Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Released August, 2007
  • 10 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
Where the L1 was a solid, heavy lump of a camera with a semi professional build, traditional 'shutter speed and aperture dial' operation and styling that owed more than a nod to Leica's rangefinder models, the L10 is a lightweight, conventionally styled SLR with a control interface and feature set that matches mid-range models from the bigger players in the market.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-L10
7.8
Nikon D600
10.0
Nikon D610
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-L10
7.7
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-L10
8.5
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-L10
9.1
Reviews from techradar.com and dpreview.com

8.5

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-L10
8.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

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

Lumix DMC-L10
429 ISO
Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
Nikon D610
2,925 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-L10
230 ms
PEN E-P2
956 ms
Lumix DMC-G1
372 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-L10
99 ms
Nikon D600
54 ms
Nikon D610
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-L10
1,000 ms
PEN E-P2
2,300 ms
Nikon D600
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-L10
3 fps
NEX 5T
10 fps
Pen E-P5
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-L10
450 photos
Nikon D600
900 photos
Nikon D610
900 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10


8.0
Occasionally you'll need to manually focus, as the three-point AF system isn't the world's fastest and the points are closely spaced.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The Olympus lens costs maybe a third what the Leica lens costs, and is perhaps half the size, and it is surprisingly good.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
You don't get the L1's tank-like build, and some users will bemoan the loss of the unique 'bounce' 2-position flash and aperture ring, but I think it's safe to say that the L10 is going to be a far easier camera for Panasonic to sell.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
Few SLR kit zooms offer much in the way of macro capability, and the 14-50mm Vario Elmar is better than many, but really nothing to write home about.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)

Sensor

And now we have the second Panasonic Lumix DSLR, the DMC-L10, a far more conventional affair (it actually looks a lot like a reflex version of the FZ50) that offers some significant new features including a fully articulating LCD monitor, user interface improvements, a resolution hike to ten megapixels and the ability to use contrast-detect autofocus in Live View mode using the sensor itself (though only with compatible lenses - basically the two new zooms announced today).
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
The overall best image however was from Adobe Camera RAW with very good sharpness and definition of texture.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
You can also eke a little more resolution out of the L10's sensor if you shoot raw and develop carefully using ACR.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)

Focus

The L10 offers two focus options in live view mode (provided you're using a compatible lens, such as the 14-50mm kit lens); phase detect (the same as used in viewfinder mode) and contrast detect (focusing using the sensor).
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
The L10 still has to flip up the mirror and open the shutter in order to activate live view mode, but it has the unique ability to focus using the sensor itself using contrast detect AF, the same system used by pretty much every compact digital camera ever made (half press the shutter release, just like normal).
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
it also gives the advantage of more focus points and the ability to choose your own focus patterns (the phase detect AF is the same three-point system used in the L10, and in Olympus' entry-level DSLRs).
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)

Live view

With the Live View enabled the information display changes to look very much like you'd expect to see on a high end compact camera, with the information overlaid around the edge of the preview image.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
We'll look at the operation and performance of the live view system a little later.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
In Live View mode you can selected one of five view modes as shown below.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)

Screen

The L10's JPEG processing is a touch on the soft side, but it does look very clean and only needs a quick unsharp mask applying to crispen it up.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
Aside from a slightly different color mapping (particularly in the greens and blues) the main difference here is in the sharpness (detail is almost identical), with Canon's default JPEG output a touch sharper.
by DPReview (Dec, 2007)
The new design is being marketed at owners of compact or bridge cameras who'd like to trade up to an SLR without losing ease of use or the convenience of being able to compose shots on screen.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type NMOS
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3648 x 2736
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 24.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 207 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

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 450 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 230 ms
Shutter lag 99 ms
Startup delay 1,000 ms

video

Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.93x
Viewfinder size 0.47x

form factor

Size 135 x 96 x 78 mm
Thickness 78 mm
Weight 556 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Optical
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