Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Digital Camera, Black - with 14-42mm Lens - Bundle - with 8GB SD Memory Card, Slinger Camera Bag, USB 2.0 SD Card Reader, Professional Lens Cleaning Kit

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About Panasonic DMC-GH2

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (25),Good image quality (20),Fast / accurate auto-focus (18),Compact (17),Large clear LCD (14),Easy to use (13),Good in low light (13),Short lag time (11),Zoom range/performance (8),Nice body color (7)
Cons:
Short battery life (7),Poor flash (3)
Best Uses:
Video (22),Landscape/scenery (12),Travel (10),Weddings (9),Family photos (7),Wildlife (7),Low light (6),Sports/action (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (9),Photo enthusiast (6),Casual photographer (4),Pro photographer (4)

Panasonic DMC-GH2 Features

  • Fastest Level of Light Speed AF: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra Tele Conversion Function
  • 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
  • 3x Zoom Lens-14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 (28-84mm in 35mm Equivalent)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 deg. to the side and tilts 270 deg. up and down and gives you approx. 100% field of view
  • 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 retains outstanding viewability of an optical viewfinder and also display information about settings that you can see without taking his or her eyes off the subject
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Panasonic DMC-GH2 Specifications

Resolution
16.05 megapixels
Sensor
17.3 x 13.0mm Live MOS sensor
File Formats
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image: AVCHD/QuickTime Motion JPEG
File Size 1
[4:3] 4,608 x 3,456 (L), 3,264 x 2,448 (M), 2,336 x 1,752 (S), 1,920 x 1,440 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[3:2] 4,752 x 3,168 (L), 3,360 x 2,240 (M), 2,400 x 1,600 (S), 1,920 x 1,280 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[16:9] 4,976 x 2,800 (L), 3,520 x 1,980 (M), 1,920 x 1,080 (S), 1,920 x 1,080 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
File Size 2
[1:1] 3,456 x 3,456 (L), 2,448 x 2,448 (M), 1,744 x 1,744 (S), 1,792 x 1,792 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image
[4:3] VGA: 640 x 480, 30 fps / QVGA: 320 x 240, 30 fps
[16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480, 30 fps
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 30 fps
Color Spaces
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Creative Color Modes
(Still Image & Movie) Expressive / Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / Dynamic Art / Silhouette / Custom (Color / Brightness / Saturation adjustable)
Film Modes
Color: Standard / Dynamic / Smooth / Nature / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and White: Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others: My Film 1 / My Film 2 / Multi Film / Cinema
Image Stabilization
Mega O.I.S. in compatible lenses
Lens
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6, 28-84mm (35mm equivalent)
Zoom
3x 28-84mm (35mm equivalent)
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds mount
Focus Type
Contrast AF system
Focus Range
1' (0.3 m) to infinity
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount
52mm
Sensitivity
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Shutter Speeds
1/4,000 - 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes)
Metering
144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Exposure Modes
Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual / Auto
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting 2,500 K - 10,000 K in 100 K, with Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias adjustment and white balance bracket--3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Burst Capability
SH: 40 frames/sec (4M), H: 5 frames/sec, M: 3 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) 7 recordable images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) and unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size and compression)
Self Timer
10 sec, 3 images / 2 sec / 10 sec
Remote Control
Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Built-in Flash
Yes
External Flash Connection
Hot-shoe: TTL Auto with FL220 / FL360 / FL500 (Optional)
Dedicated Flash System
TTL Auto with FL220 / FL360 / FL500 (Optional)
Max Sync Speed
Less than 1/160 second
Memory Card Type
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Recording Formats
AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Video Recording
Yes
Video Resolution 1
Motion JPEG: [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480, 30 fps / QVGA: 320 x 240, 30 fps, [16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480, 30 fps, [HD] 1,280 x 720, 30 fps
NTSC: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 24p (24H: 24Mbps, 24L: 17Mbps), [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 60p) (FSH: 17 Mbps, FH: 13 Mbps), [HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 60p) (SH: 17 Mbps, H: 13 Mbps)
Video Resolution 2
PAL: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 24p (24H: 24 Mbps, 24L: 17Mbps), [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 50i (sensor output is 50p) (FSH: 17 Mbps, FH: 13 Mbps), [HD] 1,280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 50p) (SH: 17 Mbps, H: 13 Mbps)
Video Clip Length
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 70 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 65 min with H-VS014140Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 75 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 70 min with H-VS014140
Viewfinder Type
Live View Finder (1,533,600 dots equivalent)
Viewfinder Coverage
Approx. 100%
Display
3" TFT LCD with Touch panel with 460,000 dots
Live View
Yes
Connectivity
USB 2.0 High Speed, AV output, mini HDMI TypeC, 2.5 mm, stereo mini jack stereo mic input
Operating/Storage Temperature
32 deg.F to 104 deg.F (0 deg.C to 40 deg.C)
Battery Type
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1,200mAh) (Included)Battery Charger
Dimensions
Camera body: 4.88 x 3.53 x 2.98" (12.4 x 8.96 x 7.58 cm)
Lens: 2.5 x 2.39 x 2.39" (6.36 x 6.06 x 6.06 cm)
Weight
Camera Body only: 13.82 oz (392 g)
Lens: 5.82 oz (165 g)

Panasonic DMC-GH2 Reviews

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4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

New to Film, Photgraphy, and Adorama

I am new to the field and based my purchase decision on a starter camera for film and photography that rates best for its dual use. I did extensive research reading reviews and viewing finished works and decided on Panasonic Gh2. I am Still figuring it out but I think I made the right decision :) I should really note what I do know now and that is that I was new to Adorama and they are great. Great deals (and they honor their deals) and great customer service. Will buy again.

Reviewed by 27 customers

 
4.0

New to photography/video

By

from Boise, ID  -  Casual Photographer

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.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from California

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.

 
4.0

New to Film, Photgraphy, and Adorama

By

from Los Angeles  -  Photography Student

I am new to the field and based my purchase decision on a starter camera for film and photography that rates best for its dual use. I did extensive research reading reviews and viewing finished works and decided on Panasonic Gh2. I am Still figuring it out but I think I made the right decision :) I should really note what I do know now and that is that I was new to Adorama and they are great. Great deals (and they honor their deals) and great customer service. Will buy again.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Greates video cmera I ever have!

By

from Brooklyn, NY

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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best lightweight stills+video cam

By

from Mountain View, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

 
4.0

Love it....so far

By

from Salt Lake City  -  Photography Student

I am still learning to use it but love it....so far.

 
4.0

The best cam for low budget

By

from Worcester  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The GH2 hacked is better in resolution than many other DSLR (including 7d, 5DII etc)...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a great hybrid camera

By

from Bellevue, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

 
5.0

Fantastic video camera in a tiny package

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from Irving, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

Super Camera

By

from Fresno, CA  -  Pro Photographer

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.

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First Name L  does this camera have a diopter adjustment for people who wear glasses? Also does this camera a rubber viewfinder as opposed to plastic so that I won't scratch up my glasses?
Andrew R  Yes, this camera does have a diopter adjustment. The manufacturer does not specify the material that the eyecup is made from.
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