Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Last updated: Review by i4u (06 May’08)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is a 10.1 Megapixel Digital SLR camera features Full-Time Live View, comes with Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm/F3.8-5.6 ASPH lens (28 to 100 mm on a 35mm camera), ISO 100-1600, Face Detection, 2.5″ Free-Angle LCD Screen and Four Thirds® Standard. The camera measures 3.80” x 5.30” x 3.05” and it weighs 1.06 lbs.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Reviews

I4u reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“The Lumix L10 is a good camera, but at its price there are better cameras to be had from competitors. That said if you can find it on sale, beginners will be very happy with the Lumix L10’s image quality and ease of use.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“As expected, noise is a problem with the DMC-L10, presumably a result of its undersized sensor, and it becomes easily apparent as low as ISO-400. By 1600 noise is visible at sub-100% zooms, though it is tightly packed and not distractingly dense.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10;
“The camera body is compact, with a solid feel and a grip that’s comfortable for various hand sizes. The Leica D zoom is a bit large/heavy when compared to most kit lenses but overall balance is excellent.”
Rating: N/A

PCWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“If there is one compelling reason to consider the Panasonic DMC-L10K, it’s the live-view feature. Otherwise, it’s pretty average, and pretty pricey for its feature set, even though it does take fine photos.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“The DMC-L10K’s image quality and Leica lens are impressive, but its overall performance leaves you feeling like the camera is a generation or two behind. If the DMC-L10K were priced to compete with sub-$1,000 entry-level DSLRs, it would be a more compelling choice.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10;
“Performance was a little different when shooting in Live View mode. The fastest that I was able to turn on the camera, live view and capture a picture was 2.3 seconds. When prefocused the delay in live view was 2/10 of a second and up to 1.7 seconds when allowing the camera to focus.”
Rating: N/A

T3 reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
” the L10 has a balance problem. Compared to SLRs such as the Sony A700, the body feels light and cheap, but attach the 14-50mm lens and it’s too front heavy. That’s not the only bad news. The shape of the rubber viewfinder means you can’t see the edges of the shot properly.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“I can now say that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is a very exceptional D-SLR camera. It would be possible to get even more out of it with improved picture processing. But concerning possibilities and functionalities the Panasonic L10 stands lonely on the top..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ThinkCamera reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“Noise is a serious issue, with ISO400 and above showing clear signs of noise, so it’s probably for good measure that the top offering is ISO1600… It’s a good transition camera for those who want the simplicity of a compact with the open-ended opportunities offered by a DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Let’sGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“I can now say that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is a very exceptional D-SLR camera. It would be possible to get even more out of it with improved picture processing. But concerning possibilities and functionalities the Panasonic L10 stands lonely on the top..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“In terms of image quality, the L10 does rather well overall but with generally soft images at the default sharpening setting out of the camera. Colour is natural and if anything under saturated but as mentioned earlier, there are plenty of tweaks available for both these settings.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“In terms of build quality, we’d say the L10 is a small step-up from the 400D / XTi and has a classier, less plasticky feel to it. The L10’s grip is also taller and deeper, which with the textured rubber coating, gives it a more serious look while also being more comfortable to hold. Overall its build quality and finish looks and feels closer to models like the Nikon D80. The Leica 14-50mm is also a big step-up in build quality over most kit lenses.”

Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10;
“Decent handling, a respectably high 10Mp resolution, the Live view for when you need it, these are all good features, but everything else lags some way behind. The autofocus system is basic, the continuous shooting performance is poor, there’s noise present in images early on and higher ISOs kill the detail alarmingly. The fastest shutter speed is 1/4000sec whereas other cameras at this price point will be offering 1/8000sec. The ISO range is limited and the camera struggled with scenes with any contrast in them.”
Rating: N/A

PopPhotoMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10;
“In all, the L10 has a lot going for it: that swiveling screen, Excellent resolution and image quality, live view with two forms of AF, face detection metering, and a sharp, image-stabilized lens. The price, though, is high for its overall performance. If Panasonic were to rethink its forced-bundle approach, this camera maker just might have the impact in DSLRs that its had in compacts.”
Rating: N/A

DCRP reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10;
“Photo quality was very good. The L10 took well-exposed photos, with pleasing color…Camera performance was generally good, though the L10 disappointed in a few areas. The camera starts up in less than a second, which is typical for a D-SLR. If you’re not using live view, you can expect snappy focusing performance.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“The good: The L10 has a nice body design, and its articulated LCD makes live-view shooting much more useful. The bad: The L10 is only available as a kit, has trouble focusing in very low light, tops out at ISO 1,600, and its live mode has limited functionality when using most lenses. The bottom line: A nice body design and good image quality make the DMC-L10 an enticing entry-level SLR, but a pricey kit lens makes this kit too expensive. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“Image noise was exceptionally low throughout the test camera’s ISO range, up to (and including) ISO 1600. Dark frame subtraction noise removal processing is applied to exposures longer than 1 second with the default camera setting but even so, noise at ISO 1600 was less than we see from most advanced digicams at ISO 400.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 and Leica 14-50mm kit lens f/3.8-5.6 kit lens produced images of very good quality during the review period….The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 produces noise-free images at ISO 100-400, with ISO 800 showing some noise and blurring of detail, and the fastest speed of ISO 1600 useful as a last resort. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto has a preview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10;
“We were impressed with the image quality of low ISO (100-400) shots taken with the L10 on our first look, and we can’t wait to check out the lab results. We are, however, a little disappointed with the very limited RAW burst.”
Rating: N/A

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Sample Photos

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Press Release

Panasonic, a leader in digital technology, is delighted to announce the launch of their second digital single-lens reflex camera (SLR) the DMC-L10 with an interchangeable LEICA lens. The DMC-L10 features an advanced 2.5-inch free angle LCD for full time live view that offers 270 degree rotation and a versatile shooting style. A 10.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor provides beautiful images with delicate gradation and wide dynamic range. Dust reduction with a Supersonic Wave Filter system prevents dust from attaching to the sensor to degrade the pictures. The superb image processor, Venus Engine III, boasts high quality image rendering and a high speed response.

