Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Summary
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.
|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||Excellent Excellent|
Panasonic DMC-GH2 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 160-12800|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|0.20" Built-in EVF 1.5 Megapixels (0.70X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Spot-Metering|
|5 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Hot-Shoe|
|1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Stereo audio input|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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