Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Review

5.0
December 13, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

TYPE

Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 18.31 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 16.05 Megapixels
Colour filter Primary colour filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 (Multi-aspect recording except 1:1)
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels)
Motion Image (AVCHD : NTSC) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 24p ?24H:24Mbps,24L:17Mbps? / [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 60p) (FSH:17Mbps, FH:13Mbps/AVCHD) / [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 60p)?SH:17Mbps, H:13Mbps/AVCHD) / *2
Motion Image (AVCHD : PAL) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 24p ?24H:24Mbps,24L:17Mbps? / [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 50p) (FSH:17Mbps, FH:13Mbps/AVCHD) / [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 50p)?SH:17Mbps, H:13Mbps/AVCHD) / *2
Still Image [4:3] 4608x3456(L) / 3264x2448(M) / 2336x1752(S) / 1920x1440(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [3:2] 4752x3168(L) / 3360x2240(M) / 2400x1600(S) / 1920x1280(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [16:9] 4976x2800(L) / 3520x1980(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1920x1080(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third standard) / [1:1] 3456x3456(L) / 2448x2448(M) / 1744x1744(S) / 1792x1792(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third standard)
Motion Image (Motion JPEG) [4:3] QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps / [16:9] WVGA : 848 x 480, 30fps / [HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps / *1
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 110 min with H-VS014140 / Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 120 min with H-VS014140
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 70 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 65 min with H-VS014140 / Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 75 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 70 min with H-VS014140

VIEWFINDER

Type Live View Finder (1,533,600 dots equivalent)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.42x / 0.71x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye point Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0~+4.0?dpt?
Auto eye sensor Yes

FOCUS

Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS/ AFC/ MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing)
AF detective range EV 0-18 ?ISO100 equivalent?
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode
Others Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist,

EXPOSURE CONTROL

ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 400 / 500/ 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV0-18 ?F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent?
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Auto
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±5EV
AE lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, ±3 EV

WHITE BALANCE

White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis

SHUTTER SYSTEM

Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes)
Type Focal-plane shutter
Self timer 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec
Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

SCENE MODE

Still Image SCN mode Portrait (Normal/Soft Skin/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Scenery (Normal/Nature/Architecture/Creative) / Close-up (Flower/Food/Objects/Creative) / SCN (Peripheral Defocus/Night Portrait/Night Scenery/Sunset/Party/Sports/Baby 1,2/Pet)
Movie SCN mode Portrait (Normal/Soft Skin/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Scenery (Normal/Nature/Architecture/Creative) / Close-up (Flower/Food/Objects/Creative) / SCN (Peripheral Defocus/Night Portrait/Night Scenery/Sunset/Party/Sports/Baby 1,2/Pet) / (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed SH: 40 frames/sec(4M), H: 5 frames/sec, M: 3 frames/sec, L: 2 frames/sec
Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)

BUILT-IN-FLASH

Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN13.9 equivalent (ISO 160 ?m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)

LCD MONITOR

Type TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size Free-angle 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)

LIVE VIEW

Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max.2x, Motion image: Max.4.8x / (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram

FILM MODE

Colour Standard / Dynamic / Smooth / Nature / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and white Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film / Cinema

PLAYBACK

Playback mode Normal playback / 30-thumbnail display / 12-thumbnail display / Calendar display / Zoomed playback (16x Max.) / Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable) / Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/AVCHD/Motion JPEG/3D Play/Category/Favorite) / Title Edit / Text Stamp / Video Divide / Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conversion / Rotate / Rotate Display / Favorite / Print Set / Protect / Face Rec Edit

IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE

Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite

PRINT

Direct Print PictBridge compatible?Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable ?

INTERFACE

Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) / Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Audio video output Stereo Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America / *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Remote / External microphone input φ2.5mm. stereo mini jack
Speaker Monaural

LANGUAGE

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

GENERAL

Colour Black
Power
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 330 images (LCD), Approx. 340 images (LVF) with H-FS014042 / Approx. 320 images (LCD), Approx. 330 images (LVF) with H-VS014140
Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1200mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger
Dimensions (W x H x D) 124 x 89.6 x 75.8mm / 4.88 x 3.53 x 2.98 in?(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx.609g / 21.48 oz ?SD card, Battery, 14-42mm lens included) / Approx. 904g / 31.88 oz ?SD card, Battery, 14-140mm lens included) / Approx. 392g / 13.82 oz ?Body only?
Operating Environment
Operating temperature 0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% to 80?
Standard Accessories
Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 BD Edition / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE / Super Loilo Scope (trial version) / USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger / Battery Pack / Body Cap / AV Cable / USB Connection Cable / Shoulder Strap / Stylus pen / CD-ROM

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1

Lens Name LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.
Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups (1 Aspherical lens)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes
Focal Length f=14mm to 42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28mm to 84mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(Tele)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.3m / 1ft
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.16x / 0.32x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°(W) - 29°(T)
General
Filter Size φ52mm / 2.05 in
Max. Diameter φ60.6mm / 2.39 in
Overall Length Approx. 63.6mm / 2.50 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 165g
Weight [oz] Approx. 5.82oz
Standard Accessories Lens Cap / Lens Hood / Lens Rear Cap / Lens Storage Bag

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class6" or higher / *2 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher

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