Last Updated (30 May’13):
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a 16.05 MP Digital camera features 3.00x Optical Zoom 14-42mm (28-84mm eq.), ISO 160-12800, 1920 x 1080p 24fps AVCHD, Fast Light Speed AF for quick, clear photo capture; Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, and Touch sensitive 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor. The camera measures (W x H x D) 124 x 89.6 x 75.8 mm / 4.88 x 3.53 x 2.98 inch (excluding protrusions) and weighs Approx. 609 g / 21.48 oz （SD Memory Card, Battery, 14-42 mm lens included).
Overall Rating: | Latest Price Info: only $835.00 (Body Only)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Reviews
ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The camera makes photography a lot of fun, and the system is arguably one of the best mirrorless cameras available with excellent usability. On top of this, image quality is very good, and the camera has the best HD video quality of any current camera. What more could you want? Highly Recommended!”
HardwareZone reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“There are two ways you can look at this camera really; as a top-of-the-line Micro Four Thirds camera that has been improved beyond its predecessor in almost every way, or as an affordable and portable HD camcorder for the professional. Both users should find the GH2 a satisfying camera to use.”
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“Panasonic’s Lumix GH2 is a compact and powerful alternative to an entry-level or even some lower end mid-range dSLR cameras. Its outstanding image quality, powerful image processor, wonderfully easy automatic shooting modes and some of the best HD video recording on a digicam make this a powerful and versatile tool.”
NeoCamera reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“This camera delivers image quality comparable to a DSLR but does not match their speed. It one-ups them in terms of video capabilities though. On the other hand, this is one of the largest and heaviest SLD cameras, giving up a good part of the bulk savings offered by most SLDs.”
DCR reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“Image quality overall was very impressive. The GH2 and its accompanying kit lens capture images with pleasing depth of color, good contrast and fine details. The GH2 goes above and beyond the ability of any point-and-shoot and is competitive with the entry-level to mid-level DSLR set. Noise performance was good up to ISO 800″
Techradar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“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.”
Digitalcamerareview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The ISO sensitivity is also three stops higher than that of the G2, ranging up to 12800. Of course, there’s the potential that images at those high ISO settings will be very noisy, given that the GH2 introduces more pixels to a sensor the same size as its predecessors’. At first blush, noise seems to be well-controlled. As we saw with the GH1 and G2, the image quality is far beyond what you could expect a point-and-shoot to accomplish. The contrast is pleasant and details seem to be sharp.”
Digitalphotographywriter reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a compact mirrorless Micro Four-Thirds digital camera. A camera that is more photographer-friendly, have more video shooting options, touch-screen swivel LCD, high ISO sensitivity and a new 16.0MP (effective) resolution sensor. According to the specs, the key differences between the GH1 vs. GH2 is related to the new ultra-fast AF system, frame rate selection and ISO levels. If you find that the GH1 focus a bit slow, native 1080/24p videos and a touch screen appeals to you, the GH2 worth the upgrade. For photographers who are seeking to buy their first mirrorless camera, the GH2 is an excellent choice of a compact interchangeable lens camera.”
Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“the GH2 is standing on the shoulders of giants: we were very impressed with the image and video quality of the GH1 in our review, and signs are that the GH2 should push that even further by adding a few new and useful features. So, we look forward to reviewing the GH2 and finding out if it does what we think it will: remain the king of the Micro Four Thirds hill.”
Photographyblog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“Overall the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a fantastic all-rounder that delivers the goods for both photographers and videographers alike. If you’re a stills shooter who wants to dip their toe into the world of moving images, or a film-maker who wants the best quality video from an interchangeable lens system camera, then the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 will more than meet your needs.”
Imaging-resource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The Panasonic GH2 captures sharp, detailed images overall, with only minor edge enhancement artifacts visible on high-contrast subjects such as the branches in the crop above left. Very good results here. Edge enhancement creates the illusion of sharpness by enhancing colors and tones right at the edge of a rapid transition in color or tone.”
Photoradar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“That the Panasonic 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.”
Dcresource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“In conclusion, the Lumix DMC-GH2 is a most impressive hybrid camera. Beginners looking for a camera that can take stills or movies with point-and-shoot ease will find that the GH2 can do that without hesitation. If you’re an enthusiast who wants control over everything, the GH2 certainly won’t disappoint, either. Whoever you are, I think that you’ll really enjoy the Lumix DMC-GH2, which is why it earns my recommendation.”
