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PanasonicLumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.6

(based on 71 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Good image quality (62)
  • Easy to use (51)
  • Large clear LCD (50)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Image stabilization (44)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (19)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (47)
  • Family photos (45)
  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Video (26)
  • Wildlife (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (21), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice camera

I was looking for a combination photo/video camera with constant autofocus DURING VIDEO, stereo mic in jack, and a swiveling lcd view finder, and good photo quality in RAW....the Panasonic...Read complete review

I was looking for a combination photo/video camera with constant autofocus DURING VIDEO, stereo mic in jack, and a swiveling lcd view finder, and good photo quality in RAW....the Panasonic G2 was it.

The Sony Nex 3 or 5 was my other best option...but no mic in jack. After a week of testing both the video and photo RAW quality, I am very pleased. For video I converted the .mts files to ProRes 422 Lite and imported into Final Cut Studio 3...excellent video quality.

I am on a Mac, and the videos imported very nicely into iMovie '11 and Final Cut Studio 3.

For the RAW photos I used Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom 3, no support in Capture One Pro 5.2 yet, sigh. Anyway, The processed RAW image quality is very good.

I have a large photo lighting blog and needed an INEXPENSIVE/EASY/FULL VIDEO AUTOFOCUS camera that we could use to shoot behind-the-scene lighting and model posing footage. Full 1080p HD video was not a requirment as we downscale all our internet streaming footage to 720p anyway for Vimeo and Youtube.

Secondly, I got tired of lugging the 40lbs pro gear camera bag along for every short weekend road trip vacation. The Panasonic G2 shoots GOOD ENOUGH still images, especially in RAW, that I can leave the Nikon D2x at home.

We used to use the Canon 5D MK2 for our behind-the-scenes video footage. But after a few shoots and zero video autofocus capabilities, we decided to purchase a different video/still camera.

Sure the 5D MK2 shoots better video than the G2, but we don't need that kind of extensive video production or 1080p. And by the time the edited 720p video appears on Youtube or Vimeo, you would be hard pressed to see any conceivable difference.

As others have stated, the manual is kinda awkward and uses odd non-photographer terms & language. "Recording pictures" is what Panasonic engineers refer to as shooting video...haha. One also has to jump back and forth between chapters & pages for detailed functions and menu explanations.

My shooting tests and conclusions:
1)Camera over-exposes photos/video by 1/3-2/3 of a stop. I changed the exposure bias to -2/3 and now everything looks excellent.
2)Rolling Shutter (jello video effect) commonly found in many CMOS consumer still/video cameras is almost non-existent....EXCELLENT! We had more Jello in our Canon 5D MK2 footage...imagine that.
3) Kit Lens quality - not a bad lens at all. For pixel peepers I recommend the 14-200. But for all general video/stills the kit lens is very good.
4) Autofocus/Image Stabilization is very good with the included 14-42 lens. Get the optional 14-200 if you need a faster and better HD quality lens..$$$$.
5) Camera build - superb. I like everything about it. Knobs & controls are easy to get to and solid. LCD screen looks great in daylight as well.
6) High ISO Quality - I don't know, I only shoot at ISO 100 for best quality. Low light video, again, sunset video looks great but I can't vouch for shooting a candle-lit wedding in a coal mine!

Don't expect the G2 to perform like a $$$$$ pro/dedicated or Canon 5DMK2. Hey, the G2 is 1/5 the price and for a different audience.

I shoot commercial product and people images for a living....and this camera is a blast to use...easy too.

If you are a budding film maker, get a dedicated video camera. If your a landscape or studio photographer then buy a big heavy DSLR and great lenses. IF YOU need a very advanced, small & light camera that shoots great video and photos...check out the G2, I am very pleased with this camera and use it almost everyday...mostly for 720p video.

Like anything in photography, if you know the photography basics you will get stunning image/video quality from the G2. My mom used the camera in "program mode" and shot great images.

Spend a Sunday afternoon reading the manual and SHOOT with the camera to learn the super extensive features and buttons...that applies to any camera.

Or, just put it in "tourist mode" and have fun!

