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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 (Blue)

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  • 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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera (Body with Lens Kit) - 14 mm-42 mm - Blue DMC-G2A Digital Cameras

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.

Panasonic Lumix G-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera highlights

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.

Panasonic Lumix G-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera highlights
Touch AF mode

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.

Panasonic Lumix G-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera highlights
Venus Engine HD II
The new high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine HD II supports the new image processing technology Intelligent Resolution, which enables the recording of beautiful photo and HD video with high quality signal processing. With Intelligent Resolution technology, three areas--outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation--are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges increased clarity, while simultaneously giving a moderate accentuation to the textured areas so they look finely detailed. For the soft gradation areas, the improved noise reduction system of the Venus Engine HD II is applied to achieve a smoother effect. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way, resulting in images that are naturally clear.

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.

Panasonic Lumix G-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera highlights
Detect the SCN of a touched subject in Touch IA mode

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.

Panasonic Lumix G-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera highlights
Choose from a variety of My Color modes.

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:
Panasonic Lumix G-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera highlights
Panasonic's Dust Reduction System
  • 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 Panasonic Lumix G2 comes equipped with the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens. This lens offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm), making it suitable for a wide variety of scenes, everything from dynamic landscape to portrait. Additionally, the Lumix G2 is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds System lenses, allowing users even higher levels of performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera.

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.

Panasonic Lumix G-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera highlights

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.9 x 2.9 x 3.3 inches
Item Weight 15 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.4 pounds
Item model number DMC-G2K-A
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Customer Reviews
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #27,039 in Camera & Photo
#515 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Digital Cameras > Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Mirrorless Cameras
Date first available at March 7, 2010

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By K. Bennett on November 26, 2010
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I did it! I made the switch to the four thirds format and I am glad I did.(Not that I have alot of old lenses) If you have a standard sized DSLR you will appreciate the size and weight immediatly. This is by no means a pockatable camera.. but more like a camera that you will carry in one hand with a wrist strap attached. For the money this camera will blow you away. It quickly shoots sharp, well exposed photos that look great, both with and without the flash. The camera is reserved about bumping up the ISO speed in this means even photos taken inside with the flash within flash range will be taken at ISO 250 or lower. So for all of those who have read that this camera does not have the best photo quality at high ISO speeds... over 800 it doesnt really matter, as most photo situations will not require it to. The auto white balance is excellent.. but if you want even better photos manually quickly and easily set the WB via the touch screen and WOW, WOW, WOW! I also have a Canon Rebel XSI that I have compared to this camera. The reality is that they both take great well exposed photos, the difference is that The Panasonics auto focus Does Not Miss. When it focus and locks.. you are 99% garanteed to capture a sharp well exposed photo... as long as you don't shake the camera. With the Canon it focused and locked but I noticed only about 90% of these pictures would be sharp. The Canon also produces much softer pictures in general but I guess this is a matter of personal preferance. In short with the Panasonic in hand, I feel that I end up with more great pics at the end of the day. I feel good knowing that I'm going to get great pictures when I am on vaction or at an indoor party. The Panasonic is an excellent all around camera.Read more ›
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I bought this because it is a full-featured camera that is reasonably compact. At 5'1", 110 lb, 70 year old female, I didn't want to be packing around a full sized DSLR and its large accessories. I had been tracking this camera's development for several years. I was quite tempted to buy some of the previous versions but felt they weren't "quite there yet" but decided to get on board with the G2. The controls are very well organized and quite user friendly. The camera has a quality feel to it and is pleasant to handle. I have gotten several complements on its appearance. The only downside is there are not that many lenses available for it yet but what there are cover a good range and seem to be pretty decent lenses. The lenses for this camera are also more compact than regular DSLR lenses. So far I am quite pleased with this product.
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Received this camera as a birthday present in November and I've shot thousands of photos since. I gave it some extensive use before writing this review... you just can't write relevant reviews on things without spending the proper amount of time on it, especially cameras. Obviously like any product it has it's strengths and weaknesses, but overall the G2 is such a joy to use and a perfect camera for my needs. I wanted a compact lightweight camera that still has all the features of the larger DSLRs and this is it. The G2 might look like a DSLR from the photos online but set it next to a Nikon D5000 and you will realize how small it really is! Size is definitely the main factor for buying a Micro4/3 camera. I can bring it with me almost anywhere I go and I don't feel weighed down with all the bulk. If you're leaving your heavy DSLR at home all the time because it's too big then what's the point right?

Another thing I love about the G2 is how functional it is. Don't be intimidated with all the dials and buttons, they're a good thing. I love how most of the important functions can be directly accessed on the camera body. I hate having to scroll through the menu to change a setting! Because of this the camera handles brilliantly. I can adjust or change all the settings without taking my eyes off the subject. The touch screen is cool, but I don't use it too much. It is a redundant system so it's up to you if you want to use it or not. Unfortunately Panasonic is going the opposite direction with the G3. Seems like they've really simplified the form on it to focus on touch-screen functionality. Now I've never handled the G3 so it might be a great camera, but I like my dials and switches. :)

Now let's talk about image quality.
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Originally I was looking for a point and shoot. I was looking at the LX5 and or the G12 which are more larger P/S but over time I found that I wanted the interchangeable lenses. I like being able to upgrade or not be restricted but at the same time I wanted something smaller than my D40 and the only way to do that was to commit more funding to my cause which eventually became the Micro 4/3 cameras and the Panasonic G2. Now I have to admit I'm a very casual end user when it comes to photography so some may read this and say what the heck are you doing buying this thing? I want a high quality versatile product. I want to be totally happy and this camera makes me happy. Why? Because its as easy to use as a point and shoot but it has a lot of manual features too. I know I'm just scratching the surface of what this neat machine can do! The first thing I notice is the swing out display. I can see myself at any event that has a large crowd in front of me where people are taller than me, no problem i can raise this camera up high and tilt the display down to get the footage or shot. I can bounce in between camera and video w/no issues. I can turn that display around and face the subject and even get in their myself! Perfect for me and my fiance! I like the continous mode feature if that's what its called. I can snap a lot of photos by just holding down the button. I like how i can change subjects to focus on and the touch screen. I like the AF. One thing about this type of camera is that I have had to ween myself from the whole Zoom thing. Step up to the subject or edit/crop it later. Now, I don't miss the zoom. This camera is amazing. Two features I no longer think are deal breakers, MegaPixels and ZOOM.Read more ›
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