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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 DSLR


Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 DSLR

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Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 DSLR has unique features for a digital SLR:

  1. 10.1MP full-time Live MOS Image Sensor that permits live composition of the picture on the 2.5-in. Live View LCD with a high 207,000 pixels resolution.
  2. Full-time Live View works just like on a non-DSLR digital camera, which means you can adjust the white balance and compensate for the exposure and see the changes on the LCD. It also means you can focus using Contrast AF without the DSLR mirror having to come down to permit focusing. Contrast AF also allows Face Detection.
  3. The usual faster Phase Difference Detect AF is still available when using the optical viewfinder.
  4. The LCD is free-angle, rotates 180° from side to side and tilts 270° up and down.
  5. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) compensates for camera shake. Intelligent ISO compensates for subject movement.
  6. Dust Reduction System using a Supersonic Wave Filter vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor every time you turn on the camera.

The Panasonic L10 DSLR provides full exposure flexibility for the advanced photographers as well as 10 Scene Modes for beginner photographers. It accepts SD/SDHC memory cards.

A new kit lens comes standard : the superb Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm (28-100mm, 35mm equivalent) F3.8-5.6 lens that has built-in optical image stabilization and weighs 434g (15.3 oz). Closest focusing distance is 11.42 inches (0.29 m).

Being part of the Four-Thirds System, the Panasonic L10 will, of course, accept any of the lenses built specially with the Four Thirds Mount. Note, however, that currently only the aforementioned Leica lens takes full advantage of the full-time capability of the Live View feature. In other words, only the Leica lens will focus using Contrast Detect AF; the other Four Thirds system lenses will focus using only Phase Difference Detect AF.

The Panasonic L10 DSLR has gathered together features that photographers who have been using non-DSLR cameras only will appreciate as they make the transition to the DSLR world. Yet, it still retains the full exposure flexibility prized by advanced photographers.

If you want to compare with the Olympus equivalent, check out the Olympus EVOLT E-510.


