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Panasonic Lumix GF2 Unveiled

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Panasonic has finally announced the latest version of its Micro compact mirrorless cameras the Lumix DMC-GF2 – which is a smaller and lighter version of its GF1.

The GF2 will face quite a bit of competition in what is quickly becoming a crowded market place - from its own Lumic G1, the Olympus PEN E-P1, Sony's NEX range and proprietary systems seen in Ricoh's GXR and Samung NX10.

Panasonic claims its newest Micro Four Thirds digital camera is the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera on the market. The claim is backed up by the fact that the GF2 is 7 per cent lighter and 19 per cent smaller than its predecessor. Despite the reduction in weight and size the GF2 still has a built-in flash.

There has been a re-design of its user-interface and the GF2 boasts a 3in touch-screen LCD screen. There are a range of Auto Focus (AF) modes available including face detection and an AF tracking feature to make it easy for taking photos on the move.

One of the most exciting developments with the GF2 is that it's compatible with Panasonic’s new 3D interchangeable lens, the Lumix G 2.5mm/F12, so users can take 3D photos. The GF2 boasts a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor and can shoot full HD video 1920 x 1080 in AVCHD.

Something called Intelligent Scene Selector sees the camera automatically switch to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched. For example, a touch on a face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background or scenery switches to the scenery mode. The Lumix GF2 will be available in January 2011 and pricing will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipment.

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