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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Summary

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 but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.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.

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.

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PROS CONS
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
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Related Information

Sister Models
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
- 16 Megapixels, Larger, Builtin EVF, ISO 12800 Max, 5 FPS
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- Builtin EVF, 720p Video, Larger, Rotating Display
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
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By Neocamera on 2011-08-15

Panasonic DMC-GF2 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-6400
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
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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