Conclusion: Panasonic's second digital SLR is a far more conventional affair than its first attempt, the DSC-L1. It's also quite obviously aimed at a very different type of user - the beginner / first time user / upgrader from a compact. To this end the L10 has perhaps the most compact-like operation and user interface of any SLR to date (and if you were being cruel, the most compact-like JPEG image quality too).
Pros: Excellent resolution and 'per pixel' definition, but really need to shoot raw to get the best results, Subtle, restrained color and contrast (though see below), Better highlight dynamic range than Olympus equivalent (still a little tight in the highlights), Excellent handling and ergonomics, Bright, clear multi-angle screen, Contrast detect AF in and quick mirror for the most usable Live View mode to date, Decent level of external controls, Very user-friendly and appr...
Cons: Small and dark viewfinder view (difficult to see fine detail, difficult to check focus), New kit lens slow (F3.8-5.6) considering its size, In-camera JPEG processing produces images that are soft and don't show true potential of sensor, Many will find default settings rather too under saturated with greens and blues particularly insipid. Dynamic mode produces punchier 'out of camera' results, Image parameters (NR, WB, contrast, Saturation) don't provide a wide enough ...
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC L10 is easy to use, provides plenty of shooting options and features and is worthy of close consideration for anyone trading up from a high spec’ compact or those looking from more from their photography.
Pros: Lens, OIS, white balance, live view, responsive, nice menus, low ISO image quality, handling, flip out LCD makes the most of Live View.
Cons: Small viewfinder, noise in images at high ISO, build, slower aperture kit lens (than L1), no depth of field preview in Live View.
Excerpt: Panasonics sleek designs, and innovations such as MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, make it a major force in digital compacts. But powerhouse status in DSLRs has been elusive. Despite live view and a clever pop-up flash, its first DSLR, the 7.5MP Lumix DMC-L1, hasnt grabbed much market share since it debuted in 2006. One reason: The L1 comes with an incredible Leica zoom that may be worth more than the camera itself.
Excerpt: As more and more consumers graduate to digital SLR cameras, it's not surprising that some manufacturers are looking to ease the transition for the first-timers. Features normally found on compact cameras -- scene modes, face detection autofocus, and live LCD preview - are now commonly found on DSLRs. Such is the case with Panasonic's newest DSLR, the 10.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-L10, which brings with it several features and functions normally found on EVF-style cameras.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 digital reflex camera Panasonic's first digital SLR was a very nice camera. Strong build, Live View, nice optics and good quality. My first reaction was; nice of Panasonic to join the club of D-SLR manufacturers. And once the news was spread that an entry-level camera was about to see the light, I followed a wait-and-see policy. I wanted to see the invention of Panasonic with my own eyes before commenting on it.
Summary: The Panasonic DMC-L10 is only Panasonic's second digital SLR to date – its predecessor was the slightly odd, Rangefinder-like L1, always more statement of intent than viable sales proposition.
Conclusion: The package overall does work well, I’m not convinced on some of the compact digital camera features that have been added (although face detection is a worthwhile addition for sure). But for high quality pictures and if you stick to Auto mode simple ease of use its not half bad. There are however many exceptional camera kits in this and lower price ranges that split the costs of the camera and lens more evenly, with the L10 it looks as though you are really buying an...
Summary: While the Panasonic Lumix L10 is a capable, attractive and often innovative model, it also seems to me to be a somewhat schizophrenic entity. It’s packed with entry-level features, such as the low burst rate, 1/4000sec top shutter speed, the scene modes and PC-free operation, yet also has that impressive LCD screen that enthusiasts will love.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is the second digital SLR from
the Japanese consumer electronics giant. The L10 is the
follow-up to the DMC-L1, which didn't end up in the hands of that many photographers (apparently), and I think it's ~$1700 price tag had a lot to do with that. The biggest reason for the L1's high price was it's excellent 14 - 50 mm kit lens, which sells today for $900.
Pros: Very good image quality (though see issues below), Well built, easy to hold camera body, Impressive kit lens has nice range, optical image stabilization, Flip-out, rotating 2.5" LCD display, Live view with contrast detect AF, face detection, histogram, easy manual focus, and more (though see issues below), Full manual controls, including white balance fine-tuning, RAW image format supported, good (but clunky) editing software included, Can store up to three sets of ca...
Cons: Doesn't seem $500 better than the similar Olympus E-510, Sensor a little noisier than average; too much noise reduction at high ISOs (shoot in RAW to get around that), Contrast detect AF and associated features only work with two lenses (at time of publication), Sluggish focusing performance in live view mode; low light focusing isn't great when flash is closed, Can only take three RAW shots in a row in burst mode, Below average battery life, especially if live view i...