Excerpt: (1 items) More than any device in recent memory, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a showpiece for the benefits and drawbacks of a touchscreen interface. Although the camera's touchscreen UI introduces a few groundbreaking features to the compact interchangeable-lens camera category, it may leave you longing for old-fashioned analog controls more often than not.
Pros: Fast autofocus, Touch-focus controls for video and stills, Very small for an interchangeable-lens camera
Cons: Underexposed images in Auto mode, Touchscreen is ineffective for some controls
Conclusion: Overall, however, the Panasonic GF2 is an impressive device. It's incredibly compact for a camera that offers a range of lenses, and image quality is still impressive. If you want something between a compact camera and a DSLR, this has to be worth a look.
Pros: While most cameras with interchangeable lenses feature bulky mirror mechanisms (SLRs), the Panasonic GF2 is a lot smaller. It doesn't have any internal mirrors, helping to keep the design incredibly compact, something which is further helped by a touchscreen rather than hardware buttons. Build quality is also impressive, with metal used for the body of the Panasonic GF2. It gives it a premium feel, and one that can easily match that of cameras costing twice as much. T...
Cons: The biggest issue with the Panasonic GF2 is the presence of noise in darker conditions and higher ISOs. Although this isn't an issue in a cheap camera, at over £500 the Panasonic GF2 is mixing with some serious rivals, and entry-level DSLRs from Canon and Nikon have it beaten in low lighting conditions.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Gets a Very Reasonable Price Tag
8 May 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 lens.
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 touch focus point selection, Intelligent Auto mode includes both exposure compensation and background blur control (with live preview), Superb fully-customisable quick menu, Fast ...
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 would be a huge benefit, No true manual movie control and no external microphone option
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. The conservative, but welcome updates include: an improved 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor paired to a faster Venus Engine FHD processor for full 1080p video capture and lightning-quick 23 area autofocus with single-point mode, stereo mic, a more compact and...
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. According to the press material, the GF2 is 19% smaller and 7% lighter than its predecessor, the GF1. But, despite the shrunken body, it still manages to retain the built-in flash and compatibility with Panasonic's new 3D lenses.
Conclusion: However, the real world isn't like the perfectly illuminated photographic studio and we must look at how the camera performs in the range of conditions in which an enthusiast or novice may wish to use it. Those who want a camera to record well lit landscapes encountered on holiday or when enjoying a bike ride will be pleased with the results.
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.