Saturday, February 5, 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Review

Revision based on a production of Panasonic DMC-G 2Panasonic G1 was not only the first product of the Micro Four Thirds standard, was also the first interchangeable lens system camera of the world to turn our backs on traditional drawings optical viewfinder and adopt a more compact-camera-live view. The appearance may have been pure DSLR, but the G1 is likely to be remembered as the camera that marked the beginning of the end for the dominance of half a century-long of single lens reflex cameras, interchangeable lens design.While the G1 has been praised for its feature set, responsive handling and, in General, the lack of ability of recording video seemed odd at a time when movie mode were beginning to appear on conventional Slr. The irony that conventional SLR designers who want to add a movie mode have considerably bigger hurdles to jump to Panasonic G1 with fully digital, mirrorless was aggravated by the arrival of the GF1 and GH1 a little later-models of both sports movie mode.But that was then and this is now, and in March, Panasonic announced not one, but two successor models (both with movie mode) to the G1, but break the line in a budget version (G10, reviewed later) and the model featured here, the G2. The reasoning behind the decision is simple-cut material cost as a high resolution viewfinder allows Panasonic to compete with the downward DLSRs that dominate the shelves of retailers big box. G10 adds little G1 beyond a movie mode (MJPEG), but loses most of the feature definition G1 (great, high res EVF, swivel screen), so that for us the G2 is by far the most interesting model. In both cases, the physical structure and the sensor inside are not fundamentally changed in this update.The G2 is an evolutionary update-but solid-the G1, which answers some of the criticisms of the original model, adding the above video mode (720 p AVCHD lite or MJPEG) and shuffle and widening the external controls. Other great news is that the G2 Gets the touch screen technology (vista on different Panasonic compact DSCs)-not exactly high on our list of ways in which could be improved by the G1, but in the era of iPhone something that certainly looks good for marketing materials, if nothing else.Touch screen cameras are not particularly new idea (one could argue that they have started appearing before user interfaces or touch-sensitive technology were really ready), but this is the first interchangeable lens camera that we saw to add functionality. Basically, the G2 touch screen options is in addition to, rather than a replacement, traditional controls. 12.1 million pixels (effective) 3/4 LiveMOS sensorVenus HD II engine with intelligent car and ResolutionMovie Intelligent capture (720 p) at formats3 2.0 Lite AVCHD or M-JPEG "multi-angle 460,000 dot touchscreen display1.4 million dot color electronic ViewfinderExternal mic connection

The G2 features a touch-sensitive screen that can be used to select the focus point, adjust the camera settings and even fire the shutter. However, conventional controls have been removed, so it can work almost exactly like a G1. Provides an oddly-shaped stylus, but we found the display quite reactive pressure sensitive to not need it.

The G2 uses the eye sensor to the right of the electronic viewfinder (inherited from G1), to detect when your face is close to the viewfinder and disables the touchscreen, to prevent unintentional nose operation.

Together with the G2 and G10, Panasonic has announced a new kit lens-a lightweight, larger, less extensive 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6. Loses its power O.i.s. image stabilization, passing control to the camera body. The body of a lens longer than 5 mm, mounting of plastic and other materials have helped change the 14-42 mm shed 30 g compared to the 14-45 mm 192 g.

The optical design has changed, but the basic specification of 12 items (1 of them aspherical lenses), in 9 groups is maintained. Panasonic says that performance standards should be the same as its predecessor; This we will see later in the review.

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