Key Features: 16.5-megapixel sensor; Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lenses; One-touch HD video recording; Full manual controls; Articulated touchscreen

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Quick Glance
Camera type Micro Four Thirds
Optical Zoom N/A
Megapixels 15.9
Physical Specifications
Dimensions Width 124
Depth 89.6
Weight (body only) 904g with 14-140mm lens on test, SD card and battery
Camera type Micro Four Thirds
Optical Zoom N/A
Megapixels 15.9
Image Sensor 18.31 megapixel 17.3x13mm Live MOS sensor
Optical focal length Dependent on lens in use
Viewfinder Live View Finder, 1,533,600 dots resolution
Shutter speed 1/4000-60
Auto focus Contrast AF system (Face Detection, AF tracking, 23 area focusing, 1 area focusing, touch)
Manual focus Yes
Video (max res/format) 1920x1080 pixels at 30fps, stereo sound
Max output resolution 4608x3456
Other resolutions 3264x2248, 2336x1752, 1920x1440 in 4:3 aspect ratio
Focus range Dependent on lens in use
Exposure control P, A, S, M
Exposure metering Intelligent Multiple, centre weighted, spot
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step, +/- 5EV
Image Stabilisation Optical
ISO settings Auto/intelligent ISO, ISO160 to ISO12800 in incremental steps
LCD Monitor 3-inch, 460k dot resolution fixed LCD
Flash range GN 13.9 equivalent (ISO160)
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red eye reduction, Forced on, Forced on/Red eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow Sync/Red eye reduction, Forced off
White balance modes Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, halogen, flash, four white balance/colour temp settings
Drive modes Single, continuous
Image formats Raw, JPEG
Picture adjustments Standard, Dynamic, Smooth, Nature, Nostalgic, Vibrant Film modes
Movie length Up to 120 minutes
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC
Supplied memory N/A
Batteries supplied Yes, lithium ion pack
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output HDMI
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD


February 14, 2011, 2:53 pm

Please improve your iso tests. They let down the reviews.


February 14, 2011, 6:18 pm

14mm at the wide end is excellent for a kit lens :)

Lets face it, a lot of people that buy DSLRs never upgrade from the kit lens so the greater its range the better. On the other hand, are they giving people less reasons to upgrade their lenses this way (shooting themselves in the profit foot)?


February 14, 2011, 8:13 pm

@PoisonJam: This is 14mm on micro four thirds which equates to 28mm.

Geoff Richards

February 14, 2011, 8:31 pm

Yes, Micro Four Thirds has a crop factor of roughly 2, so the 14-140mm f/4-5.8 zoom as reviews has a full-frame / 35mm equivalent of 28-280mm. If you own a Canon dSLR with a crop factor of 1.6 (essentially everything from 7D all the way down to the 1000D) then this lens is the equivalent of roughly 18-175mm (the closest Canon lens would be the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens)


February 15, 2011, 6:35 am

I agree that the ISO tests are poor in this review. It may be better to have a standardised subject and use it unfailingly. Some people would like to compare images from different cameras and this cannot be done when the subject and ligting differ.

Other than that, another very good review.

Cheers, Peter


February 15, 2011, 7:23 am

I agree, the ISO sample is a tad on the poor side. I know Cliff used to use his own which would be useful to replicate in newer reviews. Maybe a bit more contrast (in colour and lighting) in the shot to show ISO performance over darker and lighter areas respectively?


February 17, 2011, 2:56 am

I dont see why the image quality should be good for 9 points, its a bit hazy, think these are no better then Canon G12


February 18, 2011, 9:41 pm

I enjoyed this review and found it pretty comprehensive. My only criticism is that you said how good your shots of a swan in flight were but did not show these. I think some good action shots would show more of the camera capability than a static object like the house.


March 7, 2012, 1:47 pm

I bought Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 after I read this review. However, I never knew the AVCHD MTS videos from this cam could not be edited directly in my Avid Media Composer 5.

I then searched on the Internet and found a video converter program called Aunsoft Video Converter. This program can convert the AVCHD files to the Avid DNxHD codec in MOV format. The converted MOV file can then be supported very nice in MC 5.

Just share this information here and hope this could help others somehow.

A good cam though.

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