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.



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