Panasonic Adds GH2 Digicam, 3D Lens
By Greg Tarr On Sep 23 2010 - 1:00pm
— Taking its 3D expertise to a new
product segment, Panasonic announced this week
the next edition in its Lumix G-Series Micro Four
Thirds mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera line
and a 3D lens to support it.
The GH2 will ship to dealers in late November at
a $900 suggested retail for the body only or $1,500
for a kit with the camera and a 14-140mm lens. It is
positioned as a complement to the G2, which will
remain in the line.
Key features in the camera include a 16.05-megapixel
high-speed Live MOS image sensor, Venus Engine VI
FHD image processor, up to 12,800 ISO intelligent resolution,
5 fps burst shooting in JPEG, two RAW modes
(compressed and uncompressed), and a variable angle
articulating LCD touch-screen monitor panel.
The camera also includes a high-resolution 600
by 852 dot LCD electronic viewfinder, which was
expanded slightly to accommodate 16:9 and 3:2
widescreen aspect ratio framing. Viewfinder images
are processed by the Venus Engine IV to produce
Video is captured in up to FullHD 1080 resolution
at 24 to 60i frame rates, using advances in the image-
sensor technology to deliver a smoother film-like
appearance than was possible in the GH1. The video
bit rate is said to be the full 23Mbps AVCHD spec.
The camera also includes a new multi-aspect ratiobracketing
mode to capture pictures in four different
dimensions from one exposure.
The GH2 will ship with firmware ready to accept a
new 3D lens, said Darin Pepple, Panasonic imaging
senior product manager.
The 3D lens with a constant f/12 aperture setting
will carry a $250 suggested retail when it ships in
Using the lens, the GH2 will capture stereoscopic
3D still images, but not 3D videos, Panasonic said.
The lens will offer a twin-barrel optics capturing
left- and right-eye image perspectives at a resolution
of 3 megapixels for each eye.
Images can be played back by connecting the
camera via the included HDMI input to a standard
compliant 3D TV.
The 3D stereoscopic images can also be made
into lenticular prints.