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Old Oct 30, 2010, 3:41 PM   #1
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Hi Guys

If you haven;t seen Michael R's field report on the Pana GH2 take a wee loo :

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...rst_look.shtml

Regards the GH2's sensor:

"Whereas the GH1 went to ISO 3200, and 1600 bordered on unacceptable for other than casual use, the GH2 offers speeds up to 12,800 and 1600 is eminently usable. Even ISO 3200 is usable with just a bit of NR in post processing. This represents a good two stop increase in usable ISO sensitivity with comparable noise characteristics. Indeed, with the sensor offering an effective "one stop" increase in size (12mp to 16MP) users of the GH2 can expect a really significant improvement in image quality over the GH1 at like (large) print sizes (not so much on small ones, of course)."

"The GH2 checks all of the boxes with feature, specification, and image quality upgrades that make it a worthwhile product upgrade for previous Panasonic G series owners, and a very viable alternative to similarly priced APS-C sized sensor competitors. "

Looks like the GH2 might be a worthwhile cam to get ... esp if its priced at 600-700 body only.

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Old Oct 30, 2010, 4:02 PM   #2
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Thanks, Harj

If I ever have the desire to get a 4/3 camera it would most probably be that Panny.

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Hi Ted

The more I think about the Gh2' sensor - there's a few thoughts that pop into my head regards the E-5's sensor choice.

1. Oly decided that their total commitment right now is with m43, so the E-5 was going to cost the min amount in R&D, tooling etc so reusing the EPL1 internals and the E-3 body was the way to go. The Gh2 sensor might have caused them to rework a few extra things had they gone down that route, although they could have started working on the GH1 sensor and switched when the GH2 sensor became available.

2. Pana had first mitts on the GH2 sensor and if they had provided it to Oly for the E-5, the E-5 would be in direct competition with the Gh2 and with the HG/SHG/SG glass would probably put the GH2 for still pics in the shade and possibly for video too, although i think pana's video expertise will always give them the edge.

3. Pana offered the GH2 sensor but Oly wasn;t willing to pay the asking price.

4. Oly wanted the GH2 sensor but as a 12MP part - from Pana's head of Lumix team, Pana's engineers wanted to stay at 12MP but the marketing dept at Pana decided that 16MP was what the market wanted. So they went for the 2 year old 12 MP sensor instead.

It be interesting to see how the ZD's perform on the GH2 with the adapter.

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Yes, so far the GH2 looks great.

Harj - Panasonic denied Olympus rights to the GH2 sensor. It was never even Oly's choice.
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Which indicates once again that depending on your competitor for a supply of parts is not the best business model. Although to be fair to Oly, when the 4/3 systems started out Oly had more sensor options than just Panny.
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Thanks for the heads up, Harj.
Just finished reading Michael Reichmann's report and have to say it does sound pretty impressive. The EVF on the GH2 sounds particularly interesting, as does the 100-300mm Panny lens.

All sounds good.

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