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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

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Although the Panasonic GF2 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and Panasonic has managed to do this without compromising the quality of build. The contoured body is constructed from metal and high quality plastics, which feel tough enough to take a little abuse in their stride. Design flourishes such as the gun metal finished shutter button, lens release and grip insert help to make it look the part too, adding to the quality feel.

The Panasonic GF2 is quite comfortable to hold, helped by a slimline finger grip on the front, and the lens itself. Even the 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens provides plenty of room to support the camera. A small thumb rest is provided on the rear, surrounding the only dial on the camera. Space is at a premium due to the svelte design, and care needs to be taken not press buttons unintentionally, or to stray onto the touch sensitive screen.

At first the control method may seem fiddly, even frustrating, but time is a great healer and it is well worth spending some getting used to how the camera behaves. Teething issues include the small size of the on-screen touch targets are, especially in the quick menu, (although a handy stylus that attaches to the camera strap is included) and the ease with which the focus point can be changed accidentally.

Once mastered, the touch screen interface is a joy to use. It's responsive and easy to navigate during both shooting and playback. A decent anti-reflective coating has been added, which does a good job of reducing the mirror-like appearance often associated with touch screens. This makes using the display a pleasure, even in bright conditions. An electronic viewfinder can be purchased separately, which connects via the accessory port on the rear.

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