REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
PanasonicDMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good image quality (7)
  • Large clear LCD (7)
  • Image stabilization (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Travel (5)
    • Wildlife (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-8

    Back to top

     
    4.0

    Great camera for the price!!!!!

    By Papa

    from Virginia Beach, Va

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

      I use the DMC-G10 to take photos of my children. The picture quality is amazing, especially from a tripod. The image stabilization is good and I have had zero problems so far. The size is perfect for travel as tested on a recent trip to Germany. It is much smaller than your standard DSLR and the feel is far superior. It does not feel too light and doesnt feel like cheap plastic. The only down side for me so far is the image quality on the view finder. It isnt too bad but could use a higher resolution eye piece such as the G1/G2 have.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      Excellent...

      By Astrostream

      from Calgary, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

        *How you use the product?
        Daily and for travelling.
        *Things that are great about it?
        User interface is great. I love the zoom+manual focus

        *Things that aren't so great about it?
        No AVCHD. Noise processing at high ISO.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        4.0

        At this price, irresistible

        By Joe S

        from Suffern, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Not the best at high ISO

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

        My previous camera was a superzoom, for which I paid about $400. (It was a DMC-FZ7). It was time for me to upgrade. When the G10 went on sale with kit lens for $399.95 ($200 less than list) it was an easy decision, time to get it! This camera has the same sensor and the same processing engine as the Panasonic DMC-G2; the major differences are: fixed LCD instead of tilt-swivel-touch LCD on the G2 (same resolution though); 202k pixel normal LCD EVF instead of the G2's astounding 1.4M pixel field sequential EVF; no dedicated movie record button; and no sensor to automatically switch from LCD to EVF - instead there's a button to do that. I looked through both G2 and G10's EVFs at B&H and (coming from a superzoom with a much lower res EVF) I thought the G10's viewfinder looked fine to me. Yes, the G2's looked better - but then again, the G2 is significantly more expensive. I bought the G10 for its image quality, and because it was at a price that made sense for me, an amateur. So far I am incredibly pleased.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        very high quality photos, easy settings

        By DK

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

          I have been using this camera mostly in the intelligent auto mode and some of the pre-set scenery modes. It has been taking excellent pictures so far.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Camera

          By High school student

          from IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good battery life
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good manual ctrl handlng
          • Great design for controls
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor in high iso quality

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

          The thing I like best about this camera is the design. Nice, solid feel/weight while being lighter and smaller than DSLRs. There's plenty of external controls from drive modes being switch selectable, a dial for focus modes and a standard mode dial (the two dials are a bit stiff for my taste, but some people might find them sturdy). The LCD is bright with fairly good refresh rate. Since this is my first non point and shoot camera, the EVF looks fine to me although it looks a bit low resolution and colors are a bit washed out. My only complaint about the design is that the buttons on the back are a bit flat for my taste, but they're still comfortable and functional. Also, I'm SO glad Panasonic didn't advertise on the camera body (ex: I hate when manufacturers stamp FULL HD or something like that on the body, it's unnecessary since the user already knows and it looks ugly to me)Features are great at this price, from useful manual focusing to HD video to other things. The kit lens is pretty good too, sharp with smooth operation. I do wish though it had a bigger variety of modes, like HDR modes or Panaroma modes or fun designs like Fish-eye/etc. Video quality isn't super sharp, but it is pretty good (though a bit soft) although with a small memory card you might miss the smaller file size of AVCHD recording offered on the G2Really, my only complaints about this camera are:1. The whole mirrorless category seems a bit weird. I can't tell if it's really a good idea. While they're a bit smaller/lighter than DSLRs, they're not THAT much smaller (unless you get something like the GF1 or Olympus EP2; plus if you're using interchangeable lenses, unless they're pancake, it's not that compact anyway. although, the lessened weight is nice for extended use). Also, while the image quality is better than point and shoots, they're not as good as DSLRs. But for the price, it does seem more positive than obscure/negative. 2. The G10 has great image quality- good metering, saturation, exposure, and the performance is really good too without any noticeable shutter lag and quick start up time and shot to shot time. However, in High Iso/low light photos, noise is handled poorly compared to competition. It's clean from 100-400 with 800 still very useable, however above that, the images get pretty smeary. I don't think the sensor is the problem, but Panasonic in general has poorer noise profiles than other manufacturers. However, other than high iso situations, image quality is excellent.For me personally, this is a great camera. I'm just not sure if I will keep it since if I'm investing in a camera of this category, I'll probably keep it for at least 4 years so why wouldn't I invest a little more? But at the same time, only the high iso photos bother me and I did get this at a great deal (at the time of writing, [...]). So...as I keep using it I guess I'll see! Though I am becoming quite attached since I don't use high iso too often (although my dog is a bit hard to catch without underexposing the photos a bit)

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Lumix DMC-G10 Purchase

          By KenyanTog

          from Southern Arizona

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • BURST MODE

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

          Seven years ago I purchased a Lumix DMC-LC5 which eventually became the only camera I used. I got to know it, and took many great photos with it. However, it only had 3.9 Mega pixels. For a while now, I wanted to get a DSLR w/ > 15 MP. Couldn't afford what I wanted, so since I liked my Lumix, thought I'd check out another. I love it. The menus are easy to follow & I can use the same SD cards, and B&H had THE best price anywhere. I researched places to purchase first, and chose B&H for its very high scores, but even moreso for the fact that they respond to ever bad review with a well-written, logical reply.

