Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2


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£549.00

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

The competition

Image: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

At the same time as Panasonic announced its Lumix DMC-G2, the company also announced the 12.1-million-pixel Lumix DMC-G10. Of the two cameras, the G10 is the more affordable option, lacking as it does the articulated touchscreen and featuring a lower-resolution EVF. Priced at £499.99, including 14-42mm kit lens, the G10 is around £120 cheaper than the G2 and kit lens, making it better for those on a tighter budget. However, I would spend the extra money on the better EVF.

Image: Samsung NX10

The other alternative is the Samsung NX10. This received a very good score of 86% when it was reviewed. Featuring a larger 14.6-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor, the NX10 is capable of resolving a large amount of detail, but it seems to have a slower AF system than the G2.

  • 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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