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

Product Overview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review


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Dynamic range

Image: Taken at a sensitivity of ISO 100, the above JPEG image illustrates the amount of detail that can be resolved from shadow areas. The brighter section was adjusted to +4EV using Adobe Camera Raw 

With a dynamic range of around 11.5EV, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is just about on a par with most current DSLR cameras. However, our tests show that the contrast curve is actually linear compared to the reverse S shaped curves that we are used to seeing from other cameras. This means that in its default settings, little dynamic range correction is taking place.

That said, I found that the slight straight curve meant that blown-out highlights and shadows were kept to a minimum. In fact, I found that detail can be recovered from shadow areas by lightening JPEG images by up to +4EV in Adobe Camera Raw. Obviously, luminance noise does start to become an issue, but the images still manage to reveal otherwise hidden detail.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Touch shutter
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder, live view and video
  10. 10. Dynamic range
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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