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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.05MP Live MOS Sensor
  • 3" Free-Angle LCD W/460,000 Dots
  • 1920x1080 60i HD Video
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • Fastest Level of Light Speed AF
  • High Sensitivity Up to ISO 12800
  • Touch Screen Control for Stills/Video
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode Stills/Video
  • Dust Reduction System
  • Dolby Stereo Sound W/Video

Are you lost, and looking for that Goldilocks digital camera--the one that's not too big, but not too small? That shoots high resolution photos, but also superb video? With manual fine-tuning controls, but fully automatic point-and-shoot functions, too? With a zoom lens that's not too short or too long? That has high-end features, but not a high-end price? Boys and girls, meet the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black).

This mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera has a large 17.3 x 13.0mm Live MOS sensor that records 16.05MP of high resolution goodness, a 10x zoom lens (28-280mm equivalent in 35mm), 1920 x 1080 60i HD Video with Dolby stereo sound, a multi-function Touch Screen for control of both stills and video, and extremely fast auto focus in a camera 1/3 smaller (4.88 x 3.53 x 2.98"/12.4 x 8.96 x 7.58 cm) and lighter (13.82 oz/392 g) than most DSLRs.

It has MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to eliminate blurry photos from low shutter speeds/shaky hands, a 3" free-angle LCD with 460,000 dots, high sensitivity up to ISO 12800, and an advanced dust reduction system to protect image quality. RAW capability in still images gives you ultimate control for the best pictures possible.

There's a lot more, of course. Like 3D shooting capability with the Lumix G 12.4mm/F12 interchangeable lens, a built-in flash with 1st and 2nd curtain sync, and iA (Intelligent Auto) mode that makes all settings automatically to give you optimal results without worrying about shutter speeds or exposure. Both stills and video can be customized with Scene and Color modes for a vast range of creative options.  A Cinema mode allows you to shoot 1080/24p video with 24Mbps, a Variable Movie mode lets you choose the frame rate, from 80% to 300%, there are a variety of color modes (including 3 different black and white settings), and, you can even shoot a high resolution 14MP photo at the touch of the shutter button, while recording video! 

A wide range of optional accessories such as an external stereo microphone, a zoom lever for smoother zooms in video recording, external flash, HDMI cable, etc. might make the DMC-GH2 just right for you.

