Panasonic have adopted a much more conventional design for the L10 when compared to the rather retro, rangefinder-like L1, which by all accounts didn't sell in any great numbers. New Lumix L10 may look normal but Panasonic have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the L10 is unlike any other DSLR camera currently available.
Drawing on their rich heritage of well-received compact and ultra-zoom models, the Panasonic L10 is the closest that you will get to a compact digicam in DSLR form, and is an ideal match for anyone upgrading to a DSLR. There is a few things to cover before we move on. First, the L1's battery life is the same as the L10 before it's even with the different battery. In the group as a whole, the L10 comes in about 30% below average, and that's with live view turned off. If you turn it on, look out -- the L10's battery life drops down to 280 shots per charge. Thus, you may want to think about getting a spare, which isn't going to be cheap -- Panasonic's batteries are traditionally quite expensive.
Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 :
- New lightweight compact body.
- Resolution increase (from 7.5 to 10 megapixels).
- Slightly brighter viewfinder (with optional 1.2x magnifier eyepiece included) .
- Articulating screen (180° swing and tilt).
- New smaller, lighter kit lens (around a stop slower max aperture too).
- All-new control interface.
- Contrast detect autofocus in live view (mirror stays up) - with compatible lens
- Less expensive than L1 at launch (though recent L1 price drops may reduce gap in store)
- Smaller, lighter
- No aperture ring or focus distance scale
- Larger zoom ring
- Slower maximum aperture
- Supports L10 contrast detect AF in live view
Specification of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 :
|Image sizes (4:3)|
|JPEG compression||Two level|
|Kit lens||LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14–50mm/ F3.8–5.6/ASPH.|
|Shutter speed||Via control dial|
|Aperture||Via control dial|
|WB fine tuning||Yes|
|Quick 'FUNC' menu||Yes|
|Param presets||9 preset modes ('film')|
2 user modes
|Scene modes||Yes (9)|