Panasonic GH2 review

Panasonic's latest Micro Four Thirds camera is good - but pricey

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As part of our review process we've implemented a new testing procedure. To test the Panasonic GH2 image quality, we shot our resolution chart, each with the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/4-5.8 lens.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 160 the GH2 is capable of resolving up to 26/27 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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JPG iso 160

ISO 160: 26

JPG iso 200

ISO 200: 26

JPG iso 400

ISO 400: 24

JPG iso 800

ISO 800: 22

JPG iso 1600

ISO 1600: 22

JPG iso 3200

ISO 3200: 20

JPG iso 6400

ISO 6400: 16

JPG iso 12800

ISO 12,800: 16

Raw Files

RAW iso 160

ISO 160: 28

RAW iso 200

ISO 200: 28

RAW iso 400

ISO 400: 26

RAW iso 800

ISO 800: 26

RAW iso 1600

ISO 1600: 24

RAW iso 3200

ISO 3200: 24

RAW iso 6400

ISO 6400: 22

RAW iso 12800

ISO 12,800: 20

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyLumix G
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)392 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size4/3" (17.30 mm x 13 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height89.6 mm
Width124 mm
Depth75.8 mm
Product SeriesG
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-GH2
Product NameLumix DMC-GH2 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCGH2KEBK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The high speed Live MOS Sensor realizes burst shooting in 16.05-megapixel full resolution at 5 fps with mechanical shutter and even 40 fps in 4-megapixel recording mode. The DMC-GH2 also features fast, accurate Light Speed AF. The DMC-GH2 employs an 18.31 mega total pixel sensor. Using only about a 16.05-megapixel area of sensor makes it possible to give three aspect ratios - 16:9, 3:2, and 4:3 - the same angle of view. The image processing LSI, Venus Engine FHD assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-GH2 Mirrorless Camera
  • H-FS014042E Lens
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus Pen
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year