Fastest Level of Light Speed AF
The DMC-GH2 boasts its high performance to make the photographic experience even more comfortable and fun. It features the world's fastest level Light Speed AF of approx. 0.1 second which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the drive speed from 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second. Not only the accuracy but also the speed excels by far than the high-end D-SLRs with phase difference AF with the advanced contrast AF system in the DMC-GH2.Combined with the Touch AF control, setting and focusing at the subject is incredibly easy and quick, never missing the spur-of-the-moment.
16.05MP Live MOS Sensor
Panasonic also refined its comprehensive digital imaging technologies for every camera of LUMIX G Micro System to raise the level of image quality that rivals or even surpasses D-SLR cameras. The newly developed 16.05-megapixel multi-aspect Live MOS sensor adopts the high speed digital νMaicovicon. In addition to the high speed, which is an advantage of the CMOS sensor, Panasonic adds its original pixel mix technology. A dedicated process exclusively for νMaicovicon of the DMC-GH2 is newly developed by applying the top-class high performance transistor and its interconnection process needed for the high speed operation of digital circuit to make low-noise photodiode and transistor with reduced wiring to achieve both high resolution and high aperture-ratio as the DMC-GH1. The result is both high resolution and excellent S/N are realized with more than 3dB improvement of noise and 200% high sensitivity in the DMC-GH2.
10x Zoom Lens--14-140mm F/4.0-5.8 (28-280mm in 35mm Equivalent)
This 10x zoom lens has a continuous AF/AE function for both stills and video, MEGA O.I.S. advanced hand-shake correction technology, inner focus direct-drive linear motor for smooth, silent focusing, contrast AF system support, a circular aperture diaphragm, and multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare. It accepts 52mm filters.
High Sensitivity Shooting Up to ISO 12800
The key components, including the Live MOS sensor and image-processing Venus Engine FHD, have been totally refined to raise camera performance and render stunning images with high resolution, beautiful gradation and high sensitivity. A maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 12800* allows shooting in extremely dark places.
High Speed Consecutive Shooting
The newly developed Live MOS sensor helps to realize the high speed burst shooting at 5 frames per second in full 16.05-megapixel resolution with mechanical shutter and 3 frames per second even when using the Full-time Live View. Even higher speed burst shooting is available with the DMC-GH2 if electronic shutter is used - 40 frames per second in 4-megapixel.
Venus Engine HD
By separating chromatic noise from luminance noise even more accurately by applying the optimal noise reduction to each, you can capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. By preventing the color mixture which tends to occur around the edges, any chromatic noise, not only the in gradation part but also in the edge part, are described clearly. The engine also provides selective noise reduction to the outline part to let it have more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the resolution. In addition, the spot-type noise which can be often seen in the dark area of the image taken in low light situation or color bleeding on high luminance area generated by the chromatic aberration. The Intelligent Resolution technology is another feature of the Venus Engine FHD and precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording. Linking smoothly with the Live MOS sensor, the Venus Engine FHD processes the large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record high resolution consecutive shots and full-HD movie recording.
Extended Battery Life
The energy-saving Venus Engine FHD and the genuine rechargeable lithium-ion battery work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-GH2, making it possible to take approx. 320 shots or approx. 330 shots on a single battery charge when using the LCD, and approx. 330 shots or approx. 340 shots when using the LVF.
1920x1080 60i (NTSC)/50i 9PAL) Full HD Movies in AVCHD Format
There are always two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes - high-quality photos or movies. You can simply choose the one that saves precious memories most beautifully with the DMC-GH2. The predecessor DMC-GH1 was substantially the first full HD movie recording interchangeable lens system camera with practical AF system. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG. A special, dedicated button on the top lets you instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without any having to make any extra settings. Now the DMC-GH2 can record high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 movies in astonishing smooth 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL), doubling the sensor output from 24p / 25p to 60p / 50p.In addition, the DMC-GH2 features advanced Intelligent Resolution technology. Rather than uniformly enhanced sharpness, advanced Intelligent Resolution precisely optimizes signal processing to give the entire image outstandingly natural clarity and fine detail. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in movies as well as in photos.
Still Image Recording in Movie Recording W/14MP High Resolution
While shooting an HD movie, simply press the shutter button and the camera will shoot a photo with 14-megapixel high resolution as it continues to record your movie. This makes sure that you don't miss those decisive moments with either photos or movies, or both.
Variable Movie Mode
The image recording is more flexible fun with the DMC-GH2. It is possible to choose the suitable frame rate of the movie among 80%, 160%, 200% and 300% according to the recorded content with the new Variable Movie Mode.
Touch AF in Movie Recording
The Touch AF in movie recording also lets you enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing the subject, the focus is shifted to it and let it stand out to attract attention. The DMC-GH2 lets you enjoy a new dimension in movie expression without requiring advanced shooting skills.
Use Manual/My Color/Film Modes
You can use the My Color Mode and Film Mode for shooting movies. They render highly unique expressions by matching the colors to your subject and surroundings. The DMC-GH2 features the Manual Movie Mode, which lets you set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subjects. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and it is desired to have each of them stand out. The Manual Movie Mode gives you a wider range of expressive possibilities to explore. Motion image recording can be started by pressing a dedicated button on the top of the camera - an extremely quick, convenient way to start motion image recording. Most of the camera's settings will be carried over when switched to motion image recording.
Extra Tele Conversion Function
The Extra Tele Conversion function virtually extends the zoom range up to 2.6x, thus the max. 728mm (35mm equivalent) in AVCHD Cinema / FSH mode, max. 1,092mm* in AVCHD SH mode and Motion JPEG HD / WVGA mode and max.1,344mm* in Motion JPEG VGA / QVGA mode is available with the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. which is developed to be exclusively compatible with movie recording.
High Quality Sound
A stereo microphone, featuring Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, on the upper body records dynamic, true-to-life stereo audio that brings out the power of your HD movies. In addition, thanks to a silence design that helps suppress lens drive noise, the DMC-GH2 records sounds in greater clarity. The DMC-GH2 supports the optional Stereo Microphone DMW-MS1, which clearly captures distant sounds in superb quality to make the HD movies taken by the DMC-GH2 even more lifelike. The Wind Cut function is available to block out most of the noise from background wind. This gives you higher quality sound when taking images on breezy days.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Movie
Even video beginners can record excellent movies with the DMC-GH2 because the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode is also available for movie recording. The iA Mode automatically and simultaneously activates 4 advanced detection functions: The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to detect hand-shake, Face Detection AF/AE to detect faces in the frame, Intelligent Scene Selector to detect scene conditions, and Intelligent D-Range Control to detect the ambient light. Since the camera automatically optimizes the settings, it lets you shoot stunning HD movies every time.
Interchangeable Lenses
The main appeal of an interchangeable lens system camera is the ability to express a wider range of motion by changing the lens. The LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens that comes bundled with the DMC-GH2H is recommended for shooting movies. In addition to its ability to use the Continuous AF/AE function for recording motion images, a silence design that suppresses lens drive noise records sounds with greater clarity. You also enjoy a level of expression that is possible only from a single-lens reflex camera thanks to the wide lineup of the LUMIX G lenses and LEICA DG lens, which range from ultra-wide angle to telephoto and fisheye models. The optional DMW-MA1, DMW-MA2M and DMW-MA3R mount adaptors further expand the variety of lenses you can use.
Advanced Output and Editing Features
The DMC-GH2 is newly capable of image output via an optional mini HDMI cable to the external monitor, which is suitable for the professional image recording that requires serious confirmation of the images. You can divide a single video into two parts using only the camera. This is handy for compiling memorable scenes, and deleting unwanted scenes to free up space on your memory card while you are traveling. In addition, you can copy a number of frames during playback of an HD movie to produce high-quality photos thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 BD Edition and Super LoiLoScope (trial version), which are well suited for playing and editing movies, come bundled with the DMC-GH2. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 BD Edition lets you sort and organize images that were newly taken and also those that have been stored in a computer, with quick start-up and fast image loading. Movie clips can be uploaded directly to YouTube. And the Super LoiLoScope lets you experience high-speed HD movie editing.
Intuitive Touch Control/Double Live View
Touch-screen operation raises operating ease to an intuitive level. It includes Touch Shutter for shooting, Touch AF for focusing - even when shooting movies - and Touch-scroll Playback for instant image retrieval. Full-time Live View and the versatile AF mode are made possible by Contrast AF system. The DMC-GH2 also lets you comfortably frame your shots with the flexible free-angle LCD and LVF, and catch every shooting opportunity with Light Speed AF. The DMC-GH2 features 3 Function buttons and 3 Custom Modes. A wide range of options are also available for the GUI. You can customize the settings to match your shooting style.
3" Free-Angle LCD W/High 460,000 Resolution
The DMC-GH2 has a 3.0-inch 3:2 460,000-dot free-angle LCD that rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down, and gives you approx. 100% field of view. This is a highly practical feature for high-angle shots, like when you need to shoot over the heads of people at a parade, and enables accurate, dynamic framing for artistic low-angle shots, like when shooting at nearly ground level. It's extremely convenient when shooting with a tripod too.
1.5 Million Dot Multi Aspect Wide Screen Live View Finder (LVF)
The LUMIX G Micro System's large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) retains the outstanding viewability of an optical viewfinder and can also display information about camera settings that you can see without taking his or her eyes off the subject. Now the LVF is newly designed to be Multi Aspect Wide Screen LVF for DMC-GH2. Increasing the display area to 1,533,600-dot equivalent resolution, the new Multi Aspect Wide Screen LVF boasts the 0.71 x magnification and 100% field of view. Reducing the color breakup by half in principle, the new LVF assures stunning image view for any subject in any scenes. Together with the 60 fps Live View is made possible by the Live MOS sensor, which takes signals directly from the image sensor and sends them continuously to the LCD, in real time. This allows you, when composing a shot, to check the framing accurately from corner to corner.
Body and GUI Design
