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

Product Overview

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 review


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The competition









Images: Panasonic Lumix G2, Sony Alpha 55 

The most obvious Micro Four Thirds competitor for the GH2 has to be Panasonic’s own Lumix DMC-G2. Both cameras have a very similar build and handling, but the G2 has a lower 12.3-million-pixel sensor, lower-resolution EVF and more limited video capture options. The more compact GF2 is also a good choice, and is similar to the G2 but does not feature a built-in EVF.

If video capture is a major requirement, the Sony Alpha 55 (or Alpha 33) may be a good choice. Their translucent mirror technology allows phase-detection AF to take place in video capture for fast and smooth focusing. The Alpha 55 also features a 16.2MP APS-C-size sensor, but in a larger body.


Video:Full 1080p 24fps HD, 1080i 50/60i (30/25fps output), AVCHD, 1280x720, 30fps MJPEG
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 13.9m @ ISO 160
Dioptre Adjustment:±4
White Balance:Auto, 5 presets, 4 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
External mic:Yes
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Viewfinder Type:EVF with 1,533,600 dots equivalent
Output Size:4608x3456 pixels
White Balance Bracket:3 frames
AF Points:23-area, face detection, AF tracking, 1-area, touch
LCD:3in, 460,000-dot touchscreen LCD
Field of View:100% on LCD
Max Flash Sync:sync 1/160sec
Sensor:16.05-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
Weight:392g (body only)
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, Manual, iAuto, 22 scene modes, 3 custom settings
Focal Length Mag:2x
Drive Mode:5fps for 7 frames in raw, or unlimited JPEGs
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec
File Format:JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds-system standard), AVCHD
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
DoF Preview:Yes, with shutter speed simulation
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Connectivity / Interface:Mini HDMI, digital/video out, mic in
Metering System:144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1/3 steps
RRP:£969.99 with 14mm-45mm kit lens
Lens Mount:Micro Four Thirds
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. Metering
  5. 5. Dynamic Range
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. White Balance and Colour
  8. 8. Resolution, Noise and Sensitivity
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Multi-Aspect Sensor
  11. 11. Our verdict
  12. 12. The competition
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