The successor to the GH1 is now officially announced. The LUMIX DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds camera features featuring a new 16.05-megapixel multi-aspect LIVE MOS sensor, allowing high speed burst shooting at 5 frames per second and 1920 x 1080 video recording at 60 frames per second.
The GH2 utilizes the refined Venus Engine FHD processor for better noise reduction and more crisp photos and video recording. The LUMIX GH2 also features faster AF, reducing detection time for focusing to approximately 0.1 second3 by doubling the drive speed from 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second. The camera has a swiveling 3.0-inch 460,000-dot high-resolution touch panel LCD, which allows to touch the subject on the LCD to adjust AF and once a user locks onto a subject, the camera tracks the subject with AF tracking even if it moves.
Other features included are ISO sensitivity range of ISO 160 to ISO 12800 and 22 different shooting modes such as Cinema mode, My Color mode with a total of seven preset effects – Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette and the popular Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, that automatically engages features and settings for optimal image quality by detecting the shooting environment. The camera is compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard and Leica M/R Lenses via an optional mount adaptors and also is capable to shoot in 3D (35mm camera equivalent: 65mm4) when used with the world’s first interchangeable 3D lens LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12 (H-FT012)5, also announced today. It includes SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, USB and mini HDMI connectors and will be available in black and silver models in early December in three different kit options for a suggested retail price of: $899.95 (Body only); $999.95 (Body with lens LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.); $1,499.95 (Body with lens LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.).