I spent a day reading all the online reviews. 2 weeks later after heavy use, I have zero regrets with this Panasonic G2. It does what they say and does it all very well. Spend a bit of time to learn the extensive menu and all the creative functions...and one can shoot some amazing video and photos. Is the G2 a pro DSLR replacement..NO!

But for 80% of the rest of us or for a first ADVANCED, LIGHT & PORTABLE & INEXPENSIVE video/still camera that performs extremely well...that is who this is for.

I would buy 5 Panasonic G2's...for all my family members if I could afford it, lol. It is amazing what Panasonic has crammed in such a small camera...for 1/12 the price of my pro DSLR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very nice camera, but...

I have used the G2 for two years now. And I like to tell you my opinion on this camera. I have the two kit lenses and the 7-14mm ASPH wide angle...Read complete review

I have used the G2 for two years now. And I like to tell you my opinion on this camera. I have the two kit lenses and the 7-14mm ASPH wide angle lens.

There are so many positive reviews I would like to focus on the not so great stuff.

First, there are some things I love:
- the viewfinder (resolution and contrast at least)
- the size is great
- the swivel LCD
- the fantastic image stabilization (in the 70-200mm kit lens)
- it can deliver great shots
- quick at turn on
- the 7-14mm ASPH wide angle is great

As others have mentioned standard Panasonic kit lens 24-50 (not sure exact range) is unusable. That lens gives very soft images, feels like a piece of plastic and has lots of distortion. Avoid it if you can.
The 70-200mm kit lens on the other hand is quite good and has given me some great images.

There are in my experience eight problems with this camera:

1. Auto focus is not good, or more specifically AF in horizontal mode sometimes just does not work. Hold the camera vertically, and AF snaps into place quickly, but for some weird reason taking standard horizontal shots can be a major problem. This problem mostly occurs in low contrast scenarios. But since it occurs on all lenses I own, and it does not happend in vertical mode, I conclude that it's a camera problem/bug. Upgrading firmware has not made any difference.
I have been in situations where I found myself saying "You got to be kidding!" when the camera's AF simply does not pick up enough contrast to focus when camera is held horizontally.
This has led me to often having to take two vertical shots and stitch them together in post production, something I am tired of doing.

2. The viewfinder image moves. Even when mounted on a tripod, after focusing the image in the viewfinder moves, usually sliding towards your lower left. It does so for 2-3 seconds and then stops. Annnoying. I expect the viewfinder images to stay still.

3. In playback mode , whewn zooming in, scrolling to the next image will return images to default un-zoomed view. I would like to scroll between images and retain the selected zoom level.

4. Cannot delete several images when zoomed in. Actually it can't even do it in standard view. You have to zoom out to a small thumbnail view do delete multiple images, this is not ideal since it is then hard to see what images you are actiually deleting.

5. A minor problem for some, but could be a showstopper for others, is the 70-200mm lens' problem of the barrel moving by itself when holding the camera either straight down or straight up.

6. The battery cannot be changed when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

7. Slow processing the shooting many images. Shooting quick burst clogs up the memory buffer. This is especially true when shooting RAW. I use the fastest cards available, but still find myself looking at the blinking card busy too often.

8. Slow processing when using longer shutter speeds. This problem kicks in for shutter speeds of 4 sec and longer. Meaning night photography with this camera takes a loooong time. The processing speed is directly equivalent to the shutter speed. Meaning a 15 sec shot, will take another 15 seconds of processing before you are given back control of the camera. Annoying.

Apart from these, I am happy with the camera and lenses.

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3.0

Very nice camera, but...

By Hans

from Stockholm, Sweden

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Size
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • AF problems
  • Noisy At High ISO
  • Poor In Low Light
  • Slow processing

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

I have used the G2 for two years now. And I like to tell you my opinion on this camera. I have the two kit lenses and the 7-14mm ASPH wide angle lens.

There are so many positive reviews I would like to focus on the not so great stuff.

First, there are some things I love:
- the viewfinder (resolution and contrast at least)
- the size is great
- the swivel LCD
- the fantastic image stabilization (in the 70-200mm kit lens)
- it can deliver great shots
- quick at turn on
- the 7-14mm ASPH wide angle is great

As others have mentioned standard Panasonic kit lens 24-50 (not sure exact range) is unusable. That lens gives very soft images, feels like a piece of plastic and has lots of distortion. Avoid it if you can.
The 70-200mm kit lens on the other hand is quite good and has given me some great images.

