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Ilse Jurriën : March 9th 2010 - 23:35 CET

Panasonic DMC-G2 review

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PanasonicPanasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review : A year and a half ago, during the Photokina 2008, Panasonic introduced the DMC-G1. It was then the world’s first camera based on the Micro Four Thirds System, which was set up by Panasonic and Olympus. This is a system with a lot of potential, which was evident in its first model, and became even stronger with the introduction of the DMC-GF1 a year later. Although Panasonic together with Olympus have created the Micro Four Thirds System, the products are developed separately. This is evident as there are many differences between the products that the two brands introduce. With the introduction of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2, this is already a fourth model.
Touchscreen camera

Panasonic DMC-G2 system camera
The Micro Four Thirds System cameras, or just system cameras, being introduced are becoming very popular. They are conquering a market share. And it seems that this year will be a very important year. It is a year in which the deck of cards is being shuffled and the market shares of the big names such as Canon and Nikon may not necessarily be so self-evident anymore. The Panasonic Lumix G2 is basically very similar to its predecessors from the G-series, but has a unique feature. The Panasonic G2 has a so-called touch control.

Panasonic Lumix G2 touchscreen

Panasonic DMC-G2 touchscreen camera
A few weeks ago, we got to see the Panasonic DMC-G2 up close and had our first experience with a pre-production model, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 camera. We have already seen cameras with integrated touch screen control before, including from Panasonic, but we hadn’t seen this yet in a system camera. The Micro Four Thirds System depends largely on the use of an LCD screen, and the addition of the touch screen control will only increase the importance of the display. The touch screen control can also be switched off.

Panasonic G2 Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic Lumix G2 touchscreen operation
It is easy to use, just touch your finger on the subject and the focus and lighting will be automatically connected to the subject that the finger points out. After that it is even possible to shoot a photo with the touch screen, as the shutter release button can be pressed virtually. The AF-tracking function will keep adjusting the focus of the subject, in case it moves. The size of the focal area can also be predetermined, or you can use the known face detection. When the MF (manual focus) is applied, you can zoom in on a subject in three steps (1x, 5x of 10x). It takes a bit of getting used to, but you will quickly notice the potential that touch screen control has in the Panasonic DMC-G2.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

12 megapixel Panasonic G2 Micro Four Thirds camera
The image resolution of the Panasonic Lumix G2 is unchanged, which signals that the majority of the DSLR and Micro Four Thirds manufacturers have found 12 Megapixels to be an optimal standard resolution. It remains strange that those same manufacturers keep painstakingly introducing compact cameras to their assortment with resolutions far above 12 Megapixels. There is obviously something which benefits the consumer when the message projected says that the Megapixel race for the system camera segment is unnecessary and redundant. The manufacturer Panasonic, in any case, is doing this well. The only thing that is actually emphasized is that in the case of Micro Four Thirds, and also in other system cameras, that an ideal combination has been found: the quality of a DSLR camera with the ease of a compact camera.

Panasonic Lumix G2 lens

Record high quality pictures with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is not very small in comparison with the small-format DSLR cameras that the competition offers. But that doesn't seem to be too important. At least, not for the consumer that is just looking for quality, and has outgrown its compact camera. The jump to a DSLR is self-evident, as quality is a priority over format. The Panasonic Lumix G2 is especially designated for such a step.


Panasonic Lumix G2 system camera for the mass
The camera looks friendly, and has a more basic look&feel than, for example, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1. A Panasonic GF1 has a much more advanced appearance and is more suitable for the experienced (DSLR) photographer in terms of the camera design and look&feel, with which it wants to distinguish itself. It is in terms of the Panasonic DMC-G2’s design that I have personally begun to understand more. It is not so much a design that emphasizes the maximization of the small scale of the camera, such as the GF1, but rather it is directed at the masses.

Lumix DMC-G2 review

Panasonic DMC-G2 photographic settings
The possibilities that Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 camera offers in terms of photographic settings are enormous. The many creative settings together with the advanced settings such as stop and shutter speed choice or manual settings are possible, and make the Panasonic G2 a surprising, versatile all-rounder. And with the far-developed automatic mode, you (almost) don’t need to be an experienced photographer to be able to photograph optimally with difficult lighting. The Panasonic DMC-G2 also has a so-called iA Mode with which the camera will automatically choose the optimal setting according to what the camera detects. The amount of accuracy with which the camera detects makes the iA mode so surprisingly good. It is still just a theory for those that have not used such a camera before, but I would almost say: try it out at your local dealer. You will be surprised about the iA mode’s final results.

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Record HD videos with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
Next to photography, you can, we might almost say of course, shoot video clips with the Panasonic Lumix DMC G2. High Definition video clips to be precise. The Panasonic Lumix DMC G2 shoots high quality video, in 1280x720 High Definition quality at that. And if you want to record high-quality audio as well, you can connect an optional stereo microphone to the G2 camera. This is a world of difference, and whoever is planning on shooting video with a camera such as the Panasonic Lumix G2, should actually not film without the microphone. While filming, the camera keeps stabilizing movement with the optical image stabilizer, and diverse automatic functions such as face detection and automatic scene selection stay operational. Self-diaphragm can be changed in the video mode.

Panasonic DMC-G2 review

Panasonic DMC-G2 review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC G2 is a welcome addition to the Micro Four Thirds System camera assortment and will undoubtedly find its way to the consumer. System cameras belonging to the Micro Four Thirds System are about to break through and their market share will undoubtedly grow. We expect to receive a Panasonic G2 sample shortly and will be publishing a detailed Panasonic Lumix DMC G2 review with a high resolution photo gallery.

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