Featuring a brand new sensor capable of producing 16.05-million-pixel images, could the GH2 be the pinnacle of the Micro Four Thirds system? We find out

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 at a glance:

  • 16.05-million-pixel Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
  • 3in articulated touchscreen
  • Full HD (1920×1080-pixel), 60i video capture
  • New Light Speed AF system
  • Street price around £800 including 14-45mm kit lens

When the Lumix DMC-GH1 was released in March 2009, it was only Panasonic’s second Micro Four Thirds camera. It is easily distinguished from the preceding DMC-G1, as the GH1 uses a slightly larger sensor and has the ability to shoot HD video footage.

Yet with the introduction of the G10 and G2 models, the lines between Panasonic’s G-series cameras became a little blurred. These cameras are aimed at entry-level and enthusiast photographers but, like the GH1, both are capable of shooting video – the G2 even has a touch-sensitive screen.

The Lumix DMC-GH2 re-establishes the G-series hierarchy by employing the best features from each camera, such as the touch-sensitive screen, while also introducing some new features of its own.

These include a sensor with an effective resolution of 16.05 million pixels and a powerful processing system that enables more advanced video capture and faster contrast-detection AF. It also adds the option of capturing 3D images via Panasonic’s new H-FT012E 3D lens.

With this host of new features, the GH2 is at the pinnacle of Panasonic’s G series, but is it the best Micro Four Thirds camera currently available?

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. Metering
  5. 5. Dynamic Range
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. White Balance and Colour
  8. 8. Resolution, Noise and Sensitivity
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Multi-Aspect Sensor
  11. 11. Our verdict
  12. 12. The competition
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