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Panasonic Lumix GF2 review

Panasonic has slimmed down its smallest compact system camera even further with the introduction of the 12.2 million pixel Lumix GF2

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent build quality
  • Small size
  • Touchscreen controls
  • Good image quality in right conditions

Against

  • Can get noisy at high ISOs
  • Some enthusiast features have been cut

Digital camera technology moves fast as manufacturers attempt to fill every niche in an incredibly competitive market. Just over two years ago we saw Panasonic and Olympus announce the Micro Four Thirds camera standard, and already we are onto the second and third generations of these dinky little cameras.

The Four Thirds name comes from the old way of classifying video camera tubes, where the diameter of the tube was expressed in fractions of an inch, hence 4/3". The actual sensor size in millimetres is 17.3x13mm, which is substantially larger than sensors found in compact cameras, which should improve dynamic range and low light performance.

As the Micro Four Thirds standard is mirrorless, it allows for a smaller lens mount and lenses, as well as for more compact camera designs making the system appealing to those who wish for SLR quality, without the bulk associated with an SLR camera. By removing the reflex mirror found in SLR cameras, but keeping the same reasonably large image sensor this standard promises to allow for ever smaller camera designs, without compromising on image quality, or the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.

Other manufacturers such as Sony and Samsung have been quick to jump on the bandwagon and release their own mirrorless camera systems too, meaning that Panasonic dare not rest on its laurels.

Lumix gf2

Around a year ago we saw the Lumix GF1 release, which garnered plenty of interest due to its compact dimensions and range of SLR-like features. The Lumix GF1 has proved popular with enthusiast-level photographers after a pocket sized camera and snap-shooters seeking a better quality smaller sized camera, due to it's comprehensive range of manual and automatic controls, interchangeable lenses and ability to record images in a RAW file format.

With this latest Lumix, the Lumix GF2, Panasonic has attempted to build on its predecessor, whilst making the camera even more desirable to those after a quality compact camera. The Panasonic GF2 is 19% smaller and 7% lighter than its predecessor and in a nod to the latest consumer technology, a touch screen interface has replaced many of the dials and buttons your average SLR user will be accustomed to.

Video is another of the features which seems to create plenty of excitement for many. The Panasonic GF2 includes 1080p resolution high definition video recording, making it a better featured option for motion capture than the recently released Panasonic G2.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix GF
ColourBlack
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance, Face Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)265 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Minimum Focus Distance180 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution13.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height67.8 mm
Width112.8 mm
Depth32.8 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesGF
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-GF2
Product NameLumix DMC-GF2 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-GF2CEB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-GF2 is the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with built-in flash, featuring a touch-screen operation. While shooting, you can operate the auto focus and shutter release at the same time with just a touch. While playing back, you can quickly select an image to view by scrolling images. In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, 7 detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimize your settings, making it easier than ever to take beautiful images every time.

Battery Life320 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-GF2 Mirrorless Camera
  • LUMIX G 14mm/F2.5 ASPH. Lens
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • Body Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover / AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stylus Pen
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone