price. Easy to use, well laid out and intuitive, this is a fairly no-frills G-series camera that doesn’t sacrifice performance for...
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.
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 men...
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,...
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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: Pointless electronic viewfinder. Decidedly average auto-focusing in low-light conditions.
Summary: For the majority of 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.
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
Excerpt: So-called hybrid cameras are the talk of the town at the moment as they’re designed to give users the best of both worlds. They promise the image quality and flexibility of a DSLR with similar controls and handling, but in a much more compact body.