Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Thanks to its mirror-less design and smaller image sensor, the DMC-GH2 boasts a considerably smaller body when compared to fully-fledged SLRs

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 The DMC-GH2 is a viable alternative to purchasing a fully-fledged SLR camera
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  June 12, 2011

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Key Specs

Connectors: USB, HDMI, PictBridge
Display: 3-inch
Lens included: Y
Live View compatible: Y
Memory type: SD, SDHC, SDXC

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The Lumix DMC-GH2 is the immediate successor to the older DMC-GH1, which was Panasonic's second micro four thirds camera.

Thanks to its mirror-less design and smaller image sensor, the DMC-GH2 boasts a considerably smaller body when compared to Canon's EOS 60D, which is one of the Lumix's competitors.

As a result of its compact design and large supplied lens (14-140mm) handling the Lumix can be tricky for those with larger hands. This is even more so when the lens is extended to its maximum zoom, as the camera puts on substantial forward weight. The grip while well designed and useful helps slightly but this is ultimately a camera that will suit those with smaller hands best.

As a still image grabber the Panasonic is a competent offering. The GH2's image sensor is able to grab a lot of detail with minimal noise even when we dialed the ISO settings up to 800. Going higher still to 1,600 and 3,200 ISO settings noise becomes apparent though photos are still useable.

The camera is also able to capture colours accurately, though it seemed to struggle with capturing people's skin tones in portrait and group shots.

The camera offers excellent video capabilities as well. There are tons of features to take advantage of and video quality itself is top-notch at both 720p and 1080p.

Verdict: The DMC-GH2 is one of the best micro four third cameras we’ve tested, it’s a great performer in terms of both still images and video capture.

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