The Panasonic L10 is clearly ranked below the L1 but does offer more pixels. No less than 10 Megapixels are found on the new Live MOS sensor. Of course the Panasonic L10 has been built according to the FourThirds System. A new lens has been introduced together with the camera, naturally equipped with Mega O.I.S. Like the L1, the Panasonic Lumix DMC L10 features a Leica kit lens with a zoom range of 14-50mm, equivalent of 28-100mm on a 35mm camera. The main difference is the light sensitivity.
The success of the new Megazoom cameras lead to a farther advancing of the concept and to equip a small housing with no less than 18x optical zoom. The resolution of 8 Megapixels suffices easily for printing small to large prints. Although the immense popularity of the Megazoom is enough proof that they have the right to exist next to the entry level digital SLR, the Megazoom encounters some problems to reach the same level as far as image quality is concerned. You can't get around the fact that concessions have to be made and that the noise that comes with high ISO settings due to the amount of pixels on the small images sensor is one of these negative results.