Excerpt: This camera in Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds series is highly desirable from a number of angles, not least of which is the touch screen system. And you can buy it in three body colours: black, red and blue The test camera was supplied with the f3.5/14-42mm kit zoom lens, an average and quite useful optic for everyday use.
Summary: The G2 is very much the camera the G1 should have been. The addition of a decent HD movie mode, some cool touch-screen features and minor enhancements throughout turn an already good camera into a great one. Image quality is excellent (especially at lower ISOs and when shooting raw), handling superb and responsiveness impressive. A fun, functional and friendly alternative to a traditional SLR, the G2 packs a powerful photographic punch too.
Pros: Reliably good image quality up to ISO 800, usable up to ISO 3200, Accurate metering and focus, Good JPEG resolution (though stick to raw for best results), Fast and responsive in use, Good ergonomics all around, excellent build quality, nice handling, Touch screen adds a couple of very useful features, doesn't replace extensive external controls, Very useful status panel and quick menu allow direct access to many important settings, Intuitively structured menu system,...
Cons: Out-of-camera JPEG color not as appealing as best competitors, New kit lens not as good as predecessor, ISO 6400 verging on the unusable, High ISO default noise reduction a bit too high, Dynamic range still not as good as best APS-C competitors, User interface looking a bit dated (and possibly a bit daunting to the first time user), Some touch-screen menus a bit fiddly
Summary: The Panasonic G2 is an excellent camera. Form, function and performance are rock solid with this Micro Four Thirds shooter. The AF speed, image quality and feature set rivals what the best of the entry-level DSLR crowd is offering right now.
Review – Panasonic G2, Part 1: Introduction and Using the Camera
Enticing the Light
5 September 2010
Excerpt: January 2009. That was the month the first micro-4/3 camera went on sale: The Panasonic G1 [ cue ominous music ]. Its DSLR exterior belied the revolution within, for this was the first advanced digital camera to feature a large sensor but do away with the mirror-box and prism of traditional SLRs, thus allowing the designers to build a smaller camera without sacrificing IQ.
Hello My Lumix, Hello My Touchscreen, Hello My Four Thirds Cam
11 August 2010
Excerpt: Building on the already successful line of Micro Four Thirds based cameras, Panasonic has announced their latest DSLR, the Lumix DMC-G2. Based on its venerable predecessor G1 body, the Lumix DMC-G2 will feature a new touch control shooting interface, 12.1 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video (AVCHD lite format), live view finder, a 460k dot 3.0″ swivel/twist/rotate LCD, AF tracking, face recognition, intelligent exposure, scene selection, intelligent ISO, optical image...
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 system camera Panasonic managed to be the center of attention with the Panasonic G1. The camera was received enthusiastically worldwide, and was especially praised for its general high quality. The expectations were thus a bit higher for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2. But the Panasonic G2 lives up to those expectations. The most important critique for the G1, the lack of a video function, has been eliminated by the DMC-G2.
Summary: I was impressed with the Panasonic Lumix G2. It's a solidly-built, well constructed camera. All of the controls work smoothly and quickly. The camera's many dedicated buttons mean that you rarely have to consult the menu, something I greatly appreciated. The swiveling LCD is a pleasure to use, as is the high resolution electronic viewfinder.
Pros: Solid construction, Many dedicated controls, Articulated LCD and high resolution viewfinder, Excellent image quality
Cons: Occasional overexposure, Indoor white balance off, Price compared to the similar G10