Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Released March, 2010
New: Lumix DMC-G3 (May, 2011)
  • 12 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
As with most cameras the advantages to shooting raw with the G2 are mainly concerned with the increased post-processing flexibility and color / white balance / tonality and (to a certain extent) exposure.
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
8.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-G2
7.9
D5100
9.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-G2
6.4
D5100
7.1
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-G2
8.4
D5100
9.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-G2
9.1
D5100
9.1
Reviews from photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.4

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-G2
8.4
D5100
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-G2
493 ISO
D5100
1,183 ISO
OM-D E-M5
826 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-G2
1,800 LPH
Lumix DMC-GH3
2,900 LPH
Lumix DMC-GH2
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G2
423 ms
Lumix DMC-G5
194 ms
Lumix DMC-G6
216 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-G2
120 ms
OM-D E-M5
56 ms
Lumix DMC-G5
63 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-G2
1,000 ms
D5100
500 ms
Lumix DMC-G3
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G2
2.6 fps
Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
OM-D E-M5
9 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2


7.2
In AVCHD Lite mode the G2 offers high quality HD video capture at 1280 x 720 pixels (720p) at 25/30 frames per second (depending on whether you're shooting in PAL or NTSC format), though the files are doubled up to 50/60 fps for HDTV compatibility.

9.0
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 adds a genuinely useful interactive touchscreen interface and high-definition movies to the already proven design of the G1, resulting in a fast, intuitive and fun DSLR-like experience in a light and compact package.

7.7
They're exacerbated by Panasonic's default combination of noise-reduction and sharpening algorithms, but even doing my own processing in Adobe Camera Raw yielded better, but not as good as they should be, results.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Notably different, though, the 14-42mm lens uses an internal focus (the lens doesn't extend as you zoom, instead shifting the lens elements within the barrel).
by c|net (Apr, 2010)
Panasonic may have been first company to market with its interchangeable-lens camera, but its early models made some missteps.
by c|net (Apr, 2010)
Note that, for the sake of clarity, where necessary we're using images corrected for barrel distortion in this comparison (using Adobe Photoshop CS4's 'Lens Correction' filter, with parameters of +7.7 at 14mm and +2 at 18mm).
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)

Screen

While it's not as compact as some competitors, it counters them with a built-in EVF and articulating touch screen.
by c|net (Apr, 2010)
As we've discussed earlier in this review, in our opinion the G2's touchscreen is great for focus point selection but is otherwise largely superfluous in normal use (of course you have the option of completely ignoring it if you'd prefer to get to grips with physical buttons instead).
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
But in a feature twist, Panasonic endowed the G2 with a touch screen as well, the first in any consumer interchangeable-lens camera, including dSLRs (medium format digital cameras have had them for a while).
by c|net (Apr, 2010)

Sensor

Here we look at the RAW files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (in this case version 6.1).
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
By this point, honestly, you may as well just shoot raw and experiment with post processing.
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
At ISO 100, however, the default settings don't introduce artifacts as they do at higher ISO sensitivities.
by c|net (Apr, 2010)

Focus

In most shooting conditions, AF acquisition is very speedy, and almost infallibly accurate.
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
Focus in movie mode can be set to auto or manual (though to get continuous AF you need to activate it in the Motion Picture menu - by default movies are one shot AF only).
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
Like all contrast-detection AF systems we've used, the G2 does display a momentary 'hunting' when AF is first initiated, but with the 20mm f1.7 pancake lens fitted it takes a mere 0.5 seconds (approx) to alter focus from its nearest focusing distance to a distant object, close to infinity.
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)

Touch

Putting the touchscreen aside for a moment, the G2's overall handling experience is excellent.
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
Overall, though, we didn't find ourselves using the touchscreen anywhere near as much as we had expected.
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)
Too many of the touchscreens that we've seen on digital cameras appear to have been added to enhance their marketability, but not their functionality.
by DPReview (Jul, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 12 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 20.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 1,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,800 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23
Cross type focus points 0
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.6 fps
Battery life 390 photos
Continuous shooting 2.6 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 423 ms
Shutter lag 120 ms
Startup delay 1,000 ms

video

Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic

form factor

Size 124 x 90 x 74 mm
Thickness 74 mm
Weight 416 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization None
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