By Martin Vedris

SYDNEY: Panasonic Australia is set to introduce its second digital single-lens reflex camera with an interchangeable Leica lens, the LUMIX DMC-L10, which also features Live View, for RRP $2,199.

Panasonic’s ‘Live View’ feature which allows users to frame and check their shot before capturing the image on an LCD screen like on a camcorder that can rotate 270 degrees, allowing more flexibility for

The DMC-L10 can be used with lenses made by a variety of manufacturers, as it uses the open Four Thirds System for its lens mount. The LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 (35mm equivalent: 28-100mm) MEGA O.I.S. lens is supplied with the camera and will also be available separately.

Technologies for improving image quality include a 10.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Panasonic’s Supersonic Wave Filter system that prevents dust from collecting on the sensor and degrading photo quality. Panasonic’s Venus Engine III image processor provides high quality image rendering and high speed response.

Panasonic has also included the Face Detection and Intelligent ISO Control features from its digital compact camera line. The DMC-L10 is Panasonic’s first digital SLR with Face Detection, which will focus, set auto exposure and can detect up to 15 human faces simultaneously, capturing the subjects clearly and brightly. Panasonic’s Intelligent ISO Control settings, measures the movement of the subject and sets the ISO level accordingly, to reduce motion blur.

“The L10 is a stylish black ‘pentaprism’ camera with a great feature set for the enthusiast photographer looking to move up to a high-quality digital SLR,” said Panasonic Australia’s category marketing manager, mobile AV, Alistair Robins.

The DMC-L10 will be released in November.

Meanwhile, Panasonic also announced it has released two new Leica Four Thirds lenses, the Super Telephoto Zoom Lens LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/ MEGA O.I.S, and the Zoom Lens LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm/F3.8-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.

Both lenses are compatible with the LUMIX DMC-L10.