Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1MP Compact System Camera Kit - Black with 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens
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- LUMIX G Micro System - Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
- Touch-screen Operation with Free-angle LCD and Contrast AF System
- Dual Full-time Live View for LCD and LVF, HD movie mode
- 12.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Intelligent Resolution Technology
- My Colour Mode, Peripheral Defocus Mode and Motion Picture P Mode
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I have had quite a few compact digital cameras so I know the basic principles of operation, but found the manual that came with the camera incomprehensible.
After a few attempts to grasp the basics of the G2 (and failing!), I bought a book called 'The Panasonic G2 Quintessential Guide'which is much more accessible and allows the ordinary user to develop an understanding of the camera functions and how th use them
Having gained this understanding, I find the G2 is excellent in all respects, giving first class results in all situations that I have tried it.
Images are detailed and the autofocus and exposure systems are quite good, Images noise is reasonably well controlled up to 800 ISO and approaches that of similar priced SLR type cameras that compete for your money. As a stand alone camera this is all that most people will need, but it is probably not going to be as expandable as the Nikon of Canon range. Smaller and lighter than an SLR camera it is still reasonably large and would not fit in your pocket, those not looking specifically for the benefits of this breed of camera will need to really consider if this is what you want, there are so many compact and superzooms out there at lower cost that perform nearly as well in good light, and if this is going to be your only camera I would research the whole range of Panasonic Cameras. Check the weight and size of any additional lenses you are considering, and think if you would want to carry them around with you.Read more ›
I still love my G2 but I tend not to use it much. I found that the improvements of the FZ150 over the FZ100 solved the picture quality issues of the FZ100, so there is less need for the G2 when I want a sharp picture. I've also subsequently bought a Nikon D5100 as an upgrade from my D50 (following some substantial price reductions) for macro work. The D5100 comfortably out-performs the G2 in terms of resolution and low-light performance, so the G2 now falls into a kind of no-man's land in my kit. That said, I'm keeping my G2 as it allows me to use my old lenses where my Nikon SLR doesn't, but I can't actually recall when I last used my G2. The bottom line is, If I could only have one camera, it would be my FZ150.
=== The background ===
The whole idea of a bridge camera is a camera that gives advanced exposure control and produces high quality results, in a package that is more compact and convenient than an SLR. However, until the Four Thirds sensor cameras were released by Panasonic and Olympus, the "bridge" camera was essentially a greatly accessorised compact camera. With a fixed lens, the only option to give the user as much flexibility as possible was to provide a zoom lens with ever increasing focal range. To keep the size of this "superzoom" lens acceptable to a wide number of users, the sensor was kept small: The bigger the sensor, the bigger the lens needed to fill it to the edge.
Whilst this approach gave rise to some remarkable cameras, none were really comparable to the quality offered by an SLR.Read more ›
Well - here it is,in the form of the Lumix G2 - it does everything my Nikon DSLR does, but has about two-thirds of the weight and bulk. Even the standard 14-42 lens is as good as the Nikon equivalent, while the electronic viewfinder is even better than the optical pentaprism of my Nikon.
The control layout is really good, and it is difficult to fault it - but what is the point of a touchscreen? Still, it does no harm, and its ability to swivel makes it a good low or high-angle viewfinder.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my wife last Christmas. Fantastic camera. It developed a problem where the memory card wouldn't click in. Was replaced by Amazon within 2 days with the G3 model. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Darth D
I decided to buy this camera in order to move from the basic point and shoot cameras to something better. Touch screen is great and the camera itself has many capabilities. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Greg
Well built camera, exellent design, everything just comes to hand, lots of dials and switches for the enthusiast, automatic mode for novices, just set and forget, takes realy good... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by goodfellow
Been looking for a DSLR camera for some time.. As I am not a "professional" photographer I was looking for a relatively simple to use camera but with some additional... Read morePublished on 1 May 2014 by DavidMcD
........and getting much more confident. Picture quality is improving but I need to take more pictures if I'm going to get it right. Read morePublished on 16 April 2014 by K. Laurence