I was impressed with the Panasonic Lumix G2. It’s a solidly-built, well constructed camera. All of the controls work smoothly and quickly. The camera’s many dedicated buttons mean that you rarely have to consult the menu, something I greatly appreciated. The swiveling LCD is a pleasure to use, as is the high resolution electronic viewfinder.
While the touch screen technology built into the LCD did not appeal to me, I imagine there are those who would find it a very attractive feature. The G2’s image quality is very good – perhaps not DSLR quality, but not far behind. The camera’s outdoor images are uniformly sharp with very little distortion and natural (though perhaps slightly saturated) color. I found the white balance to be a bit off in the indoor images but, like the outdoor images, they are sharp with good color. The G2’s high definition video works well.
My only real issue with the G2 is its price. With a list price of $200 more than the very similar G10, I wonder how many buyers will opt for the G2 based on its higher resolution viewfinder and articulated touch screen LCD monitor. However, I’m sure those who do decide to purchase the G2 will be very happy with it, as it is an excellent camera.
- Solid construction
- Many dedicated controls
- Articulated LCD and high resolution viewfinder
- Excellent image quality
- Occasional overexposure
- Indoor white balance off
- Price compared to the similar G10