I have 2 videos up on Vimeo but unfortunately there was a glitch and so it's taking a long time to get back on track and convert all of the people's videos. Vimeo is fully aware of the issue and trying to get everything resolved as quickly as possible. It's just a couple of videos of a lot of people ice skating at the Frog Pond in Boston. The first one is without the extension and the second one is with the extension. For broad daylight, that should work very well but as expected for low light situations, the low light noise is literally magnified. At night, it should mostly only be used if you want to see further. It's been hours since those 2 videos were up and I'm hoping it wont take that many hours more to finally get converted so I can link it here.
Just by playing around with it in the house, I notice that the focusing actually does seam a bit better than the GH1's. I've had a lot of good photos with the GH1 but I've had a few photos in which I wish it would have been more in focus. This was another reason I wanted to upgrade. There are obviously other reasons.
The body itself looks much more professional than the GH1's. Obviously Panasonic want's DSLR users to feel more right at home but a digital viewfinder (which is really an extremely high quality one) combined with the much smaller size makes it look a little awkward especially with the 20mm lens. It's a little hard to explain in words how weird that looks. Like the GH1, the GH2 with the 20mm lens can easily fit in a lot of coat pockets.
-I wish it had a shutter speed of 24 and 120. A lot of cameras are the same way but still.
-The battery is different than the GH1's. It looks like a precautionary measure just in-case the firmware gets hacked. Besides higher bit rates, that hack also allows people to remove the European 30 minute restriction and the ability to use third party batteries.
It looks like you cannot go from regular to tele mode during record. You have to choose it before hand before you start recording. That could have really been a cool effect.
-It's very hard to find spare batteries in the US at the moment.
-Their is a slow motion feature but it only goes to 80% speed I believe. It would have been better if it was 40% speed which is 60p slowed down to 24p.
-Knowing me, wanting a 1080 60p mode shouldn't be surprising.
-I wish the bit rates for all modes were higher.
-I'm poorer now for buying it.
I originally wanted to only tell you people that 2 of my videos is going to be up shortly and give a link to a cool video I found on Vimeo but I got a bit carried away.http://vimeo.com/17942063