Summary: The Lumix GH2 is the seventh – yes, seventh – Micro Four Thirds G-series camera from Panasonic. Introduced at Photokina 2010, it replaces the GH1 and it offers some step-up advantages to the Lumix G2 .
Pros: Good image quality, Sharp EVF, Compact body and kit lens
Cons: Cost, Dense menu system, LCD tough to view outside
Summary: Panasonic has taken the already capable Lumix GH1, increased its sensor resolution by one third, accelerated the focusing both for stills and movies, added a touch-screen display, widened the electronic viewfinder, sped-up continuous shooting, and enhanced the movie recording options.
Pros: High quality movies with continuous and quiet AF., Good quality stills - best from Micro Four Thirds to date., Very fast autofocus for stills and movies., Articulated, high res touch-screen display and superb finder., Small and light, but good ergonomics and customisation.
Cons: Slow continuous shooting when continuous AF is enabled., Live view not available during continuous bursts above 3fps., Noisier images than good APS-C models at high sensitivities., Traditional DSLRs better for low light or fast action photography.
Summary: Despite the new 16.05-million-pixel sensor, it is the new high-speed, contrast-detection AF and video capabilities of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 that really make it stand out from its competitors.
Conclusion: The GH2 succeeds in pushing Micro Four Thirds (or indeed any hybrid cameras’) capabilities up a peg or two. The latest autofocus is very fast; so impressively so that it’s impossible not to notice just how good it is.
Pros: Incredibly fast autofocus, impressive image quality to ISO 1600
Cons: 2.5mm mic port, on the expensive side, plasticy exterior
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 offers a winning combination of high-quality stills and video, proven handling and design, and a more affordable price-tag - it's simply the most complete interchangeable lens camera currently available for people who want to shoot in both formats.
Conclusion: Panasonic zet met de GH2 een referentie neer waaraan de concurrentie zich kan gaan meten. De jarenlange video-ervaring van Panasonic tekent steeds duidelijker af en is zeer effectief geïntegreerd in een bestaand concept.