Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Assessment

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is actually the first Micro Four-Thirds camera to reach 16 megapixels and also captures full 1080p HD video with stereo sound. The GH2 is part of Panasonic's GH-series which include a high-resolution EVF and is desgined for more advanced users compared to their smaller GF-series.

The GH2 is compact compared to most ILCs but is one of the larger SLDs. This size lets it have plenty of external controls and a proper grip, but only a single control-dial. The excellent EVF is the most distinct part of the experience of using a GH2, giving a large eye-level view for capturing stills and videos.

This SLD shows very good photo quality, excellent video quality and good speed of operation, making it a well-rounded performer. The poor automatic while-balance performance is the most problematic area of the GH2. Those considering it as an alternative to a DSLR will notice the discrepency in autofocus speed.

The biggest challenger to the GH2 is the Sony Alpha SLT-A55
Sony Alpha SLT-A55
which uses a larger sensor and an almost unique translucent mirror which lets it autofocus and shoot continuously significantly faster than the GH2.

While DSLRs certainly are keeping these advantage in terms of speed and image quality, the Panasonic GH2 is advancing to close the gap with a lower total weight due to smaller and lighter lenses and, so far, a better experience while shooting video.

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PROS CONS
Very low image noise until ISO 400 Poor white-balance under artificial light
Great retention of details Color-shift starting at ISO 1600
Excellent metering system Below average shot-to-shot speed
Nice image colors Inefficient modal control-dial
Fast contrast-detect autofocus Video cuts off last second
Short shutter-lag Incorrect live-histogram
Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor Poor access to exposure-priority view
Eye-Start AF controlled by jitter-detection Severe exposure-priority view lag at slow shutter-speeds
Dedicated movie mode Weak LCD hinge
Excellent audio features Bulky compared to peers
Highly customizable function buttons
Good battery life
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
- 12 Megapixels, Smaller, Optional EVF, ISO 6400 Max, 3.2 FPS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
- 12 Megapixels, ISO 3200 MAX, 3.2 FPS
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Panasonic DMC-GH2 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 160-12800
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-60s
0.20" Built-in EVF 1.5 Megapixels (0.70X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
5 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingStereo audio input
3" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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