Ilse Jurriën : March 7th 2010 - 10:00 CET
Panasonic Lumix G2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 system camera : Panasonic is pleased to announce the new DMC-G2 from Lumix G Micro System as the world’s first interchangeable lens system camera with touch-control shooting. The Panasonic Lumix G Micro System has been sparking revolutions in the market as its name “New-Generation System Camera” suggests. Ever since the release of the Panasonic DMC-G1, the first interchangeable lens system camera based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard with dramatic downsizing of the body adopting the mirrorless structure. The Panasonic DMC-GH1 realized 1920x1080 full HD (High Definition) movie recording and the Lumix DMC-GF1 brought an innovation even in the viewpoint of design with a flat, slim profile. |
Panasonic Lumix G2 touchscreen system camera
To develop the new Panasonic DMC-G2, Panasonic focused on the operability and elevated it even higher by adoption of touchscreen that connects the sight and action most intuitively. Just a touch on the subject in the LCD lets you set AF/AE even to release the shutter. Various advanced AF functions taking advantage of high-speed, accurate contrast AF are now as easy and comfortable as it never was with a combination of touch-screen operation.
12.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 camera
The double Live-View function offered by the large and bright 3.0-inch 460,000-dot free-angle Intelligent LCD and 1,440,000-dot 1.4x (0.7x) Live View Finder makes it possible to see how settings results in the picture in advance to the shooting. The 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and the new Venus Engine HD II integrating Intelligent Resolution technology assure high image quality in both photo and movie recording.
My Color mode on the Panasonic DMC-G2
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 records high quality movie in AVCHD Lite in addition to the motion JPEG even with advanced flexibility of cutting out a high quality still image thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. The camera has an HDMI output capability so that the dynamic movies and photos can be played back on the large HDTV via the optional HDMI mini cable. For stimulating the creativity of photo/videography, the popular My Color mode is succeeded from the predecessors to offer 7 color settings and 1 custom setting for both photo and movie recording. In addition, the Movie P mode lets you change the aperture to expand the expressiveness in movie recording. The Panasonic Lumix G2 is also compatible with the optional external stereo microphone DMW-MS1 for high quality audio recording.
Panasonic Lumix G2 records HD video
On the other hand, the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, which is popular in both Lumix system cameras and compact cameras supports easy shooting with automatic optimization according to the scenes in both photo and movie recording. The Panasonic G2 can be directly activated with the newly added iA button without trouble of setting using dial or menu. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 with HD movie recording capability offers an abundance of advanced functions with an unprecedented ease of use realized by a touch control. It brings users from entry level to high amateur and even to professionals, a different surprise and joy of shooting commensurate with their photographic stage. Choose the G2 body color that sounds most right to you from three colors - black, red and blue.
Panasonic G2 equipped with touchscreen display
To elevate its operability even higher, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 adopts touch-control shooting for the first time in the world as an interchangeable lens system camera. AF/AE is immediately set to the subject by just touching it on the large, 460,000-dot LCD and you can even release the shutter. Once you lock on the subject by a touch, the camera tracks the subject even it moves with the AF tracking function. Just a touch on the screen lets you select the part and the size of AF area with the 1-area AF and the 1-area AF in Face Detection even allows you to set finer focus on the eye while capturing human face bright and clear. The Multi-area AF allows to set a group of AF point according to the composition.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 shooting modes
With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the Panasonic DMC-G2 camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched, for example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background or a scenery to the scenery mode while a touch on the subject close to the camera to the close-up mode. In the manual focusing, you can enlarge the part by just a touch to select 1x, 5x or 10x and smoothly move the part by dragging it on the screen. The touch operation dramatically shortcuts the action of setting in the menu, too.
Playback pictures on the Panasonic G2 LCD screen
The touch-screen operation on the Panasonic Lumix G2 excels not only for shooting but also for playing back images with outstanding visibility. You can play back the image you want out of hundreds of stocks by touching on the one in the thumbnail. To play back images one by one in order, you can drag the image across the screen with a finger to browse the collection of photos as you flip over the pages of the book. Max.16x of enlargement is also easy with touches. The large, high resolution LCD with wide viewing angle rotates 180° from side to and tilts 270° up and down offers approx.100% of field of view. The free-angle LCD with a touch-screen operation makes both monitoring and touching at any physical position.
Panasonic DMC-G2 Micro Four Thirds system camera
With the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Panasonic has developed an entirely new concept in digital cameras that comply with the Micro Four Thirds System standard by taking even greater advantage of the compactness and light weight that are made possible by eliminating the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit. By increasing the number of electrical contacts between the camera body and the lens, the camera's expandability is also dramatically increased to maximize future potential.
