Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Quick Review
Conclusion - Pros
- Reliably good image quality up to ISO 800, usable (just) up to ISO 3200
- Accurate metering and focus
- Good JPEG resolution (though stick to raw for best results)
- Fast and responsive in use
- Good ergonomics all around, excellent build quality, nice handling
- Very useful status panel and quick menu allow direct access to many important settings
- Highly customizable - up to three custom modes and many user-definable options
- Very flexible AF-system with movable AF-area and very effective AF tracking/face detection
- Fastest contrast detect AF to date (with kit lenses), on par with entry-level DSLRs
- Very usable manual focus mode (including new distance scale)
- Face recognition is fun, and works (reasonably) well
Conclusion - Cons
- Poor EVF compared to G1/GH1/G2
- No automatic EVF/LCD switch
- Fixed LCD screen
- Out-of-camera JPEG color not as appealing as best competitors
- New kit lens not as good as predecessor
- Image quality at ISO 3200 poor, ISO 6400 verging on the unusable
- High ISO default noise reduction a bit too high
- Dynamic range still not as good as best APS-C competitors
- User interface looking a bit dated
- Motion JPEG not as efficient as AVCHD (lite) format for video shooting.
For this Quick review we ran some basic studio tests to confirm that the G10's still image quality is as good as identical to the G2. To get all the in-depth information that you expect from a dpreview review on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 you'll have to read both this article and our in-depth review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2.
Although this is review is created in our new 'quick' format, different members of the dpreview team have done a lot of shooting with the G10 from the moment we first got our hands on it back in April. All of us have come to the same basic conclusion - judged on its own merits as an entry-level camera, the G10 has a lot to recommend it, but as an introduction to Panasonic's G-series it sells the system rather short. The biggest frustrations with the G10 (virtually the only frustrations in fact) are its fixed LCD screen and unpleasant EVF compared to the G1, GH1 and its 'big brother' the G2. Given that their excellent EVF displays and articulated LCD screens (touch-sensitive, lest we forget, in the case of the G2) are major selling points of these cameras, it's a shame that in the G10, Panasonic has deleted two of the features that make the rest of the G-series (excluding the GF1) so appealing and fun to use.
As far as its performance as a digital stills camera is concerned, the G10 is an exact match for the G2. Its continuous shooting rate and burst depth are identical, and its metering, white balance and AF systems are equally capable. This is excellent news, and means that the G10 is amongst the most reliable of any entry-level DSLR (or DSLR-type) camera currently on the market. In the hundreds of frames that we've shot with the G10, virtually all of them are correctly exposed, and (assuming that we didn't mess up) accurately focussed, too.
The G10 isn't fantastic at its highest ISO settings, and pretty awful at ISO 6400, but it gives decent image quality in the middle and low end of its ISO range, especially when set to RAW output. Naturally though, in a camera of this type it is JPEG quality which is of paramount concern and although the G10 can't compete with the best APS-C cameras around, it is more than capable of holding its own against current entry-level models. We'd like slightly sharper results at default settings but sharpening can easily be tweaked in-camera. For the novice, or anyone that would prefer not to take control over the G10's extensive feature set, the G10's 'iA' mode more or less guarantees usable (if rather brash) images in most situations without any manual intervention.
In movie mode, the G10 is capable of producing excellent HD footage - the only downsides compared to the G2 being the lack of an external microphone socket and the fact that footage can only be recorded in the Motion JPEG format. We don't consider either of these limitations to be a deal-breaker in a camera of this level, but there is no doubt that for the video enthusiast the G2 (or ideally the GH1) is a better choice of camera than the G10. 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.
The final word
The G10 is a very capable camera, and as an entry-level DSLR competitor it fulfils its purpose very well. It offers an excellent range of features and a lot of customization, but its 'auto everything' iA mode is on hand for those occasions when you just want to point and shoot.
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.
What is a lot more difficult to forgive is Panasonic's decision to remove from the G10 two of the features that make the G2, G1 and GH1 so much fun to use. The G10's EVF is very poor compared to these cameras, and almost unusable in bright conditions where light leak from around the edges of the viewfinder can be very destructive to the viewing experience. This is most problematic for glasses wearers, but even without glasses, using the G10's EVF is a trial rather than a pleasure.
