Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 – Digital cameras

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 – Digital cameras
6.9 Total Score
  • Good image quality, Sharp EVF, Compact body and kit lens

Panasonic Lumix GH2 system camera review With the introduction of the GH1 in 2009 at the time of the PMA, Panasonic put a camera on the map which combined photo and video flawlessly.

6.9 Total Score
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The Panasonic GH2 builds on the already solid foundation of the GH1 and G2. It produces excellent image quality from an exceptionally small camera body.

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7.7
PROS
  • Good image quality, Sharp EVF, Compact body and kit lens
CONS
  • Cost, Dense menu system, LCD tough to view outside
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  1. Individual Rating
    50

    The DMC-GH2 is one of the best micro four third cameras we’ve tested, it’s a great performer in terms of both still images and video capture.

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  2. Individual Rating
    100

    As this is an older and discontinued camera I will not write a full review as many have already done this before. What I will say though is why I have just purchased the Olympus OM-D EM5 II as a replacement.

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  3. Individual Rating
    90

    It’s speedy, feature-packed, and an excellent ILC for shooting video, but to consistently get really good photos out of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 requires shooting raw.

    + PROS: Excellent video quality; articulating display with generally good touch-screen interface; variable frame-rate movie mode.
    - CONS: Annoying AVCHD-imposed limitations for video; no way to lock AF area on touch screen; middling battery life.
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  4. Individual Rating
    60

    It fits me and my way of working perfectly. It has really fine image quality and amazing video quality. I am primarily a stills photographer and I find this camera has high enough quality for most of what I do.

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  5. Individual Rating
    100

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is actually the first Micro Four-Thirds camera to reach 16 megapixels and also captures full 1080p HD video with stereo sound. The GH2 is part of Panasonic’s GH-series which include a high-resolution EVF and is desgined for more advanced users compared to their smaller…

    + PROS: Very low image noise until ISO 400, Great retention of details, Excellent metering system, Nice image colors, Fast contrast-detect autofocus, Short shutter-lag, Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor, Eye-Start AF controlled by jitter-detection, Dedicated movie mode, Excellent audio features, Highly...
    - CONS: Poor white-balance under artificial light, Color-shift starting at ISO 1600, Below average shot-to-shot speed, Inefficient modal control-dial, Video cuts off last second, Incorrect live-histogram, Poor access to exposure-priority view, Severe exposure-priority view lag at slow shutter-speeds, Weak...
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  6. Individual Rating
    100

    Gh2 is one of the best camera I have tried so far. Used with Voigtlander 25mm f.95, the camera produce excellent still quality. But when it comes to Video production, then you should expect one of the best camera so far !!!

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  7. Individual Rating
    50

    The GH2 is the best G-series camera to date, and the improvements that Panasonic has made compared to the GH1 and G2, especially regarding AF performance and movie shooting, are meaningful and very welcome.

    + PROS: Excellent multi-aspect ratio sensor with good resolution and high-ISO performance in compact body, Good build quality and handling, 'Hands on' interface offers plenty of physical control points, Advanced and effective touch-screen implementation (but can be ignored if not required), Large,...
    - CONS: Uninspiring JPEGs in some situations mean Raw conversion needed to get best results, Auto White Balance can be too blue, especially outdoors, 24P Cinema mode only available in Manual Movie Mode (set on exposure mode dial), Although the finish has been improved, plastic body still feels cheaper than...
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  8. Individual Rating
    100

    The Panasonic GH2 builds on the already solid foundation of the GH1 and G2. It produces excellent image quality from an exceptionally small camera body.

    + PROS: Good image quality, Sharp EVF, Compact body and kit lens
    - CONS: Cost, Dense menu system, LCD tough to view outside
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  9. Individual Rating
    100

    You will love the video quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2. I have been using it for a month and I can’t wait to start my project using this thing.

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  10. Individual Rating
    100

    This camera has come quite a way since its predecessor, the GH1, appeared over a year ago and the breed…

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  11. Individual Rating
    100

    The Panasonic Lumix GH2 is an excellent, compact EVIL camera. With comparable features, performance and quality of the top entry-level dSLR’s, this is an excellent, more compact solution, with a slightly higher price tag. Read more in our Full Conclusion .

    + PROS: Smaller than an entry-level dSLR, iAuto makes it easy for anyone to shoot, Excellent iAuto shooting system, Excellent overall image quality, Outstanding single image shooting performance, Very good ISO performance up to ISO 1600, Continuous Autofocus while recording movies, Hot shoe for more...
    - CONS: Auto Focus is slower than the phase detection found on dSLR's, Limited lens availability (but growing), Burst mode is good, but is a little less than claimed by Panasonic, Both EVF and LCD use battery power quickly compared to dSLR viewfinder, More expensive than many entry-level dSLRs
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  12. Individual Rating
    70

    The Panasonic GH2 is an amazing camera. It’s much smaller than an entry level dSLR or super zoom camera like the canon SX40. It has a really nice feel in my hands especially with the kit lens.

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  13. Individual Rating
    80

    I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS CAMERA.