Pocket-lint reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“Although the 14-140mm lens is a solid and decent piece of glass, the cost of this drives up the overall package. However, if money’s no object then, in terms of both performance and image quality, the GH2 is certainly the best hybrid camera that money can buy and you’ll certainly get what you pay for.”
CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The GH2 is an excellent choice for a combination still/video shooting device, or as a relatively inexpensive video-capture device with interchangeable lenses (with the caveat that it’s harder to get shallow depth of field at short focal lengths with Micro Four Thirds cameras). But if you’re primarily still-photo focused, you can get better quality from other dSLRs and ILCs.”
Photoreview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“While the camera-plus-lens bundle we tested provides the best pairing for shooting stills and video movies, its very high price tag may deter some potential buyers. As a cheaper alternative, you can also buy the GH2 with the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm lens for an RRP of $1699.”
Digitalcamera-hq reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“In the final analysis, the GH2 is an excellent camera. There’s very little to dislike about it. I had a few minor gripes: The touchscreen got in the way more than it helped me; for its asking price the camera could do with a more solid build; and the inability to dedicate 24p video recording to the video button is an annoyance. Nevertheless, there’s no other camera on the market that offers as complete a stills/video package the GH2.”
Cameralabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The video is the real highlight though, with the GH2 sporting Full HD capture with 24p and variable speed options, genuine continuous autofocus, manual exposure control, and very neat touch-screen focusing which lets you pull-focus between subjects without changing the composition or turning a manual focusing ring. And thanks to the design of the lenses, the autofocusing is quiet too. The absence of a motorised zoom aside, the movie experience is as usable as a modern camcorder, but with the benefit of a big sensor and interchangeable lenses.”
Trustedreviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The GH2 is an incredibly versatile camera, offering image quality that comes close to a DSLR but in a body that’s lighter and more compact. What’s more, the flip out touchscreen, mass of manual controls, and instant-on video capabilities make it not just a jack but nearly a master of all.”
Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The GH2 really is as good as Compact System Cameras come. Those doubting the Micro Four Thirds concept will be impressed at the improvement in image quality (as it can genuinely rival a DSLR for much of its ISO range), and the new ‘light speed’ AF system is better than on any other contrast-detection system in the market – and that includes all compacts, Compact System Cameras and DSLRs. “
PCWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The bottom line is that the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds camera is an excellent product. Its combination of manual and automatic features make it ideal for any type of user and if you want to make the most of its manual features the learning curve isn’t too high — all the manual features you’ll need to change will be right at your fingertips. It takes clear and vibrant images and its video mode is also very good (as long as you keep the camera still). Basically, if you’re in the market for an interchangeable lens camera that can capably shoot Full HD video, the GH2 is well worth considering.”
PCAdvisor reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2 is a Micro Four Thirds camera that offers a plethora of features for advanced photographers to play with, but it also has an automatic mode so that inexperienced users can also get in on all the fun. Its image quality is great and so is its build quality. It has a touchscreen as well as plenty of buttons, and its dedicated manual features are all easily accessible on the camera’s body.”
Luminous-landscape reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and writes;
“I could have brought any one of these systems with me to Mexico, but I choose the GH2 because of its suitability for the type of shooting that I intended on doing there. The Leica M9 would have been my ideal choice for street shooting, but I also wanted the use of long lenses for landscape work and video capability as well, so the Panasonic became my choice instead.”
