It’s a lighter camera that’s big on features
But the Lumix GH2 offers more than quick shooting. Its sensor has received a boost from 12 to 16 megapixels. Its dials have also been rearranged for easy reach, it captures full high-definition video at a high frame rate (60 a second) and three customisable buttons have been added so you can quickly swap to your favourite setting.
For those making the transition from a compact camera, the GH2 offers familiar features including a 3-inch rotating LCD screen for use as a viewfinder, touch-sensitive menus, and an Intelligent Auto mode for easy scene settings. All three make using this camera simple.
But this hybrid DSLR is more than just a more fully featured compact camera. It actually has more in common with its bigger brothers than it does its slim sisters.
The GH2 is positively brimming with dials and settings. Fourteen photographic options sit around its main dial, while a secondary dial offers four focus positions, and three types of focus: Manual, Autofocus Continuous and Autofocus Single (the fastest).
Like full-size DSLR cameras, it also packs in a pop-up flash and a built-in viewfinder. That viewfinder, wider than the last model, is of the electronic variety but it does give photographers the option to keep the camera close for steadiness. Getting a handle on all of these options at once is not as overwhelming as it sounds, as each dial is laid out in an intuitive way.
This camera is also capable of amazing results. Though quick, this camera’s focus is surprisingly accurate. It also handles natural colours well and its 16-megapixel resolution lets users comfortably crop photos.
The GH2 has a few detractions, though. Its image sensor has a bigger resolution but not a bigger physical size to match that of a DSLR. It is also quite bulky for a camera of its ilk and it is priced similarly to a mid-range DSLR camera.
If you can overlook these factors, the GH2 has the goods to impress. Those in need of a lighter camera that’s big on features should approve.