- 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 160 - 12800
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
- Launched March 2011
- Earlier Model is Panasonic GH1
- Later Model is Panasonic GH3
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic GH2 overview
Panasonic GH2 is Panasonic's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera first released on March of 2011. It houses a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Panasonic released this model to upgrade the previous Panasonic GH1 (Read Full Comparison) and then introduced the more recent Panasonic GH3 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this camera.
The GH2 places at #52 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and all-around #350 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can test our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal criteria.
Here is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic GH2 history
The Panasonic GH2 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can look at all previous and more recent models alongside key features.
GH2 vs GH625MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
GH2 vs GH5 II20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
GH2 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
GH2 vs G9520.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
GH2 vs GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
GH2 vs GH5S10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
GH2 vs G920MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
GH2 vs GH520MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
GH2 vs G8516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
GH2 vs GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
GH2 vs GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
GH2 vs G716MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
GH2 vs GH416MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
GH2 vs GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GH2 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
GH2 vs GH316MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
GH2 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
GH2 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
GH2 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GH2 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GH2 vs GH112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
GH2 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic GH2 Gallery
You can view the GH2 from different angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic GH2 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of positives and negatives of the Panasonic GH2 based on factors that are normally seen as useful in a digital camera.
Panasonic GH2 Sensor features
The Panasonic GH2 houses the Venus Engine FHD processor. The sensor measurement on the Panasonic GH2 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with 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 16 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 160 to 12800. RAW format is supported so you have more margin for error.
The graphic below displays the GH2's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The GH2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic GH2 dimensions
Panasonic GH2 weighs in at 0.97 lb (442g or 15.59 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0"). The weight of general Advanced Mirrorless camera is 453g and the Panasonic GH2 is very similar in comparison with its rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a pic of the Panasonic GH2 next to a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view below will show the button layout on the GH2.
Panasonic GH2 Lens features
The GH2 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available to buy. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the GH2.
Panasonic GH2 Connectivity
The GH2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send files and usually change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Many apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Panasonic GH2 Video features
The highest video resolution on the Panasonic GH2 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in AVCHD and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance in video quality versus file size but FULL HD will not leave you with much room to downsample. Even though the body comes with a microphone jack, it is lacking a headphone jack so you will not have the ability to monitor your sound levels.
Panasonic GH2 Weather Sealing
Panasonic GH2 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions might ruin the camera.
Panasonic GH2 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic GH2 is equipped with a 3" fully articulated display with a resolution of 460k dots.
The screen is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits and even group shots if required. Moreover the display is touch friendly so you can easily set focus point as well as change settings with your fingers.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder details regarding Panasonic GH2 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.71x
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.
Panasonic GH2 Shutter features
Panasonic GH2 is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Panasonic GH2 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic GH2 has got both inbuilt flash plus external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/160s.
Panasonic GH2 Autofocusing features
Panasonic GH2 has got only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which makes it handy for portrait photography.
It supports 23 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking AF for things on the move. Panasonic GH2 has manual focusing when needed in low light situations or you require more exact control on focusing.
Panasonic GH2 Battery life
The battery power on the Panasonic GH2 is designed to last for 330 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks making it lesser than its competitors. The typical Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 386. Sony A6600 has the highest (810) battery life in this group of cameras.
Here is a collection of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that have the best battery life:
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Panasonic GH2 for various forms of photography
The following illustration provides a analysis of the Panasonic GH2 for various forms of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic GH2 Portrait photography information
The Panasonic GH2 gets a points total of 71 which is above average, and means the camera is a good fit to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support together with the capability to work with off-camera lighting.
Panasonic GH2 Street photography information
With a above average points total of 68, the Panasonic GH2 is a good pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Panasonic GH2 Sports photography factors
A modest sports photography points tally of 47 suggests the Panasonic GH2 is somewhat acceptable for shooting sports. A camera should have excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic GH2 Travel photography info
Size is pretty crucial in getting a travel camera. All things considered, the Panasonic GH2 gets a very good 62 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option for your travels.
Panasonic GH2 Landscape photography info
When you are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor will be image quality. The Panasonic GH2 and it's above average score of 61 as a landscape camera is a very decent pick within the current marketplace.
Panasonic GH2 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic GH2 is a fine option as a vlog camera as it comes to a nice score of 71.
Panasonic GH2 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the GH2, here is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall under the category of Advanced Mirrorless.
The chart underneath offers you a bird's eye view of the GH2 vs it's highest ranked competitors mentioned previously.
Here are a few more cameras you may look at as alternate options. To see a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.