Lumix G2

The new Lumix G2 takes over from the G1 as the flagship photography model of the G-Micro system. It too is fitted with the 12.1-megapixel Live MOS Four-Thirds sensor and Venus Engine HD2 processor, but it scores over its predecessor with a fully articulated three-inch 460k monitor with touch sensitivity, which is used for features such as Touch AF and Touch Ai, and a touch-sensitive control interface.. The electronic viewfinder is the same 100 percent FOV, 0.7x magnification 1.44 million dot resolution unit as the G1 and GH1.
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The G2 also has extensive video capabilities, although not quite up to the standard of the GH1. It can shoot at 1280 x 720 resolution at 50fps (60fps for the NTSC version). It records mono audio via a built-in microphone, but can record in stereo via an optional plug-in microphone. Video is recorded in the popular AVCHD Lite format. The camera has a dedicated video button for instant recording, and can shoot still images while recording video.
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Other features include face detection, tracking and 23-zone autofocus in both still and movie modes, HDMI output with VIERA link for connection to any compatible Panasonic TV. Like the G10 it has a maximum continuous shooting speed of 3.2fps and a maximum sensitivity of 6400 ISO. It will also be available in a kit with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS standard zoom lens.
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Not much information is available yet about the new lenses that are being launched for the G-Micro system, but they include a 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom with optical image stabilisation, an 8mm f/3.5 fisheye prime lens, and a 14mm f/2.8 standard prime lens.
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