Meticulous attention was paid to operating ease when designing the DMC-GH2. The body design allows you to freely customize their settings, using 3 new Function buttons and 3 Custom Modes. The GUI also offers a choice between LCD, LVF, and Touch-screen Operation depending on the shooting style, and each has a logical menu interface that is calculated to make operation easy and intuitive. The DMC-GH2 is sophisticated in form, offers an extensive function set, provides uncompromising performance, and delivers the ultimate in intuitive operating and shooting.
Dust Reduction System
If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when you're changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in your images. Dust entering the camera while changing the lens is one of the biggest problems with interchangeable lens system cameras. The Dust Reduction System in the DMC-GH2 helps eliminate this possibility by placing the Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the Live MOS sensor, between the low-pass filter and shutter. Every time the camera is switched on, the filter vibrates around 50,000 times per second to repel dust and other particles without affecting the camera's internal mechanisms, helping maintain superb image quality.
Small and Light System Camera
The DMC-G1, which is based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, revolutionized the world of interchangeable lens system cameras in September 2008 as the world's first mirrorless system camera. The Micro Four Thirds System standard was developed as an extended version of the Four Thirds System standard for interchangeable lens system cameras. By adopting this standard and developing a camera that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit, Panasonic was able to achieve a drastic reduction in both size and weight compared with conventional digital SLRs. This made it possible to create a new-generation system camera that features Full-time Live View, high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF, HD movie recording, and more. The DMC-GH2 adopts this standard and inherits all of those benefits. You'll find it small enough to take anywhere, yet sophisticated enough to take you as far into photography and movies as you want to go.
Freer Expression for Still and Motion Images
With the world's first* introduction of digital interchangeable lens to make 3D shooting possible with an interchangeable lens system camera, Panasonic proposes to enjoy high-quality shooting in 3D with the DMC-GH2. This new compact 3D-capable interchangeable lens, LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12, allows easier handling and instant 3D shooting with cameras without a special structure for 3D shooting. It produces 3D images without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects. The 3D images, even close-up shots, taken with this lens are easy on the eyes when viewed on VIERA 3D TVs. Panasonic made a breakthrough by adding this special way of unprecedented expression in photography with outstanding ease with the innovative technology.
Expansive Customizing Possibilities
My Color Mode includes 8 different approaches to the color in your images, and the Film Mode gives you even more options for shooting HD video. The Scene Mode function lets the camera make the optimal settings for you automatically, so anybody can take superb photos and movies with ease. The Peripheral Defocus Mode for still images is super-easy: Simply touch the subject on the screen. The camera automatically focuses on the AF area you chose while gently defocusing the foreground and background to emphasize your subject. You don't have to change the aperture yourself to take photos with the highly attractive soft focus effect of an SLR camera. There are 5 Portrait modes, 4 Scenery modes, and 4 Close-Up modes, and there's also precise control over white balance, exposure (1/3 stop increments), exposure compensation (=/- 5 stops in 1/3 stop increments), ISO setting, bracketing of exposure, white balance and aspect ratio, and a long shutter speed noise reduction function.
Built-In Flash
In spite of its compact size, the DMC-GH2's built-in flash* has a light intensity that is equivalent to GN13.9, and you can adjust the intensity within a range of ±EV 2 in 1/3 EV steps. It also lets you use 1st curtain sync. flash and 2nd curtain sync. flash to capture nightscapes with a natural flow of light.
RAW Format Capability
You can get original image data, recording the image directly from the Live MOS sensor without any image processing. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE software utility lets you develop RAW data files. For example, you can develop RAW data to create an image with the effect you were trying to capture when you took the shot. You get high-level basic image processing abilities that give you control over such things as unnatural edges from saturated color borders, false colors in structures with intricate detail, and chromatic noise in photos taken at high sensitivity settings. This utility provides a unique combination of high resolution and extraordinary color separation performance. In addition, the DMC-GH2 allows consecutive shots to be taken at up to 4.5 fps in RAW format. Shooting continues even while the image data is being stored in memory. You can select either sRGB or Adobe RGB as your color space.
Advanced Intelligent Resolution Technology
The advanced Intelligent Resolution technology enables the recording of beautiful photo and high-definition movie with higher quality signal processing. With the advanced Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology advanced Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way according to the area. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording.
Intelligent D-Range Control
The new Intelligent D-range Control offers even more natural-looking images by optimizing the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully including the blue color of the sky. An automatic backlight compensation function is activated whenever the camera detects the subject in backlight.
Intelligent Scene Selector W/Touch-Screen Operation
When the camera's in the iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to Scenery, Portrait, Macro*1, Night Portrait*2, Night Scenery or Sunset. The camera judges it from the various detection results such as focusing distance, inclusion of human face and brightness level of the circumstance*3. You are free from difficult settings every time scene changes when taking images with these most frequently used Scene Modes to get beautiful results even before you know.
AF Tracking W/Touch-Screen Operation; Quick AF
Once the AF subject is selected by touch control, it continues to track the subject even if it moves until you press the shutter. When you're taking pictures of active children, pets, sports scenes or subjects in a moving object, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus. The AF Tracking makes sure you don't miss those once-in-a-lifetime shooting opportunities. The DMC-GH2 features the Quick AF*1. Ordinary AF is activated when the shutter button is pressed halfway, while the Quick AF starts operating as soon as the camera is pointed toward a subject. This dramatically reduces the shutter delay time and lets you take images quickly*2. Its super-fast focus is ideal for capturing quick photos of active children and pets. By setting the camera to the Quick AF, images of sudden shooting opportunities won't be out of focus or blurry.
Face Detection AF/AE W/Face Recognition
The DMC-GH2 features the Face Recognition, a function that "remembers" faces. Register the person from the menu by taking his/her full-face portrait with his/her name. Once complete, if the familiar face appears into your frame again, the camera will display the name you specified for that person and prioritize focus and exposure so that the registered face is bright and in sharp focus*1. Up to 3 persons' names can be displayed at once. In playback, you can choose to display only photos that contain a specific registered face using the Category Playback. The Face Recognition makes sorting archiving incredibly easy. The Face Detection also features the Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal). The camera takes care of the red-eye effect that often happens when shooting with a flash, to ensure attractive facial expression.
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) that's built into Micro Four Thirds lenses detects and compensates for blurring caused by hand-shake*. So, you can get sharp, clear shots every time you shoot. It also works for zoom shots and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, and lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination, without a flash, to preserve the mood. With the DMC-GH2, you can select whichever of 3 stabilization modes that suits your needs. By choosing the setting that best matches the situation, you get beautiful, blur-free shots with ease.
Intelligent ISO Control
The Intelligent ISO Control function* in the DMC-GH2 made possible by the Venus Engine FHD detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. When it detects subject motion, it automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when the subject is still and no movement is detected, it takes beautifully natural photos with a low ISO setting. The Intelligent ISO Control gives you stunning images with ease because there's no need for complicated settings.
3D Image Viewer/VIERA Link
Both still images and motion images in AVCHD recorded on SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV with dynamic HD resolution. You simply insert the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card slot) on a VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player to play the content. Alternatively, an optional mini HDMI cable can be used to output still and motion images recorded with the DMC-GH2 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation. This makes it possible to take maximum advantage of the camera's playback functions, including slideshows in which both still and motion images are played sequentially, or calendar displays and so on. All control is possible using only the TV's remote control. Especially, the pictures taken with the interchangeable 3D lens LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12 can be viewed in 3D via the 3D Image Viewer offering users a whole new exciting experience.
Expandability W/Optional Accessories Featuring Zoom Lever
The DMC-GH2 offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match your shooting situation and style, including filters, mount adaptors and external stereo microphones. The newly added DMW-ZL1 zoom lever enables light-touch zooming when shooting movies. In addition, stylish carrying bags and shoulder straps are available. These accessories let you further upgrade the system according to your shooting style and preference.
Playback Functions
Just press the Playback button on the camera back to switch the DMC-GH2 to playback mode. Now you're ready to enjoy crisp, clear images on the 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot LCD. Images are bright and easy to see, even outdoors on a sunny day. Along with the ordinary playback screen, there is a variety of information screens, such as a shooting information detail display, a histogram display, and highlight display. You can also mark images as favorites, and keep them protected not to accidentally delete. The DMC-GH2 can play a slideshow with music. Choose from 4 types of music: Natural, Slow, Swing and Urban. Then, select the transition effect to match your music.
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 140 Min
Audio Recording With Video
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 160-12800
Shutter 60 - 1/4000 sec
Remote Control DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Metering Method Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Kelvin, Shade
Flash
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 40 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Power
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.5 x 3.0" / 12.4 x 9.0 x 7.6 cm
Weight 13.82 oz / 392 g Body only
Kit Lens
Focal Length 14 - 140 mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 280 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.8
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 75° - 8.8°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' (49.99 cm)
Magnification 0.2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 17/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.76 x 3.31" (7.01 x 8.41 cm)
Weight 1.01 lb (458 g)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black)
  • Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F/4.0-5.8 Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Storage Bag
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • DMW-BLC12PP Battery
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus Pen
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicLumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black)
     
