The Lumix DMC-G2, which resembles a small SLR camera, provides high-quality images in a compact, easy-to-use size with Intelligent Auto. The Lumix G2 maintains the versatility and capability of a point-and-shoot camera that consistently captures quality images without worrying about adjusting aperture and focus. The Lumix DMC-G2, the world’s smallest and lightest system camera, allows photographers of all ability levels to capture quality photographs and HD videos. With the integrated auto-focus system photographers can select a specific point-of-focus by simply touching the screen in the desired location. While in the manual operation mode aperture and shutter speed can be adjusted by simply moving the slider on the screen. In playback mode the touch-screen allows for easy scrolling and quick selection of images.
For users who are eager to learn DSLR systems the Lumix G2 offers an easy platform to bone-up on professional skills by providing manual control of shutter speed, aperture and focus. The Lumix G2 also allows users the ability to use the Lumix G2 as a point-and-shoot style camera, thanks to the Intelligent Auto. Think of the G2 as a DSLR-style camera with training wheels. This is the perfect camera for photography enthusiasts who are looking to improve their ability while still capturing great photographs.
The Lumix G2 offers a great range of features that many have come to expect from Panasonic’s line of Lumix cameras, including 12.1-megapixel sensor, 1,440,000 pixel resolution, and a brand new processor (the Venus Engine HD II) which improves both video and still images. Panasonic has also ratcheted up the ability of the Lumix G2’s Optical Image Stabilization - creating a OIS that absorbs low-level vibrations and eliminates blurriness that results from minute movements and hand-shake.
Although the optically stabilized Lumix G2 14-42mm kit lens is handy and versatile, there are also eight different Panasonic Micro Four Thirds G series lenses for discerning photographers to choose from. The interchangeable lenses allow photographers the ability to adapt the Lumix G2 to specific shooting environments and situations. The twin lens kit is also available with the 45-200mm lens in addition.
Other features include auto-focus (either single point or tracking), and low-light focusing. The HD movie mode provides photographers with the ability to capture both still images and video images. Video images are easy to download to DVDs or Youtube with the software provided. For the discerning videographer the G2 provides 17 different movie scene movies, and shoots at 30fps. Like many digital cameras and other devices the G2 utilizes SD cards as well as the newer SDHC and SDXC varieties.
The G2 provides a versatile DSLR type camera with a broad range of abilities and features. The unique touch-screen provides an additional layer of easy-to-use interface that allows photographers of all levels to take great videos and pictures in a variety of environments. The camera body comes in 3 different colors. The Lumix G series is ideal for budding photographers who want to capture high-quality shots without having to learn the ins-and-outs of a complex camera system - but also for the discerning photographer who needs a quality camera that is versatile and compact.
Source : Panasonic [August 23, 2010]
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