Summary: No complaint on the camera itself but It bothers me that it came with three operating manuals and none of them are in English. Called the company and they said it was not a mistake and that the english version was on the CD. The only CD I got was a editing tool and had nothing to do with the operating the Camera. Happy that I know a little bit about cameras or this would be a real pain.
Summary: I'm looking for small compact camera to serve as a back up when on photo shoots. I was a little turned of by some reviews on the poor lens quality and the short battery life. I also read the auto focus doesn't always deliver sharp images. Lastly, the processing speed is lacking when shooting in bursts and also when using longer shutter speeds.
Summary: The G2 is a great camera, capable of producing stunning photographs under the right conditions. When light is low, the performance is poor. Having had the camera for a year, and being able to compare it's performance to the Canon 40D under identical circumstances, as well as a number of point and shoot cameras, including the Canon G10 provides the basis for this review.
Excerpt: This camera is good, but flawed. First of all, its handling is excellent. Panasonic's designers must have spent quite a long time studying how people interact with cameras. Every button is in its place, most of them feel very different and are easy to find by touch only. I also love the drive mode lever, it makes it very easy to go from single-shot to continuous drive to self-timer (for tripod pictures). Tilt-and-swivel LCD is great for street photography!
Summary: My primary purpose in purchasing this camera was to take pictures of my toddler. There were a lot of neat features to like. I loved the touch screen. The camera is really light weight for a dslr. I love the option to move the LCD 360 degrees. But, the picture quality indoors and with a subject in motion was lacking. About 1 out of 5 shots of my toddler wasn't blurred. I tried multiple settings to make it work; including the AF tracking, intelligent auto mode and baby.
Excerpt: The mediocre quality of the lenses, very slow processor , and unsatisfactory in-camera jpeg processing have convinced me to move away from the micro-four thirds system. If Panasonic’s technological / optical / user interface improvements were half as good as the superlative hype which surrounded the announcement of this camera, it would be by far the best photographic instrument out there.
Excerpt: "...I should mention that the Panasonic Lumix G2 is technically not a proper DSLR, unlike a lot of the Nikon and Canon cameras. Instead of having a Pentaprism or Pentamirror in the view finder, it is fact just digital. I suppose this eliminates some of the bulk you would expect to get in a DSLR and the shutter will not break after so many actuations as well. Moreover, If you have no previous experience with cameras or don't like learning various features, ...
Pros: Cheap, Great Size, Perfect for Beginners
Cons: Not many lenses, Battery life, Low light images
Summary: I've never had anything except a 'point and shoot' camera before. Wanted a bettor one for some major events this year, but didn't want to pay a fortune. I bought this as it was top of the Which reports. I know nothing about cameras so need something that is easy to use. This isn't. It does have an automatic setting which does a reasonable job, but otherwise it is very difficult to understand.
Summary: I am a novice who wants to take better pictures so I upgraded from the Panasonic TZ7 to the G2. It looks and feels lovely BUT I cannot get my head round the instruction manual to rectify picture quality problems. The biggest technical problem I have is when I use the zoom lens the pictures are blurred, and I cannot fathom how to resolve this. Using the auto button for novices does not seem to help.
Summary: I bought this product with the background of a keen photographer. Previously i have owned several Nikon DSLRs and many Nikon film cameras. All my cameras that i have bought have been under this price and have done a much better/equally as good photos. Panasonic have added a few gimmicks to justify a medium priced camera. A Nikon D60 does a cheaper but just a good job as this. I regret buying it yet i was lucky to find a buyer after 2months of using it.