Panasonic Australia will expand its range of DSLR cameras with the release next month of the Lumix DMC-L10.


October 24, 2007: Panasonic Australia will expand its range of DSLR cameras with the release next month of the Lumix DMC-L10.
Featuring more conventional styling, a vari-angle LCD screen, a 10.1 megapixel Live MOS image sensor and an interchangeable Leica lens, the new camera brings the advantages of live viewing to photographers, allowing them to frame and check their shots before capturing the image. The Live MOS sensor delivers the same high image quality as a CCD sensor with the low power consumption of a CMOS sensor. By incorporating 2.2μm pixel technology, Panasonic has mass-produced a miniaturised circuit with the same light receiving area as a 7.5-megapixel sensor but higher light-capturing efficiency.


The free-angle LCD supports a wide range of viewing angles, two of which are shown below.


The LCD can rotate through 270 degrees, making it easy and convenient to shoot from high or low angles. The LCD has an automatic brightness level control, which adjusts to make the screen usable in both sunlit and dark environments. In ‘Live View’ mode, users can easily check the image on the camera after making exposure compensation adjustments or adjusting white balance, but before taking the shot. With manual mode, any part of the subject can be enlarged for focus checking and users can view and adjust horizontal and vertical guidelines to assist composition.


Top panelt view.
The Venus Engine III image processing LSI has been developed by Panasonic to maximise the performance of the Leica D lens and Live MOS sensor. It provides high quality image rendering and high speed response and supports the addition of Face Detection for the first time in a Panasonic DSLR. The system will focus, set auto exposure and can detect up to 15 human faces simultaneously. It can be combined with Panasonic’s Intelligent ISO Control, which measures the movement of the subject and sets the ISO level accordingly.
A new ‘Film Mode’ mimics the effects of analog film and users can select from nine modes including Standard, Dynamic, Nature, Smooth, Nostalgic, Vibrant, Standard B/W, Dynamic B/W and Smooth B/W. Contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction can be adjusted within each setting. In Live View mode, you can confirm the look of the settings before you capture the shot. Live View also allows exposure to be metered and set using the Live MOS sensor for 256-segment multi-zone metering. The viewfinder uses high-speed TTL full-aperture 49-zone light metering. Centre-weighted-metering and spot metering is also available.


Camera controls.

The DMC-L10 also has a Dual AF function with Contrast AF and Phase Difference AF, giving users greater freedom of choice. Contrast AF, which is selectable in Live View, includes six AF modes – Face, 9-point, multi-point, 3-point, 1-point and spot. Face detection allows precise focusing through the combination of selectable AF and the large LCD for shot confirmation. When shooting with the optical viewfinder, 3-point Phase Difference AF is ideal for high speed shooting of moving subjects.


The SSWF dust reduction filter assembly.
The new camera comes with a Supersonic Wave Filter system that prevents dust from collecting on the sensor and degrading photo quality. Each time the camera is switched on, this filter generates perpendicular supersonic vibrations at an effective rate of around 30,000 vibrations per second, preventing dust from accumulating. The DMC-L10 also supports an Advanced Scene Mode, which allows users easily tune settings according to a situation or specific photographic idea. For instance, when selecting the Portrait or Sports mode, users can further define whether the scene is outdoors or indoors. When using the Landscape mode, users can specify if it is a nature or an architectural shot.
Three aspect ratio settings are provided: 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9. Images captured in 16:9 format have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which complies with High Definition standards, making them ideal for playback on today’s widescreen flat panel TVs. The DMC-L10 will be available from photographic specialist retailers in a kit containing the camera body and interchangeable lens, battery pack, battery charger/AC adaptor, AC cable, video cable, USB connection cable, software CD-ROM, strap, lens hood, lens storage bag, body cap, lens cap, lens rear cap, eye piece cap, magnifier eyecup and operating instructions. RRP is $2199. For more information on the Panasonic DMC-L10, visit or contact Panasonic on 132 600.


Sensor Size/Type:

Effective Pixels:

10.1 megapixels

Field-of-View Crop:


Supplied Lens:

Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm / F2.8-3.5 ASPH. / Mega O.I.S. lens

Image Stabilisation:

lens-based Mega O.I.S.

Dust Removal System

Super-Sonic Wave Filter (SSWF)

Recording Media:

SD, SDHC, MMC memory cards (single slot)

Image Sizes:

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2736, 2816 x 2112, 2048 x 1536, 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2432, 2816 x 1880, 2048 x 1360, 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2056, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080

File Formats:

RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG (Fine/Standard)

Colour Space:

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Digital Zoom:

2x, 4x


Free-angle 2.5-inch LCD, 207,000 pixels

Live View

100% field of view; Previews for exposure compensation, white balance, gradation, MF-S/AF; 5x, 7x, 10x magnification possible


Eye-level pentamirror; 95% frame coverage; 0.92x magnification; 14mm eye relief

Dioptric Adjustment:

-3 dpt

Interchangeable Focusing Screens:


Autofocus System:

TTL phase-difference detection (Contrast AF system in Live View mode)

Focusing Area:

TTL system: 3-point, Auto / 1fixed point, left / 1fixed point, centre/ 1fixed point, right, Contrast AF system: 9-point / Multi-point / 3-point / 1-point / Spot / Face Detection

AF Points:

9 points

Focus Modes:

Single-shot, Continuous AF, Manual focusing

Metering Modes:

TTL Full Aperture Light Metering by 49 Zones Multi-pattern Sensing system. 256 zones Multi-pattern Sensing system (Live View mode)

Exposure Control:

Program AE, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual

Picture Adjustment Modes:

Colour: Standard, Dynamic, Nature, Smooth, Vibrant, Nostalgic, Black and White: Standard, Dynamic, Smooth

Scene Modes:

Via Mode Dial: Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Sports, Night Portrait; Via SCN: Baby 1,2, Pet, Sunset, Food

ISO Speed Range:

Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / Intelligent ISO (Live View mode)

Exposure Compensation:

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments

Shutter Speed:

60-1/4000 sec. and Bulb (up to approx. 8 minutes); X-synch at 1/160 sec.


2sec / 10sec / 10sec, 3images

Continuous Shooting Speed:

3 or 2 fps for 3 frames (RAW); unlimited JPEG

White Balance:

Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set 1,2, Colour temperature setting, Flash


TTL Built-in-Flash, GN11 (ISO100,m); hot-shoe for accessory flash

Flash Modes:

Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off; 1st. Curtain Sync. , 2nd Curtain Sync.

Image Playback:

Single / 9, 25-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x max.), /image rotation (except for RAW) Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favourite pictures/ Resizing (selectable number of pixels) Trimming / Protection / Aspect conversion / DPOF print setting


USB 2.0, Video Out (PAL/NTSC)


7.2V, 1320mAH Lithium-ion battery pack (C.I.P.A. rated for approx. 450 shots/charge)

Dimensions (w x d x h):

134.5 x 95.5 x 77.5 mm (body only)


480 grams (body only)


Lumix Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio -viewer-, SilkyPix Developer Studio, USB Driver


$2199 (with Leica D Vario- Elmar 14-50mm/F3.8 – 5.6 ASPH, Mega O.I.S lens)