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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

4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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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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  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 12.4 x 8.4 cm ; 372 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DMC-G2KEB-K
  • ASIN: B003B20SUG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Mar. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,750 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Box Contains

  • Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Adapter
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus pen
  • CD-ROM
  • Lens
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Rear Cap
  • Lens Storage Bag



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    Verified Purchase
    I bought this camera after considerable research to develop my skill and knowledge of photography.
    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.
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    The camera is easy to use, and should appeal to point and shoot users as well as those seeking some creative control, image quality is generally very good, but given what is availble on some entry level SLR cameras, is not exceptional. The big selling point over the G1 is the AVCDHD Lite video and the touch screen. While the HD video is good its not Full HD and will not replace your HD camcorder, it is far better than a domestic DV camcorder. As for the touch screen, its tricky getting to rely on it and I still find myself using the regular controls and menus, fortunatly Panasonic have duplicated all the functions, so you dont need to use the touch screen until you feel happy with 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.
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    I thought long and hard about whether to get another full-sized DSLR or move to the lighter and more portable micro four-thirds format. I'm glad I did as the G2 is a terrific camera. Photos quality is comparable to well known DSLRs but I find the small and light form factor encourages me to take the camera with me more often and to experiment when I wouldn't have bothered to carry a much heavier offering from Canon etc. Downsides - not the camera, but the manual which is impenetrable.
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    === Update after a year's ownership ===
    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.

    Original review
    === 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.
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    I always wondered why a DSLR is so large and heavy - as the image sensor is only two-thirds the size of a 35 mm negative, I thought they should be about the size of an old Pentax ME - the smallest full-frame 35 mm SLR.

    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.
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