By: Camera House Resident Photographer
Submitted: 23 May 11, 2:37PM
Anew edition to Panasonic’s G series, the GH2 delivers a micro four thirds camera with interchangeable lens system with the familiarity of Panasonic’s iAuto features and a user friendly touch screen. Improving on the functionality and speed of its predecessor, the GH1, the GH2 doubles the drive speed from 60 fps to 120 fps, includes touch auto focus controls and adds the ability to shoot full 1920x1080p HD video.
Making movies is easy, thanks to the dedicated movie record button on the top of the camera and the many assist modes make it simple to make the most of your camera.You can even use touch focus in movie recording to quickly change your focus mid scene. The widescreen Live View Finder and vari angle LCD is great for framing up your shots and with 1,530,000 dot resolution you always get a clear picture of what’s in frame. The GH2 sports a number of cool new intelligent auto features like Face Recognition which recognises familiar faces in the frame and gives them priority in the shot and Auto Focus Tracking so that moving subjects can remain in focus.
The GH2 is also compatible with a number of accessories from the micro four thirds range as well as a range of lenses for increased versatility. This kit comes bundled with a 14-140mm zoom lens, the build of this lens is pretty advanced for the camera. It incorporates an inner focus direct-drive linear motor for focusing, which allows for smooth, silent operation and it delivers a fast and accurate contrast AF system that can be used in both still and movie recording.
It is the equivalent of a 28-280mm wide angle zoom lens and thanks to the use of four aspherical elements and two ED glass lenses, it delivers high contrast images with minimal chromatic aberration. The built-in Mega OIS (optical image stabilisation) helps suppress camera shake. The seven blade aperture also delivers a very pleasing bokeh when shooting at large apertures. Multi coated lens elements also help to eliminate ghosting and image flare.
Good: Compact size when compared to a DSLR, yet it still has the option of interchangeable lenses. Shoots full HD video. This kit provides a versatile wide angle lens for everyday use.
Bad: No HDMI cable included. Some shooters may not like the touch screen interface.