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Great camera for the price

          By Tags

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

              Very pleased with my G10 so far. High-quality build, the controls are well laid-out, and the image quality is a quantum leap beyond P&S cameras that only cost a little less. And it is really fast.

              The zoom on the kit lens could be smoother (and quieter during video recording), but so far that's my only complaint. Great camera.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Light and Easy

              By Image of Confusion

              from Flagstaff AZ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera:

              Great little camera, light and easy to use basic functions. Like most newer cameras, it's a computer, though, and to figure all its mega-millions of functions you'd probably need to take a course. The manual is very difficult to understand, for me (I have a Masters, but of course that isn't always an indicator of intelligence....). But having been into photography for many years I was able to pick it up and figure how to do basics like exposure compensation, changing aperture,various exposure and focus functions, etc. The Menu actually makes things easy if you spend time with it. It's the manual-reading that'll get you cross-eyed before long.

              I bought this originally for a European backpack trip to come next year, but then I started comparing images to my Nikon D80 images and found that the difference really isn't that great, especially at 100-200 ASA. I was a pro photographer for a long time but don't really do much these days that requires ultra-sharp, massive images, so I'm starting to think I might get rid of the D80, the 18-105 and 70-300mm VR lenses, not to mention the heavy SB600 flash--when I can use this (and the GH1 w/14-140 lens I also just picked up--still pondering whether to send this one back) and get around at half the weight while getting images that are very, very close to the D80's quality.

              I shoot bird images a lot, so I'm considering the expensive 200-600mm lens as a companion. Flashes for this are also lightweight, so even having this camera w/lens and a flash to carry is considerably lighter, not to mention that the weight reduction allows for shooting longer without getting shaky. The D80, however, has been very good to me, and the battery allows for well over 1000 shots on a charge (compared to about 380 on the G10), so factors like that really have me torn about whether to dump the larger system or keep it for high-demand image gathering.

              My wife sure wouldn't mind if I sell the Nikon gear to PAY FOR THESE MICRO FOUR THIRD cameras that she probably sees as appearing based on another of my inexplicable whims...but for me the weight of the Nikon has always been an aggravating side issue that I've coped with because I never felt I had a good option. This quandary of mine is probably going on all over the world of photo folks. (I'm just wondering why they can't fit a full-size sensor into one of these babies without bumping up the weight substantially. I guess the techies know a bit more than me about that, though.)

              The included 14-42mm lens is sharp but not that fast, especially in low light, and not much of a "zoom." If you're like most people who want any kind of image versatility, you'll at least want to include the 50-200mm to round this one out. That means you now have two lenses to carry, somewhat defeating the purpose of M 4/3. The plus side is that everything in the package is a lot lighter than D-SLR gear.

              So, the images are fine, very very close to D80-level images, especially at smaller ASAs. The lightness is wonderful. If you're not a pro, I don't see a lot of reason not to switch, unless you have an emotional attachment to your DSLR, you think you look way cool with a big camera, or you love having mega-choices on lenses and other gear (adapters, I understand, allow for using other lenses but drop some functions you might want to have, like auto-focus, which is no small thing).

              The G10 is a little bulky with its viewer sticking out the back, so it isn't pocket-sized. The eye-level viewer (forgot the term) is handy, though, even if it's low-res. Bright outdoor light can really obscure images on the big screen in back. Also, big fingers can occasionally punch buttons you don't want punched, like the four around the central menu button in back. On the plus side, the dials on top are almost impervious to unintentional changes, unlike Nikon D-SLR dials, which I turn constantly without meaning to.

              Can't say much about video, because I don't use it much, though one reason I ordered the GH1 is its ability to shoot the new, highly compressed video rather than straight Jpeg this camera offers, which is a serious memory hog. I was looking at my mega-VHS camera last night and had to laugh.

              All in all, this is a giant step up from point and shoot, and for casual users it's a great option if you don't mind having to keep it in a case or holster rather than in a pocket. Your images will improve dramatically. For semi-pro or pro, I think a GH1 or one of the higher-function versions is a better option. I am thinking of keeping this one, though, to take to Europe, because I hear the pickpockets in Rome and Athens are very, very good--better to lose a G10 than a GH1.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review