Panasonic Lumix G10
12.1 megapixels; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor; Micro Four Thirds; 720p HD video (motion JPEG); Live MOS sensor; JPEG + RAW format; 7fps RAW continuous shooting; Built-in flash; Interchangeable lens; HDMI output; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The mirrorless market keeps growing and growing. The G10 is one of Panasonic's latest Micro Four Thirds format interchangeable-lens cameras. For those who still aren't familiar, mirrorless models like this offer the versatility of a dSLR (and very similar image quality) in a more compact body. How do they achieve this feat? No prism. The downside is that mirrorless cameras have no optical viewfinders (though their electronic viewfinders are still better than live view mode). Anyhow, the G10 is the "lite" option of Panasonic's M4/3 offerings for 2010. Not only is it supposedly the lightest Micro Four Thirds yet (Olympus' E-PL1 is the smallest), but it's lighter on features than its big brother, the G2. At $600, this competes directly with the Olympus E-PL1, which we prefer over this model.