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Panasonic launches GH2 system camera

Popular G Micro System range expands

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 micro four-thirds camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 micro four-thirds camera

Panasonic has launched its sixth G Micro System camera – the GH2. It features a powerful video mode and, with the launch of the new Lumix G 3D 12.5mm lens, it will be able to capture 3D still images for viewing on a 3D TV. The GH2 is on show at the Photokina 2010 camera and photography exhibition in Germany.

Check out our full report on Photokina 2010 for all the latest launches and news from the show.

Meet the GH2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, to give it its full name, has a high specification including a large, 16.05Mp sensor. In addition, Panasonic claims the world’s fastest autofocus system reportedly taking just 0.1 seconds to focus on a subject. This is all in a body that is smaller and lighter than a traditional digital SLR – Panasonic says that the GH2 weighs a touch over 600 grams including battery, 14-42mm lens and memory card.

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Touch screen

The GH2 has a touch sensitive 3-inch, hinged LCD screen. You can touch on a point on the screen when framing your shot, and the camera tries to focus on this point. Using the AF tracking function, the camera attempts to hold focus on your point even if it moves. The screen can be twisted out of the camera body to help with shooting at different angles.

High definition video

Full-HD recording is possible on the GH2 at 1080p resolution. Very keen film makers can create live viewing as they record by attaching the GH2 to a TV screen using HDMI.

For in-depth review of system cameras, including the GH2’s predecessor the GH1, check out our digital SLR reviews.

Large range of lenses

The Lumix G Micro System range of lenses is now well developed. Eight are currently available, and at Photokina 2010 Panasonic announced a further three. These include a 100-300mm, 14mm f2.5 and 3D 12.5mm f12. 

The GH2 will be available from the end of November and will cost around £900 for the body and 14-42mm lens and £1300 with a 14-140mm lens.

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