Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Released March, 2010
  • 12 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
It takes about 0.7 second for two sequential shots, regardless of file format (raw or JPEG), and flash recycling brings that up to a full second.
by c|net (May, 2010)
8.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-G10
7.7
D5200
9.8
D5300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-G10
5.3
D5200
5.5
D5300
5.5
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-G10
10.0
D5200
10.0
D5300
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-G10
8.9
D5200
9.2
D5300
9.1
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.3

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-G10
8.3
D5200
9.1
D5300
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-G10
411 ISO
D5300
1,338 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G10
2.6 fps
NX1100
8 fps
NX2000
8 fps

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Lumix DMC-G10
21.2 bits
D5200
24.2 bits
D5300
24.0 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Lumix DMC-G10
10.1 ev
D5200
13.9 ev
D5300
13.9 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10


7.0
The essentials remain the same (sensor, AF/metering system) but the G10 lacks the more expensive extras found in the higher-end model such as a touch-sensitive articulated LCD screen and high-resolution EVF.

8.0
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 is outwardly very similar to the 18-month old DMC-G1 camera, so a lot of the comments that we made about that model's handling apply equally to the G10.

8.0
The new kit lens is very good, with hardly any wide-angle distortion.

7.5
There's almost no distortion for the telephoto lens at 40mm; if Panasonic's performing in-camera control, it's doing a very good job.

Overall

7.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The new 14-42mm standard kit lens is significantly better than the old one, with excellent edge to edge sharpness and no visible chromatic aberration at any focal length or aperture setting.
by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
I generally like the overall design and it's solidly constructed and comfortable to grip and shoot-even one-handed with a heavyish lens.
by c|net (May, 2010)
Notably different, though: the 14-42mm lens uses an internal focus (the lens doesn't extend as you zoom, instead shifting the lens elements within the barrel).
by c|net (May, 2010)

Sensor

The pop-up flash is also very good, with a guide number of 11 at 100 ISO, and is easily capable of filling a large room with good frame coverage even at wide angle.
by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
As far as image quality and performance are concerned, the G10 is an exact match for its big brother the G2, and we're far more inclined to forgive its faults (slightly sub-par image quality above ISO 800 and fairly uninspiring continuous shooting in RAW mode) in a camera of this level.
by DPReview (Aug, 2010)
Image quality at 100 ISO is superb.
by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Viewfinder

But the company also went with a low-resolution, low-magnification EVF.
by c|net (May, 2010)
Still it's better than some of the EVFs I've seen on megazoom cameras and certainly better than none at all.
by c|net (May, 2010)
Although perfectly decent compared to the average superzoom compact, the G10's EVF cannot come close to the excellent EVF experience of the VF2 viewfinder for the Olympus EP-2, nor the Samsung NX10 or the built-in EVFs of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, GH1 or G2.
by DPReview (Aug, 2010)

Screen

The $200 price difference between the G2 and G10 will probably shrink as the months go on, and I think it's worth paying a little extra for the better EVF, articulated display, and better video capabilities of the G2, even if you're not into touch screens.
by c|net (May, 2010)
The G1 and G2 have excellent field-sequential displays that provide sharpness almost as good as an optical TTL viewfinder, but the G10 is equipped with a cheaper standard TFT LCD display viewfinder, with a resolution of 202,000 dots.
by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
It is still an impressively fast and very sharp 7.5cm (3.0 inch) 460k TFT LCD screen as before, but where the G1 and G2 (and indeed the GH1) have articulated monitors able to flip and twist around a side-mounted hinge, the G10 has a fixed screen like the GF1.
by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Video

On the other hand, the G1 doesn't have any video capability at all, whereas the new G10 can record 720p HD movies, so it could be worth sacrificing the better LCD and EVF if you want to shoot stills and moving images from one cameras.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2010)
For an entry-level camera though, the G10 boasts an impressive video specification, and its mirrorless design makes it much easier to use in video mode than its DSLR competitors.
by DPReview (Aug, 2010)
The mode dial contains the usual suspects: PASM, movie, custom settings (which holds three slots), a handful of scene modes, and a slot leading to the entire selection.
by c|net (May, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 12 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 20.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23
Cross type focus points 0
Supports continuous No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.6 fps
Continuous shooting 2.6 fps, JPEG

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 124 x 90 x 74 mm
Thickness 74 mm
Weight 381 g
Is weather sealed No
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