There are in my experience eight problems with this camera:

1. Auto focus is not good, or more specifically AF in horizontal mode sometimes just does not work. Hold the camera vertically, and AF snaps into place quickly, but for some weird reason taking standard horizontal shots can be a major problem. This problem mostly occurs in low contrast scenarios. But since it occurs on all lenses I own, and it does not happend in vertical mode, I conclude that it's a camera problem/bug. Upgrading firmware has not made any difference.
I have been in situations where I found myself saying "You got to be kidding!" when the camera's AF simply does not pick up enough contrast to focus when camera is held horizontally.
This has led me to often having to take two vertical shots and stitch them together in post production, something I am tired of doing.

2. The viewfinder image moves. Even when mounted on a tripod, after focusing the image in the viewfinder moves, usually sliding towards your lower left. It does so for 2-3 seconds and then stops. Annnoying. I expect the viewfinder images to stay still.

3. In playback mode , whewn zooming in, scrolling to the next image will return images to default un-zoomed view. I would like to scroll between images and retain the selected zoom level.

4. Cannot delete several images when zoomed in. Actually it can't even do it in standard view. You have to zoom out to a small thumbnail view do delete multiple images, this is not ideal since it is then hard to see what images you are actiually deleting.

5. A minor problem for some, but could be a showstopper for others, is the 70-200mm lens' problem of the barrel moving by itself when holding the camera either straight down or straight up.

6. The battery cannot be changed when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

7. Slow processing the shooting many images. Shooting quick burst clogs up the memory buffer. This is especially true when shooting RAW. I use the fastest cards available, but still find myself looking at the blinking card busy too often.

8. Slow processing when using longer shutter speeds. This problem kicks in for shutter speeds of 4 sec and longer. Meaning night photography with this camera takes a loooong time. The processing speed is directly equivalent to the shutter speed. Meaning a 15 sec shot, will take another 15 seconds of processing before you are given back control of the camera. Annoying.

Apart from these, I am happy with the camera and lenses.

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4.0

Lived Up to Expectations

By SRC in the QCA

from Quad Cities, Illinois

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Large variety of settings
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Limited Zoom
  • No panoramic setting

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel

Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Red):

This is a great camera for the money! Takes great photos and easy to handle - lightweight, nonslip grip and fits nicely in smaller hands. I have the red one and it even looks great! I did not use the full auto and used only the various special settings - landscape, flowers, outdoor sports, etc. - with the auto focus. The variety of special settings is awesome, but I wish some of the more common ones had shortcuts and I didn't have to menu thru to find them. But once I got used to it, it was fine. Only odd thing was my outdoor photos in lots of sunlight appeared over-exposed on the LCD and in the viewfinder, but came out correctly exposed in the photo. Love the eye sensor that lets you quickly change back and forth from the LCD to the viewfinder. Recommend getting a good telephoto lens. Standard lens not much use with wildlife or distant close-ups. Okay in low light, but not as good as my Canon. Also disappointed it doesn't have a panoramic setting.

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  • 8
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4.0

A product worth its Price

By Robshal

from Kuwait

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Red):

The good thing about Mirrorless cameras is its weight compared to the Conventional DSLR. Quite happy with its performance and featurs.A good product for its price.

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4.0

Amazing little camera

By Dell

from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Fits my small hand
  • Fun
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life
  • Too much noise above 800

Best Uses

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

Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Red):

I bought this camera with the intention of converting it for dedicated IR use but I'm enjoying it so much I haven't changed it over. It's so small, easy to use and yet produces such great images that I often chose if over my larger DSLR. I've produced beautiful portraits using the 45mm macro, have some stunning shots of architecture with the 7-14mm wide angle, frequently use the 40mm for indoor low light and use the 14-140 for just about everything else. I haven't actually used the 14-42 kit lens but plan to keep it on once I conver to Infrared. It tracks well once it finds the subject but is not quite as snappy at locking on to very fast subjects such as planes, but did well with water skijets. I particularly like the touch screen for macro and use my long 100-300 zoom for birds and get beautiful bokeh. Don't know if I'll ever be able to convert it now that it's found its way into my bag and my heart.

