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12.1 Megapixel Interchangeable Lens System Camera

Details
DMC-G2K
Features
  • Touch 3.0-Inch Free Angle LCD: Intuitive operation such as AF/Shutter/Playback by touching the screen
  • One-touch AVCHD Lite Movie Recoding: Records using AVCHD Lite to capture HD, 1280 x 720, 60p movies with movie button
  • 1.44mil-dot equivalent Super High Resolution
  • Live View Finder with eye sensor: Shoot the exact image the camera sees without switching the setting of the display
  • Black

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    • Camera Type
    • Camera Effective Pixels
    • Image Sensor
    • Image Sensor Size
    • Dust Reduction System
    • Mount
    • Focus
    • AF detective range
    • Focus Others
    • AF/AE Lock
    • AF Assist Lamp
    • ISO Sensitivity
    • White Balance
    • White Balance Adjustment
    • Color Temperature Setting
    • White Balance Bracket
    • Exposure
    • Exposure Compensation
    • Auto Bracketing ( AE)
    • Light Metering System
    • Light Metering
    • Metering Range
    • Still Image Scene Mode
    • Movie Scene Mode
    • Movie Scene Mode Note
    • Shutter Speed/Shutter System
    • Self Timer
    • Recording Format
    • Image Quality
    • Color Space
    • 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • 1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • Motion Picture Recording 4:3
    • Motion Picture Recording 16:9
    • Motion Picture Recording HD Movie
    • Motion Image (AVCHD Lite)
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Title Edit
    • Text Stamp/Date Stamp
    • Protection/Erase
    • Viewfinder
    • Auto eye sensor
    • LCD Monitor
    • LCD mode
    • Live View
    • Live View: Other Functions
    • Film Mode
    • Playback Mode
    • OSD Language
    • Recording Media
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • HDMI
    • Direct Print
    • Color
    • Power
    • Battery Life
    • Operating Humidity
    • Operating Temperature
    • Built-in-Flash
    • Flash Output Adjustment
    • Flash Synchronization
    • Hot shoe
    • Included Software
    • Standard Accessories
    • DPOF Print Setting/Set Production
    • Resize/Trim/Aspect Conv./Leveling
    • Remote Control
    • Continuous recordable time (Motion images)
    • Actual recordable time (Motion images)
    • My Color Mode
    • Burst Speed
    • BURST SHOOTING: Number of recordable images
    • Set Favorites / Rotate Image
    • Video Divide
    • USB
    • Audio video output
    • Remote / External microphone input
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Weight
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Reviews

