The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital 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.
The Panasonic DMC-GH2 is commonly used for Video and more.The Panasonic DMC-GH2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic DMC-GH2: Compact, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Good image quality
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Love working with this camera.
Really like this camera, only have two things missing and they are minor. I have the GH1 and the GH2. I use them for Video. I had expected them to use the same G series batteries... note, the GH2 uses a whole new battery. The other draw back is that this camera did not come with a ac adapter like the GH1 did, so you will need to get that if you want to be able to run for long periods battery free.
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I picked this up because of all the good things I have heard about the GH2 for video. I am new to this and wanted something relatively cheap that could get me started. It has exceeded my expectations.
I wanted to get a camera that was small and light so I could easily take it places with out having to drag around a big heavy camera bag. The raw image quality for photos is very good but the video quality blew me away. I highly recommend this camera.
This is gerat camera for video ( I am professional event videographer)! The future: 1-3D video! The best: 1-The quality of the pictures is greate! 2-Great sound from the camera microphones! 3-Touch auto focus! 4-Moving screen! 5-Has good auto focus! 6-The prise! Not big deal, but: 1-Not enouf universal F0.95,F1.2, F1.4,F2.8 lenses with stabialaser. 2-Cannot change the settings during the shooting 3-Not enouf batary life. 4-Auto focus good only in brite light condition. 5-To small .Not comfortable for big fingers and hands. To Panasonic: 1-Thank you for this camera! We love it! 2-we NEED greep for 2 bataries. 3-we need CF card slots. 4-we need 2 card slots (for back up information) 5-we need bigger creen We ready to pay more for this features!
This is my 2nd GH2, a backup body for failure-is-not-an-option gigs. There are better still cams; there are better video cams; but there are no better all-in-one stills+video cams. The GH2's video surpasses that of all other video-capable still cams to date (with the possible exception of the Nikon D800), and especially in good light its stills are superb. Its controls are somewhat fiddly and its back-panel buttons are too easily pressed when simply trying to grasp the camera; I sometimes find I've changed ISO, WB, or the display mode unintentionally just from picking up the camera. But the EVF is superb, and the flip-out, swing-around LCD makes odd-angle shots a piece of cake. High-ISO JPEGs (3200+) suffer slightly from over-aggressive NR, and the camera is a bit limited in dynamic range; highlights blow out a stop or two sooner than with my Canon 5D Mk II. Aside from that I can't find fault with the GH2's pictures. The 14-42mm is the nastiest lens I've ever handled: its grindy plastic-on-plastic zoom and focus rings just feel awful. Its pictures, though, are a lot better than the build quality would lead you to believe, and the lens is exceedingly light; it will probably become my standard walkaround lens when I feel that the 14-140mm would be too heavy or bulky. Fast glass is a bit hard to come by; there are no f/2.8 or faster zooms for MFT cams at this time (April 2012). There are however some reasonably fast primes. I covered NAB this year using the Nokton 25mm f/0.95 and the Olympus 12mm f/2 and 45mm f/1.8; along with the GH2 body, they weighed less and took up less space than my 5D Mk II with a single zoom... and when one is walking continuously for four days straight while carrying gear, that makes a difference. If it sounds like I'm complaining, I'm not, really; I just felt it was more useful to list those few limitations I've run across when using this otherwise-capable camera. I use my Canon 5D Mk II for studio stills and for location work when low-light image quality is paramount. For everything else, I use the GH2.
I am still learning to use it but love it....so far.
The GH2 hacked is better in resolution than many other DSLR (including 7d, 5DII etc)...
I wanted to replace my old Canon G6 with a multi-lens camera, that could also shoot video. Being comfortable with Canon cameras, the T3i and 60D were my initial choices. After seeing the results of a friend's Panasonic GH1, I included the GH2 in my research. Although the Canon 60D is better suited to still images, the GH2 is a better all-round camera for my still and video needs. The GH2 certainly shoots excellent still images, but its video capabilities are what really sold me. The "auto" features works well, but the manual controls are key to getting the most from this camera. For those interested in the GH2, I highly recommend the "Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Unofficial Quintessential Guide" by Matsumoto & Roullard. It goes into detail much better than the GH2's owner's manual.
This is one of the first DSLRs designed more for video than pictures. It shines shooting video. The image you see on the LCD screen when shooting is very misleading, as Panasonic didn't spare any expense with a high quality screen. When you play back the footage on your big screen TV, you will amazed with the clarity and depth of field achieved with this camera. That coupled with the variety of lenses this camera accepts and the ability to hack it to much higher bitrates, makes this a camera to compete with. The poor filmmakers, like myself, with grand imaginations and lofty visions can now achieve their dream movies for under a grand. I can shoot side by side with my Canon 5D Mark II and the footage edits together seamlessly. Do some research. Watch some videos made with this camera and you will be amazed. I sold my Panasonic HMC150 so that I could just shoot with HDSLR cameras. The image quality is superior to that camera and I'll never look back.
Excellent camera with a very simple to use menu system. Very well organized buttons and all setting are clearly visible all time. Has also MIC output levels visible on LCD.
This is a great camera... I'm still teaching myself how to take full advantage of its features, but so far, I'm really impressed.