By Gavin Stoker
Reviewed: 3 Jan 2011
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 Digital Camera with 2 Lumix Lenses and Extra Battery
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Camera - RED- BODY ONLY- White Box
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 12.1 MP Digital Camera body only
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera (Body) - Silver
Lumix DMC-GF2 12.1 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera with Lens - 14 mm - 42 mm - Black (3" Touchscreen LCD - 16:9 - 3x Optical Zoom - Optical IS - 4000 x 3000 Image - 1920 x 1080 Video - HDMI - PictBridge - HD Movie Mode)
Design score means Build score and Performance means Image Quality? :)
I bought the GF1 about 6 months ago, so was kinda relieved (in a sad selfish sort of way) when the GF2 turned out to be more a re-focusing of the camera rather than an upgrade.I know next to nothing about this stuff but have read a number of people were disappointed with the change to the new prime lens (pancake) as the 20mm that came with the GF1 was well regarded and the new supposedly somewhat of a step down in quality.
Great review, but no full resolution samples? Also, we need crops to check out the ISO performance.
Thanks for the review, Gavin. As I asked your predecessor on several occasions, PLEASE tell us about the shutter noise on mirrorless cameras - they really should be completely silent by now. The Samsung NX100 is the quietest I've handled so far, whilst the Sony NEX's are the noisiest. I shan't upgrade my Canon G11 until near-silent shutters are available.
Does the 3d effect get reduced because the camera sensors are much closer together than a normal pair of eyes?
@RayJust curiosity - what's the problem with shutter noise?
Gavin, great review. Full resolution crops in the review or links to the original jpeg files would be very helpful when evaluating image quality. Which lens was used for the test photos? Cheers
Thanks for the comments. We have added an image quality score, and full res images will be in future reviews, which are being written as I type.
Pretty spot-on assessment, although I think TR was a bit lenient with the final score.The most egregious omission compared to the GF1 is the loss of the AEL button, making focus/exposure lock more of a chore than it needs to be. This is especially important in m43 with its limited dynamic range and tendency to clip highlights.Another negative point is that the bundled 14/2.5 lens is fairly average, whereas the 20/1.7 was good enough reason to get the GF1 just for the lens.But nitpicking aside, I do agree that m43 is still a credible alternative (though not necessarily replacement) to APS-C DSLRs. The portability alone is a great reason to get the system, and it still boasts a larger lens selection than, say, NEX. Also, the NEX, while theoretically able to drive some Alpha mount lenses (with adapter), is very slow to focus when doing so (slower than, say, the GF2 with most 4/3 lenses).If you're shooting in low light, though, you probably want a Pentax K-5 or Nikon D7000.
@Ray HopperWhen I recently tried out the Sony NEX-3D my local Sony Centre I was amazed as how the shutter noise took me back to the days of `proper` cameras - for me it isn't a problem &, in fact, would be a desirable `feature`:)
@piesforyou and matt g baishThere are a small minority of photographers, of which I am one, working in theatres, concert halls and rehearsal rooms etc., to whom shutter noise is anathema. IMO street photography also sometimes benefits from silence.
@Ray Hopper.That makes sense. If reviewers won't review the shutter noise, then just go down to PC world etc, and try out the camera.
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