It’s a lighter cam­era that’s big on fea­tures

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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.

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