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Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-G2 adds HD video, a unique touch-screen LCD and more to its G1 predecessor’s fine features. Those features, good image quality and a very compact size make the new Micro Four Thirds system model an excellent choice as a carry-anywhere, interchangeable-lens camera for outdoor photographers.
The Micro Four Thirds Difference
Micro Four Thirds System cameras look like DSLRs, but aren’t: They lack the SLR’s mirror and mirror-box assembly, and this makes possible noticeably more compact cameras. A high-resolution, quick-refresh (800x600 pixels at 60 fps), eye-level electronic viewfinder replaces the SLR’s eye-level optical viewfinder, but otherwise the Micro Four Thirds cameras function just like DSLRs, only smaller. Incidentally, only the camera is “Micro.” Micro Four Thirds System cameras utilize the same 17.3x13.0mm image-sensor size as standard Four Thirds System models.
Image Sensor: 12.1-megapixel (effective) CMOS
Resolution: 4000x3000 pixels
Sensor Size: 17.3x13.0mm; 2.0x
LCD Monitor: 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot, tilt/swivel
EVF: 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 180 fps
AF System: 23-area contrast AF system for stills and movies
Shutter Speeds: 1⁄4000 to 60 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄160 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-6400
Continuous Firing Mode: 3.2 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, AVCHD Lite/QuickTime Motion JPEG
Metering: 144-zone, center-weighted, spot
Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Dimensions: 4.88 x 3.29 x 2.91 inches (excluding protrusions)
Power Source: ID-Security rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Weight: 13.1 ounces
Estimated Street Price: TBA
Contact: Panasonic, (800) 405-0652, www.panasonic.com/lumix