updated 12:40 pm EDT, Thu August 30, 2007
Panasonic debuts new SLR
Panasonic today introduced the newest member of its digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera line with face detection, the LUMIX DMC-L10. The LUMIX DMC-L10 features a 2.5-inch live view LCD that rotates 270-degrees for versatile shooting options, while a 10.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor allows users take large photos at high resolutions. The camera features a supersonic wave filter system that prevents dust from collecting on the sensor, and can automatically detect up to 15 human faces simultaneously to capture subjects clearly. The LCD screen lets users check the image on the camera after making exposure compensation adjustments but before taking a shot, and includes automatic brightness control to make the screen visible in dark or sunlit environments. Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-L10 is slated for shipment in October for $1,300
The DMC-L10 adopts an advanced hybrid-type AF system, according to Panasonic, which gives users the option to choose either the phase difference AF system or the contrast AF to suit the preferred shooting style. While in manual mode, users can enlarge part of the subject on the LCD and also freely move the magnified area for easy framing.
To combat dust buildup the DMC-L10 includes a supersonic wave filter system that uses supersonic vibrations to shake off dust clinging to the sensor, ultimately simplifying the maintenance process.
A mode dial on top of the camera provides easy access to the most frequently used settings including Auto mode, each P/A/S/M mode, and five scene modes which include portrait, scenery, macro, sports, and night portrait as well as a customizable mode.
Panasonic's DMC-L10 camera features a LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm/F3.8-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. lens, which has a focal length from 14mm to 50mm and offers a more compact and light-weight body than its predecessor -- the LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8 -3.5 ASPH.
Other features include a film mode that allows users to choose a setting that mimics the effects of analog film, the Venus Engine III to help reproduce images with high detail, and image stabilization for preventing blurring from shaky hands. The DMC-L10 also offers advanced scene modes that allow photographers to make fine adjustments when using frequently-used scenes like portrait or sports, and provides auto-focusing methods to match the shooting situation as well as a subject's position.