Summary: This little camera is a joy. I have had it for like 3 years now and have had a lot of fun with it. I have been noticing that the protection on the monitor is flaking off. It is very hard to see to take a picture outside now. I have considered replacing it with a GX1 or GF6, but don't want to if the problem hasn't been fixed. Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints.
Pros: It is functional to say the least. It is great in all light settings. It is easy to hold and handle. The touch screen is advanced and fun to use. Switching between manual and automatic is a nice feature. Adapts to climates changes well. The resolution is pristine and clear. It has many different picture and video settings. Such a fun device to mess around with and be creative.
Cons: so far none for the type of photography I usually do.
Summary: I am so torn on the Panasonic GF2. Ive always wanted its predecessor the GF1, now a classic in the world of digital rangefinder cameras, due to it being fun to use with high quality results, robust build quality, and a good combo of automatic and manual functions. But I was NOT willing to pay the rip-off prices asked here and on eBay for a dated digital camera. So I settled on the GF2 as my introduction to M4/3.
Summary: First of all both these cameras have been replaced with newer models but can still be obtained. First, the good. Both are light weight and take marvelous pictures ,though both suffer in comparison to a Canon Eos in low light ,fast moving situations. Advantages of Lumix- Sensor is twice as big,which should mean sharper pictures. But it doesn't.If anything the canon is a little sharper. I have the 14-42mm plastic kit lens.
Summary: Pros: - LCD has great color and viewing angles - Light - Stereo video - Hotshoe - Responsive touchscreen - Snappy startup - Dedicated movie button - Automatic image rotate - Flash is mechanically released; you can tilt it up for ceiling flash shots, which is nice - Surprisingly easy to grip (not great, but better than expected for the slim body) Cons: - Menus a bit confusing - Lens is huge (this is excusable) - Thumbwheel is a bit stiff - Flash does not extend high...
Summary: I bought the GF2 as an entry level DSLR camera for my use in photography and video shoots. It has performed admirably providing quite the range of features to get my feet wet. I'm looking in new lens to explore it further as the kit lens doesn't provide that much of a zoom. For a micro four thirds cam it certainly fits well in my hands during active shooting, but the placement of the autofocus lamp can make getting a quick shot in difficult if you're not careful.
Summary: I have used a quite a different level of camera for the last 10 years. Recently, it was the Canon G12 and Pentax K10 with F1.4 prime lens. Pentax DSLR is not bad, it focus the fastest out of the 3. However, it is too bulky and a little on the heavy side. I prefer a more portable version. GF2 seems like the fit. The size and specs fit between the 2 cameras I have, especially its HD video recording feature.
Pros: Shoots great video, pictures are on par with canon 7d when i've shot with it. Intelligent Auto mode is pretty good.
Cons: BIGGIE: no manual control in video mode, touch screen is a little clunky. 14mm-42mm lens is not super fast, missed some video opportunities because it would take longer than expected to shoot video after startup of the camera.