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12.1 Megapixel Interchangeable Lens System Camera

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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
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Features



A Touch Is All It Takes: An Entirely New Kind of System Camera Shooting
Just Touch the Screen to Shoot

The LUMIX G2 is the world's first* system camera with touch-control shooting. Just touch the LCD to indicate the subject, and the LUMIX G2 focuses on it instantly. Choose from four AF modes (listed below) to match the conditions. You can also operate the auto focus and shutter release at the same time with just a touch, for a completely new way to shoot.
*For an interchangeable lens system camera as of March 7, 2010.


Use Touch Operation in iA Mode

In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, simply touch the subject on the LCD and the LUMIX G2 automatically selects the optimal scene mode.


Touch Operation Makes Manual Focusing Easier, Too

When you're in manual focus mode, touch an image on the LCD and the LUMIX G2 shows you a blown-up view of that image instantly. This makes it easier to check that you've got a sharp focus.


Adjust the Exposure Meter with a Touch

You can adjust the exposure compensation by sliding your finger on the aperture and shutter speed settings in the exposure meter shown on the LCD. The range in which appropriate exposure is not possible is shown in red, so you can intuitively grasp the corresponding aperture and shutter speed combinations.


Quick Menu for Instant Settings Just Touch the Screen

A touch is all it takes to make a variety of settings, including photo size, ISO sensitivity and white balance. You spend less time fiddling with the camera and more time getting great shots.


Touch-Operated Playback, Too

A variety of touch-control operations make playback quick, easy and more fun. For example, with Touch-Scroll Playback you simply slide your finger across the LCD to scroll through images. And with Touch-Zoom Playback, you can simply touch a part of the image to enlarge it to as much as 16x.


HD Movie with Superb Quality
Shooting an HD Movie Is Now as Easy as Pressing a Button

The hybrid LUMIX G2 lets you take both high quality photos and HD movies. You can shoot breathtaking HD (1280 720) movies in AVCHD Lite (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264). You can record for a longer time without running out of memory because AVCHD Lite stores less data than Motion while maintaining stunning image clarity and detail. A dedicated button on the top lets you instantly start recording movies while shooting photos, without having to make any extra settings.
AVCHD Lite" and "AVCHD Lite" logos are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.


Motion Picture P Mode: For Beautiful, Softly Focused Shots

Motion Picture P mode makes it extremely easy to shoot beautiful HD movies. You can freely set the degree of soft focusing in the background to capture rich, emotionally expressive HD movie images.


iA Mode: Beautiful HD Movies with Point-and-Shoot Ease

Select iA mode, and the LUMIX G2 automatically activates a host of advanced functions and technologies listed below that make it easy to capture beautiful HD movies


AF Tracking

The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed. It keeps tracking even if the subject turns to the side.


Double Live View for Easy, Accurate Shooting
Use Full-Time Live View with Both the LCD and the Live View Finder

Full-time Live View works with both the LCD and the Live View Finder. This means that, no matter which way you shoot, you see before you shoot how adjusting the exposure compensation, white balance, aperture and even the shutter speed will affect the image. On the G2, both the LCD and the Live View Finder boast true Full-time Live View capability. The Live View Finder has large, approximately 1.4x (0.7x*) magnification and an approximate 100% field of view. This combines with 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution to make it easy to get the exact image that you see through the lens.
*35mm camera equivalent.


3.0-Inch Free-Angle LCD with High 460,000-Dot Resolution

The large 3.0-inch LCD rotates 180° horizontally and 270° vertically, making it easy for you to capture dynamic shots from extreme angles without getting into an awkward position. And when the lighting around you changes, the LCD backlighting level automatically changes too, so you get comfortable, easy-on-the-eyes viewing at all times.


Photos and HD Movies with All the Beauty You Can Imagine
12.1-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor

Higher Image Quality, Lower Power Consumption The LUMIX G2's 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor offers the best of both worlds the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. This sensor is also advantageous for photo and movie recording with its high S/N, thanks to an advanced circuit structure that is unaffected by the noise generated in each of the circuits. It results in clear images even when taken at high ISO sensitivity.


