|Panasonic DMC-L10 - LCD monitor & Viewfinder
All settings are visible on the LCD screen. The amount of information can be adjusted. Personally I prefer to see a lot of information because it gives me the feeling that I have everything under control. You can also turn this function off in case you are tired of too much information. Moreover the viewfinder gives you more than enough information, apart from when you change a setting. Panasonic presumes you will watch the screen on the back of the camera. But I think it is more convenient to adjust a setting without having to take your eye from the viewfinder, providing you can find the buttons blindfolded by that time. It might just make the difference between capturing the moment or not. I have to add that this is a very small minus.
Panasonic Lumix L10 - Function button
More and more cameras offer the possibility to easily scroll through the settings on the screen. Unfortunately this option is lacking on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10. You do have to press the FUNC button to select a setting. You will see all the possibilities of the setting in once glance once you have pushed the button. FUNC offers a quick menu that lets you scroll through the main settings. In the end I got used to only using that button, because it worked the easiest. In any case better than having to search for the white balance button or any other button all the time.
Panasonic L10 - Three focus points
The Panasonic Lumix L10 focuses with only three focus points, placed rather close to each other in the centre. This is kind of annoying when you have the habit of positioning subjects on the edge of a picture. You will have to frequently turn the camera and this does not add to an accurate focus. The auto focus itself responds well. Not extremely fast or slow, just normal. Looking at competing models, the three focus points are a tad on the stingy side compared to the nine or eleven points other cameras are equipped with.
|Panasonic L10 digital SLR- Auto focus
Undoubtedly the rotating screen is an outstanding feature. I have worked with it before on a compact camera and it needs some getting used to on a DSLR. And I have to admit, it is addictive. If you need to take a picture over a group of people; no problem, just tilt the screen. Want to capture an object very low on the ground? It becomes a piece of cake without having to manoeuvre yourself into a difficult position. The plus of this screen is of course the 100% field of view which you do not get from a viewfinder. There is however a minus to the screen. The mirror has to be folded away for the auto focus. Using Live View the mirror is folded out. So when trying to capture a moving subject you have to consider the time span. In the beginning I have made some pictures of a moving-along cyclist but when looking at the picture no cyclist had been captured…. You can prevent this by focusing using contrast as a base. And this is only possible if you use the new lens on the Panasonic Lumix L10. The auto focus will work through the sensor, just like a compact camera. Focusing this way will also fold down the mirror before actually capturing the picture but it takes a lot less time. And if you want to photograph faces, like portrait photography, face detection will come in handy. Indeed we know this feature only from compact cameras. Face detection only works when Live View is turned on. The system Panasonic is using is quite fine but not 100% perfect. One hand in front of an eye and auto focus does not recognize the face anymore.
Panasonic Lumix L10 - Picture enlargement
When a picture is captured you will briefly see an enlargement. At first my conservative self did not want to use this function; it made me nervous while working with a camera. But after a while I decided to try it and I must admit that it is quite handy. You do not have to put the camera in play mode to check sharpness which saves time.