In our opinion the G10's fixed LCD screen is less of an issue, but it does make the camera less versatile in some situations than the G2. Ultimately, while we applaud the attempt, in trying to cut the cost of the G10, Panasonic has created a camera that lacks either the versatility of the G2 or the charm of the GF1.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
Category: Entry Level Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
Ergonomics & handling
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Movie / video mode
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 an easy camera to find your way around. Unfortunately it is marred by a poor EVF, which is almost unusable in some shooting situations.
Click here to learn about the changes to our scoring system and what these numbers mean
There are 28 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.
Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. A reduced size image (within 1024 x 1024 bounds) is provided to be more easily viewed in your browser. As always the original untouched image is available by clicking on this reduced image.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Review Samples
Aug 9, 2010
Mar 7, 2010
Aug 8, 2013
Aug 6, 2013
|Fascia walkie talkie building London by ian herridge|
from Abstract Architecture
|Global Reach by cjf2|
Ever wonder what the difference is between compressed, uncompressed and lossless compressed RAW files? Photography Life's Nasim Mansurov breaks it down for you in this informative article.
The oldest known portrait of a US president was just discovered after over a century in storage. It's going up for auction in October, where it's expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000.
If you're using the popular Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens with Sigma's MC-11 converter, listen up: you'll want to update your lens and converter firmware ASAP.
If you've heard it once, you've probably heard it a thousand times: never check in your camera gear when flying. This shattered $11,000 lens is what can happen when you do.
Lensrentals just did its first Cine lens comparison, pitting five top-notch 35mm primes against each other: the Zeiss CP.2 35mm T2.1, Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5, Sigma 35mm T1.5 FF, Rokinon Xeen 35mm T1.5 and Schneider Xenon 35mm T2.1.
A team of Google researchers have found that slightly warping watermarks when embedding them into images can help prevent automatic removal.
You don't have to empty your savings account to take your photography to the next level. These cheap buys cost about $50 or less, and come with outsized benefits for your photography.
Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel and Jessica Kobeissi go head-to-head in an episode of "4 photographers shoot the same model."
The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.
The company behind popular photo editor Picktorial 3 just released the X-Pack: a preset package that allows you to add Fuji's in-camera film simulation profiles to your RAF files in post.
Photoshop. GoPro. Every once in a while a product emerges that defines a category. And sometimes, it vanishes just as quickly as it arrived on the scene. This week's Throwback Thursday remembers the Flip, the pocket camcorder everyone had – until they didn't.
The Nokia 8's dual-cam combines the image data from a 13MP RGB sensor and a 13 monochrome chip for better detail, improved dynamic range and lower noise levels.
The company behind retail giant B&H Photo has agreed to pay out $3.2 million in monetary relief and back wages to settle a discrimination and harassment case from 2016.
After a popular Facebook teaser and some studio portrait samples, Godox has finally officially released the Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Cheap, versatile and innovative, color us intrigued.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category.
A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and in this episode of Advancing Your Photography we learn the extreme technique he used to capture one of his most famous still life photos.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
Venus Optics has announced the price and delivery date of the second lens to join its Zero-D line up: the 15mm F2 for Sony’s E mount. A lens they've dubbed, "the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame."
Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.
The Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM is an understated jewel of a lens, and one that we've enjoyed on a variety of cameras since its release almost five years ago. Its relatively small size and image stabilization make it a versatile tool for a variety of photography - check out our sample gallery.
You don't need a fancy studio or tons of gear to capture the kind of classic product photography you see in magazines. In this video, Dustin Dolby shows you how to do it with just a couple of speedlights and some know-how.
The life-logging camera is trying to make a comeback. Say hello to FrontRow, a live-streaming enabled life-logging camera from Ubiquiti that hangs on a necklace like a pendant.
When a prospective client approaches you, don't just say "yes" right away. Here's a useful list of questions you should be asking before you decide to take the job and name your price.
Samsung just revealed a blazing-fast new Solid State Drive capable of data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s.
DJI has developed a 'Local Data Mode' that lets pilots fly without being connected to the Internet. The mode should calm recent fears over data privacy and security when flying DJI drones.
After 1.7 million downloads on Apple computers since the launch in November 2015, Aurora HDR will be available for Windows PCs for the first time with the 2018 release.
The company behind the new Meyer Optik Goerlitz lens manufacturing business has formed a new brand to bring back the Biotar 75mm F1.5 that was made by Carl Zeiss Jena in the 1940s and 50s.
The updated Qualcomm Spectra system is a dual-camera setup that is capable of sensing depth and motion in real time.
A sizable swath of the United States will be treated to a total eclipse of the heart – er, sun – in just under a week. Here are a few excellent guides to help you photograph this rare occasion.