Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review

May 15, 2010

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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Touchscreen technology seems to be all the rage, but does it work in a Micro Four Thirds camera? Richard Sibley reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and finds out

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 at a glance:

  • 12.1 million pixel Four Thirds Live MOS Sensor
  • 1280×720 pixel video resolution
  • 3in articulated touchscreen
  • Street Price £549 (body only)

According to Plato, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, a notion that is as true today as it was more than 2,000 years ago. However, some ideas and inventions do little to improve our experience on this planet, and instead merely offer an alternative solution to a problem.

Since the emergence of electrical products we have been quite content pushing buttons, moving dials and pressing switches, but the last few years have seen a change as we move to more tactile ways of operating electronic devices.

Whilst touchscreens have been around for years, until now they were largely preserved for vending tickets at train stations. As with all things electronic, improvements in technology mean that touchscreens are now small enough to put into devices like MP3 players, mobile phones and even cameras. Of course, Apple’s immensely successful iPhone has really popularised touchscreen technology.

Although a few compact cameras feature touchscreens, the 12.1-million-pixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is the first interchangeable-lens camera to include such technology. Alongside this, the G2 also features video capture capability, a function that was not present in its predecessor, the G1. So, with the body of the G2 being largely the same as that of the G1, I was interested to see how a touchscreen control could alter the handling of the camera.

  • Viewfinder Type: Electronic (with 1,440,000-dot equivalent)
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, plus 2 custom and Kelvin settings
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 11m @ ISO 100
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +4 dioptre
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC
  • Output Size: 4000x3000 pixels
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • LCD: Touch-sensitive, articulated, 3in, 460,000 dots TFT
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures with blue/amber and magenta/green adjustment
  • Sensor: Four Thirds-type Live MOS device with 12.1 million effective pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, plus custom modes, Intelligent Auto, 29 scene modes
  • Weight: 371g (without battery or card/s)
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (supplied)
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus B to 4mins
  • Drive Mode: 3.2fps or up to 2.6fps with Live View for 7 raw images or unlimited JPEG files
  • Metering System: 144-zone Intelligent Multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 124x83.6x59.45mm (inc. grip)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI
  • Compression: Two-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3 EV steps
  • RRP: £549.99 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • ISO: ISO 100-6400 in 1/3EV or 1EV steps
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single shot AF, continuous AF, AF points 23 automatically selectable points, or up to one of 3,283 single vari-zone selection points
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Tested as: Enthusiast Level Hybrid

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