Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a camera that people will either love for its speed, photo quality, and interchangeable-lens flexibility or hate for its large-ish size, electronic viewfinder, and occasionally frustrating design.
Pros: Interchangeable lenses; fast performance; excellent photo quality; flip-and-twist LCD.
Cons: Accident-prone jog dial; some restrictive feature implementations; no movie capture.
Summary: Although the photos look a hair noisier and overprocessed compared with many competitors, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 has a lot to recommend about it--including a flip-and-twist touch-screen and speedy performance.
Summary: The G2 is very much the camera the G1 should have been. The addition of a decent HD movie mode, some cool touchscreen 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
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: It is hard not to be impressed with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2. It takes the best features of its predecessor, the G1, and adds video capture, a touchscreen and a few tweaks to the button placement.
Of all the features available in the G2, it is the combination of the AF and touchscreen that I was most impressed with. Although I found that the touchscreen menu was easy enough to use, I have to say I preferred the good, old-fashioned method of using buttons and dials.
Summary: The Panasonic G2 is a Micro Four Thirds camera, making it lighter and smaller than most interchangeable lens snappers. It’s not as diminutive as its stablemate the Panasonic GF2, but its chunkier shape, fully adjustable screen and electronic viewfinder make it arguably easier to handle. The grip on the right, coupled with the camera’s strokeably rubberised finish, means it sits far more comfortably in your hand than the GF2.
This Micro Four Thirds digital camera addresses some of the problems of the original DMC-G1
Good Gear Guide.au
8 December 2010
Summary: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2 interchangeable lens digital camera builds upon the already impressive LUMIX DMC-G1 by adding video recording, updated controls and a 3in touchscreen. It takes excellent photos in a wide range of conditions and definitely improves on its predecessor.
Pros: Overall excellent image quality especially at lower ISOs, great range of image modes, fast and consistently accurate autofocus, excellent electronic viewfinder, good control system and ergonomics
Cons: 14-42mm kit lens not as good as previous 14-45mm model, touchscreen is sometimes difficult to operate accurately, images lose clarity at high ISO settings
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G2 Micro Four Thirds camera is an update to the G1
Good Gear Guide.au
8 December 2010
Summary: The best combination here of image quality, camera build and features, we highly recommend the Panasonic Lumix G2's one-touch HD video recording, choice of viewfinders and its tilting LCD. Buying in to the Micro Four Thirds concept in the first place is't cheap, but if you're up for the investment, this excellent camera is the model to choose.
Pros: Good image quality, tilting LCD, high-definition video recording
Summary: It was March when I had a chance to wander round the Focus show with a pre production version of this D SLR unit. Now in late autumn I finally get to look at the boxed version and to try all the G2 has to offer for real.