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Ilse Jurriën : March 9th 2010 - 23:32 CET

Panasonic DMC-G10 review

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PanasonicPanasonic Lumix DMC-G10 review : The Panasonic Lumix G10 is one of the lightest cameras in the world, and according to Panasonic it has the lightest body. The Panasonic G10 is expected to be the answer to this year's most emphasized requirement, namely a decrease in prices due to more competition from manufacturers such as Olympus, Samsung and Sony. The latter has recently clarified its strategy during the CES, with respect to system cameras, and the general expectation is that the first Sony system cameras will be introduced around the time of the Photokina 2010 in September. The Panasonic Lumix G10 is very similar to the G2, but it has a few lesser specifications.
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Record HD videos with the Panasonic DMC-G10
One of the specifications that distinguish the Panasonic DMC-G10 from the DMC-G2 is the file format in which video is saved, namely Motion JPEG instead of the G2’s AVCHD Lite. The HD video clips are saved in a 1280x720 pixels resolution with the possibility of recording in QVGA, VGA and WVGA resolution. The recording of a video clip is kept very simple. The separate video recording button may be missing, but functions such as iA mode (Intelligent Auto) are present, such as the effective optical stabilizer (O.I.S.) with which movement blur is prevented.

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Panasonic G10 equipped with advanced face detection
Face detection can be activated for photography as well as the recording of a video clip. Face detection has been developed extensively in the past few years and it works very well in practice. The accuracy with which detection works is remarkable. Photography with the use of face detection has such advantages that not only allow for the face to be in focus, but also the lighting, contrast and skin color are calculated optimally and recorded. Despite the trademark beginner’s level model, the Panasonic Lumix G10 has extensive possibilities, but the emphasis is especially on the simplicity and completely automated programs.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 entry-level system camera
Another feature that is missing in the Panasonic G10 is the touch screen control. Although touch screen is not exactly a standard for digital cameras, not to mention system cameras, but such a function would certainly be an advantage in a beginner’s model. Now that we think about it, it could actually be applied the other way around, but this would not make sense in terms of product development. Innovation is usually first applied in a product found in a higher segment. Still, we expect more demand for touch screen in the beginner's models. However, the clear and easy control actually more than makes up for the 'lack' of a touch screen.

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3" LCD display of the Panasonic Lumix G10 camera
The Panasonic DMC-G2’s LCD display has a 3-inch format, which works fine in practice. The functions and settings are clearly displayed and the display itself is quite pleasing. The 460.000 dots resolution is above average in terms of image display. Compared with the G2, the Panasonic Lumix G10 lacks a folding, rotating display. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is not the same as the G2's. The EVF has a smaller zoom range (1.04x versus 1.4x) and the resolution is definitely lower (202.000 versus 1.440.000 dots). It’s too bad, but understandable, that this makes a clear distinction between the two Lumix system cameras.

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12 megapixel Panasonic DMC-G10 Micro Four Thirds camera
The 12 Megapixels resolution is in accordance with the average resolution that system cameras have that we know. This is an excellent resolution; it is more than enough for the type of photography that you could achieve with the Panasonic Lumix DMC G10. More and more often, manufacturers dare to claim that a resolution of about 12 megapixels is optimal for DSLR and system cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix G10. Strangely enough, these same manufacturers make these statements seem invalid for their compact camera assortment. It seems to be a bit of a double standard. The Panasonic DMC-G10’s Live MOS sensor is low-energy and delivers a level of performance comparable to the standard CCD sensor.

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Creative photography with the Panasonic DMC-G10
Whichever photographer has outgrown the Auto mode can live it up in the pre-programmed scenes. The Panasonic DMC-G10 has 26 scenes. This is a large amount that was previously unknown, and when you use the inexhaustible possibilities of the P/S/A/M mode next to that, you can only conclude that you can express yourself creatively with the Panasonic G10. And if you aren’t such a creative type, then the iA mode and the Intelligent Scene Selector can make a good choice for you. In that sense, there are limitless possibilities. Just take a couple of hours with the camera and try out some of the functions.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 system camera
It will be a very interesting year for the Micro Four Thirds System and the other system cameras that will increase in numbers and in manufacturers this year. Panasonic, together with Olympus, has a head start on the competition and will undoubtedly be able to match or surpass the competition in the coming months of this year. Sony, in any case, is introducing its own system cameras, Samsung will extend the NX10 with at least one, but there are two models expected, and also Olympus has some tricks up its sleeves. We are curiously watching Canon and Nikon’s reactions. The period leading up to and during the Photokina 2010 will surely reveal more.


Panasonic DMC-G10 review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC G10 is a welcome addition to the Micro Four Thirds System camera assortment and will undoubtedly find its way to the consumer. System cameras belonging to the Micro Four Thirds System are about to break through and their market share will undoubtedly grow. We expect to receive a full production Panasonic G10 sample shortly and will be publishing a detailed Panasonic Lumix DMC G10 review with a high resolution photo gallery.

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