The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 is the ‘smallest micro four-thirds camera with built in viewfinder’ – according to Panasonic.
The Panasonic G10 was unveiled alongside the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 at the Focus on Imaging show in Birmingham. The G10 is a more basic model than the G2, and it lacks the adjustable LCD and touchscreen operation that the G2 has.
HD video on the Panasonic G10
For more information on micro four-thirds cameras from Panasonic, check out our digital SLR review
Like the G2, the G10 is able to capture HD video at 1280×720 resolution. Recorded clips can be played back on an HD TV directly through the mini HDMI connection – the cable needs to be bought separately. The G10 micro four-thirds camera looks much like a regular digital SLR but is smaller. This is thanks to the advent of live view LCDs, which has allowed designers to remove the large mirror boxes found inside digital SLRs.
As well as the 3-inch LCD, the Panasonic G10 also features an electronic 202,000-dot viewfinder with a refresh rate of 60 times per second.
Intelligent Auto mode on the Panasonic G10
The Panasonic G10 comes with a host of ‘intelligent’ features including face recognition. To use this feature you need to take several pictures of a person and then enter their name. The camera will then identify that person in a crowd and adjust the exposure settings accordingly to put them in their best light. You can then choose a registered face in playback mode so that you only see pictures of that person.
The G10 recognises SD memory cards, including the new SDXC (extended capacity) memory cards, and has a mini HDMI out socket for connecting to your HD TV.
If you’re looking for something smaller than a micro four-thirds, check out the range of compact cameras in our digital camera reviews
Panasonic G-series lenses
Both the G10 and the G2 will be available to buy in June with the newly announced 14-42mm G lens.
Find out more about other micro four-thirds from Panasonic and Olympus:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
- Olympus E-P1
- Olympus E-P2
- Olympus E-PL1
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