Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera

Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera

Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • 12.1 Megapixel, Live CMOS Sensor
  • Double Live View
  • Wide Viewing Angle 3.0" LCD Display
  • HD Movies (720p)
  • Compatible with Micro Four Thirds Lenses
  • Four Thirds Lenses with Optional Adapter
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
  • Lightweight (19.68 oz, 558 g)
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Panasonic DMC-G10 Overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera with a Micro Four Thirds Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens makes taking photos fun and simple. The lens incorporates Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to suppress the blur caused by a shaky hand and make it easier to shoot clear photographs even in low-light situations.

The G10 features full-time Live View which works with both the LCD and the Live View Finder. This means that you see before you shoot how adjusting the exposure compensation, white balance, aperture and even the shutter speed will affect the image.

When you activate the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, the G10 automatically selects one of six other modes to optimize exposure and focus for the particular subject you are shooting. For example if you are shooting a sporting event or your fast-moving toddler, iA will engage AF Tracking which tracks your subject and locks the focus until the shutter release is pressed.

If you are taking photos of your friends, you can engage the Face Recognition mode in which the G10 will recognize up to 3 faces and optimize focus and exposure. This mode goes one step further and allows you to register subjects in the camera with full-face portraits so when you compose your photo the names of the registered people show up under their faces on the LDC.

The G10 allows you to enjoy HD movie recording in Motion JPEG at 1280 x 720p at 30 fps, and with ISO sensitivity up to 6400 you can capture clear images in low light conditions.

The Lumix G10 has appeal to advanced photographers as well as novices who want the advanced technology interchangeable lenses and user-friendy features without the complexity of a Digital SLR camera.

Double Live View
Full-time Live View works with both the LCD and the Live View Finder. This means that no matter which way you shoot, you see before you capture the image, how adjusting the exposure compensation, white balance, aperture and even the shutter speed will affect the image.
Photos and HD Movies
The G10's 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor offers the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. This sensor is also advantageous for photo and movie recording with its high S/N, thanks to an advanced circuit structure that is unaffected by the noise generated in each of the circuits. It results in clear images even when taken at high ISO sensitivity.
Capture Shots with iA Button
With the G10 you're always ready for those sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. Just press the dedicated iA button and aim the camera at your subject. The G10 automatically determines the most suitable Scene mode and helps correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems to capture great photos.
Face Recognition
This function recognizes the faces of up to three people that have been registered in the camera, and displays the names on the LCD. The G10 then optimizes the focus and brightness of the recognized faces and captures them clearly and beautifully. 1
AF Tracking
Once you focus on your subject, AF Tracking automatically and continuously tracks it and keeps it in focus, even if it moves, until you press the shutter release. This feature is ideal for shooting sports or fast-moving children.
Intelligent Exposure
In the Intelligent Exposure mode the camera can correct the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash.
Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector function automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode for the shooting situation you are in. These scene modes include: Portrait, Night Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Close-up or Sunset.
Face Detection AF/AE
The Face Detection AF/AE function determines if there are any faces in the image and adjusts the focus and exposure to capture them correctly.
Intelligent ISO Control
If the subject moves as you shoot, the Intelligent ISO control automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to help prevent subject blur.
My Color Mode
While taking photos the My Color mode makes it easy to capture creative images. Just aim the camera and select any of seven preset effects, including Silhouette, Expressive, Pure and others, while checking the image in Live View. The Custom setting lets you adjust the color, brightness and saturation to your liking, to further expand your creative palette.
Advanced Technology
The G10's Venus Engine HD II incorporates two CPUs. This not only boosts image processing speed, it also helps achieve an exceptional noise-reduction performance. The Venus Engine HD II features a new circuit that makes Intelligent Resolution Technology possible. In iA mode, the G10 automatically identifies parts with outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas, and optimizes the edge emphasis on the outlines and detailed texture areas while using the Venus Engine HD II noise reduction process to make the soft gradation areas smoother. You can capture stunning images with details you've never seen before in both photo and movie recording.
Dust Reduction System
If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when you're changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in photos. The G10 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles. This keeps the image sensor clean at all times and eliminates the need for cumbersome maintenance procedures.
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 Asph./Mega O.I.S
The new Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 Asph./Mega O.I.S lens incorporates Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), using gyro sensors built into the lens, to suppress the blur caused by a shaky hand and making it easy to shoot clear photographs even in low-lit situations. Adopting an inner-focus system driven by a stepping motor, the superior optical design realizes outstanding smoothness to support the high-speed AF (Auto Focus) system of Lumix G cameras.
In the Box
Panasonic DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • DMW-BLB13 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (7.2v, 1250 mAh)
  • DE-A49BA Battery Charger
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Stylus Pen
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Panasonic DMC-G10 Specs