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Panasonic L10 DSLR
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 DSLRUS | CAN | UK | Lumix Site  
  Camera Type Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR Camera  
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )
Leica D Vario Lens: Yes (DMC-L1, DMC-L10)
  Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels  
  CCD Image Sensor Live Mos Sensor, 11.8 Total Mega pixels, Aspect ratio 4:3 (Horizontal : Vertical), Primary Color Filter, Supersonic Wave Filter  
  Image Sensor 17.3 x 13mm  
  Extra Optical Zoom Max. 1.8x (Not effective with full pixel recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels)  
  Digital Zoom (*1) 2x
4x (live view only)
  Focal Length f=14mm to 50mm (35mm equivalent: 28 to 100mm)  
  Leica D Vario-Elmarit Lens 15 elements in 11groups (2 Aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses)  
  Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular 1pepure diaphragm  
  Aperture Range F3.8 (Wide) - F5.6 (Tele) Minimum Aperture: F22  
  Mount Four Thirds Mount  
  Closest Focusing Distance 0.29 m/11.42 in. at all Focal Lengths  
  Maximum Magnification Apporox. 0.42x (35mm Film Camera Equivalent)  
  Diagonal Angle of View 75° (W)~24° (T)  
  Filter Size 67 mm  
  Max. Diameter Ø74 mm / 2.91 in  
  Overall Length (Lens only) 93 mm / 3.66 in  
  Weight (Lens only) 434 g / 15.3 oz  
  Focusing Area 3-point; Auto / 1fixed point, left / 1fixed point, center / 1fixed point, right
Contrast AF system: 9-point / Multi-point / 3-point / 1-point / Spot / Face
  Focus Type: TTL phase difference detection system, Contrast AF system (Live view mode)
AF Detective Range: EV0-19 (ISO100), Contrast AF system, EV0-20 (ISO100)
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / Intelligent ISO (Live view mode)  
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade /
Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 /
Color Temperature Setting
  White Balance Adjustment Blue/Amber Bias
Magenta/Green Bias
  Color Temperature Setting 2500-10000K in 100K  
  Exposure Program AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV  
  Auto Bracketing (AE) 1/3~2EV Step + 2EV, 3 Frames  
  Light Metering System TTL Full Aperture Light Metering by
49 Zone Multi-Pattern Sensing System (optical viewfinder)
256 Zone Multi-Pattern Sensing System (Live View Mode)
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot  
  Metering Range EVO -20 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)  
  Scene Modes Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual Exposure / Auto / Custom / Portrait / Scenery / Macro / Sports / Night Portrait / Scene / Baby 1 / Baby 2 / Pet / Sunset / Food  
  Advanced Scene Mode Portrait/Sports: Normal / Outdoor / Indoor / Creative
Scenery: Normal / Nature / Architecture / Creative
Macro: Normal / Moving Subject / Creative
Night Portrait: Normal / Night Scenery / Illumination / Creative
  Shutter Speed Type: Focal-plane shutter, Speed: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 8 minutes), Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)  
  Self Timer 2 seconds / 10 seconds / 10 seconds / 3 images  
  Color Effect Mode Standard, Dynamic, Smooth  
  Color Mode Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Vibrant / Nostalgic  
  Recording Format JPEG (Design rule for Camera File System, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DOPOF corresponding, JPEG (Design rule for Camera File System, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DOPOF corresponding, color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB  
  Image Quality RAW / Raw+Fine / RAW+Standard  
  Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) (Live View Mode)3:2 Aspect Ratio, 16:9 Aspect Ratio  
  4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3648 x 2736
2816 x 2112
2048 x 1536
  3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3648 x 2432
2816 x 1880
2048 x 1360
  16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3648 x 2056
2816 x 1584
1920 x 1080
  Burst Shooting Mode 3 pictures (when there are RAW file), Unlimited consecutive
shooting (when there are no RAW file) (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
For 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec
  Protection/Erase Protection: Single/Multi/Cancel
Erase: Single/Multi/All
  Built-in Flash Mode Type: TTL Built-in-Flash, GN11 (ISO100,m), Built-in Pop-up
Mode: Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
  X-Sync Speed Less than 1/160 second  
  Flash Synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync. , 2nd Curtain Sync.  
  Viewfinder Optical Viewfinder (Eye-level Penta Mirror)
Magnification: approx. 0.92x
Field of view: approx. 95%
Eye point: approx. 14mm/Diopiter Adjustment: -3.0 - +1
Fixed type focus screen/Quick return mirror/Detachable eyepiece cap
  LCD Monitor 2.5" Diagonal Polycrystaline TFT LCD (207k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100% in Live View Mode
  Playback Mode Single / 9, 25-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x max), image rotation (except for Raw), Slide Show, Favorite Pictures, Resizing, Trimming, Protection, Aspect Conversion, DPOF Print Setting  
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese(Traditional), Chinese(Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese  
  Recording Media SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
Multimedia Card
  Interface Digital: USB 2.0 (High Speed)
Analog Video: NTSC/PAL Composite (switched by menu)
  Direct Print PictBridge Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable  
  Color Black  
  Power Supply Lithium Battery Pack(7.2V, 1320mAh)(Included)
Battery Charger/AC Adaptor(Input: 110-240V AC)(Included)
(Optional DC cable(DMW-DCC1) is required)
  Battery Life (*2) Up to 450 images (CIPA Standard with LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 ASPH.)  
  USB Driver Yes  
  Lumix® Simple Viewer Yes  
  Photo Fun Studio Yes  
  SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 2.1SE Yes  
  ACCESSORIES [ System Chart ]  
  Battery Charger Yes  
  Battery Pack Yes  
  AC Adaptor Yes  
  Lens Cap Yes  
  Lens Hood & Adaptor Lens Hood  
  Lens Rear Cap Yes  
  Lens Storage Bag Yes  
  Eyepiece Cap Yes  
  Body Cap Yes  
  Cables AC, USB & Video  
  Strap Yes  
  Magnifier Eyecup Yes  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 134.5 x 95.5 x 77.5mm /
3.80'' x 5.30'' x 3.05''
  Weight (Camera Body Only) Approx. 480g / 1.06 lbs  
  MSRP (with LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 lens) US $1,299.95 / UK £899.99  

1 As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases.

2 Shooting conditions: 73.4°F with 50% humidity;LCD On; Using an SD Memory Card; Starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; Shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; Changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; Temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature. For DMC-LC1: Shooting once every 30 seconds, flash in operation for every shot, 77°F(25°C) ambient temperature.

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