Panasonic has released what it calls 'the world's lightest interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder' in the shape of Lumix DMC-G10. It features the same 12.1MP Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine HD II as the DMC-G2, also announced today. It also comes with a 460K dot 3" LCD but without the tilt/swivel and touch options of the G2 and gets a lower resolution viewfinder. The G10 can record 720p HD movie in Motion JPEG format.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Effective pixels||12.1 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Intelligent ISO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Lens mount||Micro 4/3 Lens Mount|
|Focal length mult.||2×|
|Min shutter speed||60 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||388 g (0.86 lb / 13.69 oz)|
|Dimensions||124 x 90 x 74 mm (4.88 x 3.54 x 2.91″)|
The G10 is Panasonic's first entry-level Micro Four Thirds camera. Its core systems are capable and reliable, and although its menu system is a little dated, the G10 is a easy camera to find your way around. Unfortunately it is marred by a poor EVF, which is almost unusable in some shooting situations.
Good for: General use either by a beginner or enthusiast using the rear LCD screen. Plenty of customisation but capable iA automatic mode as well.
Not so good for: Anything that requires the EVF.