The 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-G2 is one of the replacements (the other is the budget camera, the G1. It's packed with Panasonic's latest hi-tech goodies, such as touchscreen-based autofocus and shooting, special-effects filters and a 720p high-definition movie mode. It cost about £500 with the 14-42mm kit lens. Is it worth it?) for Panasonic's original hybrid
What's not to like? You get a small, light, digital SLR-style body with full-time live view and 720p movies. The autofocus is fast, the 1.4-megapixel electronic viewfinder is excellent, and the 76mm (3-inch), 460,000-pixel LCD on the back flips out and swivels, making the G2 perfect for shooting low-angle shots and movies.
Despite its small size, the G2 is big on external controls. You change the focus mode (multi-point, single-point, autofocus-tracking or face-detection) with a dial on the top, and the main mode dial has a secondary dial underneath for changing the drive mode (single, continuous, bracketing or self-timer). Also on the top is a big red button for the movie mode. Around the back is a clickable control dial -- in manual mode, for example, you click this to switch between aperture and shutter-speed adjustment.
The touchscreen interface offers some neat shooting options, too. To focus, you just tap on the screen, and, if the 'touch shutter' option is activated, the camera then takes the picture as well. You can also adjust many of the camera settings using the touchscreen interface, by tapping on the 'quick menu' icon.
Like the other G-series cameras, the G2 has a precise, well-made feel and shoots vivid, sharp pictures. It also adds a selection of 'my colour' photo effects to the mix, for customising the colours in your pictures.