Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Review
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 adds a genuinely useful interactive touchscreen interface and high-definition movies to the already proven design of the G1, resulting in a fast, intuitive and fun DSLR-like experience in a light and compact package.
The new touch-sensitive screen further enhances the refined interface of the G1 and G10 cameras, delivering all the convenience and more of a compact camera shooting experience in a DSLR-like package that is smaller and lighter than most DSLRs. Panasonic have wisely ensured that only certain key features can be configured by tapping the screen, rather than simply making everything accessible in this way, creating a hybrid interface that genuinely speeds up the camera's operation. You don't have to use the touchscreen at all, but you'd be mad not to.
The free-angle, rotating LCD and high-resolution electronic view-finder of the 18-month old G1 have thankfully been retained on the G2 (they were both dropped from the new entry-level G10). Subsequently the near-seamless Live View experience doesn't feel as though it has been literally forced into the overall design, as with the Live View function on the majority of DSLRs, so users looking to move-up from a point-and-shoot compact should definitely consider the G2.
As with the G10, the G2 can also record 720p HD movies, with the added extra of being able to so in the more memory-card friendly AVCHD format, radically reducing the overall file sizes that Motion JPEG creates. There's also the added bonuses of stereo sound and a socket for an external microphone, making this the most video-friendly G-series camera, with the exception of the even better-specced GH1 model.
At £699 / $799, the G2 is substantially more expensive than the new entry-level G10 model, £200 / $200 more expensive in fact, so if you don't need the touchscreen interface, articulating LCD or AVCHD format movies, the G10 makes more financial sense whilst delivering otherwise identical functionality and image quality. If your budget allows, though, we'd recommend that that you opt for the more capable, more intuitive and ultimately more fun Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||4|