- 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Display
- ISO 100 - 6400
- 1280 x 720 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 428g - 124 x 84 x 74mm
- Launched July 2010
- Replaced the Panasonic G1
- Replacement is Panasonic G3
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic G2 overview
Panasonic G2 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially announced on July of 2010. It features a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.
Panasonic launched this camera as a way to upgrade the earlier Panasonic G1 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently launched the more recent Panasonic G3 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.
The G2 places at #91 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all round #404 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can use our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.
The following is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic G2 family
The Panasonic G2 is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed range below.
G2 vs GH625MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
G2 vs GH5 II20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
G2 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
G2 vs G9520.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
G2 vs GH5S10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
G2 vs G920MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
G2 vs GX85016MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
G2 vs GH520MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
G2 vs G8516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
G2 vs GF816MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
G2 vs G716MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
G2 vs GF716MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
G2 vs GM516MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
G2 vs GH416MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
G2 vs GM116MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
G2 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
G2 vs GF616MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
G2 vs GH316MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
G2 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
G2 vs GF512MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
G2 vs GX116MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
G2 vs GF312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G2 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
G2 vs GH216MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G2 vs GF212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G2 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
G2 vs GF112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
G2 vs GH112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
G2 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic G2 Gallery
You can check the G2 from several angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic G2 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Panasonic G2 based on features that are normally seen as essential in a camera.
Panasonic G2 Sensor details
The Panasonic G2 features the Venus Engine HD II chip. The sensor size on the Panasonic G2 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW files are supported so you have wider margin for error.
The graphic below illustrates the G2's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The G2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic G2 dimensions
Panasonic G2 weighs around 0.94 pounds (428 gr or 15.10 oz) and features external measurements of 124mm x 84mm x 74mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.9"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 gr and the Panasonic G2 is weightier in comparison with other competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The following is a pic of the Panasonic G2 beside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the G2.
Panasonic G2 Lens specs
The G2 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to select from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the G2.
Panasonic G2 Connectivity
The G2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Panasonic G2 Video specs
The highest video resolution on the Panasonic G2 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in AVCHD Lite and Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You really should go for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. Even though the camera comes with a microphone port, it is sadly lacking a headphone port so you will not have the ability to check your sound levels.
Panasonic G2 Weather Sealing
Panasonic G2 doesn't include weather proofing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.
Panasonic G2 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic G2 features a 3" fully articulated display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.
It possesses a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits and group photos if required. Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you can easily set focus point and adjust settings with your finger.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The View Finder details regarding Panasonic G2 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 1,440k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.55x
Viewfinders are quite handy for bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Panasonic G2 Shutter specs
Panasonic G2 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Panasonic G2 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Panasonic G2 has got both built-in flash and external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Panasonic G2 Autofocusing specs
Panasonic G2 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.
Panasonic G2 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to adjust focus points. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Panasonic G2 has manual focusing in case it is required for low light situations or you want more accurate control on focusing.
Panasonic G2 Battery life
The battery power on the Panasonic G2 is fashioned to last for 360 photographs according to the CIPA measurements making it about average when compared to its rivals. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini features the highest (650) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:
G2 vs NX mini650 yesnono
G2 vs K-01540 yesnono
G2 vs NEX-3N480 yesnono
G2 vs NEX-F3470 yesnono
G2 vs A3000470 yesnono
Panasonic G2 for varying kinds of photography
The following bar chart indicates a analysis of the Panasonic G2 for varying kinds of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic G2 as a Portrait photography camera
The Panasonic G2 has a points tally of 60 which is average, meaning that it is relatively acceptable to use for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the potential to utilize external lighting.
Panasonic G2 Street photography details
Coming in at a nice score of 65, the Panasonic G2 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Panasonic G2 Sports photography info
A awful sports photography score of 40 indicates the Panasonic G2 is not really appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic G2 Travel photography highlights
Weight is very important in getting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic G2 gets a average 58 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat suitable to take with you on your vacations.
Panasonic G2 Landscape photography information
For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic G2 with it's average rating of 57 as a landscape camera is somewhat suitable within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Panasonic G2
A camera for vlogging ought to offer a articulating display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Panasonic G2 is a fine option for vlogging as it gets a nice score of 61.
Panasonic G2 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the G2, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line graph underneath gives you a bird's eye view of the G2 versus it's top scoring competitors listed above.
These are some more cameras you may view as alternative options. To review a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.