DMC-G2K is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love to see new technology Im always a fan of trying something new and it is nice to see someone who is willing to take some risks as Panasonic has and come out with some great cameras while doing so. Having used both Canon and Nikons I really find that this camera meets my needs better. No discredit to aforementioned, they are both awesome but the size and convenience for lack of a better term in the layout buttons and menus make this an easier and quicker camera for me. Its all about personal preference however, I'd say find a good retailer you can take it back if you dont like it but give it a try!
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact, lightweight SLR I purchased the G2 at a camera shop 6 months ago, because I wanted a lightweight, compact SLR. I handled the Canon T2i and compared the Lumix G2. The former felt bulky and heavy. The latter was nimble and light in my hand, with an excellent grip. It was quick focusing and ready to use in an instant after turning the switch on. The bright real time electronic viewfinder and the free angle LCD sold me. I found the learning curve for the camera to be steep. The manual accompanying the camera is unusable, unintelligible, and the only thing about the purchase that was completely unacceptable (and I have a doctoral degree!) Absent a useful instruction book, I just started using the camera, and over time, I have gradually explored many of its enormous menu of features. Pros: excellent portability factor; just what I wanted using the kit lens. It has a very sharp lens with a very useful zoom range. The low light picture quality is excellent, another thing I had hoped for. The speed of use from start up, sleep awake, focus and exposure is superb-a huge change from my dinosaur FZ20. I like the lack of barrel distortion at wide angle, and there is no drop off of light at the corners. Using programmed auto and iA modes, the exposures are right on. I especially like the quick custom menu for switching film types (e.g. black and white/color and other personalized settings.) the exposure control in iA is outstanding in difficult lighting situations. The touch screen is a feature which I did not use much; I preferred the cursors. The free angle LCD is bright and highly mobile-a very useful feature. The battery is huge, but I have found a second battery useful for a day of heavy shooting. Panasonic batteries may be required for this camera. Overall I have been very satisfied with my photographs. This camera represents a huge upgrade for me. So far, I have not found noise to be a problem in low light. CONS:1) I plan to buy the f1.7 20mm lens, but choices of other lenses for this camera are limited at present. Micro 4/3rd lenses are lighter, smaller than 4/3rd lenses. An adapter is required for 4/3rd lenses. I'd like a micro 4/3rd telephoto zoom lens with a larger aperture than the available f5.6. 2) Is 12.1 mega-pixels enough for you? I compose and frame tightly, so I don't have to crop and enlarge for most of my pics. Others may not be so disciplined, so a camera with a larger sensor and more mega-pixels my be more suitable, at the cost of bulk and weight for camera and lenses. 3) The on switch feels cheap. I wonder if it will hold up for the next 5 or so years I expect to use this camera. 4) Users will struggle with the learning curve of this highly capable camera which has both a touch screen and button cursor functions. The manufacturer should revise the manual to make it readable and useful. I have yet to use the HD movie feature much because I don't have the proper computer program to manage the format. I don't expect to use it for filmmaking other than home movie clips. Overall, I think I got what I wanted from this camera, and I have a long way to go before I will routinely use many of its features. I recently spent a week marching around Barcelona with my G2, and was quite happy with the portability, ease of use in auto modes, and quality of pictures. That the price of the camera has dropped $100 since I bought it doesn't bother me, because I have had the opportunity to capture great pics over the past 6 months using this camera.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Product My DMC-G2K was delivered a little less than a week ago and so far I have not been disappointed in the quality of build or picture quiality. I purchased this camera do go with my GF1 which I normally carry everywhere, but the more I use the G2K the more likley it will become my daily shooter, the digital viewfinder in the G2 is far superior to the optional viewfinder on the GF1 and the more I cecome acustomed to the new touchscreen the more I like it.
Date published: 2010-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic I have been using the the new G2 for 3 days and must say what a camera. It beats my old Leica hands down for ease of use and just great pictures. The new one touch video is a nice touch. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a great first DLSR.
Date published: 2010-05-05
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Support

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FAQs
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  • I am a professional photographer who is seriously considering switching to the Lumix mirrorless cameras. Does Panasonic have, or can you suggest, a web site that demonstrates how professional photographers are successfully using the Lumix professional cameras?
    In conjunction with our Panasonic.com web site, our Sales and Marketing team also runs LUMIXLOUNGE.COM This site features work from Panasonic’s Luminary team of professional photographers who have migrated to the Lumx mirrorless cameras. The site also features schedules to live on-line and dealer events as well as convenient links to our latest firmware updates. Additional features to expand the site are already in progress.

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  • Why am I unable to use the VIERA Link operation when connected to TV with a mini HDMI connection?
    For this feature to work aVIERA Link compatible Panasonic TV is required as well as the recommended Panasonic mini HDMI cable which is an optional accessory http://shop.panasonic.com/support. The Panasonic TV remote can be used to control camera picture playback functions on TV.

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  • How do I install firmware in my camera using an SD card?
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.


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  • Why do I have spots on some of my photos?
    Spots can occur due to dust or dirt inside the lens, or when flash is used in a very dusty environment.

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  • Can I use the touch shutter function while recording video?
    No, photos cannot be shot while recording video.

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  • Can this camera take video?
    Yes. This unit can record motion pictures in either AVCHD or MP4 formats.

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  • How long is the video recording time?
    The camera will record video for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

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  • Will the camera stop continuous recording video using the SDHC or SDXC when it reaches 4GB ?
    In AVCHD video recording, the file will be divided, but it will not stop recording video. In MP4 video recording, recording will stop when 4GB is reached.

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