Panasonic GH2 review

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

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As with the GH1, the Panasonic GH2 price will no doubt discourage a few. Current Panasonic GH2 prices are a penny shy of £1100 with the 14-140mm lens, but a significant portion of that cost is accounted for by flexibility and video-optimisation of the optic.

Becuase of this, the GH2 can be considered better value if both the video and stills functionality are required, rather than just the latter. A separate kit option with the 14-42mm lens can be found at £799.99, which makes it a little more attainable.

That the GH2 can manage such image quality is impressive in itself, but combined with stellar video output and an excellent focusing system really elevates it to a different level. There seems to be little reason not to recommend it for high-quality macro and still-life work. Indeed, it could even be argued that the articulated LCD and the breadth of focusing functionality on offer even make it preferable to some DSLRs.

Of course, DSLRs will continue to evolve alongside hybrid systems such as these, but if the Panasonic GH2 is a sign of things to come then we should all be looking forward to whatever happens next. With an abundance of functionality and superb image quality, the GH2 is one of the finest hybrid cameras that's we've seen yet.

Features: 4/5
Build quality: 4/5
Image Quality: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

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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