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Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10

Portability
85
Imaging
47
Features
47
Overall
47
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 front
Portability
66
Imaging
44
Features
38
Overall
41

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 Key Specs

Panasonic GF1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 385g - 119 x 71 x 36mm
  • Announced October 2009
  • Successor is Panasonic GF2
Panasonic L10
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 556g - 135 x 96 x 78mm
  • Released December 2007
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Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Advanced DSLR and both are designed by Panasonic. The resolution of the GF1 (12MP) and the L10 (10MP) is very similar and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The GF1 was released 23 months later than the L10 making them a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GF1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic L10 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving into a full comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the GF1 scores vs the L10 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF1 over the Panasonic L10

 GF1 L10 
ReleasedOctober 2009December 2007More recent by 23 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k207kCrisper display (+253k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic L10 over the Panasonic GF1

 L10 GF1 

Common features in the Panasonic GF1 and Panasonic L10

 GF1 L10 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera often, you'll have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic GF1 provides external measurements of 119mm x 71mm x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") along with a weight of 385 grams (0.85 lbs) whilst the Panasonic L10 has measurements of 135mm x 96mm x 78mm (5.3" x 3.8" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 556 grams (1.23 lbs).

See the Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the GF1 compared to the L10.

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the GF1 and L10 is 85 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to picture the contrast between sensor measurements only by reading technical specs. The graphic below may offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the GF1 and L10.

As you have seen, both cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can expect to see the Panasonic GF1 to deliver greater detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images way more aggressively. The more modern GF1 provides an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF1 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic L10 as a Portrait photography camera
60
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
supports RAW files
low resolution (12 megapixels)
56
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
MP count low (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic L10 as a Street photography camera
64
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
59
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition (556 grams)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF1 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic L10 as a Sports photography camera
44
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
doesn't have phase detect AF
42
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GF1
Travel photography with Panasonic L10
59
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
51
lighter than competition (556 grams)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF1 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic L10 as a Landscape photography camera
60
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
lack of Timelapse function
49
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF1 Vlogging advice
Panasonic L10 Vlogging advice
25
features face detection focusing
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone port
9
lack of video recording
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Panasonic GF1 vs Panasonic L10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF1 and Panasonic L10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Announced 2009-10-14 2007-12-14
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine HD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 23 3
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 107 45
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 2.5"
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 207 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.47x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 11.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2)
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 None
Video format AVCHD Lite -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 385 gr (0.85 lb) 556 gr (1.23 lb)
Physical dimensions 119 x 71 x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") 135 x 96 x 78mm (5.3" x 3.8" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 54 55
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 21.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 10.8
DXO Low light rating 513 429
Other
Battery life 380 images -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/MMC SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Retail cost $400 $350