|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 system camera review : The introduction of the Panasonic GH1 in March of 2009 caused a small shock wave. A DSLR-type camera, in which photo and video are combined effortlessly, was previously unheard of. The competition was left looking on, and Panasonic thus got a solid grip on the heavily competitive camera market. In the meantime, Panasonic has listened well to its supporters, and hit the design table once more. The end result was shown to the world press on the first day of the Photokina 2010: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.
Panasonic Lumix GH2 camera design
The Panasonic Lumix GH2 has not changed much in terms of design, with the exception of a few buttons. It is especially the camera’s insides that have been rebuilt quite a lot. The image sensor has been upgraded to a whole newly designed 18.31 Megapixels Live MOS sensor, with 1080i Full HD video support and a sensor output of 60p and even the so-called Cinema mode (1080p at 24 bps). The effective resolution is about 16 Megapixels, and the rest of the sensor is used to support the different image ratios (Multi Aspect ratio).
Panasonic Lumix GH2 touch camera
The camera’s control is also remarkable, as you can choose between touch control and the standard method. Touch control was first introduced in the G2, and was received enthusiastically. An important part of the camera is its processor. The Panasonic GH2 has a first in the form of the new Venus Engine FHD, a processor with at least 3 CPU’s on board. This power source forms the heart of the Panasonic DMC-GH2.
Speediness of the Panasonic DMC-GH2
This power is especially present while focusing. The speed is quickly improved and allows the Panasonic Lumix GH2 to call itself the fastest system camera that uses the contrast AF system. Action shots can be made at a speed of 5 fps in the highest resolution and with the mechanical shutter. The electronic shutter and a decrease down to 4 Megapixels makes a speed of 40 fps possible. The folding and rotating 3-inch display has remained, but has been extended with touch control.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 review
In short, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 is not just a simple upgrade from an existing camera. In many respects you can speak of a whole new camera, but with the same jacket. We have tested the Panasonic DMC-GH2 and several new Lumix lenses for technical aspects in our DIWA Lab that is run by Kai Thon. We also ran extensive practice tests with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 in combination with the new Lumix 14mm f2.5 and 100-300mm f4.0-5.6. Our findings can be read in the following Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 review.
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"The Panasonic Lumix GH2 has adopted the Panasonic G2’s intuitive touch control and is equipped with a complete newly developed image sensor and image processor. While a large part of the competition is still behind in terms of serious video functionality, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 is one of the most elaborate, and maybe even the most serious system cameras with a video mode today."
Continue to read our first impression of the Panasonic GH2.