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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (19)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Image stabilization (14)
    • Large clear LCD (14)
    • Compact (12)

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    • Short battery life (16)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Really Great Video and Still Camera

    I am a videographer and professor who uses the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 w/14-140mm lens for recording scientific presentations as well as creative projects, such as a science fiction web series. This means...Read complete review

    I am a videographer and professor who uses the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 w/14-140mm lens for recording scientific presentations as well as creative projects, such as a science fiction web series. This means that I use it in a large variety of contexts and settings. I have been using it actively for a few weeks now, and it is literally the best camera for video that I have ever owned (and I have owned a bunch). The stills are spectacular as well. The video resolution is crystal sharp, and the color is brilliant. I have full manual control, but I often do shoots alone, sometimes with myself as a subject or actor in an austere environment. Thus, it is necessary for me to use many of the presets. The camera has a great collection of presets, and they are all intelligently configured. It was easy to make some modifications to the presets that are important to me. Now I just snap to a preset and shoot. I have been using the 24 fps progressive mode a lot, and the video is really great. I like the fact that I can record for a long time (like an hour or more) continuously without an overheating problem. The camera is also light, which makes it ideal for carrying on my motorcycle (with a tripod), and lugging up a mountain. This is one of the best video cameras out there. And again, the stills are spectacular too!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    poor battery life, terrible service

    As many of the reviews have said, this camera is convenient, produces good quality photos, has the ability to shoot in RAW format, and offers many other features that make it a joy...Read complete review