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5.0

Goods camera

By afshalders

from Brazil

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Red):

    I was looking for a GF1 backup and after evaluating the GF2 and the new GF3 I decided that both cameras would be a regression in terms of usability. I hate touch screens and I want a good EVF and a hot shoe. The GF2 had the buttons removed and the GF3 was scraped even for the hot shoe and the EVF. Sorry, no more GFx cameras for me.

    Then I decided to loog for the G1,G2 and GH family. The G2 in my opinion is the best balance. Excellent EVF, plenty of real controls (you use touch just if you WANT) and virtually the same image quality of the GF1.

    The only complain is the kit lens. The new 14-42 is not good like the old 14-45 from the G1/GF1 kit. The old one is much better.

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    4.0

    Great Quality for Price

    By Micah

    from Philadelphia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Manual

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

    I bought this camera on a Consumer Reports recommendation and have not been disappointed. I'm a novice, but immediately read a few books and took the camera off of full auto. Pluses include the standard objective and subjective settings and a very easy to use full auto. Picture quality has been great with close ups, portraits, and landscapes (though I wish I had bought a wide angle). The multiple settings, both stops and number of pics, on the exposure bracketing are easy to use and extremely helpful. Good viewfinder and LCD. I have had problems with the displays and menus. Most notably, a month in and I still cannot find the manual aperture settings quickly. Also, some of the many and small nobs are easily accidentally moved to a position that you do not want when moving a nearby setting or simply taking the camera out of the bag. Finally, the manual is absolutely useless, one of the worst translations of a manual that I've ever read. I'm generally more confused after reading a passage than before. If you are experienced and can discover all of the tools yourself, you may be fine. If you are a novice like me, I suggest buying a decent book on digital photography and then looking to the camera and manual to find out how something is done on this camera. All in all, we are very happy with this camera and extremely happy with B&H's price [...]

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    • 7
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    • No

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    5.0

    great camera everything i can ask for!!!

    By jay510

    from hayward, ca

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

    great camera. camera does everything i want with its compact size.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
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    • No

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    5.0

    I love this product, would buy again

    By Ginnsing

    from Hamilton, Ontario

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Blue):

      I purchased as a camera that is light and easily carried with me all the time, the versatility is wonderful with the interchangeable lens. Easy to operate, controls easily accessible, comfortable grip on camera body, yet light and small enough to go everywhere. I wanted a camera that takes great quality photos, which this does - that I could take with me everywhere without having to tote around my larger heavier camera and accessories. When I am not planning a specific shoot but would have available for those unexpected opportunities.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect camera

      By Digital star

      from St. Paul, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

        It was a risk buying this camera as I was a long time canon owner and recently bought and loved the nikon d5000. As nice as they were, they just seemed a bit too large and at times unfriendly to use quickly. I love the size and feel of this camera. The layout is really well-thought out. For instance the self-portrait is a hard button on top as well as the shooting modes for manual, auto focus and the multi frame shot mode. It is just so much easier to find these quickly rather than having to look at the back when you are in self-portrait mode. For me quickly being able to find the controls is something Ive been wanting. I also think out of the box with kit lens, the black and white formats (three) are amazing and look better in my opinion than both of the cameras previously mentioned. Die hard DSLR users may argue that, but dont be discouraged by them saying "its no dslr" of course it isnt, its a new technology that performs just as well.

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        • 9
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        • No

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        5.0

        A great camera!!

        By Scott the Dad

        from Cary, NC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Blue):

        The G2 is proving to be a fabulous camera! I was initially interested in some of the other micro four thirds cameras, such as the Olympus PEN, but the G2 tops them all. The EVF is sharp and crystal-clear, and the touch-screen panel provides more control than any other contemporary DSLR or DLR on the market. The camera has the added bonus of being compact and lightweight, which was a major concern for me with a travel and hobby camera. Try lugging around a Nikon or Canon full-frame DSLR for a day, esp. with a longer zoom lense, and you'll be astounded at how much lighter the G2 is, even when fitted with a longer zoom.[...]

