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Panasonic Lumix GF2 Unveiled

David Gilbert


Panasonic Lumix GF2 Unveiled

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.

Hamish Campbell

November 4, 2010, 4:43 pm

Well, having just bought a GF1 about a month ago, I was a bit worried about what I was going to be missing out on with this release.

Fortunately I'm not bummed out this time, its a bit of a move by panny to a more 'compact' style camera, with more auto stuff and less buttons (I'm not a photographer but button access is still awesome to have). Performance doesn't seem to be much improved (for me the only thing would have been if the AF suddenly became super awesome or something) and the additional things like 1080 vid, stereo mic and touch screen, are not things I personally am interested in.

Plus the dropping of the 20mm lens is a real shame for buyers.

I wonder if it will lead to a significant reduction in the GF1 price thought? Then I could be bummed :)


November 4, 2010, 4:45 pm

What about the Sony NEX 3/5

Hamish Campbell

November 4, 2010, 4:57 pm

@Zero : was that to me?


November 4, 2010, 5:58 pm

Had already decided my perfect SLD would be a GF1 + 20mm pancake, only about £100 cheaper. Hopefully once the GF2 is out, this is exactly what will happen. The GF2 is smaller, which is good, but IQ seems similar, not interested in a touch screen, and I like mode dials. Also, a 20mm lens would seem generally more versatile than a very wide 14mm one. I'd happily take the older model if it dropped in price.

Btw, seen the E-P1 + kit 14-42mm for £309 in Currys. A real bargain, but everyone seems to complain about slow AF, no AF assist lamp, no flash and slightly loose optics with the lens extended. Also, the Oly 17mm isn't highly rated, and the Pany 20mm is £280 on it's own, so the GF1 kit seems better value, though currently still expensive at around £530.


November 4, 2010, 6:20 pm

It's a shame that Panasonic seem to draw their styling cues from 1980's sports cars.


November 4, 2010, 7:18 pm

@Matt - I did this with my Oly 17mm - http://www.flickr.com/photos/5... - It's not that bad in my opinion.

That offer is really good, I know what I would do ;)


November 4, 2010, 7:43 pm

@Haim no when I wrote my message there were no comments. I am saying there is the NEX by sony as well as the NX10 by samsung and G1, GF1 etc....


November 5, 2010, 12:29 am

@David Gilbert - I'm not quite sure why you'd mention the Panasonic G1, the Olympus PEN E-P1 and the Samsung NX10 as part of the GF2's competition, since they're all "older" models by now. Panasonic has already released the newer G2, Olympus the PEN E-P2 and Samsung the NX100, so it would have made more sense to me to mention them instead. Just an observation...

@Matt - If you feel that the 20mm lens is more versatile than the 14mm one, then that's fine. But I wouldn't call the 14mm lens very wide, just normal(ly wide), since it has a 28mm equivalent focal length compared to a 35mm camera. The 20mm lens however isn't that wide at all, due to it's 40mm equivalent focal length.


November 5, 2010, 5:11 pm

@JK - Thanks for the heads up, I hadn't realised that. I currently use a TZ7 (which I love), and often use that near it's widest setting, which is 25mm equivalent. If I do wind up getting a MFT, I can only afford one lens and would want a prime due to the compact size (with a zoom you're not meaningfully far off an SLR, though weight is less). Had thought the 20mm would be a good all-rounder (and I'm sure it is), but the Oly 17mm and Panny 14mm seem worth investigating then.


November 9, 2010, 9:10 pm

Purchased a twin lens kit Sony NEX-5 (16mm pancake & 18-55mm zoom)over the weekend in lieu of waiting for this camera. With the Sony VAT rebate, less than £510. Interface greatly improved by v3 firmware update. Can't praise this product enough.

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