    As many of the reviews have said, this camera is convenient, produces good quality photos, has the ability to shoot in RAW format, and offers many other features that make it a joy to travel with. However, there are two things you should know before buying it: it chews up batteries, and if you ever have to deal with Panasonic Customer Service, God help you.We are serious amateur photographers with a closet full of Nikon equipment, and we bought this unit as a travel camera for my wife, who at 67 was tired of hauling several pounds of equipment on long trips. We took it immediately after purchase on a trip to Italy, and found to our horror that it was getting only 35 to 60 photos on a fully charged battery (we had purchased two batteries, so the problem was definitely in the camera). Since we were used to getting 400 or more with our Nikon gear, we called Panasonic service, who said they could not help us because we were in Europe; so we called the retailer we had purchased it from, who graciously agreed to accept it as a return when we got back a month later.Because this retailer was out of stock when we returned from Italy, we took the credit and repurchased the camera from B&H. This unit seemed to have slightly better battery life, but we got caught up in real life and failed to do controlled tests. When we finally got around to doing that, we found that the range of battery life in carefully controlled conditions was 65 to 195 shots. Since both the Panasonic literature and the reviews said that number should be over 300, and the camera was still under warranty, we sent it to the McAllen Texas repair facility. They returned it promptly saying they had tested it and took over 400 pictures and the battery was still fully charged, so they were returning it without any further action. I am pretty sure of either one of two things: they produced 400 shutter releases by setting the shutter on multiple exposure mode and holding it down for a few minutes at a time (since there is no possible way one could get that many exposures in normal use); or, the McAllen facility is not a repair facility at all, but actually a "repackage and return" operation with a selection of form letters to include in the package (another, similar experience with them actually supports the latter view).We got the camera home, tested again (same results--65 to 125 shots under normal use), and decided to buy another battery or two and live with the problem. Unfortunately the factory batteries cost $50 to 60 each, and oddly enough, the reviews of them feature many complaints about very small capacity/short life. I am giving this camera three stars because it is a very nice travel camera, but the annoyance of carrying three or four batteries to get through a day is major. And Panasonic customer service's attitude is unconscionable. Good luck.

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    3.0

    poor battery life, terrible service

    By JCD

    from Davis, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • Short Battery Life
    • Terrible customer service

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

    As many of the reviews have said, this camera is convenient, produces good quality photos, has the ability to shoot in RAW format, and offers many other features that make it a joy to travel with. However, there are two things you should know before buying it: it chews up batteries, and if you ever have to deal with Panasonic Customer Service, God help you.We are serious amateur photographers with a closet full of Nikon equipment, and we bought this unit as a travel camera for my wife, who at 67 was tired of hauling several pounds of equipment on long trips. We took it immediately after purchase on a trip to Italy, and found to our horror that it was getting only 35 to 60 photos on a fully charged battery (we had purchased two batteries, so the problem was definitely in the camera). Since we were used to getting 400 or more with our Nikon gear, we called Panasonic service, who said they could not help us because we were in Europe; so we called the retailer we had purchased it from, who graciously agreed to accept it as a return when we got back a month later.Because this retailer was out of stock when we returned from Italy, we took the credit and repurchased the camera from B&H. This unit seemed to have slightly better battery life, but we got caught up in real life and failed to do controlled tests. When we finally got around to doing that, we found that the range of battery life in carefully controlled conditions was 65 to 195 shots. Since both the Panasonic literature and the reviews said that number should be over 300, and the camera was still under warranty, we sent it to the McAllen Texas repair facility. They returned it promptly saying they had tested it and took over 400 pictures and the battery was still fully charged, so they were returning it without any further action. I am pretty sure of either one of two things: they produced 400 shutter releases by setting the shutter on multiple exposure mode and holding it down for a few minutes at a time (since there is no possible way one could get that many exposures in normal use); or, the McAllen facility is not a repair facility at all, but actually a "repackage and return" operation with a selection of form letters to include in the package (another, similar experience with them actually supports the latter view).We got the camera home, tested again (same results--65 to 125 shots under normal use), and decided to buy another battery or two and live with the problem. Unfortunately the factory batteries cost $50 to 60 each, and oddly enough, the reviews of them feature many complaints about very small capacity/short life. I am giving this camera three stars because it is a very nice travel camera, but the annoyance of carrying three or four batteries to get through a day is major. And Panasonic customer service's attitude is unconscionable. Good luck.

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    4.0

    The GH2 is a good camara.

    By Chilingo

    from Bogotá - Colombia

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

    I am beginning to use de camara, and I see that is easy to use. The catalog is a little complicated to understand by the form that it has in the chapters structure.

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    • 8
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    5.0

    The warmth of digital?

    By soundboy

    from Akron,Ohio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

    First of all,..B&H's service was on point,..no problems there. as far as a camera this thing is awesome! the versatility is endless. As far as a video camera,..(which is what I bought it for) its incredible. highly unique unit. it's very organic looking for a [$] digital unit. And with it's ability to hook up to some crazy lenses,..the end product far surpasses your initial investement.

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    4.0

    Love my new second camera

    By lillirod

    from Guaynabo, PR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Definitely for travel
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

    Its features, light weight and sensor are ideal for travel. I will be taking it to Machu Picchu

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    5.0

    A perfect upgrade

    By Green Lizard

    from Santa Cruz, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD
    • Viewfinder

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

    I have been hesitant to move into the realm of changeable lens cameras for years, I just really preferred the more compact super-zoom cameras. But with my last super-zoom, the Panasonic FZ100, having such poor quality images, especially in low light, I decided to step up. For me, my choice was between the Sony NEX-5n, and the GH2. I picked the Panasonic GH2 for several reasons -
    1) It is compact, in fact the body is the same size and weight of my FZ100, though with the kit 14-140mm lens it is noticeably heavier, but acceptable.
    2) It is compatible with the accessories I bought for my FZ100 (the shoe mount Flash, and the wired and wireless shutter triggers)
    3) It has great reviews, especially in the low light area with it's high ISO. (though not quite as good as the NEX 5n)
    4) Not much learning curve, as most of the menu system is the same a my FZ100.
    5) It has a viewfinder, MUCH better that the FZ100. The Sony NEX-5N does not have one built in. (I know, there is the NEX-7, but that one is more $, and actually lacks some of the features that I like about the 5n and the GH2, like the touch screen)
    Oh yeah, that touch screen ... I am actually mixed on it. For some functions, like selecting a focal point or setting some of the quick menu functions, it's nice. But it is a little clunky. One nice thing on the GH2 is that most of those functions are still available with physical buttons, and is the reason I removed the G3 from my choices early on.
    All those buttons are nice, and with three programmable ones, it is even better. I just have to remember what I programmed them to do!
    I am really happy with my purchase. This camera has so many features, settings and capabilities (not to mention all the video capabilities) that it should last me years. And as long as I stick with the M43 format, I can continue to use the lenses that I buy for it on future bodies. Win - win.

