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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a compact and lightweight Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens digital camera.

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Pros

dedicated iAuto button for impressive results, even in untrained hands

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very compact - 19% smaller than the GF1, smaller than the Olympus E-PL1

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more comfortable grip than the G1

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interchangeable lens system - 11 available with 4 more due out in 2011

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capable of recording video in 1080i/60 or 720p/60 high definition

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great build quality

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much smaller than full digital SLRs

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added touchscreen display with touch-based UI

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a great improvement on compact camera systems - interchangeable lenses with larger sensors, much more capable of providing great image quality

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fully manual shooting modes for those interested in dSLR like control

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beautiful aesthetic

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Cons

the same price as a small digital SLR with better image quality

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larger / longer zoom lenses defeat much of what everyday consumers appreciate in the compact size of the camera (only truly slim with prime lenses)

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high asking price for the majority of consumers

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no viewfinder (optical or electronic)

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No Leica lens for this price.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a compact and lightweight Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens digital camera released in early 2011. As an upgrade from the DMC-GF1 incorporates a lighter and more compact frame, the same updated image-processing engine as the GH2, a 3” rear-positioned touch-panel similar to the one on the G2, and full 1920x1060/60i and 1280x720/60p AVCHD video capture functionality. In comparison to the NEX-5, the GF2 offers an optional EVF and additional touchscreen functionality, such as a Touch Focus feature. Also included is continuous shooting at 2.6fps with live view, an increased 6400 ISO (plus flash via the bundled hot shoe accessory), and compatibility with 3D lenses. The battery however has a slightly lower capacity.

Additional Information

The DMC-GF2 is geared for compact digital camera aficionados looking to make a serious upgrade that’s almost a DSLR, yet still compact and easy to operate.

Features
  • Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
  • Successor to DMC-GF1
  • Lighter and More Compact Frame
  • Less External Controls
  • Added Stereo Microphone
  • Improved Auto ISO Prrogram
  • Dedicated iAuto Button
  • 3" Wide-Viewing Touchscreen Display
  • Fully Customizable Quick Menu
  • AVCHD (1920x1080/60i) Video Capture
  • QuickTime Motion JPEG (720/30p) Video Capture
  • Increased Maximum Sensitivity
  • Continuous Shooting at 2.5fps w/Live View
  • No Remote Release Socket
  • Smaller Battery
  • 12.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • USB 2.0 / mini HDMI TypeC Interfaces
  • NTSC/PAL Video Output
  • Monaural Speaker
  • Built-In Flash
  • Support for F-FT012 3D Lens
  • LUMIX G 14 mm / F2.5 ASPH. (Lens Option 1)
  • LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (Lens Option 2)
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Yale
11/09/2010 08:23

In love with these micro four thirds and four thirds options. Was interested in getting the larger #panasonic_lumix_dmc_g10 before setting eventually on an even larger full dSLR, the #Nikon_D90
Just can't justify the comparable cost for a smaller body at the expense of image quality. Highly suggest it for individuals for whom size and weight plays a much more important role in buying a camera, though! Know there are many more of those types of people out there these days. Just too bad it won't make it to market for Christmas.

Erik

Erik

11/09/2010 08:52

So what are the relative scales that you're talking about. Are the 4/3 options half the size/weight, and 80% of the quality? The DMC-GF2 looks pretty bad ass.

Yale

Yale

11/09/2010 09:11

slight correction: I thought the G1/G2/G10 etc were four thirds whereas the GF1 and GF2 were micro four thirds - simply based on the fact that the cameras are considerably smaller. I knew the G10 etc didn't have mirrors, but it turns out the four thirds design is used with mirrors, like any SLR, and is all but extinct.

A comparison based on weight (body only - no lenses):

Canon G12 (professional P&S w/ lens): 351g
Panasonic GF1 (slightly larger than the GF2): 285g
Panasonic G1: 385g
Nikon D3100 (latest, lower-end full dSLR offering - smaller than other models in the line): 455g
Nikon D7000 (prosumer upgrade to the D90): 690g
Nikon D3s (professional full frame camera): 1,240g

Yale

Yale

11/09/2010 11:47

As for comparing image quality - that's probably very difficult even for an expert on optical electronics / optics to make. Personally I would say 80-90% is a fair assessment. The photographer's knowledge and ability to photograph properly, the specific subject / environment they shoot most often (eg/ portrait, landscape, low light, etc...), and how well their lens is suited to said type of photography, play much larger roles in the quality of the image, bigger than any technical differences by far.

Here are some direct technical comparisons which should have some meaning, if all else is equal:

DxOMark (which some believe is an arbitrary measurement) gives the GF1 a score of 53 overall - with the ability to capture 21.2bits of colour data with a dynamic range of 10.3EVs. The D3100 has an overall score of 67, 22.5 bits and 11.3EVs. It also almost doubles the GF1's score for low light sensitivity - most likely due to the larger sensors ability to soak up more light.

For interest and comparison to more expensive cameras: the brand new D7000 gets a score of 80 (second highest to date for a APS-C sensor), 23.5bits, 13.9EVs, and the slightly older, professional full frame D3s - used primarily for low light / fast sports photography - gets an 82, 23.5bits, 12EVs, but a low light sensitivity almost 3x that of both the D7000 and D3100 - again not only due to the fact that it generates the image with a full frame sensor much larger than both of those cameras - but a lower resolution one (12MP vs ~14-16MP).

While there are no full reviews of the D3100 out right now, I'd probably point an interested amateur photographer in that direction first.

Amanie

Amanie

11/10/2010 02:42

Thanks for all the camera info. I've been really wanting to get a DSLR, any recommendations? You mentioned the #nikon_d3100, would that be your pick for a mid-range camera?

Yale

Yale

11/10/2010 02:50

Yeah, I'd hold off until some professionals review it - but that shouldn't be long. Looks like a real winner to me, but you never know.

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