Panasonic Lumix DMC G2 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The Panasonic Lumix G2 has almost the same design as that of the G1. A few details have been changed, such as the command dial has been moved, but it is especially in the small, ergonomic adjustments that the differences are shown. We notice that the card slot is no longer placed on the side of the hand grip, but that it has now found a place in the battery compartment. Moreover, the Panasonic G2 now also supports SDXC (48GB - 2TB) flash memory cards, next to the SD/SDHC cards.
Panasonic Lumix G2 with 3" touchscreen display
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2’s handy, vari-angle 3-inch LCD display is a touchscreen type screen. The touchscreen function is an added value, it has not replaced the traditional control, but you can choose if you want to use it or not. The back of the Panasonic camera has an extra button, but in general it has not changed much in comparison with the G1.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 button layout
More changes have been made on the top of the Panasonic DMC-G2 camera. The focus mode is now selected via a new switch that is found under the button with which the type of focusing is determined. In fact, you have a whole group altogether. The camera mode dial, which includes the most important main programs, has been rearranged a bit. An extra function has been added, but the iA mode has disappeared. This has received its own button, to the right of the camera mode dial. That indicates how important the iA function has become. Since its introduction, a couple of generations of cameras ago, it is evident from user reactions, as well as testers and the professional press, that the iA mode delivers surprisingly good results.
Panasonic DMC-G2 setting possibilities
If you already have experience with a Panasonic Lumix camera, you will recognize the Panasonic G2’s operation. The Panasonic DMC-G2 is quite an elaborate camera, so it won’t hurt to take the time and get to know it well. The possibilities are endless, but when you want to get started quickly, the Q. menu button can be used. A clear and logical quick-menu appears, and then it is only a question of navigating and selecting. The Panasonic Lumix G2’s user interface runs fast and is fairly intuitive. Especially the touchscreen offers quick access to the different setting possibilities, but it is also possible to execute everything via the buttons.
Panasonic G2 features a MyMenu function
When we used the Panasonic DMC-G2 camera in practice for a while, we quickly get used to the touchscreen, the Q. menu button and the MyMenu function. This function remembers your last five menu choices so that you can have fast access to the settings that you use often in practice. The multi-control button has four function buttons that are often adjusted by creative photographers. Think of ISO and White Balance.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 electronic viewfinder
The camera’s high-resolution electronic viewfinder is especially pleasant. Although the 3-inch display will most likely be used the most, a viewfinder can be the better choice in certain cases, for certain shots. The Panasonic G2 has the same viewfinder as the G1 and the GH1. The technical construction of the electronic viewfinder makes it look as if you are looking through an optical viewfinder, so you aren’t bothered by a grid or a checkered pattern that you have to look through. The resolution of 800x600 pixels is more than enough for such a small surface.
Touchscreen display of the Panasonic Lumix G2
We consider the experience we had with the Panasonic Lumix G2 touchscreen a true enriching experience. The first time that we heard about the touchscreen display on a Micro Four Thirds system camera, we were pretty skeptical. It’s great that it is possible, but is it really necessary? It is still not really necessary, but it makes the control of the camera more fun and in many instances more intuitive. Especially ‘pointing’ out the subject, which makes the camera focus on it, is very pleasant. Panasonic has adjusted the touchscreen in its own way, so that usefulness and ease of use surpass the gadgety quality. Great!