Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2


A hybrid digital camera

Now it’s more simple to choose between camcorder and digital camera. The new Panasonic Lumix GH2 is able to work very fine in both areas. Here is a test and the review analysis at the end of it. Let’s see it !

The expectations

After the GH1 model success, an interesting model but quite expensive, Panasonic has updated its super hybrid camera. The result of these upgrades is called DMC-GH2. The reason of this hybrid camera is the target aimed by the Panasonic brand: to have a powerful digital camera and a camcorder at the same time. The GH-2 incorporates the look of G1 and G2. The similarities end here because the sensor, the processor and the additional video capabilities are totally changed and improved.

The reality

panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh2The new Panasonic GH2 is the worthy successor of GH1. What we mean is that it has a small SLR body, but it is much lighter compared to the previous model (390 g without battery). It includes a rotating screen really necessary for a device that is intended to be used as a camcorder and a camera at the same time. It has a hand grip, usual at the Panasonic brand.

Great touch screen mode

The Canon competitor has incorporated a rotating screen to its new 60D digital camera. This has been a major advantage until now but the engineers from Panasonic haven’t wasted any time at all. The new GH2 has a major difference compared to its old brother: its touch. For all working photographers, the touch screen offers a real advantage as it has faster, easier and more efficient settings.

High speed of sensor

The new improved autofocus sensor module operates at 120 Hz. The previous version was able to work at that of 60 Hz. This results in a great contrast detection for this camera. This advantage can be a crucial if you decide to choose a very fast digital camera.
Panasonic DMC-GH2 is more than twice faster compered to the previous version. This happens because this camera includes the Venus Engine FHD and it has three embedded processors. In fact, it is able to obtain about 5 frames per second burst. Wow! Not bad at all !

Impressing video mode

Panasonic offers Full HD quality for all movie lovers. This model is able to offer you Full HD 50i 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 frames interlaced. You have to realize this device works as a digital camera at the same time! The capabilities are very advanced. The format of video is able to offer good performance for productions adapted to the needs of the cinema.

The sound of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is another surprise. It offers full stereo mode sound recording. Compared to ther competitors’ models, it is far more advanced because the competition offers only mono recording of the sound. You can use an external microphone, too, because this device includes a microphone jack for external device connecting.

Review conclusion

The new Panasonic GH2 is a significant achievement as it is good in all areas. The high quality of its provided videos is simply the best we have ever been given to see until now on our tests. The 14-140 mm optical elements are another point that justifies the high price of the acquisition. This is a great product and can be used as a digital camera and HD camcorder with real success.

Positive points (pros)

* Video mode able to offer true 50i and 24p quality
* Touch Screen and mobile display
* Able to offer image burst up to 5 fps
* Calling rates of interest
* More manageable than a DSLR in video mode
* Great autofocus comparing with old models

Negative points (cons)

* Is still expensive comparing with an SLR