Four Thirds System Developed Exclusively for digital SLR

The DMC-L10 adopts the open format of the Four Thirds system for its lens mount so the L10 can be used with lenses made by a variety of manufacturers, giving users a host of equipment options. Drawing on leading technologies while defying any stereotype ideas in SLR cameras, Panasonic’s DMC-L10 is designed to help you make the most of your photographic creativity.

One of the DMC-L10’s real talking points is the LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. lens. Sold as a complete kit the combination of the world renowned Leica lens, with Panasonic’s excellence in digital photography – makes an impressive proposition.

Full-time Live View for a New Digital SLR Shooting Style
The full-time live view function on the LCD proposes a dramatic change in the shooting style of digital SLR cameras. The DMC-L10’s 2.5-inch large LCD offers 270 degree rotation and a versatile shooting style even in situations when looking into the viewfinder is not easy – so you don’t need to get down on bended knee, or lie flat on the ground – you can see the subject even while holding the camera up high. This free angle LCD also features an Intelligent LCD function that offers an automatic brightness level control function according to the light condition, under the strong sunlight or in darkness, to secure clear view anytime.

The full-time live view gives users more shooting flexibility and greater convenience not previously achieved by conventional digital SLR cameras without live view capability. Not one to rest on its laurels, Panasonic introduces another first for a digital SLR camera by incorporating a Face Detection and Intelligent ISO Control function. The face detection system detects human faces (up to 15 human faces can be detected simultaneously) and sets a focus and appropriate exposure to capture a face clearly and beautifully lit. The Intelligent ISO Control function detects and meters the movement of the subject and sets the suitable ISO setting and the shutter speed according to the amount of the movement to suppress the generation of motion-blur in the picture.

The live view enables the user to check the outcome image in advance after compensating the exposure or adjusting the white balance. The white balance can be adjusted in the area of two-axis of coordinates precisely. Furthermore, the DMC-L10 provides options of picture taste with a function called Film Mode. Each analog film has its characteristics, for example colour, contrast, gradation and these effect the outcome of the picture, they are ways of expression. With the DMC-L10, the Film Mode allows you to choose the one that takes the best advantage of the scene or the subject you take out of a total of nine film modes including Standard, Dynamic, Nature, Smooth, Nostalgic, Vibrant, Standard B/W, Dynamic B/W and Smooth B/W, with the capability of fine adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction. All these settings can be confirmed before you take the picture.

Users can also change the aspect ratio (4:3, 3:2 and 16:9) according to the situation. As a leader in the flat panel market, Panasonic has been proposing further enjoyment of photography, by viewing the dynamic photos you take in HD (high-definition) 1920 x 1080 resolution image size on 16:9 wide screens.

In conventional digital SLR cameras, the live image could be seen only through the view finder and the LCD existed just for the playback of images once taken. But with the DMC-L10, any trials of setting, adjustment and effect can be checked beforehand, ensuring the picture will be just as the user intended.

A Fusion of Technologies & Advanced Hybrid AF System

Not only has Panasonic included a live view function on the new SLR – the DMC-L10 also adopts an advanced hybrid-type AF system – a first in any digital SLR. A TTL phase difference detection system works for shooting through a viewfinder while contrast AF system best supports the shooting using the live view. This is also the case with AE. A high speed, high precision TTL full aperture light metering by 49 zones multi-pattern sensing system is available for shooting through the viewfinder. For shooting with live view, exposure can be metered and set using the Live MOS sensor for light metering to take the whole picture information and evaluate it by 256 zones multi-pattern sensing system to give a well-balanced exposure as a whole image.

To match the shooting situation and subject’s position, the user can select from six auto-focusing methods: Face Detection, 9-point, Multi, 3-point, 1-point and Spot. With the 1-point AF or spot AF method, the auto-focusing area can be chosen from as many as 11 points. Various group area patterns can also be selected in the new Multi method.

For your convenience, in manual focus, you can enlarge the specific part of the subject on the LCD and also freely move the magnified area for easy framing, which is especially useful when using a tripod.

The New 10.1-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine III for Superior Picture Quality The Live MOS sensor used in the DMC-L10 provides beautiful images with delicate gradation and wide dynamic range that only a CCD image sensor can provide while achieving low energy consumption which is a feature of CMOS sensors. By incorporating the 2.2μm pixel technology, Panasonic is first in the industry to succeed in the mass production of a miniaturized circuit that sustains the same light receiving area as the sensor of 7.5-megapixel. In addition, the efficiency of light reception is raised at the same time, to keep the sensitivity as high as that of 7.5-megapixel despite the decreased pixel area. Also, photodiodes embedded deeply in the silicon layer create a structure that suppresses noise generated on the substrate surface. As a result, the white-spot pixel defects and textual roughness that often characterize images captured in shooting at higher ISO are minimized thanks to the incorporation of newly developed noise reduction circuit, so the pictures are clear and beautiful.

The Venus Engine III is an image processing LSI developed by Panasonic to maximise the performance of the Leica D lens and Live MOS sensor. This advanced LSI not only helps reproduce images with outstanding resolution, superior colour and detailed gradation, it also distinguishes chromatic noise from luminance noise and selectively reduces the chromatic noise, one of the chief sources of image quality problems. This helps the DMC-L10 deliver the superb image rendering one expects from a quality SLR camera.

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One Response to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10”

  1. ankraj says:

    panasonic is my favorite

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