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
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        • No

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        5.0

        Fantastic little powerhouse

        By Robb

        from Long Island New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Complex menus
        • No automatic flash

        Best Uses

        • All of the above

        Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

        I have been a photo enthusiast since the darkroom days and managed the transition to digital pretty well. My Panasonic Lumix point and shoot has been a faithful companion for about 5 years now, but its limitations were beginning to get to me. I considered a dSLR - I got my wife one several years ago and have used it ofter - but I really want something that I can put in my messenger bag and pull out at a moment's notice. A lot of online reading led me to consider the Panasonic DMC-G2 to be the best combination of value and features. I carefully considered the Olympus PEN cameras and even the newer Samsung (huge image chip, but limited feature set).
        I am still learning how to access all the features on the DMC - not all are intuitive - but I am thrilled with the image quality and find it pretty easy to use. The stock lens is useful for getting started, but I am saving my pennies for an f1.4 fixed focal length lense. I love that I can use micro 4/3, 4/3 and standard lenses with the proper addaptors. I haven't tried the video feature yet - stay tuned.

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        • 6
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        5.0

        Excellent for my purposes

        By Coffee-fan

        from Sammamish, WA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Noisy At High ISO

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

        I bought this camera because I did not want to have a DSLR, due to size/weight, but I wanted something that had a good size sensor and good performance. I was torn between this one, the DMC-G10 and the Pentax K-X. The Pentax seemed to have better image quality, but this one seems to have more chops in the computing department including video. So, the bottom line is that I bought this one and so far I am very satisfied as it is a big step up from P&S.

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        • 6
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        • No

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        4.0

        great small camera with huge potential

        By tirebiter

        from Tucson Az.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

          I am a professional investigator who uses cameras daily for studio and on site photography. I wanted to switch to a smaller body than my Canon's and need additional lenses. The point and shoot cameras just don't cut it. I burned out the flash in one job with another point and shoot brand. the Panasonic is ideal for most of my purposes and travels very well without a large bag. The image quality is almost as good as my Canon's. I like the swing out LCD screen.
          I have ordered a ring flash for this unit as the built in flash is not good enough for the types of close up shots I take. The body is substantial and seems to have a nice "rubbbery" feel to it which helps in handling. I rate this camera very highly and hopefully it will give me the kind of service my Canon's have given me over the years.

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          4.0

          compact and simple

          By none

          from stoneham ma

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

          if you are in a hurry,the auto settings seem to work fine if not in auto you can be more creative

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          • 8
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          • No

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          5.0

          Good image quality in a compact package

          By PhotoProf

          from Near Chicago

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact package
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Photojournalism
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

          I've used DSLR cameras for years and have been happy with the image quality and fast handling, but I wanted something that was a bit easier to carry, preferably pocketable. The Panasonic G2 has proven quite satisfactory in most respects. With the zoom kit lens it is scarcely going to fit in a pocket, but the 20mm f1.7 Lumix lens, though pricey, is very compact and provides excellent performance. The overall image quality is quite good, though not a match for what I have been getting with my Nikon D700. I have set the maximum ISO on auto on the G2 at 800, and that's satisfactory most of the time. At 800 there is some noticeably noise in the shadows, but with the f1.7 lens it is usually possible to stay at lower ISOs in most light.

          One of the attractions to me was that Micro 4/3 systems can readily adapt to lenses from other systems, and as a confirmed gadgeteer/experimenter that was a definite plus. I had several C-mount lenses in my lens drawer, plus a full line of Nikon glass and a few Leica items. I've tried all on the adapters with varying success, but never without interest. A Wollensak 25mm f1.9 c-mount lens proved to provide quite good coverage, and a Nikon 24mm f2 provided outstanding performance, as did a 50mm Leica Summitar.

          I'm still getting used to the touch screen controls--changing shooting settings is fast and easy, but I'm still trying to master how to move things along during display of images. I do like the fact that the screen swivels every which way and can be turned to the inside to provide protection when the camera is pocketed.

          I'm also still fiddling with image processing to get things looking the way I want them to--in the RAW mode there is plenty of control, but I agree with some online comments that the images are somewhat duller-looking than the JPEGs. This can be fixed in Photoshop, either in the RAW screen or later on, but it does require some kick up of saturation and contrast to get the images looking really alive.

