Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

54

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
772 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.

competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$900 - $1,498 body only

$1,886 - $2,396 with 12-35mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$405 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Significantly smaller
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$591 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$439 - $450 body only

$499 - $500 with 14-42mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Supports 24p No 24p support
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$378 body only

$441 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Super zoom

$820

Image stabilization Image stabilization
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

discussion

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Macrae1910 (11:11 PM, May 25, 2012)
Pete,, if you had the cash to purchase either the gh1 or the gh2, what would your choice be?
I am looking to purchase but I am finding it hard to decide.
 
Guest (1:33 AM, April 12, 2012)
Your photos are wrong - the real GH2 has the wheel on the back, not the front. Also, the "2" on the top picture is smaller than the "GH", different than on the third GH2 shot. Not very honest of you.
 
Guest (3:40 PM, January 29, 2012)
My friend was trying to get me to buy a gh2, but then I saw the comparison on this site and on quality tests on youtube 
(hacked gh1 vs hacked gh2) and I'm glad I got my gh1!
 
Pete (0:26 AM, December 03, 2011)
I agree.  Resolution is a significant number and should be used in comparison. I Have 2 GH1's.  I sent one in for repair and they replaced it with a GH2.  I just tried the GH2 today in video mode and totally love the resolution and quick auto focus!  Here was a short test I did with it.   I was disappointed that none of my extra batteries will work with it.  So far that is my only complaint.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGyFDk1XuU8&list=LLyj6VBjr8cCMlFymmIK3I3w&index=1&feature=plpp_video
 
Avatar for Marcus Wolschon Marcus Wolschon (6:53 PM, October 04, 2011)
Large/Thick?
This is a micro-4/3 .
Compared to a APS-C or full-frame DSLR with mirror-box and heavier+larger lenses this is tiny and lightweight!
OF CAUSE the lenses have stabilisation. This is a feature of the lens, not of the camera.
 
Avatar for Marcus Wolschon Marcus Wolschon (6:50 PM, October 04, 2011)
DMC-GH1:1080p @ 24fps
DMC-GH2:1080p @ 60fps

The GH1 also does 25fps (PAL, -E versions for Europe) and 33fps NTSC
the GH2 adds 50fps and 60fps but saves as 50i/60i=25/30 times 2 interlaced frames, not 50/60 full frames.
Both do 24fps but the GH2 has he better H264 encoder (less banding in dark areas) and higher bit-rates at 24fps then the GH1.
 
Avatar for Marcus Wolschon Marcus Wolschon (6:47 PM, October 04, 2011)
The GH1 also has the same combined external microphone jack/remote shutter jack.
The display of the GH2 vs. the GH1 deserves a point
 
enim (11:35 PM, August 01, 2011)
"Has an external mic jack: No" for the GH1? Well, that's not true. Looking at it right now. They both have it.
 
Bashar Tahir (3:05 PM, May 03, 2011)
Hi ,
Maybe.. but this is the Higher "True" Resolution' .
So. you will get more details i think !

Best Regards
 
K P Kjolso (9:28 AM, March 17, 2011)
Great side! I seriously considered to buy the gh2 but after your comparison and recommandatins I will stick to my gh1. Thanks for saving my money!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:34 PM, March 11, 2011)
Hi Michael, we purposefully left sensor resolution (megapixels) out of our scores, because we felt that more megapixels isn't necessarily better. Increasing the # of pixels often doesn't increase the detail in the photo, doesn't necessarily have any value (e.g. 8MP is great for most uses), and increases file sizes.

See our articles on megapixels and true resolution.
 
Michael (6:55 PM, March 11, 2011)
Strange - in the final score comparing GH1 to GH2, no score was applied for GH2 having 16 MP vs the GH1's 12 MP.