Panasonic G10

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 front
 
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 388g - 124 x 90 x 74mm
  • Announced August 2010
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  • Alternatives
Portability
72
Imaging
49
Features
45
Overall
47

Panasonic G10 summary

Panasonic G10 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first announced on August of 2010. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The G10 is positioned #100 out of 108 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over-all #460 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Panasonic G10 history

The Panasonic G10 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can see all earlier and new models alongside important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
G10 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
G10 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
G10 vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
G10 vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
G10 vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
G10 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
G10 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
G10 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
G10 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
G10 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
G10 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
G10 vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
G10 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
G10 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
G10 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
G10 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
G10 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
G10 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
G10 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
G10 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
G10 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
G10 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
G10 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
G10 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
G10 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
G10 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
G10 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic G10 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic G10 based on criterias which are oftentimes considered essential in a digital camera.

change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
flash built-in
focusing manually
good battery pack (380 per charge)
great minimum ISO (100)
has HDMI out
provides face detect autofocus
provides tracking focus
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have headphone support
does not have microphone support
does not have Timelapse recording
lack of phase detect autofocus
low fps (3.0 fps)
low resolution screen (460 thousand dots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
more heavy than competition in class (388g)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Panasonic G10 Sensor info

The Panasonic G10 is run by the Venus Engine HD II processor. The sensor dimension on the Panasonic G10 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 12MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW photos are saved which means that you have wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the G10's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The G10 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 sensor size Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic G10 dimensions

Panasonic G10 weighs in at 0.86 pounds (388 grams / 13.69 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 124mm x 90mm x 74mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 2.9"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 323 grams and the Panasonic G10 is more heavy compared with other competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Panasonic G10 beside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button layout on the G10.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 topview buttons dials

Panasonic G10 Lens info

The G10 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses currently available. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the G10.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-42mm-F3.5-5.6-II-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 110g
Olympus-9mm-F8-Fish-Eye-Body-Cap-Lens lensOlympus 9mm F8 Fish-Eye Body Cap Lens9mmf/8.0 30g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12mm-f2 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f212mmf/2.0 130g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Summilux-25mm-F1.4-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 II ASPH25mmf/1.4205g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-70-300mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f4.0-5.670-300mmf/4.0-5.6 620g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-25mm-f2.8-Pancake lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f2.8 Pancake25mmf/2.8 95g
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Samyang-7.5mm-F3.5-UMC-Fisheye-MFT-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT8mmf/3.5 197g
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Panasonic G10 Connectivity

The G10 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send images and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Panasonic G10 Video info

The max video resolution on the Panasonic G10 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should strive for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to buy a different model if you require decent audio for your videos.

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Panasonic G10 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Panasonic G10 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Panasonic G10 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic G10 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The View Finder details for Panasonic G10 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 202 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.52x

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Panasonic G10 Shutter info

Panasonic G10 is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Panasonic G10 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic G10 has both built-in flash along with external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/160 sec.

Panasonic G10 Autofocus info

Panasonic G10 has just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which makes it helpful for people photography.

It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Panasonic G10 comes with manual focus if needed in low light occasions or you need more precise focus control.

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Panasonic G10 Battery life

The battery pack on the Panasonic G10 is designed to last for 380 photographs as per the CIPA standards which is higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 337. Samsung NX mini has got the maximum (650) battery life in this group of cameras.

Following is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

Panasonic G10 for specific forms of photography

The following bar chart gives a rundown of the Panasonic G10 for specific forms of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic G10 Portrait photography info

The Panasonic G10 has a score of 61 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable option to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos in addition to the capability to use off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
MP count low (12MP)

Panasonic G10 Street photography info

Having a moderate points tally of 55, the Panasonic G10 is relatively acceptable for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (388g)

Panasonic G10 as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography score of 45 suggests the Panasonic G10 is just not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
great battery (380 per charge)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
does not have phase detect AF

Travel photography with Panasonic G10

Size is pretty important when picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Panasonic G10 gets a moderate 51 as a travelling camera which is fairly adequate to take on your vacations.

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good battery power (380 CIPA)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (388 grams)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen

Landscape photography with Panasonic G10

In case you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic G10 at it's modest score of 60 for a landscape camera is reasonably adequate compared to its competitors.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (380 shots)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Panasonic G10

A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving display screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Panasonic G10 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a low rating of 22.

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supports face detection autofocus
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic jack
heavier than competition (388g)

Panasonic G10 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the G10, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The diagram down below will give you a bird's eye view of the G10 compared to it's highest scoring rivals shown previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may regard as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
Type
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced
2010-08-09
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
Venus Engine HD II
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
107
Focal length multiplier
2.1
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
202 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.52x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
52
DXO Color Depth score
21.2
DXO Dynamic range score
10.1
DXO Low light score
411
Features
Min shutter speed
60s
Max shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate
3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
11.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
388 gr (0.86 lb)
Physical dimensions
124 x 90 x 74mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 2.9")
Other
Battery life
380 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
One
Launch price
$550