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    2.0

    Would not recommend for video

    By Tommy

    from Franklinville, NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality
      • Poor In Low Light
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

        Camera id OK for still image shooting, but not for video; the reason why I purchased it after seeing a demo at B&H in store.

        The camera has very slow auto whit balance, and does not have normal gain features in menu or on camera, such as +3db, 6, 9 12, 18db etc.

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        5.0

        Awesome camera, Awesome price!!

        By fvramz

        from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Flash

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

        It is ready to go right out of the box.

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        • 8
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        • No

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        4.0

        A wise decision !!!!

        By SINQUE

        from NEW ROCHELLE NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Documentary
        • MUSIC VIDEO
        • Short movies
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

        BEFOR MAKING MY DECISION ON PURCHASING A NEW CAMERA I LOOKED AT A FEW OF THEM AND RESEARCHED FOR ABOUT 6 MOUNHS AND DECIDED ON THE LUMIX GH2 I USE IT FOR SHOOTING SHORT FILMS AND MUSIC VIDEOS AND THE QUALITY IS EXCELLENT!!!!!! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT THE HANDLING THE FEATURES WAS EASY TO USE THE ONLY DOWN FALL IS SHOOTING IN LOW LIGHT IS OK NOT SO GOOD.THE BEST THING IS I GOT IT AT A GOOD PRICE.
        THANKS B&H

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        5.0

        Forging my way into the next mode...

        By Dave the Rave

        from Boston

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

          This was my feeble first steps in changing my mode from SD panasonic DVC30 to HD DSLR and what a change it was! I'm now buying cheap adapters for my Nikon and Olympus lenses and everything works, and the files load into FCPX in about 20 seconds, and there is depth of field, a different way of looking at video(as art) and my God I'm having fun again! The Auto Focus seems to work really well in Video mode although I haven't put it through its paces in a professional situation yet where I have to get the money shot while moving, chasing, or being distracted by unforseen mishaps. I think the preferred situation will be to purchase a regular small HD video camera to compliment this marvelous little machine, although at this point I don't know if that will even be necessary.

          But this little gem. I've hooked up a Nikon 50 mm 1.8 and a Nikon 180 2.8 ,primes, and the focus works only manually And the exposure meter works fine through the adapter on both lenes, a cheap thing I bought elsewhere for almost no money.

          The electronic shutter gives some delay at certain modes and ISO settings, but the good news is this camera has a multitude of settings to accomadate almost any light or motion situation. Still getting used to the possibilities.

          Will contribute another review in the future once I understand the limitations besides the obvious ones that DSLR video present.

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          5.0

          Professional quality stills&video camera

          By Manila Dan

          from Manila, Philippines

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

          Airline's have made it expensive to carry around DSLR gear as carry-on, and the current convergence of stills&video now require photo professionals to offer video as well. Enter the Lumix GH-2, a very capable stills camera and one that is currently regarded as one of the best interchangeable lens cameras for video use. And with it's small size, it's even easier and no chore to carry-around for family events!
          With B&H new price, the GH-2 becomes a steal w/ the 14-140 as it ends up as affordable as entry level DSLR's from other manufacturer's with a superzoom. But can those entry level DSLR's give you the big viewfinder, the impeccable video quality (with continuous video AF) and the articulated screen? Not to mention can their equivalent superzoom lenses boast the silent and quick AF for video?
          And the image and video quality were not compromised for their size and compactness of the body and lenses. Other compact system camera's may offer better sensors or faster stills AF but their lenses are DSLR like in size, making handling a bit iffy and their compactness a bit questionable.
          Handling is quite good as well, I was skeptical at first as I do have large hands (I can easily grip a basketball) but the ergonomics are quite good.
          As good as the GH2 is, their are weaknesses. First is the battery life, you really do need to buy quite a few extra's especially if you're shooting video. The other is more of a weakness of electronic viewfinders. If you're used to optical viewfinders from DSLR's, you do have to keep in mind that in low-light situations, most EVF's will present the screen brighter that it actually is. The menu system of Panasonic isn't as easy to understand as other manufacturer's, you will need the manual handy even if you have read the manual completely for a few times.

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          5.0

          The future is here!

          By Irvin Gomez

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

            I was a long-term Nikon user until I got my hands on this little wonder. I'll try to make it short: the video capability alone is worth the price. It behaves like a camcorder (easy, accurate focus tracking, automated modes for quick high-quality recording) with the quality of a DSLR (bokeh and controllable DOF!!!!).

            As a DSLR its focusing accuracy easily surpasses that of my Nikon D300. Colors are better, too.

            To fully enjoy this gem, get the Olympus 45mm, Olympus 12mm and Panasonic 20mm lenses. They produce truly astonishing images.

            Drawbacks: clearly visible noise beginning at aroung ISO600. Anything over 2000 is un-usable (in my opinion). It takes a while to get used to the way it works.

            I'm glad I chose this over the D7000.

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            4.0

            Best all around DSLR

            By Dave

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

              This camera is hands down one of the best all around DSLRs... paired with the right lens, you can achieve most any look you're shooting for!

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              5.0

              Amazing camera. Very satisfied.

              By Bruce

              from San Antonio, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

              Have only had the camera for a little over a week, and am very happy with the results. I mainly bought it for its video capabilities, and in this regard it has been great. I'm very satisfied with the photos as well.

              Very surprised at how well stabilized shots are with MegaOIS. Excellent AF for stills. Not perfect AF for video, but it's still much better than having no AF in video mode. 1:1 mode when using MF is awesome as well.

              Main complaint with the camera is battery life. You will NEED to buy one or more batteries if your shoot lasts more than half a day.

