Panasonic G2 Review

The Panasonic G2 is one of the many Micro Four Thirds system cameras available now.  As you may know, Micro Four Thirds cameras don’t have a mirror like traditional DSLRs.  Instead, the G2 and other Micro Four Thirds cameras utilize a live view system where the composition is displayed on the camera’s rear LCD panel.  With the G2, you also have the option of viewing an electronic viewfinder (EVF) in a manner similar to traditional optical viewfinders.

The Panasonic G2 is the big brother of the previously reviewed Panasonic G10.  The upgrades are mild in most instances, but could the difference maker for some shoppers.  The G2 offers the same 12.1MP found in the G10, as well as HD movie capture.  However, the G2 features a tilt/swivel LCD and improved video capture modes put the G2 well ahead of the G10.

To see how the G2 stacks up, read on. [Read more...]

Panasonic G10 Review

The Panasonic G10 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Third camera.  As you may know, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the G10 operate without the bulky mirror between the image sensor and lens.

Unlike the Panasonic GF1, the G10 features a traditional hand grip and body styling similar to what you see on DSLR cameras (like the Canon Rebel T2i and Nikon D5000).  Don’t be fooled though, the G10 is no brick.  To the contrary, it is light, nimble and easy to carry.

Packaged with a 14-42mm kit lens, the Panasonic G10 delivers a lot of power at a sub-par price of under $600.  (Note: At the time of this review, the G10 is well under that mark from B&H Photo thanks to a $100 instant rebate.) [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix GH2 Announced

The Panasonic GH2 is the follow-up camera to the popular GH1.

The GH2 is built on the same Micro Four Thirds standard as all recent Lumix interchangeable lens cameras.  The GH2 features a 16MP sensor and offers an impressive sensitivity range of ISO 160-12800.

The GH2 will capture 1080p video at 24 fps in AVCHD format and records stereo audio on-camera, along with the ability to plug in an external mic.

The Panasonic GH2 should be available in December 2010 at an initial retail price of $1499.95 with a 14-140mm lens, or $999.95 with a 14-42mm kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Panasonic GF1 Review

Panasonic Lumix GF1

The Panasonic GF1 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds camera that is more compact than other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds models, while retaining the same large sensor that rivals DSLR image quality.  As you may be aware, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the GF1 operate without the bulky mirror between the image sensor and lens.  This fact, combined with design decisions by Panasonic to eliminate a viewfinder and grip, allow the GF1 to even rival point and shoot cameras’ size – particularly true when using the GF1 with Panasonic’s 20mm f/1.7 lens.

Does the GF1 really offer the best of both worlds?  It just might.  To find out if it’s right for you, read on. [Read more...]

Panasonic Adds 3D Lens to Micro Four Thirds System

Panasonic has announced the development of a 3D lens for its Lumix Micro Four Thirds system.  The lens’ design allows it to capture stereo images on a single image sensor, which merged with not-yet-disclosed 3D image processing system.

The new 3D lens should go on sale by the end of 2010.  No word on price yet.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Panasonic G2 Sample Images

As part of my upcoming review of the Panasonic G2, I have managed to capture a few photos that I thought were worth sharing.  It will be a little while still before the review is complete; however, I wanted to pass along these sample images for you to check out.  All were captured using the Panasonic G2′s 14-42mm kit lens.  All images were captured in JPEG format, and I have noted the basic shot info below each image.

Feel free to download any of these sample images for your personal inspection (not for republication).  You can get the original files by right-clicking on any of the images and choosing “Save link as…” [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix LX5 Reviews and Resources

The Panasonic Lumix LX5 is a 10.1MP advanced point and shoot camera.  It features a bright f/2.0 max aperture lens with a 3.8x optical zoom (24-90mm equivalent).  The LX5 also captures HD video in AVCHD Lite format and offers a 3-inch, 460k-dot resolution LCD.  The LX5 serves as a follow-up to the highly regarded LX3 model.

The Panasonic LX5 should be available in August 2010 at an initial retail price of $499.95.

Pansonic LX5 Availability

B&H Photo

Adorama

Amazon.com

Panasonic LX5 Reviews

(coming soon)

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Panasonic Lumix FZ40

The Panasonic Lumix FZ40 is a 14.1MP point and shoot superzoom camera that offers a 24x optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent).  The FZ40 can capture HD video in AVCHD Lite format and features a 3-inch LCD.  The FZ40 should be available in August 2010 at an initial retail price of $399.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix TS10

The Panasonic Lumix TS10 is a 14.1MP camera that is waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof, dustproof and deathproof.  The TS10 features a 2.7-inch LCD and is capable of capturing 720p Motion JPG video.  The TS10 should be available September 2010 at an initial retail price of $249.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix FX700

The Panasonic Lumix FX700 is a 14.1MP point and shoot camera with a 5x optical zoom lens (24-120mm equivalent).  the FX700 features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD and can capture HD video in AVCHD format.  The FX700 should be available in August 2010 at an initial retail price of $399.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]