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First Panasonic GH2 video test!


Prototype Panasonic GH2 Footage from Photokina 2010 from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

EOSHD posted a first preview of the new Panasonic GH2. You can see some basic ISO-test. He says: “ISO 800 is silky smooth, it looks like ISO 200 on the GH1. It really is virtually noiseless. ISO 1600 is clean and ISO 3200 perfectly useable especially in video mode. Like with the GH1 there is a step change between ISOs higher up. On the GH1, the degradation happened between 800 and 1600 but on the GH1 it only goes down hill between 3200 and 6400 – a great improvement!

UPDATE: Amazon fixed the issue and removed the GH2. Link below does’t work anymore :(
Weird: Amazon has the SILVER Panasonic GH2 available for preorder for…$0,01 only (definitely a mistake!)

First GH2 Light Speed AF Demo (with the 14-140mm lens)

  • spanky

    Focus speed is impressive. Still waiting to see some production images compared to similar images taken with the GH1.

  • (not published) *

    AF is impressive

  • Jexxx Christ! The AF speed is simply insane!

  • Dummy00001

    Had a chance to play with GH2 for few minutes. AF speed to me looked more like a PR stunt: half the time the AF was misfiring. It was fast and all, but misfiring too often. For video it might be fine though, as camera has more time to focus.

    Slower AF of both E-P2 and the Sammy NX 100 I liked more as it was more precise.

    Also tried the 12-60 on the GH2 (with Pannay adapter). CDAF works, but it takes about 1 second for it to focus: lens makes several quick short moves back and forth. But too many moves to be fast. It focuses, but I would describe the combination as unusable :~~(

    N.B. Comparing shots from the 12-60 one could clearly see that the kit 14-140 is rather soft. Probably amplified by the large GH2’s sensor.

    I also personally didn’t likes the feature overload of the GH2. Buttons are abundant, hitting wrong one is easy, effect is generally unexpected and often took time even for the Pannay reps to undo. (GH2 interface is still cleaner than that of Sony’s NEX 3/5 cameras: less buttons, but its interface really looks like something made in MS PowerPoint…. Access to any function is by mean of lengthy flashy smoothly-animated menus.)

    • Still IMO giving up telecentric lens design and replace it with in-body software compensation is a wrong move. The difference may not be noticeable in terms of movie capture or taking photos for leisure, but for those who are passionate enough to take an elephant with them just for more impressive photos, they should not be discriminated by removing options to use SHG telecentric lenses from them.

    • ALberto

      Thanks Dummy00001, 4/3 lenses doing AF, slowly but better that nothing, good for the Panny, i think is my next camera!

      • If GH2 can do AF with my 14-35, I will just welcome it to my dry-box and say goodbye (with a F word and a finger) to E-5

  • Archer

    Its official: CDAF is a solved problem.

  • Jason

    Wow, the video is so smooth…..

    Does anyone know if the GH2 can autofocus a FT Zuiko 50mm f2.0 macro with the adapter????

  • Bye bye Oly.

  • mpgxsvcd

    That AF speed is impressive.

  • Alfons

    Wow! That would be hard even for my E-3. There is not much contrast on the concrete column.

  • Jason

    Does the GH2 have the ability to auto focus Four Thirds lenses with the adapter??

    I’ve done it on the EP1 and it works fine, but I’m not sure if it will work on the GH2…

  • Wow.. the GH2 would definitely be one of my kit. AF is crazy.

  • rUY

    ISO 1600 and 3200 are great. just not sure about 6400. but it is definitely a great improvement overall. I believe it gives pressure to E5.

  • Jason

    It looks like E-5 has better stills and GH2 has better video, but can the GH2 focus FTs lenses?

  • CRB

    Maybe its just me….i do find odd Panasonic leaving for the last day to announce the GH2 and yet there are no samples anywhere…is there?

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