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Reviews
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 User Reviews
Great fun camera, good photos, excellent for video
“This camera is really fun to use, particularly in video mode. The photos are not quite the level of the best APS-C cameras, but you can take high-quality photos. Video is exceptional for a DSLR style camera, and there are hacks that elevate the video to a professional level.” – By ernstdante
Best All Around Camera On The Planet
“Auto focus – the auto focus on the GH2 is twice as fast as the GH1 and the GH1 was the fastest of previous generation. I have seen some very knowledgeable photographers saying it is as fast as mid-level DSLRs. While I think it is supposed to be a complement I don’t think it is a very good comparison. I find the focus speed of DSLRs has most to do with what lens you have on…..” – By B. Fuller
Best value available as of Dec 2010
“the still photography is also pro level. Extremely good quality images…super fast auto-focus and many top of the line features, such as an excellent electronic view finder (a VF is essential to me). Outstanding sensor, good lenses, and a compact, portable package. The best camera is the one you have with you!..” – By Bron
Best M4/3 camera yet
“So this is my third G-series Panasonic camera. Without a doubt, this is the best one yet. The G1 & G2 are great cameras in their own right, but the GH2 advances the M4/3 format to whole new level. I wanted a faster camera but had too much invested in this format to look elsewhere. The GH2 is faster in every respect over the G2. AF is noticeably quicker, and better yet, very accurate. I’ve yet to see it really tripped up. Shooting rate is very quick; much, much faster than the G2.” – By Wyobookman
The Best Camera I’ve Ever Used
“…More important than any of the above comments: I’m finding the GH2 is a “game-changer” for any of us still photographers that write for a living and suddenly realizes that they can can enrich everything from research reports, to travelogues, to product reviews with generous doses of video. I didn’t feel that way about my halting efforts to produce videos with the GH1, but the videos I was able to turn out yesterday without ever reading the manual makes me a fan of gh2 videos for life — or at least until the next generation arrives! Also, don’t even talk to me about competitors that don’t have high-quality optical-style viewfinders; I don’t view them as being worth considering for anything that smacks of “seriuous work.”" – By Steven M. Frankel
“The image quality is great. Better than some dSLRs and very very close to others. (I’m talking you have to blow up the image very, very large and “pixel peep” to find the differences) and certainly MUCH better than a “point and shoot”. The focus is super fast, The size and weight of the camera is nice – it is light weight, The 3-inch Free-Angle Touch Screen LCD is a great convenience, LOVE that it has a viewfinder too!!, Video is great and easy to use, Super easy to use right out of the box – set it on Auto or Intelligent Auto if you need to and go, Flexibility to use Manual, or any of the other modes” – By D-Squared
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 User Manual (PDF)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Features
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GH2 is the latest member of the New Generation System Camera Lumix G Micro System. Fully compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the Lumix G Micro System combines a downsized body with advanced functions that achieve both high performance and operational comfort.
Featuring an intuitive touch control, the new DMC-GH2 boasts its world’s fastest*1 level Light Speed AF of approx. 0.1 second to capture the subject in spur-of-the-moment in sharp focus*1. The key components, including the sensor and the image processing engine, are totally refined to achieve even higher performance of the camera to render a stunning image with high resolution, beautiful gradation and high sensitivity.
For the compact system camera, recording movie is no longer an additional function but a key feature for saving memories. The DMC-GH2 features full HD 1920×1080/60i smooth, high quality movie recording with powerful 60p output*2. The cinema-like 24p movie with the bit rate of max. 24 Mbps provides overwhelming image quality with richly expressive afterimage. Furthermore, together with the Cinema mode, which is newly added as an option of popular Film mode, 24p movie enables the movie to have a characteristic superior gradation. The new Variable Movie mode makes it possible to record motion images in variable frame rate creating a fast/slow-feed movie. Activating the newly added EX Tele Conversion function, the user can virtually extend the zoom beyond the original limit to get even closer to the subject. This options is available in both photo and movie modes. The simultaneous HDMI output while recording images is convenient for even professional users to monitor images on a separate screen.
The intuitive touch-control shooting, which is popular with the DMC-G2 for its outstanding usability, also comes with DMC-GH2. Combined with easy-to-see free-angle Intelligent LCD and the newly developed Multi Aspect Wide Screen LVF (Live View Finder), the DMC-GH2 achieves highest ever operational comfort for users to concentrate on the shooting.
Expanding variety of interchangeable lenses is another advantage of the Lumix G Micro System which boasts a total of 11 exclusive lenses including new single focal length lens Lumix G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH (H-H014), telephoto zoom lens Lumix G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) and 3D lens Lumix G 12.5mm / F12 (H-FT012). The new 3D lens introduced simultaneously is the world’s first 3D interchangeable lens. Now not only seeing in 3D but also shooting in 3D is now available. The popular My Colour mode and the Film mode including new Cinema mode also adds users’ customisation to each photo and movie.
The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is constantly evolving and the Intelligent D-range Control is newly integrated in the DMC-GH2. The Intelligent Resolution has new “EXTENDED” option for more natural looking shots when printed in large size.
