Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1 Megapixels Micro System Digital SLR Camera Body (No Lens), Touch 3.0" 460K LCD, 720p AVCHD Lite/Motion JPEG Movies, Black

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About Panasonic

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Digital Camera Body gives you superb picture quality in a lightweight (19.68 oz, 558 g) package, using interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lenses on its compact mirrorless body. You can change settings with the normal buttons and dials, or you can simply touch the interactive 3" (7.6 cm) LCD Touch Screen (which rotates 180 deg. horizontally and 270 deg. vertically) to operate autofocus, shutter release, exposure compensation, photo size, ISO sensitivity, white balance and other functions. You can also engage the iA (Intelligent Auto) feature which automatically selects one of six specialized modes to optimize exposure and focus for whatever subject you're shooting. Many playback functions are also available using the Touch Screen.

When your subjects are groups of people, such as friends and family, iA will enlist Face Recognition mode--the G2 will recognize up to 3 faces and optimize focus and exposure. The G2 also allows you to pre-register subjects in the camera with full-face portraits so when you compose your photo the names of the registered people show up on the LCD.

The G2 has full-time Live View which works with both the LCD and the Live View Finder. This means that you can see how adjusting exposure compensation, white balance, aperture and even the shutter speed will affect the image, before you take the picture.

Whether using the touch screen or the dedicated video record button, the G2 shoots HD movies in Motion JPEG or AVCHD Lite formats at 1080x720 resolution, allowing up to 180 minutes of continuous recording time while retaining excellent image quality and sound. You can engage the camera's Movie mode for a variety of professional movie effects such as blurring images that transition into focus.

With advanced technology and convenient touch screen operation, the Lumix G2 appeals to advanced photographers as well as novices who want excellent image quality, user-friendly features and interchangeable lenses without the complexity and weight of a digital SLR. No conventional controls have been removed, so it can still be operated in the traditional manner. The G2 uses the eye sensor to the right of the electronic viewfinder (inherited from the G1), to detect when your face is close to the viewfinder and disables the touchscreen, to prevent unintended nose operation of the Touch Screen features.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Tilt /swivel LCD (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (3),Landscape/scenery (3),Travel (3),Video (3)

