Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is actually the first Micro Four-Thirds camera to reach 16 megapixels and also captures full 1080p HD video with stereo sound. The GH2 is part of Panasonic's GH-series which include a high-resolution EVF and is desgined for more advanced users compared to their smaller GF-series. The GH2 is compact compared to most ILC s but is one of the larger SLD s.
Pros: Very low image noise until ISO 400, Great retention of details, Excellent metering system, Nice image colors, Fast contrast-detect autofocus, Short shutter-lag, Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor, Eye-Start AF controlled by jitter-detection, Dedicated movie mode, Excellent audio features, Highly customizable function buttons, Good battery life
Cons: Poor white-balance under artificial light, Color-shift starting at ISO 1600, Below average shot-to-shot speed, Inefficient modal control-dial, Video cuts off last second, Incorrect live-histogram, Poor access to, Severe, Weak LCD hinge, Bulky compared to peers
Excerpt: The 16.05-megapixel Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2 is as much for videos as it is for stills. Indeed, the first things you’ll notice are the stereo microphone on top and the shiny red button with a movie camera icon next to it that almost implores you to press it and see what happens. But before you get to that you’re going to have to figure out how this overly complicated, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens, Micro Four Thirds camera (yeah, that’s a mouthful) works.
Summary: The GH2 is the best G-series camera to date, and the improvements that Panasonic has made compared to the GH1 and G2, especially regarding AF performance and movie shooting, are meaningful and very welcome. We love the combination of physical control points and touchscreen operation, and ultimately, only murky JPEG output in low-contrast environments lets the GH2 down.
Pros: Excellent multi-aspect ratio sensor with good resolution and high-ISO performance in compact body, Good build quality and handling, 'Hands on' interface offers plenty of physical control points, Advanced and effective touch-screen implementation (but can be ignored if not required), Large, high-resolution EVF, Much improved CD-AF system (compared to GH1/G2), Exceptionally 'deep' feature set allows a lot of customization, Fast and responsive operation, Excellent raw im...
Cons: Uninspiring JPEGs in some situations mean Raw conversion needed to get best results, Auto White Balance can be too blue, especially outdoors, 24P Cinema mode only available in Manual Movie Mode (set on exposure mode dial), Although the finish has been improved, plastic body still feels cheaper than some competitors, Only one control dial, No PC flash sync socket
Excerpt: Quote from review: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is the latest interchangeable lens camera to offer both high quality still and moving images. The exciting GH2 features Full 1080p HD video with continuous autofocus , a new 16 megapixel sensor , amazingly fast auto-focusing, a 3 inch swivelling touchscreen LCD , and an extensive ISO range of 160-12800. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 review to find out if it's the most complete video/stills camera yet...
Summary: With its HDMI output, multi-angle LCD, and the ability to auto focus in video mode, the Panasonic DMC-GH2 fixes many of the problems of previous HDSLRs, which makes this camera perfect for video enthusiasts.
Pros: Dedicated "film mode" button, 100% LCD frame coverage, Uncompressed HDMI output, Multi-angle swing and tilt LCD monitor, Auto focus in video mode
Cons: Lack of external controls, No headphone jack
Excerpt: Panasonic continues to add powerful Micro Four-Thirds models to their Lumix G-series line, with the latest addition being the Lumix DMC-GH2. Replacing the popular GH1 of old, Panasonic has loaded the GH2 with several appealing upgrades that both photographers and videographers will appreciate.
Digital Photo Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 camera
10 March 2011
Excerpt: (1 items) It may not be a "true DSLR," but the interchangeable-lens Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 has features that outclass some of today's DSLRs, and the camera may indicate where future DSLRs are headed with regard to controls and video options. The GH2 offers touchscreen controls to accompany more-traditional buttons and knobs, and those touch controls are all the more engaging in a camera equipped with a large sensor, a high-quality lens, a fast autofocus, and high-end...
Pros: Innovative touchscreen controls for focusing, Innovative touchscreen controls for focusing, Best-in-class video quality, Best-in-class video quality, Full manual controls for both stills and video, Full manual controls for both stills and video, Tilt-and-swivel 3-inch LCD touchscreen, Tilt-and-swivel 3-inch LCD touchscreen, Comfortable ergonomic grip, Comfortable ergonomic grip, Hardware controls for fast access to most settings, Hardware controls for fast access to m...
Cons: Big for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, Big for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, No optical viewfinder, No optical viewfinder, No in-body image stabilization, No in-body image stabilization, Might be better suited for video than stills, Expensive, Might be better suited for video than stills, Expensive
Summary: The GH2 really is as good as Compact System Cameras come. Those doubting the Micro Four Thirds concept will be impressed at the improvement in image quality (as it can genuinely rival a DSLR for much of its ISO range), and the new ‘light speed' AF system is better than on any other contrast-detection system in the market - and that includes all compacts, Compact System Cameras and DSLRs.