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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

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Autofocuses shooting video
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
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Autofocuses shooting video
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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
Weight Slightly lighter 430 g vs 444 g
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Almost the same
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
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
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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        Supports 24p 24p support Help
        For that film look
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
        60 seconds
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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
        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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        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        460k dots
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        DMC-GH1:21.6 bits
        DMC-GH2:21.2 bits
        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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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $798 body only

        $1,230 with 20mm 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

        $1,698 - $2,200 body only

        $2,398 - $2,400 with 12-35mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 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-G5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $537 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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $748 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $899 with 14-42mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $322 body only

        $450 - $499 with 14-42mm lens

        Size Is significantly smaller
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $450 - $520 with 14-45mm lens

        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Size Significantly smaller
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Movie format Does not take movies

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.

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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.