Panasonic DMC-L10 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Mega OIS Lens

  • 10.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Kit includes Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm f3.8-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens
  • 2.5-inch Live View LCD with 270-degree rotation
  • Supersonic Wave Filter system removes dust from sensor
  • Face Detection focuses, sets autoexposure, and detects up to 15 human faces simultaneously

Myself as a very long-time prosumer of Leica M 6 film camera and all its glorious lenses i frankly think this Panasonic – with a Leica objective – is better than Nikon D60 Kit. Nikon comes with an inferior lens.

The picture quality (RAW) is good and all the necessary manual controls are there beside automatic programs.

Con: noise control with big ISO numbers ( 800 +) is not good. No good for tele.

Pro: the camera takes e.g. Olympus serious flas Fl-36R as TTL. – Very handhy wide angel (24). f=2.8

Dr. Jukka Kemppinen, FinlandPanasonic DMC-L10 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Mega OIS LensI bought this camera because of the swing out viewfinder. It is a jewel of a camera. The first pictures I took few closeups of some flowers. The results were stunning.I am a little surprised that the camera doesn’t sell that well. One problem is that you can’t get it as a body only camera. The lens that comes with it is superb but expensive,but it is supposed to be able to take all four thirds lenses.I will get a Zukor lens longer of longer focus soon. I am really a Canon fan and have a lot of their lenses. This camera is every bit as sharp and precise. The swing out focus is nice but makes a lot of noise when you use it.Since the price has come down a bit this a real bargain.

I got an Olympus Zuiko lens giving a telephoto view of up to 400 mm equivalent. Just as advertised, the four thirds lenses are interchangeable with different brands of cameras. This lens works well. The four thirds media is a step up from small point and shoot cameras.

They are fair weather cameras,and are light,with jewel like action. Given any lighting challenge, or if you take sports pictures,you are better off with a big Canon or Nikon which has a larger sensor. If you try to push the ISO on the small sensor models,you get much unwelcome noise and graininess. I am a ‘collector’ of dslr cameras. I have just about every panasonic lumix camera available and quite a few canons, sonys, and nikons. This camera, by far, is my favorite. It is easy to handle, easy to use, totally stupid proof, and the pictures come out great. I have a Nikon d80 and it’s a great camera but for me, this is still my favorite. It’s just a funner camera and easier to handle. I am in no-way a professional photographer, I just love photography and this camera is a joy.I was looking for an entry level DSLR to purchase as a gift, so I spent a good amount of time at a local store playing with DSLRs. I have a Canon EOS 40D that I love, but my camera was way to pricey to buy as a gift. I tried the most popular DSLRs from Canon and Nikon, but the Panasonic caught my eye because of the movable screen. The camera was easy to operate and took decent pictures (I bring along memory cards so I can try out the cameras); however, like my Panasonic compact camera (I have a TZ3), the images were either too noisy or overprocessed for my taste.

But my eyes eventually lowered to the price tag, and I was in disbelief. This camera costs as much as my EOS40D (a semi-pro model). Perhaps if this Panasonic cost $400, I would be on here saying that it was the best $400 camera you could get, and I’d give it more stars, but for this price you could be getting a camera that is in a whole different league.

That being said, if you want to spend this much on a camera, consider the Canon 40D or the Nikon D80 (or spend a bit more for the D300)–they will give you much better photos, more customization, and solid performance for the same price. If you’re just looking for a beginner DLSR (like I was), stick with the Canon Rebel XTi or the Nikon D40x (or even an Olympus e-volt). Any of those three cameras will give you as good or better photos, more upgrade options (more lenses & accessories), and best of all, you could basically get two of those cameras for the price of one this Panasonic L10.My first dslr, its fab. Of course I cannot compare it to others, however its significantly superior to any of the point and shoots I have used.

Two criticisms. First the autofocus seems to take a few moments to set in, especially with fast moving shots making for blurry pictures. Second, high speed shooting isnt as fast as I would have hoped, just 2 frames a second – shame they couldn’t get 4 or 5.

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