Featuring a brand new sensor capable of producing 16.05-million-pixel images, could the GH2 be the pinnacle of the Micro Four Thirds system? We find out
Despite the new 16.05-million-pixel sensor, it is the new high-speed, contrast-detection AF and video capabilities of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 that really make it stand out from its competitors. The superb EVF should allay the scepticism of those who have had concerns about switching to this technology.
It does have a few flaws, though. The image quality is clearly affected by the densely packed sensor, and luminance noise is often visible at low sensitivities. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue for most photographers, but it does make you wonder how much longer the Micro Four Thirds format will be able to compete against the new high-resolution APS-C-format cameras.
The touchscreen will appeal to a younger generation of photographers, and touch AF and touch shutter are genuinely useful. However, the best thing is that use of the touchscreen isn’t integral to the camera’s operation and the usual control buttons can be used.
At around £800 including the 14-45mm kit lens, the GH2 is reasonably priced, but to get the most from the camera I would recommend the slightly more expensive 14-140mm kit, which costs around £1,000.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 key highlights
This sensor detects when the camera is held up to the eye and automatically switches the screen off and the EVF on.
One of the major new features of the GH2 is the articulated 3in touch-sensitive screen.
3D still images
At the same time as the introduction of the GH2, Panasonic also announced the H-FT012 3D lens. The 3D images created can be displayed on compatible 3D television screens and displays.
It is not just for taking images that the touchscreen can be used. It is also employed in playback mode to quickly scroll, select and zoom in on images.
The GH2 has the option of displaying a live histogram display on the screen. One advantage with this camera is that the exact position of the histogram on the screen can be selected by the user.
Like other Panasonic cameras, the GH2 features an Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode. In this mode, the camera automatically detects what you are trying to photograph and changes the settings accordingly.
Although the quick menu can be operated via the touchscreen, it can also be switched on using this button and navigated via the directional buttons below.
Of the three function buttons on the GH2, this one is the most useful as it is easily pressed while shooting.