Seeing as I have now owned this camera for a couple of years, I thought it would be useful to update my review on it to see if there is anything I have missed or found out since the last review. I spent hours online researching what would be the best camera for me as I wanted to upgrade from a compact camera I bought three years ago and my friend mentioned this camera to me, so I decided to have a look at it. I should mention that the Panasonic Lumix G2 is technically not a proper DSLR, unlike a lot of the Nikon and Canon cameras. Instead of having a Pentaprism or Pentamirror in the view finder, it is fact just digital. I suppose this eliminates some of the bulk you would expect to get in a DSLR and the shutter will not break after so many actuations as well. Moreover, If you have no previous experience with cameras or don't like learning various features, then it can be a bit daunting once you see just how many buttons are put onto this camera, however it is a very user friendly camera. To give you a rough idea of this camera's basic specs, here they are:
- 12.1MP (Megapixels)
- Comes with a standard kit lens14-42mm (f 3.5 - 5.6)
- Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000
- Over 10 scene modes
- 3 inch LCD touch screen
- Burst shooting 2.7 fps
- 1/4000 fastest shutter speed - 60 seconds + (bulb)
For more detailed specifications, there are plenty of websites out there. Snapsort is a great website.
When I first got this camera, I did not have much of a clue about photography, but I can honestly say that this is the camera that got me into photography in the first place. At the time that I bought this, 12.1 megapixels was quite impressive, however technology develops very quickly and you are able to get consumer compact cameras nowadays with 18 megapixels or more and for less money. However, I should point out that megapixels of a camera are allegedly a ploy by advertisers to attract you into buying the camera. Megapixels does make a difference in that the more megapixels a camera has, the larger you can blow the photo up for printing and the more you can zoom into a photo on a computer without losing as much image quality, however this is not everything. In fact, in most cases, it is the size of the sensor in the camera which determines the quality of the image.
The sensor size of this camera is Micro Four Thirds, so it is the perfect sized sensor for decent images without having to break the bank for it. I won't go into all the detail regarding sensor specs and what difference it makes, but it is important just to be aware of this factor: The larger the sensor, the better the image quality. This is one thing the DSLR cameras have over on the Compact cameras. Compact cameras, although incredibly useful for taking point-and-shoot photos, are quite limited compared to the DSLR's. Compacts are smaller, which makes them easier to carry, but that means that everything is being crammed into a tiny encasing, which obviously affects the size of the sensor.