    + PROS: This camera stock takes better video than any other SLR out there, but what makes it even more amazing is that it is hackable. Just search GH2 Vataliy Hack and you will begin to understand.
    - CONS: Not really a con, but invest in a really good memory card like a 16gb 30mbps or higher class 10. Not all class 10's are equal, and some are quirky with the hacks. For example sandisk extreme pro 45mbps card will not work with some of the higher end features.
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  14. Individual Rating
    50

    As I just spent few days fighting urges to upgrade my GH2 to a full frame camera but in the end decided to stick to it, I thought that sharing my thoughts on this decision might help those people who are interested in this camera. I bought this camera in summer of 2011.

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  15. Individual Rating
    50

    Panasonic Lumix GH2 system camera review With the introduction of the GH1 in 2009 at the time of the PMA, Panasonic put a camera on the map which combined photo and video flawlessly.

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  16. Individual Rating
    70

    I have been shooting professionally since the 1990s. Most of my camera bodies have been Canon, and my most recent ones have been Canon 5D MkII, of which I own and still use two. The Canon 5D MkII (“5d2”) is an excellent camera, capable of fantastic results, and while it’s considered to be ‘compact’…

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  17. Individual Rating
    50

    The new Panasonic GH2 is a significant achievement as it is good in all areas. The high quality of its provided videos is simply the best we have ever been given to see until now on our tests. The 14-140 mm optical elements are another point that justifies the high price of the acquisition.

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  18. Individual Rating
    70

    PROS: 1. Viewfinder is excellent, clear and the diopter adjustment is good and located where you can’t change it accidentally. Big rubber eyecup and the display switches automatically (if you want it to) from LCD to viewfinder when you look through it.

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  19. Individual Rating
    50

    This camera is really fun to use, particularly in video mode. The photos are not quite the level of the best APS-C cameras, but you can take high-quality photos. Video is exceptional for a DSLR style camera, and there are hacks that elevate the video to a professional level.

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  20. Individual Rating
    70

    Since this purchase was for my wife, I have never used it and know nothing about it! HOWEVER, I can tell you this. My wife LOVES IT, and, as her friends on Facebook all know, SHE USES IT A LOT…. AND, TAKES GREAT PICTURES!

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  21. Individual Rating
    50

    I was making the switch from DV tapes to SD cards and from traditional tape based cameras to all digital, and as a videographer, I was trying to determine which camera would best suit my needs. I mainly film events and weddings.

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  22. Individual Rating
    100

    Panasonic gets it right with its second mirrorless prosumer still/video hybrid camera. The GH2 is both a very good still camera, and a class-leading video camera. Addressing its predecessor’s video image quality challenges, the GH2 hits the sweet spot for price/performance in its category.

    + PROS: The camera has many technical strengths:, - Video image quality -- latest generation image processing improves quality and low light perfomance -- usable, relatively noise-free video up to ISO 3200, - Four manual audio gain settings -- with on-screen stereo audio metering, - Mirrorless design,...
    - CONS: But the camera does have a few challenges. The first is the 2.5mm external microphone input. Most external mics will have 3.5mm (1/8") jacks. Adapters are easily found, but this is an unnecessary annoyance.
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  23. Individual Rating
    90

    I bought this to be my “B roll” camera, but it’s so light and so good, I love the flip screen, what can I say? It’s now one of my work horses 🙂 ***and with a few fotodiox adapters I’m able to use all of my canon EOS lenses.

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  24. Individual Rating
    50

    Exceptional camera for video out there for it’s price range. I played around with it when it arrived when the sunlight was down already and went out for a test. I thought it was pretty good quality but when I woke up the next morning to take some video shots during the day. WOW!

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  25. Individual Rating
    70

    I had canon t2i which was inflexible for movies , something was not there which I did not like , off course the color space of canon are more warm and pleasing , gh2 on other side colorspace is more technically correct , so what u see is what I get , which I don,t like because I want the camera for…

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  26. Individual Rating
    80

    For the price, there is no single camera that can beat the features of this camera. At this point, there are only so few cameras capable of outputting quality video. The 5d costs too much. This is the ideal “value for money” product.

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  27. Individual Rating
    100

    I was waiting for this model since i heard about its revealing.I’m so pleased I grab it.I use so many 16mm cine tv lenses for video and still not bored of it.Really good deal,guys!

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  28. Individual Rating
    100

    This camera simply blows other DSLR video out of the water – especially once its firmware is hacked. It can shoot at incredibly high bit rate once the PTool application has been used to modify its settings, putting it on a level with more expensive cameras.

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  29. Individual Rating
    100

    The Best Video at high bit rates!!Awesome Price,great features and easy to customize.Great overall product and a must buy .You can also buy adapters to use other lenses.

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  30. Individual Rating
    60

    If the GH2 has a major problem, it’s the week you’ll need just to figure out all its features and functions. And by the time you’ve turned everything on, the LCD will be come so cluttered with icons you might have trouble seeing what you’re shooting.

    + PROS: Blazing autofocus. Faster bit rates for better HD video quality. Touchscreen tracking lets you pull focus in video using just your pinkie. Superb mic for outdoor shooting.
    - CONS: Feature-laden to the point of feeling bloated. Pricey.
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