|Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 system camera review : When the Panasonic G1 made its entrance at the Photokina 2008 in Cologne, the competitors were standing around the camera in no time. The world’s first system camera based on the Micro Four Thirds System was introduced by Panasonic. When we look back at that period, we can only conclude that the Panasonic G1 was the beginning of the end of the domination of the traditional DSLR cameras. A year and half later, the G1 is followed by the Panasonic Lumix G2, a grown-up version of the Micro Four Thirds camera, which is a logical successor.
Panasonic DMC-G2 with video function
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 has certainly added many highly desired functions. Think of the possibility to shoot video in AVCHD Lite format, and the innovative touchscreen technology. This is a technology that smartphone owners have already become quite familiar with, but until recently it was unheard of in a system camera or a DSLR. Panasonic has successfully experimented with touchscreen displays in its Lumix compact camera line, but it was surprising to find a touchscreen in the Lumix G2 camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 camera body
At first, it seems that little has changed in the Panasonic Lumix G2, but that is just the outside. We have to have a look inside in order to see that some exceptional specifications have changed. The Panasonic G2’s design has improved ergonomically. The functions on the settings dial have been ranked differently and the command dial has also improved. It is a bit clearer and more logically arranged than was the case for its predecessor.
Panasonic Lumix G2 improvements
When we dig a little deeper, we find several improvements or changes. It is possible to maintain Live View continuously when making a series of fast shots, which is quite pleasant in order to capture the subject well. AF support for the focusing of the Four Thirds lenses has been extended via an optional adapter, giving Panasonic the lead over Olympus. The Panasonic DMC-G2 is now also equipped with a faster image processor, the Venus Engine HD II, with which video and photo editing can be performed more quickly.
Panasonic G2 delivered with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
A new image ratio has also been added, 1:1, so that a choice can now be made out of four different image ratios. Additionally, the sound possibilities have improved. It is now possible to connect an external microphone so that stereo sound can be recorded while shooting video. The Panasonic Lumix G2 comes with a standard 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. This lens has been changed in comparison with the previous kit lens. A stabilizer switch is missing, this is now controlled from the menu of the G2 camera. Additionally, the optical range has been slightly diminished to 3x instead of 3.2x.
Panasonic Lumix G2 review including a DIWA Labs test
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is a very versatile system camera with which you can express your creativity as a photographer. There are more than enough improvements and extensions in comparison to its predecessor, so that the Panasonic DMC-G2 will once again arouse the interest of the amateur photographer. We have tested the Panasonic G2 for a while in practice, as well as on technical aspects in the DIWA Lab. Our findings can be read in the next Panasonic Lumix G2 review.
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"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."
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