The Panasonic G2 adds 720p HD movie capture and touchscreen LCD capabilities. What Digital Camera's Panasonic Lumix G2 review tests out how good the new kit is...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix G2

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:80%


  • Intuitive touchscreen, movie mode, compact size


  • High ISO image quality, excess scene modes


Panasonic Lumix G2 Review


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At first glance the Panasonic G2 may seem like a G1 with an HD Movie mode latched on – but it’s oh so much more of a success than that. After getting to grips with the new touchscreen LCD it becomes apparent that both first-time and more advanced users can garner a lot from this system. The variety of lenses available to expand on the system puts current competitors in the shade, Panasonic’s contrast-detect AF system is class-leading and the new Movie mode is highly functional. At just under £600 it’s not the cheapest Micro System camera on the market, and the highest ISO settings do suffer from excess image noise. These small issues brushed aside, though, and if you’re willing to work with an Electronic Viewfinder, the G2 is a standout Micro Four Thirds camera.


AF Points:23-area system (contrast detect AF)
Cable Release:No
Max Flash Sync:1/250th second
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 11
DoF Prview:Yes
Colour Temp Control:2500 – 10,000 Kelvin
White Balance Bracket:Yes, ±3EV
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Other:Face Detection, 720p Movie at 30fps (AVCHD Lite, H.264), AF-Assist lamp, AF/AE Lock, Q. Menu, One Touch iA button, One Touch Movie button,
Exposure Comp:1/3EV Step ±3EV
Focusing Modes:Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Not in body, in some lenses only
Weight:593g (no battery or card)
Movie Mode:720p HD movie at 30fps (AVCHD Lite or Motion-JPEG)
Dimensions:124 x 83.6 x 74mm
Field of View:100% approx, 1.4x magnification (0.7x in 35mm equiv. terms)
Memory Card:SD / SDHC / SDXC
Connectivity:USB 2.0, HDMI,
Live Mode:Yes
Power:Rechargeable li-ion battery
Viewfinder Type:Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), 1,140k-dot
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (JPEG: 3.2fps to unlimited shots; RAW: 3.2fps to 7 shots)
White Balance:Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting, Blue/Yellow / Magenta/Green bias adjustment, 2500-10000K manual adjustment
Compression:Standard, Fine
Exposure Modes:P, A, S, M, Custom, Movie, Scene (Sunset, Part, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Peripheral Defocus) Night Portrait (Portrait, Scenery, Illuminations, Creative), Close Up (Flower, Food, Objects, Creative), Sports (Normal, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative), Landscape (Normal, Nature, Architecture, Creative), Portrait (Normal, Soft Skin, Outdoor, Indoor, Creative), My Color (Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette, Custom)
Metering System:144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Shutter Speeds:60 – 1/4000th second (plus Bulb to 4 mins)
File Format:JPEG, RAW (SRW), RAW + JPEG
Lens Mount:Micro Four Thirds
Focal Length Mag:2x
LCD:3in, 460k-dot, tilt-angle touchscreen LCD
Output Size:4000 x 3000
Sensor:12.1MP Live MOS (Micro Four Thirds)
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix G2 review - Features
  2. 2. Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality & Value
  4. 4. A Word On Micro Four Thirds
  5. 5. Verdict
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