Friday, 27 May 2011

Panasonic Lumix G Series Overview

I was recently invited to Panasonic UK headquarters in Bracknell to take a look at the company's range of G series multi lens cameras.

The innovative compact design delivers SLR quality photographs in a much more conveniently sized package.

Taken on a 25 second exposure in shutter priority mode.
In order to make the cameras smaller Panasonic have removed the conventional mirror box used in standard single lens reflex cameras. Seasoned photographers will know that the mirror box enables the user to see exactly what the lens is seeing. In order to keep this useful facility Panasonic have included a "Live View" button which gives the same end result using the camera's sensor.

Speaking of sensors, the G series cameras have a sensor 9 times bigger than that of standard compact cameras giving superlative picture quality.

For anyone contemplating buying an SLR camera, but are put off by the bulkiness, the G series range are the perfect solution. Also for compact camera users (such as myself) they offer the ability to achieve beautiful photographs without necessarily needing to know all of the techniques used by those with years of photography knowledge.

Intelligent Auto mode gives stunning results just by pointing and shooting. Also on offer are creative modes which enable users to create more artistic photos using simple icons to indicate the type of shots available.

And for those seeking more control over the camera there are program, aperture, shutter and full manual modes, as well as custom modes and scene modes.

There are four models in the current range; G2 (entry level offering 720p movies), GF2 (slimline), G3 (step up to 1080i movies) and GH2 (flagship model). Panasonic, at the time of writing offer 11 different micro four thirds lenses, ranging from a 14mm pancake lens, fish eye, wide angle, macro, 3D, to a range of telephoto lenses including a whopping  100mm - 300mm (200mm - 600mm 35mm equivalent) lens.

Taken at F2.5 in aperture priority mode
Other manufacturers including Leica and Olympus also offer a range of micro four thirds lenses, and there are also adaptors to enable other lenses to be used.

The G series cameras also offer the ability to record movies in HD quality with very impressive results.

The range of G series cameras are available here

I think I need to start saving some money!

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