Preview: Panasonic G2 & G10 Micro Four Thirds Digital Cameras

Touching the Panasonic G2

Touching the Panasonic G2

The Panasonic G2 is the update to the first ever Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera, the G1, released to market in late 2008. We thought that the second MFT camera, the GH1, which Panasonic released in 2009, was the actual successor, but Panasonic explained to us that the G and GH product lines are going to be developed separately. The GH series will be the premium, Full HD capable line, while the G series will be more photo than video-centric, explaining the 720p video recording limit on the G2 and G10.

While some of us would have loved an update to the popular Panasonic GF1 (the best-selling G-series model in Singapore, as revealed to us by Panasonic), it's still early days for the smallest G camera, as it was only unveiled in September of 2009. While we enjoy shooting with that camera, it has its limitations, especially when a long lens is mounted on its small body. Weight becomes unevenly distributed, and the lack of a grip makes using it difficult.

The GF1 with a 14-140mm lens.

Here's where the DSLR-like design of the G2 comes in handy, especially with that handgrip which really makes a difference.

Size is relative to the lens. In this case, the G2 with the 20mm pancake (left) isn't that much bigger than the GF1 with the 14-140mm (right).

Look hard and you won't find Panasonic's iA mode on the control dial. Instead, it's been given its own dedicated button, which makes switching between auto and manual modes very easy.

The G2 comes with an articulating LCD screen which can be folded back in to protect it.

The various angles possible with the G2's LCD.