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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Indoor Crops

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

The crops below show the performance of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 next to the same ISO for the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
. Both these cameras use a CMOS sensor which at least covers the ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 6400. The K-5 is presently the top-performing APS-C sensor (1.5X FLM) DSLR.

All images below are 100% crops from their respective camera taken at the highest image quality JPEG setting available. ISO, aperture and white-balance were set on camera. Other settings were left at their default values. These crops help determine which ISO settings is acceptable on these cameras. When noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print becomes too noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Pentax K-5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Pentax K-5 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Pentax K-5 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Pentax K-5 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Pentax K-5 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Pentax K-5 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Pentax K-5 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Pentax K-5 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 applies more noise-reduction in low-light, despite setting it to the minimum. This causes its images to appear rather soft next to the K-5 which clearly shows a huge lead in terms of image quality. The K-5 had its noise reduction off.

Keep in mind that the GF2 is one third the price and weight of the K-5! Considering this, it slots itself nicely as a great compromise between image quality and bulk.

Pentax K-5 - ISO 12800 Crop
ISO 12800
Pentax K-5 - ISO 25600 Crop
ISO 25600
Pentax K-5 - ISO 51200 Crop
ISO 51200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
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By on 2011/08/15
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Panasonic DMC-GF2 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
12 Megapixels Mirrorless (SLD)ISO 100-6400
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-60s
0.20" Optional EVF 200K Pixels (0.52X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
3.2 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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