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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1 MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-Inch Touch Screen LCD and 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 MEGA OIS Lens (Black)
- Touch-screen operation with 3-inch free-angle LCD and Contrast AF system
- Includes Lumix G Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens
- Dual Full-time Live View for LCD and LVF
- 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Intelligent Resolution technology
- HD Movie in AVCHD Lite and HDMI compatibility featuring Viera Link
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully-articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection, Touch|
|Form Factor||SLR-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, Intelligent ISO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.31 x 2.91 x 4.88 inches|
|Item Weight||0.94 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||9.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine HD II|
|Remote Control Description||Optional DMW-RSL1|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Supersonic wave filter|
|Shipping Weight||4.15 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder Description||1440000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G2 is a digital, interchangeable lens system camera with a movable LCD that allows for touch-control, and the successor to the award-winning and revolutionary Lumix G1, which was the world's first Micro Four Thirds digital camera. The intuitive touch-control shooting elevates the camera's operability, letting the user adjust auto focus (AF) simply by touching the subject on the large 3.0-inch 460,000-dot high- resolution LCD. The Lumix G2, also shoots 720p High Definition video using the AVCHD Lite format, and joins the Lumix G10 as part of the Lumix G Micro System.
With the touch-screen operation, users can even snap a photo by touching the Lumix G2's screen. Additionally, the touch-screen operation excels not only for shooting but also during playback. Photographers can touch one thumbnail viewed among many to quickly and easily see the full size of the desired photo. Also, to view images one-by-one, photos can be dragged across the screen to browse as though flipping the pages of a book.
Using the touch-screen operation, once a user locks onto a subject, the Lumix G2 enables AF Tracking and will track the subject as it moves within the frame. Then, with a touch on the screen, users can select the part and the size of AF area with the 1-area AF. The Multi-area AF sets a group of AF points according to the composition. While using the manual focus, users can enlarge a subject by touching it and then choosing to enlarge it by 1x, 5x or 10x and then smoothly moving the part by dragging it on the screen. With this touch operation, menu settings can be changed quickly; cutting the time it takes to navigate using standard cursors. However, all setting changes can still be done using the control pad, if preferred.
The Lumix G2 records 1280 x 720 HD videos in the AVCHD Lite format, which increases recording capacity and is highly compatible with audio-visual equipment. With a dedicated video record button, users can easily start recording a video. To complement its high-quality video capabilities, the Lumix G2 features advanced audio options, as sound is recorded with Dolby Digital Creator and an optional accessory stereo microphone can be attached. A Wind Cut function further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused from background wind.
The 3.0-inch touch-operation LCD has a wide-viewing angle and rotates 180° from side to side and tilts 270° up and down, providing approximately 100% of field of view. This free-angle LCD with a touch-screen operation makes it possible to both view and touch the screen from any angle. The double Live-View function offered by the high-resolution, 460,000-dot free-angle Intelligent LCD and 1,440,000-dot 1.4x (0.7x) Live View Finder allows users to see the settings' results before pressing the shutter.
The 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor featured in the Lumix G2 offers the best of both worlds--the outstanding image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. Advanced technology enables it to read four channels of data simultaneously, helping the Lumix G2 to deliver 60 frames-per-second Full-time Live View images, while faithfully reproducing high-resolution images with fine detail and rich gradation. Plus, with the high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine HD II, which has been re-engineered to further improve image quality.
For users looking for additional creative options for both photos and videos, the Lumix G2 delivers. While shooting HD video, users can set the camera in "P" mode--to change the aperture for professional-like movie effects where the images blur into focus. For still photos, the Lumix G2 features the My Color mode with a total of seven preset effects: Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette while also keeping the Custom mode, which lets users manually set the color, brightness and saturation levels and save their favorite settings into memory.
On the other hand, for beginner users not yet ready for manual modes, the Lumix G2 features iA (Intelligent Auto), a popular setting in the Lumix point-and-shoots that automatically engages features and settings for optimal image quality by detecting the shooting environment. Panasonic iA is available in both still photo and video recording settings and a new dedicated iA button, which illuminates in blue when engaged, makes it even easier to use this handy feature.
Panasonic Lumix G2 Highlights
Touch-screen Operation with 3.0-inch Free-angle LCD Featuring Full-time Live View and Contrast AF System
The DMC-G2 features a touch-screen operation with 3.0-inch free-angle LCD featuring Full-time Live View and high-speed Contrast AF System. While shooting, auto focus can be set at the desired part of the frame by simply touching the subject to activate the AF in both photo and movie recording. In manual operation, aperture and shutter speed can be set to the desired value by moving the slider. While playing back, you can quickly select an image to view by scrolling images. The DMC-G2 has a 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder), too.
12.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Intelligent Resolution Technology with Venus Engine HD II
The 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor is advantageous for photo and movie recording with its high S/N, thanks to a circuit structure that is unaffected by the noise generated in each of the circuits. The Intelligent Resolution Technology, incorporated in the Venus Engine HD II, determines the subject's contours and color edges, and emphasizes them during image processing. This lets you capture stunning images with details. The Dust Reduction System helps maintain image quality by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the sensor.
Artistic Images with My Color Mode, Peripheral Defocus Mode and Motion Picture P Mode
My Color Mode makes it easy to customize color effects to match your favor for both photos and movies. In still image recording, the Peripheral Defocus Mode automatically adjusts the focus to match the AF area you positioned while gently defocusing the foreground and background to emphasize the subject. In movie recording, the Motion Picture P Mode makes adjustment the aperture easily. The iA Mode, featuring Face Recognition function, serves as a combination of functions that makes it easy for anyone to get beautiful photos and movies.