Enforced by the high-performance based on the new components and advanced technologies, the creative DMC-GH2 is now offering even higher level of creative possibility and intuition for every enthusiastic user to explore realms of not only photography but also of videography at the same time.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Highlights
Crystallisation of advanced technologies to exceed the limit of expressive possibility
Thanks to the high performance, the DMC-GH2 makes the photographic experience even more comfortable and fun. The camera features the world’s fastest*3 level Light Speed AF of approx. 0.1 second*3 which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the drive speed from 60 fps to 120 fps. Not only the accuracy but also the speed excels that of the high-end DSLRs with phase difference AF with the advanced contrast AF system in DMC-GH2. Combined with the Touch AF control, setting and focusing at the subject is incredibly easy and quick, never missing the spur-of-the-moment shot.
The newly developed 16.05-megapixel multi-aspect Live MOS Sensor adopts the high speed digital vMaicovicon. In addition to the high speed, which is an advantage of the CMOS sensor, Panasonic adds its original pixel mix technology. A dedicated process exclusively for vMaicovicon of DMC-GH2 is newly developed by applying the top-class high performance transistor and its interconnection process needed for the high speed operation of digital circuit to make low-noise photodiode and transistor with reduced wiring to achieve both high resolution and high aperture-ratio as in DMC-GH1. The result is both high resolution and excellent S/N with more than 3dB improvement of noise and 200% higher sensitivity in DMC-GH2. Plus, it helps to realize the high speed burst shooting at 5 fps in 16.05-megapixel full resolution using a mechanical shutter and max.40 fps using an electronic shutter.
For the image processor, the new Venus Engine FHD that features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities in both photo and movie recording, is incorporated. By separating chromatic noise from luminance noise even more accurately by applying the optimal noise reduction to each, you can capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. By preventing the colour mixture which tended to occur around the edges, any chromatic noise, not only the in gradation part but also in the edge part, are described clearly. The engine also provides selective noise reduction to the outline part to let it have more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the resolution. The Intelligent Resolution technology is another feature of the Venus Engine FHD.
With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction system of the Venus Engine FHD is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording.
Linking smoothly with the Live MOS sensor, the Venus Engine FHD processes a large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record high resolution consecutive shots and full-HD movie recording.
Elevating the potential of movie recording to be a “true-hybrid” digital camera
There are always two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes–high-quality photos or movies. The user can simply choose the one that saves precious memories most beautifully with DMC-GH2. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG. A special, dedicated button on the top lets the user instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without having to change any settings. Now the DMC-GH2 can record high-resolution full-HD 1920 x 1080 movies in astonishing smooth 60i, doubling the sensor output from 25p/24p to 50p/60p.*2 The DMC-GH2 also supports 1080/24p native mode with 24 Mbps, the highest in AVCHD format bringing impressive afterimage to the movie. The newly added Cinema mode option (selectable in the Film mode) gives the movie rich, cinema-like gradation. It is possible to choose the suitable frame rate of the movie among 80%, 160%, 200% and 300% according to the recorded contents with the new Variable Movie mode. The Touch AF in movie recording also lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing at the subject, the focus is shifted to it.
Now the DMC-GH2 can take a 14 megapixel photo (16:9) while recording movie by just pressing a shutter button, plus you can save a frame of movie as photo during playback.
The Extra Tele Conversion function virtually extends the zoom range up to 2.6x, thus the max.728mm in AVCHD Cinema/FSH mode, max. 1092mm in AVCHD SH mode and Motion JPEG HD / WVGA mode and max.1344mm in Motion JPEG VGA/QVGA mode is available with the Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. which is developed to be exclusively compatible with movie recording. High quality sound can be recorded with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, and optional accessory Stereo Microphone (DMW-MS1) can be attached to the camera. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind. The wash-out areas are indicated with lighting highlight when recording movie, too. Image recording is more flexible fun with the DMC-GH2
A new feature of the DMC-GH2 is also capability of image output via an optional HDMI mini cable to the external monitor, which is suitable for the professional image recording that requires serious confirmation of the images.
