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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Compact System Cameras
Panasonic announced the new Lumix DMC-GH2 hybrid touch-control Digital Single Lens Micro camera that is compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. The Lumix DMC-GH2 features a 16.05-megapixel multi-aspect LIVE MOS sensor, 3D shooting capability with the newly announced Lumix G 12.5mm f/12 lens, a 3.0-inch LCD with Multi Aspect Wide Screen LVF (Live View Finder), Venus Engine FHD processor, Touch auto focus (AF), 22 shooting modes, My Color mode (Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette), Full-time Live View function, and Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. Video recording capabilities include full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording with a dedicated record button, 10 shooting modes such as Cinema mode, Variable Movie mode (80, 160, 200 and 300 percent), and HDMI output.
Submitted by Bill a Professional
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2011
Strengths: The camera has many technical strengths:
- Video image quality -- latest generation image processing improves quality and low light perfomance -- usable, relatively noise-free video up to ISO 3200
- Four manual audio gain settings -- with on-screen stereo audio metering
- Mirrorless design, which: 1) allows for compact size and light weight; 2) may last longer -- mirrored shutters wear out 3) allows dozens of different lens mounts to be adapted to the camera
- Touchscreen control of many menu functions -- to include touchscreen "rack focus" and touchscreen shutter control
- A usable Electronic View Finder (EVF) -- a useful tool for focusing in bright sunlight
- Live HDMI out in record mode
- Built in Extended Tele Converter, doubling the effective focal length of your lenses, with no light loss and little image degradation
Weaknesses: But the camera does have a few challenges. The first is the 2.5mm external microphone input. Most external mics will have 3.5mm (1/8") jacks. Adapters are easily found, but this is an unnecessary annoyance. Also, the omission of the AC adapter (included with the predecessor camera, the GH1) feels like cheap corner-cutting. That said, those aren't many gripes for a device this complicated.
Panasonic gets it right with its second mirrorless prosumer still/video hybrid camera. The GH2 is both a very good still camera, and a class-leading video camera. Addressing its predecessor's video image quality challenges, the GH2 hits the sweet spot for price/performance in its category. You should buy this camera if you want to take high quality pictures or videos and want a choice between point-and-shoot ease of use or pro-level creative control -- all in the same camera. It is the "Swiss Army Knife" of interchangeable lens cameras.
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $1562.00
Purchased At: The Camera Store
Similar Products Used: Canon T2i/550D
Type of photography: People
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