    Camera Type Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera
    Effective Pixels 12.1 MP
    • Type: Live MOS Sensor
    • Total pixels: 13.1 MP
    • Color filter: primary color filter
    • Size: 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
    Aspect Ratios 4:3
    Bit Depth Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Color Spaces sRGB
    Adobe RGB
    File Formats RAW
    RAW + JPEG standard
    RAW + JPEG fine
    JPEG (EXIF 2.2) - standard
    JPEG (EXIF 2.2) - fine
    Motion image: QuickTime Motion JPEG
    File Size 4000 x 3000 (4:3)
    2816 x 2112 (4:3)
    2048 x 1536 (4:3)
    4000 x 2672 (3:2)
    2816 x 1880 (3:2)
    2048 x 1360 (3:2)
    4000 x 2248 (16:9)
    2816 x 1584 (16:9)
    1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    2992 x 2992 (1:1)
    2112 x 2112 (1:1)
    1504 x 1504 (1:1)
    Color Modes Portrait:
    • Normal
    • Soft Skin
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor
    • Creative
    • Normal
    • Nature
    • Architecture
    • Creative
    • Normal
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor
    • Creative
    • Flower
    • Food
    • Objects
    • Creative
    Night Portrait:
    • Night Portrait
    • Night Scenery
    • Illuminations
    • Creative
    • Sunset
    • Party
    • Baby 1
    • Baby 2
    • Pet
    • Peripheral Defocus
    Film Modes  Color:
    • Standard
    • Dynamic
    • Nature
    • Smooth
    • Nostalgic
    • Vibrant
    Black and White:
    • Standard
    • Dynamic
    • Smooth
    • My Film 1
    • My Film 2
    • Multi Film
    Playback Features:
    • Normal playback 30-thumbnail display
    • 12-thumbnail display
    • Calendar display
    • Zoomed playback (16x max.)
    • Slide show
    Playback Mode:
    • Normal picture
    • Motion
    • Picture
    • Category
    • Favorite
    • Face recognition
    • Edit
    Lens Lumix G Vario 14-42mm (28-84mm in 35mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S
    Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Four Thirds mount lenses via adapter (DMW-MA1PP)
    Aperture f/3.5-5.6
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer)
    Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 12" (30cm)
    Filter Size 52mm
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity Auto
    100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
    Intelligent ISO
    Shutter Speeds 1/4000 ~ 60
    Bulb (up to approx. 4 min)
    Shutter Type Focal-plane shutter
    • 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
    • Auto bracketing (AE): 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2EV
    • Metering range: EV 0-18 (f/2.0 lens, ISO 100)
    Exposure Modes Program AE
    Aperture Priority AE
    Shutter Priority AE
    White Balance
    • Auto
    • Daylight
    • Cloudy
    • Shade
    • Halogen
    • Flash
    • White Set 1
    • White Set 2
    • Color temperature setting
    • White Balance adjustment:
    • Blue bias
    • Amber bias
    • Magenta bias
    • Green bias
    • Bracketing:
    • 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
    Mirror Lock-Up N/A
    Burst Capability Burst Speed:
    • Continuous H: 3.2 frames/sec
    • Continuous M: 2.6 frames/sec (with Live View)
    • Continuous L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
    Number of Recordable Images:
    • 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
    • Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
    Self Timer 2 sec
    10 sec
    10 sec/3 images
    Date/Time Day Yes
    Remote Control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (optional)
    Built-in Flash
    • Type: TTL built-in pop-up flash
    • GN11 equivalent (ISO 100-m)
    Flash Modes:
    • Auto
    • Auto/Red-eye reduction
    • Forced on
    • Forced on/Red-eye reduction
    • Slow sync
    • Slow sync/Red-eye reduction
    • Forced off
    • Synchronization speed: <1/160 second
      Flash Exposure Compensation 1/3EV Step ±2EV
      Hot Shoe TTL Auto with FL220, FL360, FL500 flash units(optional)
      Memory Card Type SD
      A/V Recording
      Video Recording 4:2 Aspect Ratio:
      • VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
      • QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
          16:9 aspect ratio:
          • WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
          • HD movie: 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
      Aspect Ratio 4:3
      Audio Recording Output: Monaural type, NTSC
      Remote/External microphone input ø2.5mm
      Remote control only
      • Live View Finder (LVF) (202,000 dots equivalent)
      • Magnification: approx. 1.04x, 0.52x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity
      • Field of view: approx. 100%
      • Eye point: approx. 17.5mm
      • Diopter adjustment: -4.0 ~ +4.0
      • Auto eye sensor: No
      • DOF preview: Yes
      • Orientation sensor: Yes
      LCD Monitor
      • Type: Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD
      • Monitor size: 3.0" (7.6cm), 3:2 aspect
      • Wide viewing angle
      • Pixels: 460K dots
      • Field of view: approx.100%
      • Monitor Adjustment: Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)
      • Modes: Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD
      Multi-Channel Playback
      • Digital Zoom: 2x, 4x
      • Extra optical zoom: max. 2x (not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
      • Motion image: 3.1x (HD/WVGA), 4.2x (VGA/QVGA)
      • Guide lines (3 patterns)
      • Real-time histogram
      Connectivity/System Requirementsctuzqexfduxd
      Connectivity USB 2.0
      mini HDMI Type C
      Direct Print Capable PictBridge compatible (print size, layout, date setting is selectable)
      DPOF compliant
      Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 Edition
      SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE
      USB Driver
      Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)
      Operating Humidity 10 - 80% RH
      Weatherproofing None
      Durability Not Specified by Manufacturer
      Battery Type DMW-BLB13 ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (included)
      Battery Life CIPA standard:
      Approx. 380 images (LCD), approx. 410 images (LVF) with included lens
      Power Adapter Battery Charger/AC Adapter:
      Input: 110-240VAC, DC cable is required
      Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.88 x 3.29 x 2.91" (124 x 83.6 x 74mm) excluding protrusions
      Weight Approx. 19.68 oz (558 g) with SD card, battery, 14-42mm lens
      Approx. 11.85 oz (336 g) (body only)

      Panasonic DMC-G10 Reviews

      DMC-G10 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lumix DMC-G10 Purchase 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.
      Date published: 2010-11-08
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and Easy 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.
      Date published: 2010-11-04
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camera for the price!!!!! 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.
      Date published: 2010-12-09
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great 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, ...). 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)
      Date published: 2010-11-11
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera for the price 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.
      Date published: 2010-11-08
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from At this price, irresistible 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.
      Date published: 2010-11-21
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent... *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.
      Date published: 2010-11-27
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from very high quality photos, easy settings 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.
      Date published: 2010-11-18
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