Overview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 DIL Camera
The Lumix DMC-G2 camera is a very good one among the models that use interchangeable lens. You can find almost all features that you may need through one touch action only. The LCD touch screen is very nice for capturing images. And not only the image quality but also the response times are impressive.
Beside the intermediate shooting features, it is also very easy to use the Lumix G2. Obviously, this is an ideal beginner-level DIL model.
Currently, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the camera is $799 (for only the body), which is a little bit high. But if this price dropped a bit, you would not be able to ignore this nice option.
There are three color options for the camera bodies of the Panasonic Lumix G2 – black, blue as well red – which is not really common for cameras with the lens that can be interchangeable.
Brief Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Camera
- Image quality is impressive
- Camera structure is nice, and you just need one touch to get access to main features
- Autofocus is fast and response times are good, too
- You can rotate the LCD away from the camera and capture images by touching the LCD
- EVF is super sharp and bright
- You’ll have to spend certain amounts of times to find out all of the features
- LCD is a little hard to view in direct sunlight
- The high price seems to be over someone’s budgets
- It is easy to smudge the LCD touch screen
- The resolution is 12.1 megapixels
- Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
- The 3.0-inch LCD has the resolution of 460,000 pixels
- The image size is 4000 x 3000 pixels at maximum
- The camera uses a Li-ion battery which can be rechargeable
- The dimensions are 3.29 x 4.88 x 2.91 inches
- The camera weighs 20.92 ounces (with the inclusion of memory card, battery, and 14-42 mm lens)
- The live image sensor applies the CMOS technology
- There are two video modes which are motion JPEG and AVCHD Lite
Detailed Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Camera
As it is common to achieve the nice photos with most cameras which use interchangeable lens, the image quality with the Lumix G2 is very great. The colors are accurate and the images are sharp. It was surprising to see that sometimes, you obtained better shooting results with the “intelligent auto” mode over with some other camera’s settings. This mode is displayed under the “”iA” button next to the shutter button.
There are four aspect ratios that you can select with the camera, including: 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1. And for every aspect ratio, there are up to three available resolution options. It is easy to select the most proper ratio and resolution for each shooting scene.
There are many Micro Four Thirds lenses that you can use for the Lumix G2 camera. In my review, what I used was 14-45 mm lens and 45-200 mm lens, and the performance of these two lenses was good.
The performance of the camera’s autofocus is fast and accurate, so you don’t have to worry about missing photos of moving subjects. The manual focus of the camera lenses is available.
Among the feature list of the G2, the capability of shooting AVCHD Lite movie is nice and you only need to push one button. The motion JPEG movie option is available, which enables you to share photos via emails easily.
For almost all capturing modes on the Lumix G2 camera, you can apply several special effects for your images by selecting the “creative”. There is also a variety of special effect color settings for making your photos become more interesting. Some of the popular ones are listed such as: retro, monochrome or dynamic art.
Both the LCD and the EVF are very nice to use, but regarding the impressive brightness and sharpness, you should use the EVF rather than the LCD for shooting photos. It is slightly difficult to use the LCD under the direct sunlight. This is a bit frustrating, but the LCD can be twisted and swiveled away from the camera to bring you a nice shooting angle to deal with the direct sunlight.
Even though the Lumix G2 has the slightly larger size than the model in my recent review – the small Panasonic Lumix GF1, the G2 is not as large as a lot of DSLRs with its mirror-less structure. In terms of the technical aspect, the G2 is not considered a DSLR camera, but known as a DIL or an EVIL model. The G2 is also not as large as another DIL model, Samsung NX10, in one of my reviews.
There are many dials and buttons on the top and back panels of this Panasonic model. It is nice to find a lot of available photography features, but you will have to spend a certain amount of time to get used to the right positions of those various features. Additionally, you can get access to the G2’s features with the menu on the LCD screen. However, the navigating buttons are not really in the good size and shape, you may have your finger slipped when using the LCD.
Lastly, the LCD touch screen is pretty nice feature, which is very useful to help you get access to the menus, capture images, adjust the autofocus, or change the settings of the camera with this LCD. You may encounter the camera shake when holding down the LCD, which results in blurry photos. Therefore, the traditional shooting way may be preferred for the majority of time, in which you will use the shutter button instead of the LCD, but this LCD is a nice extra option.