Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

with some info on the Micro Four-Thirds (MFT) lens mount system

by Karen Nakamura

Overview and Personal Comments

UNDER CONSTRUCTION


PanasonicDMC GH2The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is what many people call a "DEVIL" camera -- Digital Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens. This is because while it looks like a traditional Single Lens Reflex (SLR), there is in fact no reflex mirror -- the eyepiece actually contains a small electronic viewfinder rather than an optical mechanism. Using the text or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law.

The GH2 was released in November of 2010 and represented at the time the flagship model of Panasonic's micro-four-thirds (MFT) lineup. It was also specifically designed to appeal to videographers attracted to the flexibility and visual quality of digital SLRs as video recorders.

More TBA.

 

The Tunnel Effect: My main complaint of many prosumer digitals SLRS and DEVILs including the 20D, Nikon D70, etc. is that the viewfinder magnification is low.  This is the cause of the "tunnel effect" when you look in the viewfinder of most DSLRs except the full-frame ones. Going from the gorgeous full-field viewfinder of a rangefinder such as the Leica M7 to the tunnel vision of a DEVIL is difficult for me to get used to. If you want the shock of your life, look in the viewfinder of something like a Leicaflex SL or Leica R9, these SLRs have the best viewfinders of any SLR I've ever seen, bar none.


 

Image Quality

Under testing...

 

Battery Life: Panasonic says you should get just over 300 images with the standard battery and kit lenses. Not the greatest battery life. They don't publish figures on battery life while video recording, I'll have to find that out myself.



Lens Work

I have the kit 14 - 140mm zoom lens from the GH2 as well as the 14-42mm lens for the DMC-G10.

Normally, I hate kit lenses, especially as Panasonic has only released one lens (the 14-140mm kit lens) that they consider "HD Video" ready, by which they mean that it has faster focusing and smoother apertures when doing video work. For videographers, we're really stuck with the 14-140mm for the most part.

I suppose you think I'll sing the praises of other micro-four-thirds lenses, but I won't. You should buy a MFT camera not because there are great MFT lenses (there are a few), but...

because you can put almost EVERY SINGLE classic camera lens on your MFT body with an adapter! Read on.

 

Lens Adapters:

The MFT lens mount is unique in that it has the shortest flange-back (also called registration) distance of any interchangeable lens camera. This means that you can buy lens adapters that will allow you to use almost every classic camera lens in existence. So far I've bought adapters in the following mounts:

  • Leica R lens
  • Leica M lens
  • Leica M39 screwmount (LSM)
  • Pentax M42 screwmount

These lens adapters do not need any optical correction in order to let you use the other manufacturer lenses on the Pansonic body. Just mount and load.

You do have to tell the DMC-G10 to allow you to use it with "no lens attached" -- since there are no electrical contacts on the lenses, the body thinks that there is no lens on it. But once you make that setting, the camera turns on one additional feature -- automatic focus enhancement. When you are in lens-off mode and touch the rear control dial, the camera automatically zooms in digitally to allow you focus more precisely. A great feature, thanks Panasonic!


Technical Details

Camera Name
DMC-GF2
DMC-GH2
DMC-G2
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Place of Manufacture
China
Date of Manufacture
2010.11~ 2010.10~ 2010.07~
Focusing System

Digital Interchangeable Lens

Digital Interchangeable Lens 
0.xxx effective magnification w/50mm lens
100% viewfinder coverage
xxmm eyepoint relief
1,530,000 dots
-4 to +4 diopter adj.

Digital Interchangeable Lens

Rear Monitor
Fixed 460,000 dots Tilt-swivel 460,000 dots
Touch-sensitive
Tilt-swivel 460,000 dots
Touch-sensitive
Lens Mount

Micro Four-Thirds (MFT) Mount

(Four-Thirds compatible with adapter)

Shutter

Vertical focal plane shutter 
60 sec - 1/4000 sec + B & X (1/160 sec))
Miniplug type remote control

Shutter Rate

xx

40 fps SH continuous shooting (4MP or smaller)
5 fps H continuous
Unlimited JPEG shot maximum burst
7 RAW burst

xx

Metering System

Multizone TTL meter
Matrix/ center-weighted / spot modes
EV 0~18 (@ISO 100)

Multizone TTL meter
Matrix/ center-weighted / spot modes
EV 0~18 (@ISO 100)

Multizone TTL meter
Matrix/ center-weighted / spot modes
EV 0~18 (@ISO 100)

Flash


External hot shoe1/160 sec X flash sync

Built-in GN15.6 (meters; ISO 200) manual pop-up flash


Sensor

4/3 Type MOS
13.1 mp sensor 
12.1 effective pixels
4000 x 3000 pixels
18×13.5 mm (2.0x focal length equivalent)
3:2 aspect ratio

Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200 (6400 selectable)

4/3 Type MOS
18.3 mp sensor 
16.0 effective pixels
4608 x 3456 pixels (3:2 aspect ratio)
4976 x 2800 (16:9 aspect ratio)

18×13.5 mm @ 3:2  (2.0x focal length equivalent)
3:2 and 16:9 native aspect ratios

Sensitivity: ISO 160-12800

4/3 Type MOS
13.1 mp sensor 
12.1 effective pixels
4000 x 3000 pixels
18×13.5 mm (2.0x focal length equivalent)
3:2 aspect ratio

Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200 (6400 selectable)

Memory Card
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Microphone
On-board mic On-board stereo mic
2.5mm external mic jack
On-board mono mic
2.5mm external mic jack
Video rate
On-board mic AVCHD 1920x1080p @ 24fps (23 Mbps max)
AVCHD 1920x1080i @ 60fps (17 Mbps max)
On-board mono mic
2.5mm external mic jack
Battery type
Dimensions and weight

Body: 113 x 68 x 33 mm
265g (excluding battery)

Body: 142 x 90 x 76 mm
394g (excluding battery)
609 g (w/ battery+ 14-140mm kit lens)
904 g (w/ battery+ 14-140mm kit lens)
Body: 124 x 84 x 74 mm
371g (excluding battery)
593g (w/ battery+kit lens)
Retail price

$xxx MSRP (body only)

$1499 MSRP (body+14-140mm kit)
$799 MSRP (14-42mm lens kit body)
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About Panasonic

Panasonic was basically unknown as a consumer camera manufacturer until it started producing its Lumix series in partnership with Leica.    Panasonic designed the bodies and the sensors, while Leica provided its optical know-how on the lenses. Its been a very successful partnership on both sides -- although perhaps benefitting Panasonic much more than Leica.

 


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