Panasonic Features

  • Double Live View: Full-time Live View works with both the LCD and the Live View Finder. This means that, no matter which way you shoot, you see before you shoot how adjusting the exposure compensation, white balance, aperture and even the shutter speed will affect the image
  • 3.0" Free-Angle LCD: The large 3.0" (7.6cm) LCD rotates 180 deg. horizontally and 270 deg. vertically, making it easy for you to capture dynamic shots from extreme angles without getting into an awkward position
  • Touch Screen Operation: The Lumix G2 is the system camera with touch-control shooting. Just touch the LCD to indicate the subject and the G2 focuses on it instantly
  • Touch Operation in iA Mode: With the G2 you're always ready for those sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, simply touch the subject on the LCD and the LUMIX G2 automatically selects the optimal scene mode
  • Adjust Exposure Meter with a Touch: You can adjust the exposure compensation by sliding your finger on the aperture and shutter speed settings in the exposure meter shown on the LCD
  • Quick Menu for Instant Settings: A touch is all it takes to make a variety of settings, including photo size, ISO sensitivity and white balance. You spend less time fiddling with the camera and more time getting great shots
  • One-Touch HD Movie Recording: The hybrid Lumix G2 lets you take both high quality photos and HD movies. You can shoot breathtaking HD (1280x 720) movies in AVCHD Lite (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
  • Motion Picture P Mode: Motion Picture P mode makes it extremely easy to shoot beautiful HD movies. You can freely set the degree of soft focusing in the background to capture rich, emotionally expressive HD movie images
  • iA Mode for Beautiful Images with Ease: Select iA mode and the G2 automatically activates a host of advanced functions and technologies that make it easy to capture beautiful HD movies
  • Intelligent Scene Selector: The Intelligent Scene Selector function automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode for the shooting situation you are in. These scene modes include: Portrait, Night Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Close-up or Sunset
  • Face Recognition: This function recognizes the faces of up to three people that have been pre-registered in the camera and displays their names on the LCD. The Lumix G2 then optimizes the focus and brightness of the recognized faces and captures them clearly and beautifully
  • Face Detection AF/AE: The Face Detection AF/AE function determines if there are any faces in the image and adjusts the focus and exposure to capture them correctly
  • AF Tracking: Touch the screen and the G2 locks on and automatically "tracks" the subject as it moves. Once you focus on your subject, AF Tracking automatically and continuously tracks it and keeps it in focus, even if it moves, until you press the shutter release
  • Intelligent Exposure: In the Intelligent Exposure mode the camera can correct the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash
  • Intelligent ISO Control: If the subject moves as you shoot, the Intelligent ISO control automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to help prevent subject blur
  • My Color Mode: While taking photos the My Color mode makes it easy to capture creative images. Just aim the camera and select any of seven preset effects, including Silhouette, Expressive, Pure and others, while checking the image in Live View
  • Playback: The touch screen operation excels not only for shooting but also during playback. Users can touch one thumbnail viewed among many to quickly and easily see the full size of the desired photo
  • HD Photos and HD Movies with Viera Link Networking: The Lumix G2 is equipped with an HDMI output terminal for direct transmission of digital image and sound signals. Just connect it to an HDTV using a single HDMI mini cable (optional)
  • Easy HD Image Viewing with the SD Card Slot: Simply take your SDXC, SDHC, or SD memory card from the G2 and slip it into the card slot of a Viera or Blu-ray disc player and you're ready to view HD images
  • Videos with Sound: To complement its high-quality video capabilities, the LUMIX G2 features advanced audio options, as sound is recorded with Dolby Digital Creator (included) and an optional accessory stereo microphone can be attached
  • The Venus Engine HD II incorporates two CPUs. This not only boosts image processing speed, it also helps achieve an exceptional noise-reduction performance. Also, the two CPUs of the Venus Engine HD II allow long-time movie recording in AVCHD Lite while maintaining low power consumption
  • In iA mode, the Lumix G2 automatically identifies parts with outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas and optimizes the edge emphasis on the outlines and detailed texture areas while using the Venus Engine noise reduction process to make the soft gradation areas smoother
  • 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 photos. The G2 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the Live MOS sensor

