Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DMC-G2, the successor to the original micro four-thirds (MFT) camera, the G1, that was launched in 2008.
The Lumix G2 was unveiled at the Focus on Imaging show in Birmingham alongside the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10, which together take Panasonic’s MFT tally to five.
Panasonic G2 with HD video recording
The 12.1Mp Lumix G2 is of a similar shape and size to the Lumix G1, which resembles a regular digital SLR but is smaller. The G2 is able to capture HD video (1280×720) and features an adjustable 3-inch LCD.
Check out our full, lab-based Panasonic G1 review here
The G2 is the first micro four-thirds camera to be touchscreen operable. You can control the camera’s focus by touching a point on the screen. Using auto-focus (AF) tracking, the subject you have selected on the screen will remain sharp even if it moves.
Watch our hands-on First Look video of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
Intelligent Auto on the Panasonic G2
The camera will switch its intelligent auto (iA) mode from portrait to landscape depending on whether you touch a face or background scenery. The touchscreen can also be used to control the shutter and take a shot, and flick through taken pictures in playback mode.
Use of many key manual functions, including aperture control, is available when shooting video. Still images can also be taken while recording, and screengrabs can be made when playing back a video.
If you’re after a more compact camera than a micro four-thirds, check out our digital camera reviews
The G2 has a built-in electronic viewfinder with an impressive 1,440,000-dot resolution, which refreshes 60 times per second.
The G2 recognises SD memory cards, including the new XCSD (extended capacity) memory cards, and has a mini HDMI out socket for connecting to your HD TV.
Panasonic G-series lenses
Both the G2 and the G10 will be available to buy in June with the newly announced 14-42mm G lens.
Find out more about other micro four-thirds from Panasonic and Olympus:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
- Olympus E-P1
- Olympus E-P2
- Olympus E-PL1
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