The intuitive touch-control changes the way of operation with dramatic freedom and comfort
By adopting touch control shooting, the focus is immediately set to the subject by just touching it on the large, 460,000-dot LCD and you can even release the shutter. Once you lock on the subject by a touch, the camera tracks the subject with the AF tracking function even if it moves. Just a touch on the screen lets you select the part and the size of AF area with the 1-area AF. The 1-area AF in Face Detection even allows you to set finer focus on the eyes while capturing human faces bright and clear. The Multi-area AF with 23 AF areas allows the user to set a group of AF points according to the composition. With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched. For example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background or scenery to the scenery mode.
In the manual focusing, you can enlarge the part by just a touch to select 1x, 5x or 10x and smoothly move the part by dragging it on the screen. The touch operation dramatically shortcuts the action of setting in the menu. The touch-screen operation excels not only for shooting but also for playing back images with outstanding visibility. You can play back the image you want out of hundreds of stocks by touching in the thumbnails. To play back images one by one in order, you can drag the image over the screen with a finger to browse the collection of photos as you flip over the pages of the book. Max. 16x of enlargement is also operated easily with touches.
The large, high resolution with wide-viewing angle rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down offering approx. 100% of field of view. Both LCD and LED backlight are newly designed to realize vivid, impressive colour reproduction by 25%*4. The primary colors-red, blue and green- are reproduced more clearly and truer to the original natural colors.
The Lumix G Micro System’s large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) retains the outstanding viewability of an optical viewfinder and can also display information about camera settings that the user can see without taking his or her eyes off the subject. Now the LVF is newly designed to be Multi Aspect Wide Screen LVF for the DMC-GH2. Increasing the display area to 1,530,000-dot equivalent resolution, the new Multi Aspect Wide Screen LVF boasts the 0.71 x magnification and 100% field of view. Reducing the colour breakup by half in principle, the new LVF assures stunning image view for any subject in any scenes. Achievement of 60 fps Live View is made possible by the Live MOS sensor, which takes signals directly from the image sensor and sends them continuously to the LCD, in real time. This allows the user, when composing a shot, to check the framing accurately from corner to corner. The image output between the LVF and the LCD is switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF, which features options of sensitivity – high, low and off – to reduce false operation during touching on the LCD.
Pursuing operational comfort, now the number of function button of DMC-GH2 is increased to directly shortcut to the frequently-used settings and also refined externally with various improvements of parts pursuing ergonomics including newly designed easy-to-hold grip.
A pallet of options for both photo and movie to stimulate photographers’ creativity
With the introduction of the world’s first*5 3D interchangeable lens to make 3D shooting possible with an interchangeable lens system camera, Panasonic offers users the chance to enjoy high-quality shooting in 3D with DMC-GH2. This new compact 3D-capable interchangeable lens allows easier handling and instant 3D shooting with cameras without a special structure for 3D shooting. It produces 3D images without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects. The 3D images, even close-up shots, taken with this lens are easy on the eyes when viewed on 3D VIERA televisions.
The DMC-GH2 provides an array of features that let users capture precisely true-to-life images and create their own beautifully expressive images. The DMC-GH2 features the My Colour mode with a total of 7 preset effects–Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette while inheriting the previous Custom mode, which lets users manually, set the colour, brightness and saturation levels. With the Full-time Live View function, users can see how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, which makes it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired. For even more elaborate effects, users can choose from a total of 10 Film modes including the new Cinema mode, and set the contrast, sharpness and saturation levels for each. A custom function lets users store their favourite settings in memory.
The exposure meter can be displayed in the P/A/S/M shooting modes. The correlation between shutter speed and aperture is shown, with a colour-coded warning that alerts users when the settings are not in the proper range. For newcomers to system camera photography, this makes it easy to learn proper settings both visually and logically, enhancing their photography skills. The exposure compensation can now be set in ±5 steps and the white balance settings can be memorized in 4 patterns for finer control according to the wider range of shooting situations. Auto bracket mode can be set within ±3 steps and the Multi Aspect Bracket is also available.
Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) mode to enhance the operability and potential of the camera
The DMC-GH2 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners to use comfortably. It’s ideal for compact camera owners who want to step up to higher-quality photos–but without having to worry about the need of technique. Panasonic achieved this superb ease of use by continuing to improve iA mode–with its shooting assist functions that have proven extremely popular in Lumix compact cameras–and adding it to the advanced imaging technologies of the Lumix G Micro System. The iA mode is available not only in photo but also movie recording.
