Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Released September, 2010
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
As is normal in our digital SLR reviews we like to compare the supplied RAW conversion software and, at the very least, Adobe Camera Raw.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
8.8 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-GH2
8.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-GH2
7.1
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-GH2
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-GH2
9.4
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.8

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-GH2
8.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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

Lumix DMC-GH2
655 ISO
Lumix DMC-GH3
812 ISO
SLT A57
785 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GH2
2,800 LPH
Lumix DMC-GH1
2,100 LPH
EOS 700D
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GH2
273 ms
Lumix DMC-GX7
192 ms
Lumix DMC-G5
194 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-GH2
68 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-GH2
1,100 ms
Lumix DMC-GH1
1,800 ms
EOS 700D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GH2
5 fps
Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
SLT A57
12 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2


7.9
The sensor's full pixel count of 18MP is never used (output size tops out at 16MP in 4:3 mode), but viewed critically, image quality is excellent in all of the available aspect ratio modes.

10.0
ISO 6400 is best reserved for resizing and smaller prints, while the top speed of 12800 is only for emergency use, but overall the GH2 offers the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera to date.

9.0
Like the latest crop of SLRs, the Panasonic aims to ensnare the amateur 'movie' maker here via Full HD movie capture with stereo sound plus its newly added 'Cinema' Film mode promising richer tonal gradation.

8.1
I also got a chance to shoot with Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds 3D lens, which consists of dual fixed-focus f12 12mm lenses (note that the 35mm angle-of-view equivalent is about 57mm because each lens covers less than half of the sensor).

Overall

8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Video

It's sharp and clean, with few artifacts-no rolling shutter or obvious moire.
by c|net (Jan, 2011)
The 24P Cinema mode adds a rich, cinema-like gradation to your movies.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2010)
My one gripe here is that manual movie mode, where you can adjust a lot of parameters, is on the mode dial rather than available more directly.
by c|net (Jan, 2011)

Lens

You could only buy that camera with the well-matched 14-140mm lens, fine if you wanted the best video lens that Panasonic offer and were prepared to pay the subsequent high asking price, but not so good if you preferred a different optic or you already had some compatible lenses.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2010)
The camera simultaneously shoots a 2D JPEG using one of the lenses along with a standard 3D MPO file.
by c|net (Jan, 2011)
The lens does extend a long way when zoomed to its maximum telephoto setting, making it a little conspicuous, but that's a small price to pay for such an overall compact package.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2010)

Focus

As well as being pleasantly fast and responsive, focus accuracy is impressive too.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
Not only does using the EVF give you a better idea of exposure and focus during video shooting, it also allows a more stable shooting platform when filming without a tripod.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
Just as with still shooting, continuous AF can lag a little behind subjects which are either moving very quickly or are closing rapidly with the camera, but this is far less noticeable in movie footage.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

Sensor

The GH2 may look very similar, but both the video and still image quality have been significantly improved thanks to the new 16 megapixel sensor and Venus Engine FHD processor, the lightning-quick auto-focus speed has to be experienced to be believed, and the touch-screen interface is a genuinely useful addition to an already well-thought-out design.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2010)
As far as exposure control is concerned, with still photos, photographers are used to balancing aperture, shutter speed and ISO to get the optimal exposure.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
The difference in sharpness and detail is obvious - by comparison to the adjusted RAW file, the JPEG image looks as if it was taken through a dirty window.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

Screen

Vari-angle LCD Screen Vari-angle LCD Screen Top of the Camera.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2010)
The GH2's LCD screen has three display modes (four if you include the screen being turned off) and the EVF has two.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
On one hand, especially given the complexity of the camera, Panasonic makes one of the best touch-screen interfaces I've used.
by c|net (Jan, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 640 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 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 5 fps
Battery life 330 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 273 ms
Shutter lag 68 ms
Startup delay 1,100 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

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 76 mm
Thickness 76 mm
Weight 444 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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