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              4.0

              Follow up to my previous review

              By pat

              from Salt Lake City, UT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

              After using the camera for some time i can report with more accuracy on what i said in my previous review. First, Focus is still a little inaccurate, but not as bad as it was at first...maybe i am just more careful about my focus. That having been said, i would upgrade my opinion on the af from a 2+ to a 6 or 7 after playing with it.

              About the low light performance, i wrote that the camera wouldn't jump up to higher iso's and that because i didn't have the max iso set and so it preferences lower iso's. Setting the Max ISO in AUTO to 3200 solves the problem and i haven't had an issue since. Also, I discovered that the iISO feature is really nice, automatically upping the iso to increase the shutter speed to compensate for shake, really nice with the OIS off or with a non-OIS lens.

              as far as video, im very happy with it, i still wish panasonic hadn't cheeped out and locked it to 60i as the max (i would have been fine with 30p) but i have figured out how to work around it. As far as external recorders. i will let anyone who wants to know right now...they don't work. I was actually able to get a live HDMI feed recorded with a black magic card but it was 1080i60 (not 59.94) and even in 24p mode it was 24p cadence with 1080i60 stream. I was able to successfully inverse telecine it to 24.00p and it looked fine, however it seems that the color space from the HMDI is 420 still though so its not all that helpful to be honest. its clear panasonic limited the HDMI stream intentionally to drive buyers looking for a cut price AF-100 to...well the full price AF-100. to be honest, if your doing video with your better off with the AF-100 anyway, it will have the right hardware and software to work properly in the field and you get this lens right now with it for free.

              My harshness has worn off and i am really growing to love this camera. The 14-140 lens makes it just as big and heavy as any other mid price dlsr but the 20 mm price makes it stealthy and feathery and produces some absolutely amazing images, especially in low light. Overall i would give it a 8+ as a still camera and a 6+ as a video camera, though it sure is a lot easier to bike/ski with than an af-100 (or my hvx200 for that matter)

              Don't get me wrong, the af tracking in video and the quality of the image are 9+ with this lens, its just that its not a video camera and i don't care what people tell you about DLSR's; They aren't cheap alternatives to real video cameras like the af-100 and you will pay the price eventually, either by living with the lack of true video features or buying gear to compensate for the missing features usefulness.

              Lastly, this camera should still be less money, but thats the market right now.

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              5.0

              Great shot!

              By Carl

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

                I use this camera for both video and still shots. It's simple to learn and has very responsive features. The images are extremely high quality and very professional looking. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone who is serious about photography.

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                4.0

                Versatility plus Quality

                By hansolo54

                from Melbourne, Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Light weight
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact
                • Versatility

                Cons

                • No silent shooting mode
                • Poor Flash
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Candid Photos
                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

                I'm in charge of visual content for an international media organisation. I need a light-weight camera that delivers good quality stills and video clips. The Lumix GH2 with 14-140mm zoom meets the requirements more than adequately.It must be said that I bought the kit elsewhere [...] Being a loyal customer, I'd like to share my experience here.On locations, I use the camera much like a photo-journalist. I shoot fast to produce a wide range of shot sizes. My subjects are mainly people in their environment, mostly unposed and unaware.The auto focus of the 14-140mm zoom is smooth, quiet and very fast. This combined with rapid frame rates and image stabilisation suits my kind of work very well. The articulated screen is great when shooting above the crowds, at ground level, or in a tight spot.I like being able to switch between video and still shooting. One complaint is that the video button doesn't give much feedback to the finger; one must look at the screen to confirm whether the video recording is ON or OFF. There's also an annoying lag between pressing the button and the recording sign coming on. I sometimes used a hot-shoe mounted Rode video mike for better sound. The 2.5mm jack on the GH2 means I have to use another cable with a 3.5mm socket to plug in the mike. The dangling wires brushing against the camera cause noises and look very unsightly.I dislike the GH2 shutter noise in a quiet environment - the slapping sound is very intrusive. In fact, I've resorted to using a Lumix FZ100 when absolute quietness is required - which is a shame when you've got the GH2 with a great lens in the bag! To be fair, this is not a problem unique to the GH2.AVCHD video clips produced by the GH2 are stunning when viewed on a large monitor or as projected on a large screen.I've also bought half a dozen of favourite Rokkor lenses on second-hand market for less than half the cost of the 14-140mm. They work very well with GH2 via adapter. Without the benefits of OIS, I limit the focal lenght of these to around 200mm. I often shoot with wide-opened aperture to make the most of the narrow depth-of-field. The Lumix lenses delivers adequate sharpness wide-open with brilliant contrast, colours and bokeh.Ergonomically, the GH2 handles very well with all the Lumix lenses I have (14-140mm, 100-300mm, 7-14mm). The controls are well-laid out and the visual menus are well-thought out. Mounting the camera with the 100-300mm on a tripod is a bit tricky as the combo is front-heavy. I wish Panasonic will make a mounting kit for the big lenses.I now have four models of Lumic cameras and each one uses a different battery type and charger. This is insane as one needs to pack four sets in the bag. A small consolation: you only need to take one power cord, unless you need to charge more than one type of battery at a time.In summary, I really enjoy using the Lumix GH2 and wouldn't trade it for anything yet. I'd rather live with its quirks and enjoy the images it delivers.

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                5.0

                Great upgrade from the Lumix G1

                By mg

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good EVF
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro photos
                  • NATURE
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

                  I started out with a Lumix G1 18 months ago. I enjoyed using the G1 and captured many satisfying images with it. I also found a number of things to dislike. The GH2 fixes all those dislikes. Most importantly, it has much better high ISO performance, much faster and more accurate auto-focus, and much improved controls and menus. This makes it more pleasant to use and it takes noticeably better pictures. There are a lot of minor improvements, too, such as 16 mpx images rather the 12 mpx of the G1, but the first three I mentioned are the killer reasons to upgrade.

