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Panasonic Lumix GH2 Review

By on July 19, 2011
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Not all it’s cracked up to be.

Good: Articulated screen, Four aspect ratios, Advanced HD mode with manual controls, Buttons customization
Bad: High noise in low light, Insufficient grip with large lenses, Small buffer for burst mode, Poor image quality straight out of the camera
Price: AED 6,499
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The GH2 body is made out of plastic with a finish that imitates the look of high-end DSLRs while the grip is rubber that imitates faux leather, so the camera looks and feels like high quality, something other manufacturers could learn from. The doors over the ports, memory card and the battery are well thought of and are of decent quality. I especially liked the locking mechanism for the battery cover. The pop up flash on the other hand felt flimsy and popped up a little too enthusiastically. The 14-140mm lens surprisingly, is of high quality for a kit lens.

The GH2 isn’t a pocket-able camera by a long shot. With dimensions of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm for the body alone, you need a bag to carry one of these, especially with the 14-140mm lens mount which is not only a bulky lens, but is quite heavy at the front, adding half a kilo to the 392g body. Almost weighing a kilo, the rubber grip then becomes inadequate making one hand operations a short and painful exercise for your palm.

The camera supports Micro Four-Thirds mount while being compatible with Four Thirds lenses through an optional adaptor, though continuous auto focus may not be supported by all the lenses. Whichever lens you choose to mount, there’s a 2x focal length conversion which basically means the 14-140mm lens had a field of view of 28-280mm. It uses a Supersonic Wave Filter to reduce/remove dust from the exposed sensor.

The pop-up flash has a guide number of 13.9 meters at ISO 100. With the 14-140mm mounted with or without the hood, using the flash creates a circular or petal shaped shadow on the lower section of the picture. It also features a hot shoe enabling you to use an external flash, though limited by 1/160 sync speed. On the hot shoe, you’ll find the camera’s stereo microphone that works great in capturing high quality sound. The AF assist lamp is found on the right side of the lens and is positioned far enough to not be blocked by the large lens and is effective in limited low light situations. It also serves as the self timer light.

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