The Panasonic GH2 surpasses the quality and performance of a point-and-shoot and just about every entry-level DSLR on the market. A high quality – though not perfect – kit lens, and an excellent 16 megapixel sensor and processing engine help the GH2 succeed. There’s a touchscreen for those who want it and a familiar array of controls for those who don’t. Right now, it’s safe to say that there’s nothing else like it.
The GH2 isn’t flawless. The kit zoom lens is prone to some edge softness, and we saw some noise at ISO 400 and 800 where it shouldn’t have been. Menus are dense and the control layout has something of a learning curve. And don’t forget the price tag – it’s well north of typical entry-level DSLR MSRPs. However, the positives outweigh the negatives in this case, earning the Lumix GH2 an Editors’ Choice award.
- Good image quality
- Sharp electronic viewfinder
- Fluid flip-out LCD with touch panel
- Compact camera body and lens
- Dense menu system
- LCD tough to view outside
- Some white balance inconsistency