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                  4.0

                  Great travel and video, lightweight

                  By Dmstraton

                  from Closter, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Ergonomics excellent
                  • Fast accurate focus
                  • Functional
                  • Good Value

                  Cons

                  • AWB a bit blue-green
                  • Plastic manual knobs etc

                  Best Uses

                  • Video
                  • Walkaround

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

                  I use this as my point-and-shoot, my main camera being a 5DmkII.

                  It is light and small. Build is pretty good, but I am not a fan of the plastic knobs and switches - though ergonomically this camera is fantastic with the old school controls.

                  Performance I feel is very good - no high ISO is not it's forte, but I try to never shoot above 1600 anyway, even on my Canon. The AF is insanely good - lightyears ahead of my big camera, and it almost never misses a shot, very accurate. The ability to pick focus on a touchscreen is awesome, as well trigger the shutter.

                  This camera has a gazillion features - but the manual is terrible. Luckily the menu system is fairly good.

                  Image quality overall is very good - I don't like the white balance but that is a tweak, a little less blue, a little more green - easily changeable in-camera, and much easier to do than a Canon.

                  The 14-140 is a good lens, but not stellar wide-open. However it is very well made, quick to focus, accurate, and very practical. OIS is excellent, and for video of course it is great, the stepless aperture, apparent and works. My favorite is the 20, but the cheap 14-42 is actually a decent performer too.

                  Great for video - leagues ahead of trad DSLRs by every measure mostly, particularly in ease of use.

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                  5.0

                  An excellent hybrid

                  By shishdim

                  from Atlanta, GA

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                  Pros

                  • Functional
                  • Good Depth Range

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

                      I previously used Nikon D90 for my stills and Sony HDR-FX7 for my videos. At some point I got really eager about getting something that can give me a shallow DOF for my videos.
                      First, I thought about buying Nikon D7000 just because I had Nikon already and liked it. I moved on to consider Canon D60 instead because of it's swiveling LCD which very handy for videos. Did some searches and comparisons and realized that the GH2 reportedly beats D60 hands down (the major drawback of the D60 for me was not having auto focus in the video mode).
                      Now how does GH2 compares to having D90 and FX7 for someone who is more into video than into stills, but stills are still important? The most important thing, yes - having a shallow DOF when taking videos is amazing, no doubts about it. It's like moving from a point and shoot camera to a SLR, only with video. Another important factor for me is the compactness: instead of hauling almost 6 pounds of weight now I get away with a bit more than two pounds. Interchangeable lenses is another exciting thing: I have 3 lenses (14-140, 40mm 1.7 F, and 9-18 mm wide angle one). Very nice when compared to my fixed narrow lens on my Sony FX7. The electronic viewfinder is a huge improvement over my FX7, even though of course SLR is still better, especially when the sun is very bright or when it is very dark.
                      Two disappointments concerning its video capabilities. 2.5 mm input jack does not make any sense. It was cheap to buy an adapter, but I wish I did not have to use it. More importantly, I realized that when I am shooting longer clips (10 minutes or so) the sound gets out of sync. (I am going to contact Panasonic to find out if my camera is defective).
                      As a still pictures camera GH2 does a very decent job. It took me a while to get used to its colors which look a bit too dark and muddy (a common thins for Panasonic cameras) - they probably are more natural, but I guess I am just spoiled by brighter colors of Canon, Nikon, etc.
                      Overall I think it's a great combination of two worlds - video and still pictures. When at some point large sensor camcorders like Panasonic AG-AF100 become more affordable I might get two different machines for my videos and still pictures, but at this point it is really nice to have this two in one camera!

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                      4.0

                      wierd AF

                      By Pat

                      from Salt Lake City, Ut

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Inaccurate Auto-focus
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera W/14-140mm Lens (Black):

                      I bought the GH2 because i wanted the advanced video capabilities like so many other people. Now i didn't find it on B&H because, although they said it was in stock it actually wasn't. There are many things I like:
                      fast shooting
                      compact
                      amazing video quality
                      autofocus in video mode
                      fantastic built in mic

                      And lots of things i don't like
                      2.5 mm mic jack? seriously?!
                      1080i60 limited despite the fact that panasonic makes consumer camera's that do 1080p60. 1080i60 is unacceptable at this level or product, they knew full well what this would be used for and decided to dumb it down for cross compatibility reasons. Lame. Also, the lens mount isn't the greatest but it hasn't been a problem. I miss not having an optical viewfinder but i accept that as part of the deal, i just wish manual focus options were better in the viewfinder.

                      The biggest problem i have been having with it though is the auto focus. It kind of [word that rhymes with "mucks"] i will shoot a person, dead center, with center focus priority and the person will be out of focus and the background will be in focus. It seems to have a really hard time picking the correct focal point so you have to be very careful and play with the modes. Fortunately the mode dial for auto focus is a hard dial right on the body.

                      The image stabilization is great, and the 14-140 lens, though pricey and slow, is a great all rounder, especially for video. Low light performance is poor, mostly because the camera doesn't seem to want to jump up the iso chain. It seems to preference iso speed over shutter speed and so in auto iso mode it will hover around 1/60th for shutter and keep the iso at 400. fine, except i dont have a tripod with me all the time and its not possible to shoot in low light @ 1/60th and not get blur. Again, something you can change manually if you like, but its very strange, especially considering that up to 1600 ISO is still VERY usable. Im finding that as a point and shoot its not a very good camera, but for someone who knows what they are doing the images are on par with others in the space like the Rebel series or the 7D.

                      Video though is much MUCH better than those and as soon as they release a firmware update for 720p30 1080p30/60, i hack the firmware, or get an external recorder it will be something truly special.

                      The last thing i can say about it is price. Why is this so much money? needs to be about $200 cheaper considering the competition. Its better at video than the nikon or canon, but im not sure its a better still camera. I don't regret it though, its still a great camera, but the GH3 is going to be amazing.

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