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

Metering

Image: Although evaluative metering performed well in this scene, by switching to centreweighted metering the area of blown-out highlight detail has been reduced.

I was very impressed with the 144-zone multi-pattern metering system. In particular, the Intelligent Multiple evaluative metering, which in nearly every situation calculates the correct exposure for producing print-ready images. Of course, it is not 100% flawless, but does perform as expected. This makes it simple to identify when to add a touch of exposure compensation, or when to switch to centreweighted or spot metering mode.

When I photographed some ducklings on a shaded stretch of water, predictably, the evaluative metering did get the exposure wrong. It saw the water as being too dark and adjusted the exposure to lighten it, causing the ducklings to become very bright and burnt out. However, knowing that a camera is going to behave in such a way when photographing a high-contrast scene, makes it easy to adjust the exposure compensation, prior to taking the shot.

Obviously, spot and centreweighted metering are on hand for more accurate metering in difficult lighting conditions. It may sound rather surreal, but centreweighed metering proved useful when photographing a life-size plastic fisherman. Compared to the Intelligent Multiple metering mode, the centreweighted mode compensated for the highlights in the centre of the image and created an exposure around 0.6EV darker, which produced less blown-out highlights.

  • 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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