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Panasonic GH2 review

Panasonic's latest Micro Four Thirds camera is good - but pricey

Our Verdict

For

  • Great image quality
  • Commendable AF system
  • Excellent video output

Against

  • Price

Panasonic has spent the last two and a half years pushing its Micro Four Thirds series as a credible alternative to the DSLR, and its models seem to have won over novices and hardened enthusiasts alike. Now, in its second generation of mirrorless cameras, the company claims to have improved on its original concept, with the benefit of user feedback from its debut offerings.

The latest GH2 picks up where its GH1 predecessor left off. The GH1 was a significant model in that it was the first in the G-series to offer video recording, and it went beyond simply including the function as an aside to stills functionality.

With full-HD resolution, a sound-dampened kit lens, continuous autofocusing and stereo recording as standard, it was clear that Panasonic's intentions were on the GH1 being as much about video recording as it was about still images.

Yet, with Samsung, Ricoh and Sony all having launched competitors in the meantime, the company has sensibly not rested on its achievements but updated the GH1 with a handful of improvements to create a successor.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix G
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)392 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Minimum Focus Distance300 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution18.3 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height89.6 mm
Width124 mm
Depth75.8 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesG
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-GH2
Product NameLumix DMC-GH2 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCGH2KEBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The high speed Live MOS Sensor realizes burst shooting in 16.05-megapixel full resolution at 5 fps with mechanical shutter and even 40 fps in 4-megapixel recording mode. The DMC-GH2 also features fast, accurate Light Speed AF. The DMC-GH2 employs an 18.31 mega total pixel sensor. Using only about a 16.05-megapixel area of sensor makes it possible to give three aspect ratios - 16:9, 3:2, and 4:3 - the same angle of view. The image processing LSI, Venus Engine FHD assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording.

Battery Life340 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-GH2 Mirrorless Camera
  • H-FS014042E Lens
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus Pen
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker