New Panasonic GH2 and Olympus XZ-1 reviews (GH2 in Stock at Amazon & BH)


Short UPDATE: The Silver GH2 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

Digital-photography-school (Click here) tested the Panasonic GH2: “This is a very sophisticated camera, with a bevy of external controls and a big pile of finder menu options. It would suit those with previous experience of DSLR useage. One sour note: you may, as I did, grow increasingly annoyed at the rear control buttons which are nearly flush with the camera body surface and hard to activate with certainty.”
Click those direct links to check the GH2 price: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Digitaltrends (Click here) tested the Olympus XZ-1: “When you’re ready to move past the temporary pocket digicams but not quite ready to lug around a big-bodied DSLR, it’s difficult to justify the purchase of an “in-between” camera. But in this case, it’s an easy decision. Once you’ve outgrown pocket cams that either fall apart or are outdated in a year, it’s time to invest in a machine that you can discreetly use and won’t need annual replacing. The XZ-1 is such an investment, and yes, at nearly $500 it’s a solid one – but it will keep users of various skill levels interested all while delivering impressive quality photos.
Also PCmag (Click here) tested the Olympus camera: “There’s no denying the fact that the Olympus XZ-1 is a fast camera that produces top-notch pictures. But it’s big, and at $500, it’s pricey for a compact-class camera. On performance alone, though, it edges out our Editors’ Choice Canon PowerShot S95, which is much smaller and less-expensive. The problem is that that the XZ-1 is too big and expensive to compete with compact cameras, and lacks the features and performance to measure up to D-SLRs or interchangeable-lens cameras.”
Click those direct links to check the GH2 price: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.


  • What rubbish reviewing. The GH2 reviewer thinks the camera is “1.5 times larger” than a GH1. What? And then he goes on to say that even with the 10x zoom fitted the camera is not much bigger than a compact. Make your mind up mate. Bollocks.

    • Mr. Reeee

      The GH2 review is!’t THAT bad, maybe a bit thin. Had the author taken the time to proofread, it would have helped.

      It’s good to see th XZ-1 continuing to get attention. I have a client who bought one (that I set up for her) after reading some reviews and liked the feel of it (as do I).

      2 downsides:
      Video files are huge and nearly double the size of a similar length clip from my GH2 (Full-HD, Cinema mode, 24fps, hi sample rate).
      The menu system is awful. ie: It took 7 or 8 clicks, through a couple of sub-menus, just to delete an image! The client returned it after a week because of this and got an LX5!

      The XZ-1 is surprisingly big! In fact, it’s not much smaller than a GF2 (touchscreen interface is actually pretty nice), which I’d be tempted to buy before getting an XZ-1, if I were looking for a smaller camera.

  • “One sour note: you may, as I did, grow increasingly annoyed at the rear control buttons which are nearly flush with the camera body surface and hard to activate with certainty.”

    Dude was struggling to find negatives, wasn’t he?

  • murphy

    Totally off topic but if anyone here has the oly 17mm 2.8 lens, does the lens compact itself when you turn the camera off? I just got one and the one I bought used stays extended (about 1cm) when I turn off the camera. Thanks for any suggestions with this. Sorry for posting off topic here, just need to find out quick if this lens is not working right.

  • It’s not a collapsing lens. You’re confusing it with the 14-42mm zoom. Assuming the photos are ok, your lens is fine.

    • murphy

      Thank you for the reply so it does not go back to a slightly smaller resting state when the camera and lens is turned off like the lumix 20mm. Thanks again.

      • Michael Meissner

        I haven’t seen the 17mm, but Olympus cameras do generally have an option in the gears menus to retract the lens when the camera is powered down. It won’t retract the 14-42mm into fully locked position, but it was tell the lens to achieve the minimum size.

        Depending on your camera, you may need an extra step to activate the super control panel, as the SCP is not enabled by default in some cameras.

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