|If you don’t pay much attention, you won’t notice that the Panasonic GH2 is the newest Micro Four Thirds System camera. Especially if we compare it with the GH1, which is almost identical in terms of appearance. With scrupulous observation, it is noticeable that the body’s material is a bit different, as it is less smooth than its predecessor. The camera mode dial in the camera’s hand grip has been moved back, something which benefits control. These subtle differences show that Panasonic has listened well to its supporters and used their feedback to improve the camera.|
|Panasonic Lumix GH2 mode dial
The main camera mode dial on top of the camera has the main programs. Compared with the GH1, several scenes have been removed in order to make room for two extra Custom modes. This was something that was requested from those that used the camera in practice. Also notable is the red Record button that directly starts a video recording. This button has now been placed on top of the camera instead of on the back. In practice, this apparently led to unintended video recordings being made by picking up the camera and accidentally hitting the Record button.
Panasonic DMC-GH2 touch display
One of the big changes can be ‘seen’ in the new LCD display on the back. Its appearance and dimensions may be the same as its predecessor, but there is more to be said. It is a touchscreen type of display, it has a 3:2 image ratio and a resolution of 460.000 dots. Next to navigation via the touch display, you can also focus using the display. The Panasonic GH2 has an electronic viewfinder with Live View support, and the multi-aspect ratio already mentioned. This means that regardless of the chosen image ratio, you will get a full screen display, among other things.
|Panasonic GH2 supports SDXC memory cards
At the time of the GH1, the maximum storage capacity was 32 GB, on a SDHC memory card. It was already known at the time that Panasonic was working on a new generation of SD-format cards, the SDXC. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 also supports SDXC as well as SD and SDHC memory cards. Although we are only at the start of the SDXC era right now, it is expected that the capacity will be doubled each year, and in a few years we will arrive at the respectable 2TB. The Panasonic GH2 does not really require so much memory. The card is inserted in the side of the hand grip. Underneath the hand grip a (new type of) Li-Ion battery is found.
3D photography with the Panasonic Lumix GH2
It is worth mentioning that the Panasonic GH2 supports 3D photography. The Panasonic GH2 is equipped with the new Venus Engine FHD and is therefore powerful enough to process 3D with the new Lumix G 12.5mm lens. The Panasonic 3D Lens has two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, so that stereo images are taken with the left and right lenses, which are processed by the 3D image processing system. The images can be shown directly on a 3D television.