Summary: If you want the power and image quality of an interchangeable lens camera, but you don't want the bulk of a camera, you'll want to consider a digital interchangeable lens (DIL) model. And the smallest DIL on the market is Lumix DMC-GF2.
Pros: Very sharp autofocus, Extremely easy to use, Small camera body can be used one-handed, LCD is sharp and touch screen is handy, Nice design, and four body colors is nice for an advanced camera
Cons: A viewfinder would be nice in some circumstances, Camera can be uncomfortable to hold when popup flash is extended, Maximum resolution only available in 4:3 ratio, LCD can be a little tough to see in bright sunlight, Advanced photographers will want more advanced features than GF2 has
Summary: The GF2 sees Panasonic packing a lot of approachable creative control into a compact package, with one of the best-implemented touchscreens we've ever seen on a camera. It's fast and responsive with excellent raw image quality, but the JPEG output is disappointing.
Pros: Compact body with relatively large imaging sensor, Excellent build quality and handling, Easy-to-use interface that allows excellent level of camera control even to novices, Still one of the best-handling cameras in its class for enthusiasts, Well-implemented touch-screen controls, including touc...
Cons: Uninspiring JPEGs mean Raw conversion needed to get best results, Auto White Balance can be too blue, Sensor is starting to show its age (in terms of noise/dynamic range), Lack of flash exposure compensation means having to hope the camera gets it right, Using iAuto button as a Function button wo...
Excerpt: How do you create a follow-up to one of the most groundbreaking and beloved cameras in recent history? First, don’t mess with it – stick with incremental improvements. And thankfully, Panasonic has done exactly that.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Gets a Very Reasonable Price Tag
18 April 2011
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 attracted a bit of interest when it was announced late last year. Now it has a price tag, and what’s more that price tag is quite reasonable. $499.95 gets you the camera body, for another $100 you can a 14-42mm lens in the package – and for $699.95 you get a faster 14mm...
New Gear: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Is Tiny, Touch-Friendly
26 March 2011
Excerpt: It must not have been quite ready for this year's Photokina, which was when Panasonic introduced their SLR-like DMC-GH2, because today Panasonic unleashed the extremely compact Micro Four Thirds contender that is the DMC-GF2.
Summary: The Lumix DMC-GF2 is Panasonic's second 'pocketable' compact to employ the Micro Four Thirds standard it co-developed with Olympus. Announced in November 2010, it's the successor to the popular Lumix GF1, and like that model packs a large sensor into a small body with a removeable lens mount.
Pros: Well implemented touch screen controls., Compact, light and fast., 1080i AVCHD video., Hot Shoe and EVF port., Excellent handling.
Cons: Duplication of controls can be confusing., Requires lens-based image stabilisation., Image quality/noise performance., Disappointing sequential shooting.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a compact SLD targeted at novice photographers. It produces good image quality, very similar to the previous generation of entry-level DSLRs, in a considerably smaller form factor. Although it has a simple interface, its feature-set is well-rounded.
Pros: Low image noise until ISO 800 in good light, Realistic image colors, Excellent automatic white-balance, Reliable metering, Fast contrast-detect autofocus, Short shutter-lag, Quick and responsive, Calibratable LCD, Good LCD visibility and viewing-angle, Optional EVF, Relatively compact, Sturdy bui...
Cons: Slight image softness from base ISO, Limited use ISO 6400, Below average shot-to-shot speed, Wrong Live-Histogram, Preview not, Poor flash clearance, Inefficient controls, Touchscreen required, Impossible to set video framing correctly, Video recording delay, Video drops last second, Short batter...