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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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Many controls reside in the quick menu, which can be accessed via an on-screen button, or a dedicated button. In a nice touch, this menu can be customised to suit your individual needs.

For example, If you tend to change metering modes often, you can move that to the top of the menu, making it very easy to access. A disappointment, however, is that features such as flash compensation, second curtain sync and film simulation modes all appeared on the GF1, are all sadly absent from this camera.

In use the GF2 feels responsive, focusing quickly and with little shutter lag. If shooting raw images, you will benefit from a high speed SD card to reduce write times. If the information hasn't finished writing to the card, you simply have to wait before you can review your images, or even switch it off.

For example, when using a Class 10 SDHC card and shooting raw plus JPEG, it takes a shade over four seconds to write the information to the card and with a bog standard Class 2 card, it took almost nine seconds. Support for SDXC cards, which will be available in capacities up to two terabytes, is included although currently are only available in capacities up to 64 gigabytes.

Being able to change focus point by jabbing the screen takes a while to get used to, but in time you'll wonder how you managed shooting in live view mode without it. You can also focus by touching the screen and a neat touch shutter mode is included. There is a little delay between touching the screen and the picture being taken, but it is much less than selecting a focusing area, focusing and taking the shot individually. One drawback is that the camera can be quite difficult to hold steady whilst poking the screen with your finger.

Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second is possible and movies can be saved in motion JPEG, or AVCHD format. When recording, the refresh rate of the display drops slightly, resulting in a slightly jerky viewing experience.

The same cannot be said about the footage recorded. Videos are clear, sharp and smooth, plus the sound quality recorded by the built-in stereo microphone isn't bad and will suffice for most casual video purposes. Autofocus works quite well during recording, and is activated by lightly pressing the shutter button.

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