Hands On: Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

A Leica kit lens, flip-out LCD and Live View mode make for one L of a camera.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f/2. ISO 200 1/320 @ f/3.2. In standard capture mode — not any of the film modes — there’s still great crisp color in this autumn study.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f/2. ISO 200 1/640 @ f/5.0. Evaluative metering let some of the highlights go, but holds fantastic shadow detail in our very dark, very shaggy main subject.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f/2. ISO 200 1/400 @ f/4.0. Continuous focus did a nice job of tracking these fast-moving subjects. Owen, the pup, is one of the fastest dogs I’ve ever seen.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f/2. ISO 200 1/1000 @ f/6.3. Auto mode did a nice job of holding detail in this high-contrast scene. We did have to add some contrast snap in Adobe Camera RAW 4.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f/2. ISO 200 1/800 @ f/6.3. Despite the challenging lighting conditions at the pond, the L10 kept popping out winners. We boosted the saturation to make the background pop.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with kit D Leica Vario-Elmarit 14-50 f/3.8-5.6. ISO 200 1/80 @ f/5.0. The L10 did a nice job of holding detail in this shaded scene as OctoberFesters listen to the Oompa band at Mount Snow’s main beirgarten.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with kit D Leica Vario-Elmarit 14-50 f/3.8-5.6. ISO 200 1/80 @ f/4.8. There are great low tones in this shot along the LT/AT between Bennington and Wilmington, VT, despite a hazy, foggy mid-morning sky.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with kit D Leica Vario-Elmarit 14-50 f/3.8-5.6. ISO 200 1/80 @ f/5.0. There are really nice nuances of color in this mountain forest scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with kit D Leica Vario-Elmarit 14-50 f/3.8-5.6. ISO 200 1/80 @ f/5.0. We used the Live View feature with the LCD flipped out to get a low angle while hanging over rocks of this little creek scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/2.0. ISO 100 1/500 @ f/4. There’s great detail in both shadows and midtones in this midday action scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/2.0. ISO 100 1/500 @ f/4. We locked our exposure on Bailey in the foreground and recomposed this scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/2.0. ISO 100 1/320 @ f/3.2. The L10 did a very nice job of holding shadow and highlight detail in the challenging scene along a feeder trail into the AT/LT in Vermont.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/2.0. ISO 100 1/320 @ f/3.5. There’s just a touch of blown highlights in the hottest parts of this challenging sun and shade shot along a wooded trail in rural Vermont.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/2.0. ISO 200 1/200 @ f/3.2. There’s great detail and color in this rustic scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/2.0. ISO 100 1/250 @ f/2.8. Again, there’s great detail, particularly in the darker Owen, and just a touch of blown highlights where the sun streams through behind the dark, main, subject.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/2.0. ISO 200 1/400 @ f/3.5. We dialed exposure compensation back to -2/3 in this cross-lit, high contrast scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with Olympus Zuiko 35-100 f/3.0. ISO 200 1/640 @ f/5. We dialed back exposure compensation to -2/3 again to showcase the translucent leaves glowing in the sunlight.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with kit D Leica 14-50 f/3.8-5.6 OIS lens. ISO 200 1/400 @ f/10. There’s great detail and color in this skyward shot of Vermont mountain foliage.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with D Leica 14-50 f/3.8-5.6 OIS lens. ISO 100 1/320 @ f/9, EV -2/3. Even with the blazing midday sun in the frame, the L10 manages to do a very nice job of holding detail in this scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with D Leica 14-50 f/3.8-5.6 OIS lens. ISO 200 1/800 @ f/5. There’s great detail in this very textured scene.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 with D Leica 14-50 f/3.8-5.6 OIS lens. ISO 200 1/800 @ f/5. The L10 managed to hold a lot of detail in this challenging scene. Photo by Corey Kaczmarek.

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Boosting the Exposure, Recovery and Saturation, along with some Curves tweaks brings this image back to near-normal exposure levels.

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And this ISO 200 shot isn’t really much worse for wear, despite a serious initial underexposure! ISO 1/400 @ f/5.6 (when it should’ve been about 1/125!)

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We captured this scene at ISO 100 and 1600 in JPEG Capture. The following slides blow up details to 100% pixel view. No adjustments have been made, and the side-by-side comparison slides were saved as Highest Quality JPEGs.

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ISO 100 (left), ISO 1600 (right). Highest quality JPEG capture with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10.

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ISO 100 (left), ISO 1600 (right). Highest quality JPEG capture with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10.

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ISO 100 (left), ISO 1600 (right). Highest quality JPEG capture with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10.

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ISO 100 (left), ISO 1600 (right). Highest quality JPEG capture with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10.

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ISO 100 (left), ISO 1600 (right). Highest quality JPEG capture with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10.