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...
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 lens.
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.
Conclusion: The GF1 didn't just count the SlashGear team among its admirers; in fact it was one of the most loved Micro Four Thirds models around. That leaves the LUMIX GF2 with plenty to live up to. Panasonic has clearly decided to shift the GF2's positioning to target the consumer crowd, with a greater focus on the iAuto mode and the relegation of more complex - and often intimidating - manual controls into the new touchscreen menu structure.
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. As an interchangeable lens camera, its versatility is assured. Panasonic offers three series of Micro Four-Thirds cameras, this one, the G-series and the GH-series.
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 build quality
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 battery life