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Fujifilm X10 versus Panasonic G10

The Fujifilm X10 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in September 2011 and March 2010. The X10 is a fixed lens compact, while the G10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 2/3 (X10) and a Four Thirds (G10) sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 12 megapixel. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their size, their sensors, their features, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison: Fujifilm X10 vs Panasonic G10

The physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X10 and the Panasonic G10 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter. If you prefer, you can also use the toggle button to switch to a comparison in percentage terms (in this case, the camera on the left – the X10 – represents 100 percent across all the size and weight measures).

Snapsort Fujifilm X10 vs Panasonic G10
Compare X10 versus G10 top
Compare X10 and G10 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic G10 is notably larger (27 percent) than the Fujifilm X10. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X10 nor the G10 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the X10 has a lens build in, whereas the G10 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can find an overview of optics for the G10 and their specifications in the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the X10 gets 270 shots out of its NP-50 battery, while the G10 can take 380 images on a single charge of its DMW-BLB13 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Fujifilm X10» 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599- i
Panasonic G10« 124 mm 84 mm 74 mm 388 g 380 n Mar 2010 499- i
Canon G16« » 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i i
Canon G15« » 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499- i
Canon G12« » 112 mm 76 mm 48 mm 401 g 370 n Sep 2010 499- i
Fujifilm X30« » 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i i
Fujifilm X20« » 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599- i
Leica D-LUX 6« » 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Sep 2012 699- i
Panasonic LX7« » 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499- i
Panasonic GF3« » 108 mm 67 mm 32 mm 264 g 300 n Jun 2011 549- i
Panasonic G3« » 115 mm 84 mm 47 mm 336 g 270 n May 2011 599- i
Panasonic GF2« » 113 mm 68 mm 33 mm 310 g 300 n Nov 2010 549- i
Panasonic LX5« » 110 mm 65 mm 43 mm 271 g 400 n Jul 2010 499- i
Panasonic G2« » 124 mm 84 mm 74 mm 428 g 360 n Mar 2010 599- i
Panasonic G1« » 124 mm 84 mm 45 mm 360 g 410 n Sep 2008 599- i

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

 

Sensor comparison: Fujifilm X10 vs Panasonic G10

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Fujifilm X10 features a 2/3 sensor and the Panasonic G10 a Four Thirds sensor. The sensor area in the G10 is 288 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 3.9 and 2.0. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Fujifilm X10 and Panasonic G10 sensor measures

Even though the G10 has a larger sensor, both cameras offer the same resolution of 12 megapixel. This implies that the G10 has a lower pixel density and larger individual pixels (with a pixel pitch of 4.33μm versus 2.20μm for the X10), which gives it a potential advantage in terms of light gathering capacity. It should, however, be noted that the X10 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 5 months) than the G10, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that at least partly compensate for the smaller pixel size. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the X10 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

X10 versus G10 MP

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar image quality. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Fujifilm X10» 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.324550
Panasonic G10« Four Thirds 12.0 4000 3000720/30p21.210.141152
Canon G16« » 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
Canon G15« » 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.516546
Canon G12« » 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/24p20.411.216147
Fujifilm X30« » 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p----
Fujifilm X20« » 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p----
Leica D-LUX 6« » 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p----
Panasonic LX7« » 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.714750
Panasonic GF3« » Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i20.610.045849
Panasonic G3« » Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34481080/60i21.010.666756
Panasonic GF2« » Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i21.210.350654
Panasonic LX5« » 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/60p19.610.813241
Panasonic G2« » Four Thirds 12.0 4000 3000720/30p21.210.349353
Panasonic G1« » Four Thirds 12.0 4000 3000-21.110.346353

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the X10 provides a higher video resolution than the G10. It can shoot video footage at 1080/30p, while the Panasonic is limited to 720/30p.

 

Feature comparison: Fujifilm X10 vs Panasonic G10

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the G10 has an electronic viewfinder (202k dots), while the X10 has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm X10 and Panasonic G10 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras. If you need more detail on the specs, you can find comprehensive listings, for example, in the dpreview camera hub.

Core Features
  Camera Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Build-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Build-in
Image
Stab
Fujifilm X10»optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 4000 10.0 Y Y
Panasonic G10«202 n 3.0 460 fixed n 4000 2.6 Y n
Canon G16« »optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 4000 2.2 Y Y
Canon G15« »optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 4000 2.1 Y Y
Canon G12« »optical n 2.8 461 swivel n 4000 1.1 Y Y
Fujifilm X30« »2360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 4000 12.0 Y Y
Fujifilm X20« »optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 4000 12.0 Y Y
Leica D-LUX 6« »- n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 11.0 Y Y
Panasonic LX7« »- n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 11.0 Y Y
Panasonic GF3« »- n 3.0 460 fixed Y 4000 3.2 Y n
Panasonic G3« »1440 n 3.0 460 swivel Y 4000 4.0 Y n
Panasonic GF2« »- n 3.0 460 fixed Y 4000 2.6 Y n
Panasonic LX5« »- n 3.0 460 fixed n 4000 2.5 Y Y
Panasonic G2« »1440 n 3.0 460 swivel Y 4000 2.6 Y n
Panasonic G1« »1440 n 3.0 460 swivel n 4001 3.0 Y n

Both the X10 and the G10 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The G10 was replaced by the Panasonic G3, while the X10 was followed by the Fujifilm X20.

Review summary: Fujifilm X10 vs Panasonic G10

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Fujifilm X10 and the Panasonic G10? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Advantages of the Fujifilm X10:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • More dynamic range: Captures a larger spectrum of light and dark details (1.2 EV of extra DR).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/30p vs 720/30p).
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 2.6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens build-in, whereas the G10 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (117x70mm vs 124x84mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a build-in lens (unlike the G10).
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization build-in.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 1 year and 5 months after the G10).

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Reasons to prefer the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Can shoot in dim conditions (0.7 stops ISO advantage).
  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (380 versus 270) out of a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in March 2010).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X10 emerges as the winner of the contest (10 : 7 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision.

X10 10:07 G10

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras is instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the handling experience and imaging performance when actually working with the X10 or the G10. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased. This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog). The detailed reviews can be accessed by clicking on the site logo in the table header.

Review scores
  Camera cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Fujifilm X10»-76/1004/53.5/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599- i
Panasonic G10«-70/1004/5-4/5 Mar 2010 499- i
Canon G16« »Rec-4.5/54.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i i
Canon G15« »Rec76/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499- i
Canon G12« »Rec73/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 499- i
Fujifilm X30« »-76/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i i
Fujifilm X20« »HiRec77/1004.5/5-5/5 Jan 2013 599- i
Leica D-LUX 6« »--4/5-4/5 Sep 2012 699- i
Panasonic LX7« »HiRec75/1004/55/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499- i
Panasonic GF3« »82/10071/1004.5/54.5/54/5 Jun 2011 549- i
Panasonic G3« »HiRec75/1004.5/54.5/55/5 May 2011 599- i
Panasonic GF2« »82/10070/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Nov 2010 549- i
Panasonic LX5« »Rec73/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499- i
Panasonic G2« »-72/1004/54/54.5/5 Mar 2010 599- i
Panasonic G1« »HiRec70/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2008 599- i

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

 

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