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.

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.

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.

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.




March 7, 2010, 3:14 pm

Panny are keeping well ahead of the chasing pack here. If the pricing is keen these two cameras will sell by the boatload.. I'm still sitting on the fence though waiting for the perfect compact M4/3..


March 7, 2010, 9:02 pm

"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."

What? These lenses are identical to what Olympus is developing for M4/3 too, surely it would make more sense to fill in gaps and flesh out the system, rather then both producing absolutely identical lens line-ups. If you include the normal 4/3rds version, there'll soon be a choice of three 8mm f3.5 fisheyes.. why!?


March 7, 2010, 11:46 pm

I don't quite get this rush to have touch-sensitive screens. Do people actually find them useful? Surely it'll only make screens smudge quickly and horribly, which should be a particularly serious issue when you don't have an OVF? I'd think buttons would be much easier to use from a handling point of view - you don't need to shift your grip and reduce support to the camera to free a finger to touch the control. Or am I just being a complete Luddite here?


March 8, 2010, 2:26 am

Lensmann, I agree to a point, but in this case we have the choice of both, touch-screen and manual controls as before, that can't be a bad thing. Also for video on a tripod, the touchs-creen might prove the most ergonomic solution of them all.


March 8, 2010, 2:48 am

I'd prefer more dedicated buttons over a touch screen if given the choice. Coming from a GRDigital to my G1 I've found the UI to be not as good. I'd like Panasonic to do some work on this. Apart from that I really enjoy the G1.


March 8, 2010, 7:44 am

It doesn't look like they've removed any of the normal buttons, so I can't see how the touch-screen anything other than a good thing. Plus if you can tap the screen to manually direct the point of focus anywhere within a frame, it's extremely useful indeed.


March 8, 2010, 2:54 pm

Agreed they haven't removed features, but a touchscreen does add on to the price and it seems to be becoming a new must-have feature for cameras, which is what I was querying. I take the points about selecting the point of focus easily and it being useful for tripod shooting.


March 8, 2010, 3:48 pm

Every time a new camera is launched more and more features are added. I wonder just how many of the features are actually used or useful. Its really easy to get carried away with all the new technology, all I require of a camera is that it is simple to use and produces a decent image I do not want to waste time searching through endless menus for the latest must have feature. For many years I used a basic SLR film camera with few but simple controls. I seemed to have much more time to compose the photo. Oh! for the simple life!!!! Excuse me rambling on its probably an age thing!!!


March 8, 2010, 4:32 pm

@jopey - I aware they haven't removed any buttons. My feeling is that I would of prefered them to add dedicated buttons to functions rather than having to go through so many menu screens. Touchscreen is nice for the reasons you have mentioned. I would just like some improvements in UI when they do upgrades to specs.

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