Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Light-weight
Weight
430 g
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH1

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
64.0 vs 60.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.6 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
772 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The DMC-GH1 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price
Cheaper
$450.00 vs $686.28
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The best price we've seen is $236 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
273 ms vs 336 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GH2's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Size Large Help
              Prosumer size 124x90x76 mm
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              DMC-GH1:3,200 ISO
              DMC-GH2:12,800 ISO
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-GH1:430 g
              DMC-GH2:444 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GH1:21.6 bits
              DMC-GH2:21.2 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GH1:12 MP
              DMC-GH2:15.9 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GH1:11.6 EV
              DMC-GH2:11.3 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GH1:64.0
              DMC-GH2:60.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $898 body only

              $1,441 - $1,799 with 12-35mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,350 - $1,498 body only

              $1,900 - $2,948 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $519 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $856 - $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $533 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $719 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              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.