Panasonic Lumix G2 features 60fps Live View mode
The Lumix G Micro System's large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent Live View Finder retains the outstanding viewability of an optical viewfinder and can also display information about camera settings that the user can see without taking his or her eye from the subject. A clever built-in eye sensor on the Lumix DMC-G2 automatically switches on the viewfinder when the user looks into it, then switches it off and turns on the free-angle 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD (which boasts a wide viewing angle) when the user looks away from the viewfinder. Furthermore, the Panasonic Lumix G2 features a 60-frames-per-second Live View, which takes signals directly from the image sensor and sends them continuously to the LCD, in real time. Both the Live View Finder and LCD provide approx. 100% field of view. This allows the user, when composing a shot, to check the framing accurately from corner to corner. The contrast AF system adopted by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is not only accurate and easy to use, but also very fast. Users can choose from a wide range of AF modes, including AF Tracking, 1-area AF, Face Detection AF/AE and 23-area area.
Panasonic Lumix G2 interchangeable lens system camera
While achieving breakthroughs in advanced functions and compactness of design, Panasonic also refined its comprehensive digital imaging technologies for every cameras of Lumix G Micro System to raise the level of image quality that rivals or even surpasses D-SLR cameras. The 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor featured in the Lumix DMC-G2 offers the best of both worlds - the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. Advanced technology that makes it possible to read 4 channels of data simultaneously also helps the Panasonic G2 to deliver 60 frames-per-second Full-time Live View images, while faithfully reproducing high-resolution images with fine detail and rich gradation.
Panasonic G2 incorporates the new Venus Engine HD II processor
The new Venus Engine HD II features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities. This sophisticated LSI separates chromatic noise from luminance noise and applies the optimal noise reduction to each, so you capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. The Venus Engine HD II also provides independent gradation control for each of the R, G and B colors, so even delicate color nuances are reproduced faithfully. Linking smoothly with the Live MOS sensor, the Venus Engine HD II records stunning high-resolution 12.1-megapixel images with exceptional accuracy. Signals containing a large amount of image data are sent from the Live MOS sensor to the Live View Finder at 60 fps, resulting in clear, smooth live view.
Panasonic DMC-G2 features Intelligent Resolution technology
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine HD has been re-engineered to compile the new image processing technology "Intelligent Resolution". It enables the recording of beautiful photo and high-definition movie with higher quality signal processing. With the Intelligent Resolution technology on the Panasonic DMC-G2, 3 areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction system of the Venus Engine HD II is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording.
Dust reduction system of the Panasonic Lumix G2
Cameras of Lumix G Micro System are equipped with highly efficient Dust Reduction System. If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when you're changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in your photos. The Dust Reduction System in the Panasonic Lumix G2 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.
Panasonic G2 records HD motion picture in AVCHD Lite
The Panasonic DMC-G2 can record 1280 x 720 high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite that features long recording time and high compatibility with audio-visual equipments. Users can enjoy recording HD motion images taking maximum advantage of lens' descriptiveness and interchangeability or the large sensor size. The action starts at a single press of a dedicated button on the top while most of the settings for photo recording are succeeded, which is convenient when you record the same subject at the same situation in both photo and movie. HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 can also be selected as an alternative movie recording format in addition to QVGA, VGA and WVGA, which is more compatible with PCs. High quality sound can be recorded with Dolby Digital Creator and optional accessory Stereo Microphone (DMW-MS1) can be attached to the Lumix G2. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 system camera technologies
Even video beginner can record excellent movies with Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 because the popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in motion image recording. Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) helps prevent handshake when using high-powered zoom. Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on it so it always turns out beautifully. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. And Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Portrait, Scenery, Close-up and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality.
Panasonic Lumix G2 scene modes in movie recording
The Panasonic G2 also provides a My Color mode, Film mode and carries over a variety of scene modes from photo scene modes in movie recording. Motion picture P mode that lets you change the aperture for more creative HD movie recording. You can try professional-like movie recording with these variety of options like you do with photo recording. Now the Panasonic DMC-G2 can take photo while recording movie by just pressing a shutter button. Plus you can save a frame of movie as photo during playback. Newly added Video Divide function lets you split a video into two at the point you desire. This makes it possible to delete the unwanted part by cutting it off.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 photo functions
The Panasonic Lumix G2 is artistic not only in form, but also in function. The new Panasonic system camera provides an array of features that let users either capture precisely true-to-life images or create their own beautifully expressive images. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 features My Color mode with a total of seven preset effects - Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette while inheriting the previous Custom mode, which lets users manually set the color, brightness and saturation levels. With the Full-time Live View function, users can see how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, making it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired. For even more elaborate effects, users can choose from a total of nine Film modes, and set the contrast, sharpness and saturation levels for each. A custom function lets users store their favorite settings in memory. The Panasonic G2 also provides a total of 26 Scene modes including the Peripheral Defocus mode. Most of these modes can be used when shooting motion images too, letting users create movies with dramatic, theatrical effects without having to edit after they shoot.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 exposure meter
The exposure meter can be displayed in the P/A/S/M shooting modes. The correlation between shutter speed and aperture is shown, with a color-coded warning that alerts users when the settings are not in the proper range. For newcomers to system camera photography, this makes it easy to learn proper settings both visually and logically, enhancing their photography skills.
