Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Assessment
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. The distinction lies in size versus controls. Advanced users who shoot more are likely to go with the GH2 which is more comfortable to use in part because it is bigger. The G2 and new G3, slot themselves right in the middle, providing a built-in EVF and more direct control.
The big question for those on the fence is choosing between an SLR and an SLD. Modern DSLRs have the advantage when it comes to speed and advanced capabilities. On the other hand, the compactness of SLDs is very compelling. The bigger the camera, the less picture it tends to take because people leave it at home more often. With this in mind, a Micro Four-Thirds camera can get more photo opportunities.
|Low image noise until ISO 800 in good light||Slight image softness from base ISO|
|Realistic image colors||Limited use ISO 6400|
|Excellent automatic white-balance||Below average shot-to-shot speed|
|Reliable metering||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Fast contrast-detect autofocus||Preview not Exposure-Priority|
|Short shutter-lag||Poor flash clearance|
|Quick and responsive||Inefficient controls|
|Calibratable LCD||Touchscreen required|
|Good LCD visibility and viewing-angle||Impossible to set video framing correctly|
|Optional EVF||Video recording delay|
|Relatively compact||Video drops last second|
|Sturdy build quality||Short battery life||Good Good|
Panasonic DMC-GF2 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-6400|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|0.20" Optional EVF 200K Pixels (0.52X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|3.2 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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