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.
Summary: The Panasonic GH2 surpasses the quality and performance of a point-and-shoot and just about every entry-level DSLR on the market. A high quality - though not perfect - kit lens, and an excellent 16 megapixel sensor and processing engine help the GH2 succeed. There's a touchscreen for those who want it and a familiar array of controls for those who don't. Right now, it's safe to say that there's nothing else like it.
Pros: Good image quality, Sharp electronic viewfinder, Fluid flip-out LCD with touch panel, Compact camera body and lens
Cons: Cost, Dense menu system, LCD tough to view outside, Some white balance inconsistency
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. The upgrades add up to an impressive experience which crucially is more affordable than its predecessor thanks to a new cheaper lens bundle or a body-only option in addition to the original...
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.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix GH2 system camera review With the introduction of the GH1 in 2009 at the time of the PMA, Panasonic put a camera on the map which combined photo and video flawlessly. Recently, Panasonic has evaluated user experience and gathered current technical possibilities in order to achieve a new, innovative image solution. The result is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, an all-round camera with professional ambitions aimed at the serious photo and video fan.
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. The superb EVF should allay the scepticism of those who have had concerns about switching to this technology.
It does have a few flaws, though. The image quality is clearly affected by the densely packed sensor, and luminance noise is often visible at low sensitivities.
Excerpt: is Panasonic's highest specification model, and a follow on to the GH1, a popular camera in the video world, due to the ability to improve the camera's video quality by "hacking" or updating the firmware. The GH2 is Panasonic's updated model that provides a new 16 megapixel sensor for higher resolution stills, but also includes updated video quality: manual controls, numerous recording options, and improved quality.
Pros: Extremely fast focusing, and shutter response, Excellent detail, particularly at the lower ISO settings, Excellent video quality, Excellent design, lots of externally accessible controls, Great swivel screen, Great image quality, Compact, stylish design, Excellent 5fps continuous shooting
Cons: Lacks body anti-shake system (see Olympus PEN series), High ISO Noise performance - not up there with APS-C sized sensor cameras, Short battery life for class
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. From stills to movie and the GH2 really holds its own as far as moving images are concerned.
Pros: Incredibly fast autofocus, impressive image quality to ISO 1600
Cons: 2.5mm mic port, on the expensive side, plasticy exterior