Summary: I use this camera in situations where it's not practical to bring my full sized SLR. It's decent in low light, but not as good as a full sized SLR. The small size allows you to put it in a small bag comparable to a point and shoot. This model actually has a flash hotshoe, something that is missing from the GF3 model. It doesn't have the ability to talk to my Canon flashes besides telling it to fire.
Summary: I won't go into pro's and con's after two years of use. Plenty of info posted by pros on the web. Built quality is good. So far no issues. Its a tool. It gets the job done. I have other tools for different situations. When i need better quality i use GF2 and my set of lenses. Its not perfect, not my dream camera. But i'm not upgrading every six months because Panasonic makes one. End result will not be a huge improvement worth upgrading, even compared to APSC.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Great Price for a Good lil camera.I do what I can with her.The best camera in the world is the one you got in yer hand. Thats the truth. Its all up to the eye.But this one has her own sense of style.Grabs the shot well and I feel comfortable with iAuto feature doing all the work.Looks good.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
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.
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.