The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 is popular as it is the world’s lightest system camera. It has eye-level viewfinder with only 336 grams without lens fitted. This model is a Four Thirds camera with 12.1 megapixel CMOS image censor.
The G10 is NOT a DSLR but it does have similar design in many ways. It is smaller than a DSLR thanks to the fact it does NOT carry the mirror mechanism, and also the fact that it has a Micro Four-Thirds sensor. It is equipped with an impressive 12 MP sensor which gives a 2x crop factor. Both Panasonic and Olympus lenses may be used with the G10, and this is one of the biggest advantages of this camera. The 3 inch LCD is a 460 dot screen, but doesn’t have the vari-angle swivel like the G1 and G2. The electronic view finder too is of much lower resolution than the G2. The G10 features the usual PSAM control modes, and many scene modes as also the HD movie mode at 720 p.
Micro system camera bodies usually either employ a DSLR-like design or a compact like design. The G10 follows the former design of a DSLR- like build. If you are an existing DSLR user, this means you wont be complaining about things like grip and control placements. You find the common mode dial on top, and a focus dial on the left. The rear of the camera body holds the classic d-pad to control film speed, auto focus points, white balance and other functions which can be assigned. The fact that most functions have independent buttons means you are never too far from making a quick change in settings. In fact the G10 also has an SLR-like thumb wheel to make quick changes to aperture. This sounds like a great design for an SLR user. However, if you were looking for a compact-design system the G10 may seem a little too bulky.
The G10 functions a lot like the G1 or G2, with the exception of the tilt-angle LCD. Thoughtfully placed control dials make the G10 a charm to use both in the AUTO and manual modes. The IA button instantly shifts the camera to Intelligent Auto mode, a great help when you do not have time to manually set controls. Never lose that great shot again, as you are fiddling with camera controls! On manual mode, the thumb wheel lets you change aperture and shutter speed just like in a DSLR. However we did miss the movie mode button in the G10, as it was present in the G2 allowing for an instant access into movie mode. You could shoot still images using the 16:9 ration of the movie mode – this is great if you want to incorporate some still images into your movie during a later editing stage, but not many people would really be doing that. We were also impressed by the sheer number of the scene modes and also the versatility they provide. The 14-42mm lens of the G10 is equipped with optical image stabilization. We were impressed with the AF system, but not too happy with the low quality electronic view finder, which is a step down from the G2.
The G10 is a good overall performer, and with an affordable price tag of 440 Pounds, we expect it to fare well in the coming months.