          A very strong point of the Panasonic Lumix systems generally is very fast autofocus--my guess is that is practically as fast as that of most DSLRs I have used, and represents a quantum leap up from most point-and-shoot systems. Overall, the build quality also seems quite good.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          4.0

          Exactly what I needed

          By Aliaurea

          from Montréal, Canada

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

            I wanted to switch from compact camera to reflex but without the usual weight and size. This camera is exactly what I wanted. The menus are fairly easy to get used to as I already had a compact Lumix.
            I haven't tried it in many situations but for the moment I am really pleased.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            5.0

            Best Micro four-thirds system yet!

            By phos!

            from Columbia, SC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Flash

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro nature
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Red):

            I am a serious non-professional (though occasionally published) that has always had a passion for photography since my first Minolta SRT-101 (which tells you my age bracket!). This is my third digital camera since boxing up my OM-4T system and my first DSLR. I love to hike and canoe and take landscapes, nature, and macro and wanted something lightweight, packable, and still have the bells and whistles of the big guys. The G2 fit the bill and with the Olympus adapter (separately purchased) I can use some of my favorite old lenses! I almost bought the GF2 for its compactness, but the rotating LCD monitor of the G2 was the deciding factor - it is fantastic in all types of situations and lighting conditions! The touchscreen is indispensable!
            The flash shoe is good to have - you'll need a flash (again, I pulled an old Vivatar out of storage). The only negative I have found is the built-in flash; beyond 10 to 12 feet it is weak at best.
            I have tried all the modes available, especially the "scene" modes, and Lumix programmers have done a superb job of covering all the potential situations in which a photographer can find himself. My favorite, being a veteran film person, is the Film Mode. Remember how we would choose slide films by referring to the color of the box? Ektachrome for good blue saturation, Fujichrome for good greens, Kodachrome for vivid reds and yellows - its back in digital form!
            Manual mode features a "bulb" shutter setting that goes up to 4 minutes which has proved worthy of the astrophotography that I also enjoy. Long enough to get star color saturation. Though not long enough to do those hours-long star trail exposures, the individual image quality is great and combines well in editing software to create a composite barely discernible from film exposures.
            The ergonomics and button/dial place is well thought out, also, especially the separate quick buttons to go to video mode and to turn on the intelligent auto exposure (iA). Another great feature (and battery saver) is the sensor next to the live view viewfinder that swaps from LCD to viewfinder upon placing the camera up to your face.
            Five stars to Panasonic Lumix for creating the perfect compact DSLR.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
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            • No

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            5.0

            Big Performance - Small Package

            By Cussed Curmudgeon

            from Pinedale, WY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Blue):

            I use this camera mostly for nature photography. I appreciate the smaller size and weight when taking it to and using it in the field. The LVF/LCD screens are bright and crisp, while the touch screen keeps me informed of the parameters I have chosen for the shot and allows me to modify any of those quickly and easily. The multitude of technical capabilities of this camera aid me in expressing how my subjects affect me with sensational output. It is quite remarkable that so much photographic information can be packed into such a small package and make it available at my fingertips in just a blink of my eyes. This magic electronic tool enables me to take photos of extraordinary clarity and stunning visual impact. In fact the myriad technical features of the camera are a little overwhelming, and I can only hope I will be able to utilize them to something close to the extent of the design capabilities.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
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            • No

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            5.0

            Good Bang for the Buck

            By Kayak Don

            from Woodbury, NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

              I use this product primarily for nature shots. Love the touch screen, not needed but adds some pizzaaz. Great viewfinder that activates automatically when you put your eye to it. Flash works well although I don't take that many inside night shots. All the controls are convenient and easy to learn.
              Just upgraded lens to 40-200 zoom.
              You can easily adapt your old 35mm lenses with a 4/3 optional adapter to use with this camera. This is my fourth Panasonic camera. Very pleased!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Superb camera for the price

              By ashu

              from cleveland

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO
              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Lumix DMC-G2 Interchangeable Lens System Digital Camera (Black):

              i am using this camera for 12 days now and i just love it . i am not a pro but can say that it is one of the better camera for the price .

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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