Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
Price as Reviewed:£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
White balance and colour
Image: Even in its standard setting the G2 produces bright, bold colours in JPEG images
One of the most appealing features of the G2 is that the colours of JPEG images are bright and well rendered straight out of the camera. Blue skies look natural, with no hint of cyan, although red hues can be a little vivid in bright light.
For the most part, the AWB setting does a just as good a job, if not better than the daylight white balance setting on a bright sunny day and images look neutral.
Results are also similar under tungsten lighting, with orange/yellow hues reduced, but they are not completely neutral and don’t look as clinical as results we have seen from other cameras.
There are a number of different standard colour settings available, or Film Modes as they are called in the G2. These include Nostalgic, Nature and Smooth. There are also two different black & white settings: Smooth, and the higher-contrast Dynamic.
All of these Film Modes can be tweaked by adjusting the saturation, contrast, sharpness and noise reduction, and there are also two user-defined custom Film Modes.However, although the Film Modes are useful, with just four adjustment options they don’t offer the refinement found on other cameras.
If you aren’t keen on spending time editing JPEG images, the G2 does offer a solution in the form of Multi Film mode. This allows up to three Film Modes to be chosen and have the camera take three images in succession, applying one of the image styles to each photo in turn as it is saved as a JPEG file. This is a useful feature, but could be improved by simply taking a single image and applying each effect to it before saving it each time, rather than taking three separate images.
- 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