Capture Magnificent Shots with a Single Press of the iA Button

With the LUMIX G2 you're always ready for those sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. Just press the dedicated iA button and aim the camera at your subject. The LUMIX G2 automatically determines the most suitable Scene mode and helps correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems to capture great photos.

Face Recognition
This function recognizes the faces of up to three people that have been registered in the camera, and displays the names on the LCD. The LUMIX G2 then optimizes the focus and brightness of the recognized faces and captures them clearly and beautifully. *Turn the Face Recognition item on and register subjects with a full-face portrait on the shooting menu in advance. Refer to the back page for details.
AF Tracking
Once you focus on your subject, AF Tracking automatically and continuously tracks it and keeps it in focus even if it moves until you press the shutter release.
Intelligent Exposure
The camera can correct the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash.
Intelligent Scene Selector
This function automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode for the situation. Portrait, Night Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Close-up or Sunset.
Face Detection AF/AE
This function determines if there are any faces in the image and adjusts the focus and exposure to capture them correctly.
Intelligent ISO Control
If the subject moves as you shoot, it automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to help prevent subject blur.
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
Gyrosensors built into the lens detect hand-shake and an O.I.S. lens shifts to compensate, assisting you in getting clear, beautiful, blurfree photos.


My Color Mode: For More Creative Shooting

While taking photos My Color mode makes it easy to capture creative images. Just aim the camera and select any of seven preset effects, including Silhouette, Expressive, Pure and others, while checking the image in live view. The Custom setting lets you adjust the color, brightness and saturation to your liking, to further expand your creative palette.


Advanced Technology Packs Higher Image Quality into a Smaller, Lighter Body
The High-Speed, High-Performance Venus Engine HD II

The Venus Engine HD II incorporates two CPUs. This not only boosts image processing speed, it also helps achieve an exceptional noise-reduction performance. Also, the two CPUs of the Venus Engine HD II allow long-time movie recording in AVCHD Lite while maintaining low power consumption. And the Venus Engine HD II features a new circuit that makes Intelligent Resolution Technology possible too.


Intelligent Resolution Technology
Brings Out the Detail

In iA mode, the LUMIX G2 automatically identifies parts with outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas, and optimizes the edge emphasis on the outlines and detailed texture areas while using the Venus Engine noise reduction process to make the soft gradation areas smoother. You can capture stunning images with details you've never seen before in both photo and movie recording.


Dust Reduction System Protects the Image Sensor

If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when you're changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in photos. The LUMIX G2 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles. This keeps the image sensor clean at all times and eliminates the need for cumbersome maintenance procedures.


The Fun Doesn't End When You're Done Shooting for the Day
HD Photos and HD Movies with VIERA Link Networking

The LUMIX G2 is equipped with an HDMI output terminal for direct transmission of digital image and sound signals. Just connect the LUMIX G2 to an HDTV using a single HDMI mini cable (optional). It's also easy to enjoy slideshows in which both photos and movies are played according to the recorded timeline. If you have a VIERA TV, you can control the camera's playback functions with VIERA's remote control unit.
*HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Inter face are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.


Easy HD Image Viewing with the SD Card Slot

Simply take the SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card from the G2 and slip it into the card slot of a VIERA or Blu-ray Disc player, and you're ready to view HD images. For even greater impact and entertainment fun, you can add background music and image effects to your image slideshows.

*To play movies recorded in the Motion format, you need the included AV cable.


A Variety of Lenses to Choose From More Creative Tools to Enjoy
LUMXI G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.

This lens features built-in O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) and covers a focal distance of 28mm to 84mm (35mm camera equivalent). A multicoating process on each lens minimizes ghosts and flaring, so you capture clear, beautiful images in every shooting situation from simple snapshots to family portraits to scenic landscape shots.

SpecificationsExpand All

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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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  • 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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