Panasonic Specifications

Camera Type
Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera
Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Mega Pixels
Image Sensor Type
Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels
13.1 Megapixels
Color filter
Primary color filter
Image Sensor Size
17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Dust Reduction System
Supersonic wave filter
Micro Four Thirds mount
Focus Type
Contrast AF system / Focus mode: AFS/AFC/MF
AF mode
Face detection/AF Tracking/23-area-focusing/1-area-focusing /Touch(1area-focusing in Face detection/AF Tracking/Multi-area-focusing/1area-focusing)
AF detective range
EV 0-18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
Focus Others
Touch shutter, Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), Touch MF Assist (5x, 10x)
AF/AE Lock
Focus: AF Lock (AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode)
Exposure AE Lock(AF/AE Button or Shutter button halfway pressed)
AF Assist Lamp
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / Intelligent ISO
White Balance
Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Halogen/Flash/White Set 1,2/Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment
Blue/Amber Bias
Magenta/Green Bias
Color Temperature Setting
2500-10000K in 100K
White Balance Bracket
3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV
Auto Bracketing (AE)
3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV
Light Metering System
144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Metering Range
EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait (Normal/SoftSkin/Out-Indoor/Creative)/Scenery(Norm./Nature/Arch./Creative)/Sports(Norm./Out-Indoor/Creative)/Closeup(Flower/Food/Object/Creative)/NightPort.(NightPort./NightScene./Illum./Creative)/SCN(Sunset/Party/Baby1/2/Pet/Periph.Defocus)
Movie Scene Mode
Portrait (Normal/Soft Skin) / Scenery (Normal/Nature/Architecture/Creative) / Sports (Normal/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Close-up (Flower/Food/Objects/Creative) / Low-light / SCN (Sunset/Party/Portrait)
Shutter Speed/Shutter System
Type: Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed: Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4minutes)
Self Timer
2 seconds / 10 seconds / 10 seconds / 3 images
Recording Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.21) + QuickTime
Motion Image: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Image Quality
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
4000 x 3000(L), 2816 x 2112(M), 2048 x 1536(S)
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
4000 x 2672(L) / 2816 x 1880 (M) / 2048 x 1360 (S)
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
4000 x 2248 (L) / 2816 x 1584 (M) / 1920 x 1080 (S)
1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
2992 x 2992(L), 2112 x 2112(M), 1504 x 1504(S)
Motion Picture Recording 4:3
VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording 16:9
WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording HD Movie
1280x720 pixels 30fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Image (AVCHD Lite)
NTSC: [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Title Edit
Text Stamp/Date Stamp
Protection: Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase: Single / Multi / All / Except FAVORITE
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equiv)
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 1.4x/0.7x(35mm film camera equiv) w/50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Viewfinder: Field of view
Approx. 100%
Eye point
Approx. 17.5mm
Diopter Adjust
-4.0 ~ +4.0 [m-1]
Auto eye sensor
LCD Monitor Type
Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size
Free-angle 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Monitor Pixels
460K dots
Field of view
Monitor Adjust.
Brightness(7 levels),Color (7 levels)
LCD mode
Off / Auto Power LCD / Power LCD
Live View: Digital Zoom
Live View: Extra Optical Zoom
Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Mag. ratio depends on the record. pixels and aspect ratio.)
Live View: Motion image
3.1x (SH/H/L-AVCHD Lite and HD/WVGA in MotionJPEG), 4.2x (VGA/QVGA in MotionJPEG)
Live View: Other Functions
Guide Lines (3 patterns)/Real-time Histogram
Film Mode
Color: Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and white: Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others: My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film
Playback Mode
Normal playback 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.) Slide show, Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/AVCHD Lite/Motion JPEG/Category/Favorite), Face recognition Edit
OSD Language
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Recording Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
miniHDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p
Audio: Stereo / Monaural
Direct Print
PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable)
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)
Battery Life
CIPA Standard: Approx. 360 images (LCD), Approx. 390 images (LVF) with H-FS014042
Approx. 340 images (LCD), Approx. 370 images (LVF) with H-FS045200
Operating Humidity
10% to 80%
Operating Temperature
32 deg.F to 104 deg.F (0 deg.C to 40 deg.C)
Built-in-Flash Type
TTL Built-in-Flash, GN11 equivalent (ISO 100-m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash mode
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed
Less than 1/160 second
Flash Output Adjustment
1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash Synchronization
1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot shoe
TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE
USB Driver
DPOF Print Setting/Set Production
Print Set, Protect
Resize/Trim/Aspect Conv./Leveling
Yes / Yes / Yes / No
Remote Control
Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Continuous recordable time:Motion images
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 180 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 160 min with H-FS045200
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 180 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 160 min with H-FS045200
Actual recordable time (Motion images)
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 100 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 90 min with H-FS045200
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 100 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 90 min with H-FS045200
My Color Mode
(Still image & Movie) Expressive/Retro/Pure/Elegant/Monochrome/Dynamic Art/Silhouette/Custom(Color/Brightness/Saturation/ adjustable)
Burst Speed
H: 3.2 frames/sec, M: 2.6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
BURST SHOOTING: No. of recordable images
7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size and compression)
Set Favorites / Rotate Image
Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite
Video Divide
USB 2.0 High Speed
Audio video output
Monaural Type, NTSC
Remote / External microphone input
Dia. 2.5mm. stereo mini jack
Dimensions (W x H x D)
124 x 83.6 x 74mm / 4.88 x 3.29 x 2.91 in (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 371g / 13.09 oz (Body only)
Mfr #

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 3 customers


clean and functioning


from Hollywood, Calif  -  Photo Enthusiast

i am satisfied with Adorama's transaction.


Nice system for an old Leica shooter


from Austin, Texas  -  Pro Photographer

Light and Fast! with great glass - just what I look for


Great Little performer.


from Montebello, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great complement to my GF1, I can use all my lenses in both cameras, or have two cameras with different lenses. E-viewfinder's quality is awsome. Like the eye sensor to switch viewfinder and LCD screen. If it only had Full HD (for the same price) I would give it a 10 star rating.


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