This iA mode is further advanced to include Intelligent D-range Control and new Intelligent Resolution for DMC-GH2. The new Intelligent D-range Control offers even more natural looking by optimizing the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully including the blue colour of the sky. An automatic backlight compensation function is activated whenever the camera detects the subject in backlight.
The new Intelligent Resolution technology allows for even more natural-looking images with better-balanced sharpness to the detail part and the edge part, suitable for printing in large size.
With AF Tracking, the DMC-GH2 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves–making it easy to get beautiful, clear shots when a great photo opportunity suddenly arises. Simply aim, lock, and shoot. The Face Recognition function remembers registered faces to give an appropriate AF/AE on the people. In playback, you can choose to display only photos that contain a specific registered face using Category Playback.
In addition to the advanced functions mentioned above, the iA mode inherits fundamental functions users need in a good digital still camera. These include MEGA O.I.S., which helps prevent blurring from hand-shake, and Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken. Intelligent Scene Selector automatically detects the most common shooting situations–Portrait, Night Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Close-up and Sunset–and switches to the appropriate Scene mode. The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by simply selecting the iA mode.
Some functions in iA mode may not be available depending on the lens that is mounted.
Enjoy watching high quality photos and movies on large HDTV–VIERA Link networking even in 3D
Both still images and motion images in AVCHD recorded on SD Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV with dynamic HD resolution. The user simply inserts the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD Memory Card slot) on a VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player*6 to play the content. Alternatively, an optional HDMI mini cable can be used to output still and motion images recorded with the DMC-GH2 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation. This makes it possible to take maximum advantage of the camera’s playback functions, including slideshows in which both still and motion images are played sequentially, or calendar displays and so on. All control is possible using only the TV’s remote control. Especially, the pictures taken with the interchangeable 3D lens Lumix G 12.5mm / F12 can be viewed in 3D via the 3D Image Viewer offering users a whole new exciting experience.
In addition, with the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 BD Edition, it is easy to view and edit your recorded contents. You may also choose to upload your videos to YouTube or burn them onto a Blu-ray or DVD disc for archiving.
Rich options for further expandability
The Micro Four Thirds System products are joining today’s Four Thirds System products to provide customers with even higher levels of performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera. In addition to Lumix G lenses, the Lumix DMC-GH2 and Lumix G Micro System can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds System standard via an optional mount adaptor DMW-MA1 and with the prestigious Leica M/R Lenses via DMW-MA2M or MA3R. This gives the user access to the unlimited number of lens properties.
With the Lumix G Micro System and the growing assortment of lenses becoming available, the expressive possibilities are unlimited. The Lumix DMC-GH2 system camera offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style.
Just shooting is not the goal – Included Software
With the DMC-GH2, PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 BD Edition for easy organization of photos and movies, the SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE for RAW file development and Super LoiloScope (trial version) come bundled. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 BD Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your PC with quick start-up and fast read-in of images. The Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the picture automatically sorts the photos by the registered faces without picking out each photo one by one when you only want pictures of a specific person. You can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music and burn it onto a Blu-ray or DVD disc in MPEG2. Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube. The original image data in RAW file format recorded with the DMC-GH2 allows images to be developed according to your intention using highly advanced functions of the SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE software utility. It features unique combination of high resolution and extraordinary colour separation performance. The Super Loilo Scope lets you experience high speed HD movie editinng.
*1 The time for focusing on the subject is measured with the DMC-GH2 attaching Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-VS014140)* to move the lens to “2m” from “infinity” position. The zoom position is in wide range. Panasonic measurement method.
*The firmware must be updated to Ver. 1.3 or later.
*2 Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) movies are recorded at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL). HD (1,280 x 720) movies are output and recorded by the image sensor at 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL).
*3 The time for focusing on the subject is measured with the DMC-GH2 attaching Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-VS014140)* to move the lens to “2m” from “infinity” position. The zoom position is in wide range. Panasonic measurement method.
*The firmware must be updated to Ver. 1.3 or later.
*4 In-house comparison with the previous model based on the CIE 1976 UCS Colour Temperature Coordinate
*5 For a digital interchangeable lens of September 21, 2010
*6 AVCHD motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD cannot be played on a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.
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