Gordon and Dbnet:
Obviously I have no valid response to Gordon's inability to obtain a G2 to review. That's between Panasonic's marketing Dept. and Gordon's capacity and/or willingness to make waves.
But quoting sales or potential sales as a valid excuse to by pass a product misses the point of reviews in the first place. When reviews of new products are being prepared there are no sales to speak of , only hopes. People go to reviews to find out about new products and to try and determine if it's something they want. This site did a "preview" of the GH2 which still is in very few hands.
In Camera Lab's review of the G1, Highly Recommended by the way, the only major negative was the lack of video capability. So the G2, a major upgrade in many different ways, met this negative. That alone would seem to validate a preview or review.
It's probably too late now but I have to wonder what would have happened if Gordon had gone "public" on the site back in July saying we would love to review the G2 but have been unable to obtain one. In effect, blowing the whistle on Panasonic.
The G2 is hardly an elitist obscure camera. Most review sites have covered the model, many of whom are inferior or of lesser import than Camera Labs. And, Oh yes, Popular Photography, the leading US Photo magazine, has it nominated for Camera Of The Year along with the Canon Rebel T2i, Sony Alpha 55, and Nikon D3s.
I'm disappointed because I enjoy the exhaustive treatment that this site affords its review subjects. I think you missed an important one.