Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Review

 
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Panasonic DMC-L10 Comparison

The chart below compares the DMC-L10 with its predicessor, the DMC-L1, along with another current Four-Thirds model, the Olympus E-510. We've used color tints in the cells to highlight differences. A red cell means that the the camera involved has lesser specs than the others, a green cell that it has better, and a yellow cell that its specification is somewhere between.

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DMC-L10 versus other Four-Thirds DSLRs
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Panasonic
Olympus
Model
DMC-L10
DMC-L1
EVOLT E-510
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Panasonic Panasonic Panasonic
Sensor Type
Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS)
Color Filter Array
RGB RGB RGB
Total Megapixels
11.8
7.94
11.8
Effective Megapixels
10 7.5 10
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
17.3 x 13.0
17.3 x 13.0
17.3 x 13.0
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
2.0x
2.0x
2.0x
Image Processor
Venus III
Venus II
TruePic III
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level Porro mirror system
Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage
95%
95%
95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.92x
0.93x
0.92x
Eyepoint (mm)
14
18
14
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Viewfinder
Info Display
AF points, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash status, Flash exposure compensation indicator, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Exposure compensation indicator, Metering mode, Auto Bracket, ISO indicator.
AF points, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation, Flash mode, AE lock, Number of storable still pictures, Exposure compensation value, Exposure compensation indicator, Auto bracket, Card access.
AF points, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, Record mode, IS activating mode.
Depth of Field Preview
No
Yes (dedicated button)
Yes (Fn button customization)
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
SD/SDHC/MMC
SD/SDHC/MMC
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (12-bit), JPEG
RAW (12-bit), JPEG, TIFF
RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
3648 x 2736
3136 x 2352
3648 x 2736
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)
3648 x 2432,
3648 x 2056,
2816 x 2112,
2816 x 1880,
2816 x 1584,
2048 x 1536,
2048 x 1360,
1920 x 1080
3136 x 2080,
3136 x 1760,
2560 x 1920,
2560 x 1712,
2048 x 1536,
2048 x 1360,
1920 x 1080
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space &
White Balance
User-
Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters

(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. 6 preset color modes, 3 B&W and 2 custom. 5 settings for NR
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. 4 preset color modes, 3 B&W and 2 custom. 5 settings for NR
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment
Preset WB settings
8 (Auto, 2 custom, plus 5 settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
8 (Auto, 2 custom, plus 5 settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
9 (Auto, custom, plus 7 settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2,500 - 10,000K
2,500 - 10,000K
2,000 - 14,000K
WB Adjustment Range
Yes, +/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis
Yes, +/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis
Yes, +/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis
Autofocus
System
Type
Optical Viewfinder: phase detection; Live View: choice of mirror-down phase detection or mirror-up contrast detection
Optical Viewfinder: phase detection; Live View: phase dectection
Optical Viewfinder: phase detection; Live View: phase dectection
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
Optical Viewfinder: 3 points, 1 cross-type; Live View: 9 areas with Face Detection
3 points, 1 cross-type
3 points, 1 cross-type
Super-
imposed Focus Point Display
Yes Yes Yes
AF Working Range (ISO 100)
EV 0 ~ 19
(EV 0 ~ 20 in Live View)
EV 0 ~ 19
EV 0 ~ 19
AF-assist Beam
Yes, AF assist lamp plus built-in flash when enabled
Yes, AF assist lamp
With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled.
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
12 - Auto, Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual, Custom, Scn, Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Sports, Night Portait; plus sub options for each scene mode.

5 additional Scene modes: Sunset, Food, Baby1/2, Pet.

4 - Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual

7 - Auto, Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

18 Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow)

Metering Zones
49
(256 in Live View)
49
(256 in Live View)
49
Metering Modes
Intelligint Multiple, Center -weighted Average, Spot
Intelligint Multiple, Center -weighted Average, Spot
Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
Metering System Working Range
EV 0 ~ 20
unspecified in Live View
EV 0 ~ 20
EV 1 ~ 16 in Live View
EV 1 ~ 20
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 1600
100 ~ 1600
100 ~ 1600
Exposure Comp.
+/- 2EV in 1/3EV increments
+/- 2EV in 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 shots in 1/3 to 2 EV steps
3 or 5 shots in 1/3 to 1 EV steps
3 shots in +/- 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range
1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
3 fps
4 LF JPEG frames
or 2.82 fps for 3 RAW frames
3.1 fps
4 LF JPEG frames
or 4 RAW frames
3.1 fps
>20 LF JPEG frames or 8 RAW frames
Shutter lag, full AF (sec.)
0.23 - 0.26 0.37 0.35 - 0.36
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
0.099 0.103 0.091
Startup time (sec.)
1.0 2.7 1.2
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (11 meters / 36 feet)
Yes (10 meters / 33 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/160
1/160
1/180
(Super FP up to 1/4000)
Flash Exposure Comp.
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
Wireless support
No No No
PC Sync Terminal
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
2.5 in LCD / 207,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 207,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
2 - 16x / Yes
2 - 16x / Yes
2 - 14x / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
7 steps
7 steps
+/- 7 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other Features
Computer Connection
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 Full Speed)
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed)
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed)
Direct Printing (PictBridge compliant printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
(varies by region; others downloadable via software)
6 (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese )
7 (English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French )
4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions
Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote Control
Optional DMW-RSL1
Optional DMW-RSL1
Optional RM-1
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
Articulating LCD
Yes No No
Ultrasonic CCD dust-removal function
Yes
Yes
Yes
Live View
LCD mode
Yes,
(uses main image sensor)
Yes,
(uses main image sensor)
Yes,
(uses main image sensor)
Image Stabilization
No (lens based) No (lens based) Yes,
2-mode CCD-shift type
Body Structure
Body Cover / Chassis
Mostly Plastic
Magnesium Alloy
Mostly Plastic
Splash & Dust proof
No No No
Power System
Battery Compatibility
DMW-BLA13
(1320 mAh)
CGR-S603A
(1500 mAh)
BLM-1
(1500 mAh)
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20°C/68°F
450 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
280 shots
(Live View on)
450 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
300 shots
(Live View on)
650 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
135 x 96 x 78
146 x 87 x 80
136 x 92 x 68
Weight (body only)
480g
530g
470g
Oper.
Env.
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C
0 ~ 40°C
0 ~ 40°C
Operating Humidity Range
10 - 80%
10 - 80%
30 - 90%
Kit Lens
Focal length / aperture
14 - 50mm
f/3.8 - 5.6 with Mega OIS
14 - 50mm
f/2.8 - 3.5 with Mega OIS
14 - 42mm
f/3.5 - 5.6
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
Panasonic Leica, Four Thirds System Lens
Panasonic Leica, Four Thirds System Lens
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens

 

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