The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is the second digital SLR camera that Panasonic has manufactured and this second model is packed full of easy to use features that help take stunning photographs.
The L10 is a modern looking digital SLR compared to it’s predecessor which was modelled a traditional SLR camera. The result is a better looking camera which is easier to use and handle as the size and ergonomics are not overbearing like some other cameras on the market. Panasonic have also included some new features which I like. This includes the new 2.5 inch flip out screen which rotates so you can use it like a normal digital camera or to take self portraits. The LCD screen has an auto focus system which adapts when you alter the zoom and focus with perfect accuracy. When you flip the screen back in the optical view finder comes back into use – it is very simple but also very clever.
The 10.1 mega pixel L10 has also benefited from some of the new features from their new LZ camera range. This includes automatic facial recognition and mega O.I.S image stabilizing which can easily be switched on with a button on the side of the lens. The O.I.S has three settings depending on what you are shooting at the time, we found that the system worked well to reduce shake and to test to the max we took pictures on board a high speed rib on the River Thames.
The L10 is very easy to use and is aimed at users new to digital SLR cameras. The selection dial on the top of the camera is a nice touch and includes five programs that can easily be selected depending on what you are photographing at the time. Panasonic have also included the new Intelligent Auto technology (IA) on this camera which makes point and click photography possible for the first time with digital SLR’s.
The intelligent auto feature automatically removes red eye, handles scene selection modes, adjusts light configurations, reduces colour bleed and noise reduction – the results are amazing and show that Panasonic have developed their IA technology a great deal since their last model.
To demonstrate the new technology we took some pictures with the L10 in London, some were taken on the River Thames and some were taken on land.
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We were very impressed with the L10. The pictures were taken by a colleague of mine who had never used a digital SLR camera before, we only had around 35 minutes to take the pictures and as you can see the results were great (bearing in mind most of them were taken at high speeds on a speed boat).
If you are thinking of venturing into the world of digital SLR then we would highly recommend you give this camera a look, it is easy to use and delivers great looking pictures from either extreme close up or from a distance. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.