HD Movie in AVCHD Lite and HDMI Compatibility Featuring VIERA Link
The DMC-G2 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite with high sound quality of Dolby Digital Creator. Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. The iA Mode can also be activated in movie recording. Still image recording is available during movie recording and can cut out a still image after shooting thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. When the DMC-G2 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV's remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience.
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. Based on the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Suitable for a wide range of scenes from portrait to landscape photography, the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. offers a zoom range of 28-84mm (35mm equivalent) while featuring its compact size and light weight. It incorporates Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which makes it easy to shoot clear shots even in low-lit situations without hand-shake blur. When the lens is mounted on the DMC-G2, you can use the contrast AF system, which is implemented in the DMC-G2 to offer a variety of convenient functions.
Other features of the Lumix G2 include:
- Dust Reduction System: If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when you're changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in your photos. The Dust Reduction System in the G2 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.
- Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos. Videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader--even in HD quality. It also lets you create a 360-degree rotation panorama file in .MOV files. The software is compatible with the Windows 7.
The Lumix DMC-G2 and other Lumix G Micro System digital cameras can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds standard via an optional mount adaptor DMW-MA1 and with the prestigious Leica M/R Lenses via DMW-MA2M or MA3R.
What's in the Box
Lumix G2 body, Lumix G Vario 14-42mm lens, Battery Charger / AC Adaptor, Battery Pack, Body Cap, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, Stylus pen, CD-ROM.
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Panasonic G2 main specs
- 12 megapixel - four thirds sensor
- 3"' 460k resolution swivel and touch screen LCD
- 1,280 x 720 high-definition at 60fps
- Built-in Electronic viewfinder (1.44 million dots)
Panasonic G2 weights 371 g / 13.09 oz body only, 593 g / 20.92 oz with battery, memory card and 14-42mm lens. It has dimension of 124 x 83.6 x 74 mm exclude protusion. Compared to regular DSLR camera, The package is significantly smaller and lightweight. Compare to advanced DSLR such as Canon 7D , G2 is approx. half the size and weight. As a result, it is more fun to carry around and it takes only a bit of room to store.
Like G1, Panasonic G2 has built-in electronic viewfinder which is helpful for composing photos, the rear 3' inch LCD is also very bright and nice to use. It can also swivel so you can compose a picture in unusual angle for example overhead or very low in the ground.
New in micro four third system, LCD screen is now equipped with touchscreen technology. You can touch the screen to select or change various settings and also you can touch the screen to set auto focus point.
Therefore, changing AF points in G2 is very fast. In regular DSLR camera, you might need to scroll around until you get AF point that you want. in G2, you just touch it. AF point could be also be enlarged or decreased for precision.
Panasonic G2 is nice to hold, thanks to the grip. It also has many dedicated buttons and switches.Read more ›
Let me just focus on G2's touch screen. Is it really a feature I would use again and again? The short answer is definitely yes.
After owning G2 for two weeks, I invited my brother-in-law who owns a Canon 5D along with a high quality gigantic zoom lens ($$$) to my front yard for shooting some flowers together.
Did I use the touch screen to change the setting on the spot? In fact, I did quite many times. The most often used feature was exposure compensation and ISO setting, and a few white balance settings. With the slider and live view, you can decide how the picture would look like. With conventional DSLR, you need to memorize where dedicated buttons are for ISO, exposure compensation and metering method. The truth is that they can not be always at the convenient locations. I found the touch screen a very nice feature because it allows you to make the change so easily. This easiness encourages you to optimize the settings. So, below is my experience of the touch screen:
(1) Quick menu: You can access all settings with two touches. To my surprise, the screen is sensitive to my finger nail. There are several icons on the top and the bottom. If you set the shoot mode to be A (aperture priority), the aperture is shown in red which changes only when you change the zoom or turn a dial. But, everything else can be set really quickly. In the past, when I set the ISO, often I would have cycle through the option several times because I always press the button too quickly. With the on-screen quick menu, you get to see the all options at once.Read more ›
Great well thought product.
Now, why it could be better.
1. It has the same sensor as the one in the G1, not the improved sensor in the GH1.
2. The kit zoom isn't as good as the G1's. The G2 has a 14-42mm 3x zoom with a cheap plastic mount, downgraded from the G1's 14-45mm 3.2x zoom with a more durable metal mount.
But even without the improvements I mentioned this is a wonderful little camera that I hope to have for years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Small and compact, just what I was looking for. Have owned the camera for about a month. The performance exceeds my expectations. Pictures are sharp and clear. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by PB
Love the touch screen and the quality of the pictures from this camera.I highly recommend this camera.
Not a big fan of electronic view finder.
"A picture is worth a thousand words." Every moment should be captured because one cannot remember all of the good times. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Cougar Alex
I'm looking for small compact camera to serve as a back up when on photo shoots. I was a little turned of by some reviews on the poor lens quality and the short battery life. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Asher
I am writing this review and rating the camera low to warn anyone buying this product about the horrible customer service from Panasonic. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by sizzle
Bought this used for $400+. I'm no pro, or amateur - just a guy sick and tired of point-and-shoots.
You can get lens adapters, to fit other lenses (Canon,... Read more
The G2 is a great camera, capable of producing stunning photographs under the right conditions. When light is low, the performance is poor. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Usually Pleased
I have a Nikon D5100, a low/mid DSLR, but this G2 really gives that some serious competition! The G2 pictures are breathtaking. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Gabriel Young
I wanted a small camera with manual controls to take on business trips, and other settings where it would be a hassle to carry a DSLR. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by ghmcs