Camera arrived yet? Any good?
Let me start off by saying I thought that was too good to be true but it turns out the site is legit and sell Aussie stock.
I should have my camera early next week and it will mainly be used for filming which is what this camera is normally used for.
Out of the box the GH2 is a fairly capable camera but there are some "patches" that modify Panasonic's firmware and they allow the camera to output masive bitrate video files.
It is only in grey which is annoying but the black one is $400 more, a friend has been looking at importing one from the US but said this deal is $100 cheaper than a grey import.
Micro system digital camera
Intuitive touch-screen and double live view
Full HD for high quality video as well as stills
3D shooting compatible
High image quality 5 fps in 16.05-megapixel Full Resolution and Venus Engine FHD
Evolved noise reduction processing and High ISO sensitivity shooting
Price (RRP) - Please see Kits tab
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Micro system compact digital camera with intuitive touch control and high speed, high performance features
World’s fastest* level Light Speed for even better results
The latest addition to Panasonic’s Lumix micro-system camera range is the new DMC-GH2.
This compact, high-performance camera offers all the features of the popular DMC-G2, with additional innovations that make it even easier to use and that deliver even better results.
This is achieved by constantly honing and improving existing features, and incorporating new developments like the world’s fastest level light speed AF (approximately 0.1second) to capture spur-of-the-moment subjects in ultra-sharp focus*. The sensor and image processing engine are also further refined to achieve images with high resolution, sensitivity and beautiful gradation.
Professional-looking movies made easy
Panasonic believes that recording movies with a compact camera should be as easy, and the results as professional-looking, as using your Panasonic stills camera. That’s why the DMC-GH2 has full High Definition movie recording with powerful 60p output**, resulting in images of unprecedented quality with expressive after-image. With the addition of the new Cinema Mode option to the popular Film Mode, 24p delivers characteristic superior gradation, and the new Variable Movie Mode records moving subjects in variable frame rates for a fast/slow feed movie.
Intuitive, touch-control shooting so you can concentrate on your subject
Touch control is popular because it frees you to concentrate on the what, rather than the how, of professional-looking photography. Combined with the easy-to-see, free-angle intelligent LCD and the newly developed multi aspect wide screen Live View Finder (LVF), the DMC-GH2 is unbelievably comfortable and easy to use. Your creativity can come to the fore while your camera takes care of the details.
More interchangeable lenses, including 3D, for the true enthusiast
The ever-expanding number of interchangeable lenses in the Lumix G micro system now totals 11, including new, single-focus length lens LUMIX G 14mm/F2.5 ASPH H-HO14, telephoto zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.KI.S. H-FS100300 and 3D lens LUMIX G 12.5mm/F12 H-FT012. The popular ‘My Colour’ mode and Film mode, including new Cinema mode, also adds to your repertoire of customised, creative movies and photos.
Intelligent Auto (iA) mode extended for better large-size printed images
The constantly evolving iA feature of Panasonic’s G range now includes Intelligent D-range Control integrated into the DMC-GH2. The Intelligent Resolution has new ‘Extended’ option for more natural looking results when your photos are printed in large sizes.
With all its creative innovations plus the user-friendly features already acclaimed in the Lumix G series, the DMC-GH2 offers the enthusiast as much creative freedom when shooting moving images as it does for stills photography.
*The time for focusing on the subject is measured with the DMC-GH2 attaching LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4 0-5.8 ASPHG/MEGA O.I.S. (H-VS14140)* to move the lens to “2m” from “infinity” position. The zoom position is in wide range Panasonic measurement method. *The firmware must be updated to Ver. 1.3 or later.
**Full H-D (1,920 x 1,080) movies are recorded at 60i (NTSC)/50i (PAL), HD (1,280 x 720) movies are output and recorded by the image sensor at 60p (NTSC)/50p (PAL).
Camera arrived yet? Any good?
Yeas it did and I must admit I'm not all that impressed with the build quality, without the battery it just felt like a toy with cheap plastic and a slightly awkward thumb grip. When I picked it up I thought straight away that it had a cheap Chinese feel to it and guess what, both the body and lens are made in China.
I am quite surprised it is Chinese as some of their smaller cheaper cameras are still made in Japan and have a nice solid feel and some still have metal bodies.
To the positives, it is light which is good for me, it will just fit in to a cargo shorts pocket with the 14-42mm kit lens. It has an awesome swivelling touchscreen, the vEVF is bright and has all the info you need displayed in it, when using manual zoom the screen goes to 100% crop to make focusing easier, there are customisable buttons and menus, HDMI mini output and it has great full auto functionality which is handy if you need to take a quick snap.
Overall it seems like it functions well but it is let down by poor build quality/aesthetics.
I will apply the patch to the firmware after I get some video footage so I know how much of an improvement the patch makes. I am currently going through my memory cards to see if I have any fake ones as some were purchased on Ebay, it seems there are a lot of fake cards out there.
Got a call from the repairman the other day, he informed me that Panasonic have screwed over all their repairers by sending all the work to one place in Queensland. So now if you have a Lumix die under warranty you will have to send it to QLD no matter which state you live in.
I told the repairman to try Leica and see if they need a service agent as most bottom end Leica's are re-badged Pana's and they have a different importer so you don't have to dealwith the USELESS people in the Panasonic Australia warranty department.
Now when the ACCC contact the repairman he will be more likely to help me fight Panasonic, woooo, patience is a virtue(also I don't care if I never get this POS back).
Panasonic used to have such a great name, this sort of shenanigans is just going to ruin their reputation in Australia!
I'm impressed with Leica gear and their cheap end is actually as good as so many other companies more expensive equipment, the fact that they've also moved into mobile phone lenses for Nokia is very impressive.
when I went to go to the Gerry Gibbs page it tried to install software on my computer!