iA mode on the Panasonic Lumix G2 camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably. It's ideal for compact camera owners who want to step up to higher-quality photos - but without having to worry about the need of technique. Panasonic achieved this superb ease of use by continuing to improve iA mode - with its shooting assist functions that have proven extremely popular in Lumix compact cameras - and adding it to the Lumix G Micro System's advanced imaging technologies. iA mode is available not only in photo but also movie recording.
Face detection feature on the Panasonic DMC-G2
With AF Tracking, the Panasonic G2 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves - making it easy to get beautiful, clear shots when a great photo opportunity suddenly arises. Simply aim, lock, and shoot. The Face Recognition function remembers registered faces to give an appropriate AF/AE on the people. In playback, you can choose to display only photos that contain a specific registered face using Category Playback.
Panasonic G2 equipped with Intelligent Exposure
In addition to the advanced functions mentioned above, the iA mode inherits fundamental functions users need in a good digital still camera. These include MEGA O.I.S., which helps prevent blurring from hand-shake, and Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken. Intelligent Exposure optimizes the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully. The Panasonic Lumix G2 also features an automatic backlight compensation function that activates whenever the camera detects the subject is in backlight. Intelligent Scene Selector automatically detects the most common shooting situations - Portrait, Night Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Close-up and Sunset - and switches to the appropriate Scene mode. The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by simply selecting iA mode.
Watch photos and videos on a large HDTV
Both still images and motion images in AVCHD Lite recorded on SD Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV with dynamic HD resolution. The user simply inserts the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD Memory Card slot) on a VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player to play the content. Alternatively, an optional mini HDMI cable can be used to output still and motion images recorded with the DMC-G2 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation. This makes it possible to take maximum advantage of the camera's playback functions, including slideshows in which both still and motion images are played sequentially, or calendar displays and so on. All control is possible using only the TV's remote control. In addition, with the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, it is easy to view and edit your recorded contents. You may also choose to upload your videos to YouTube or burn them to a DVD disc for archiving.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 lens
The Micro Four Thirds System products are joining today's Four Thirds System products to provide customers with even higher levels of performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera. In addition to Lumix G lenses, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and Lumix G Micro System can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds standard via an optional mount adaptor DMW-MA1 and with the prestigious Leica M/R Lenses via DMW-MA2M or MA3R. This gives the user access to the unlimited number of lens properties.
Panasonic Lumix G2 accessories
With the Panasonic Lumix G Micro System and the growing assortment of lenses becoming available, the expressive possibilities are unlimited. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 system camera offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation:
• Mount Adaptor: DMW-MA1, DMW-MA2M, DMW-MA3R
• External Flash: DMW-FL220 (GN22) / DMW-FL360 (GN36) / DMW-FL500 (GN50)
• PL Filter: DMW-LPL52
• ND Filter: DMW-LND52
• MC Protector: DMW-LMC52
• Stereo Microphone: DMW-MS1
• Battery Pack: DMW-BLB13
• DC Cable: DMW-DCC3
• Remote Shutter: DMW-RSL1
• Soft Case: DMW-CG1
• Soft Case: DMW-CG2
• Soft Bag: DMW-BAG1, DMW-CZ18
• Leather Bag: DMW-BAL1
• Shoulder Strap (Stylish): DMW-SSTG1-A/C/R/K
• Shoulder Strap (Woven): DMW-SSTG2-W
• Shoulder Strap (Leather): DMW-SSTG3-T
• Shoulder Strap (Leather): DMW-SSTL1
• HDMI mini Cable:RP-CDHM15/RP-CDHM30
PHOTOfunSTUDIO software delivered with Panasonic G2
With the Panasonic DMC-G2, PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition for easy organization of photos and movies and the SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE for RAW file development come bundled. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your PC with quick start-up and fast read-in of images. The Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the picture to automatically sort the photos by the registered faces without picking out each photo one by one when you only want pictures of a specific person. You can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music and burn it onto a DVD disc in MPEG2.
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition software
Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader even in HD quality. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD software also lets you create a 360-degree rotation panorama file in MOV, which is especially easy if Panorama Assist mode in the camera is used. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO software is of course compatible with Windows 7. The original image data in RAW file format recorded with the Panasonic G2 allows images to be developed according to your intention using highly advanced functions of the SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE software utility. It features unique combination of high resolution and extraordinary color separation performance.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix G2 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Panasonic Lumix G2 review.