Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour



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”Here are some general test shots taken with the GF2 and lenses as stated to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range of the respective optics.”


This festive Santa image taken handheld without flash with the 14mm test lens, camera in program mode and white balance and ISO set to Auto, has produced a pleasingly colourful and moreover sharp result


A 2D image taken with the 3D lens available for the GF2 and with an early production sample of the camera in this instance. The 2D image at a default 1600×1200 pixels is noticeably soft compared with the results from regular 14mm and 14-42mm lens; more of an aide memoire than keepsake


Taken at the wideangle end of the 14-42mm kit zoom, this image betrays itself with some pixel fringing noticeable on the very top branches of the tree


An image which illustrates the vividness of the GF2’s performance when it comes to colours, which veer toward the strikingly warm as a default

Score in detail

  • Value 8
  • Image Quality 8


Camera type Digital SLR, Mirrorless Camera
Megapixels (Megapixel) 12.1 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 12x
Image Sensor 17.3x13mm Live Mos sensor
Optical focal length Dependent on lens in use
Shutter speed 1/4000-60
Auto focus Contrast AF system (Face Detection, AF tracking, 23 area focusing, 1 area focusing, touch)
Manual focus Yes
Max output resolution 4000x3000
Other resolutions 2816x2112, 2048x1536, 1600x1200 in 4:3 aspect ratio
Focus range Dependent on lens in use
Exposure control P, A, S, M
Exposure metering Intelligent, Multiple Centre weighted and Spot
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV steps, +/- 3EV
Image Stabilisation Optical
ISO settings Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
LCD Monitor 3-inch, 460k dot resolution fixed LCD
Viewfinder N/A
Flash range 20cm to 4.8m with 14mm lens, 1m to 3.4m with 14-42mm lens
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red eye reduction, Forced on, Forced on/Red eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow sync/Red eye reduction, Forced off
White balance modes Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent light, flash, 3 custom settings
Drive modes Single, continuous
Image formats Raw, JPEG
Picture adjustments Colour, Black & White, contrast, sharpness, saturation, noise reduction
Video (max res/format) 1920x1080 at 30fps, with stereo sound
Movie length Up to 140 minutes
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC
Supplied memory N/A
Batteries supplied Lithium ion pack
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output HDMI
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 112.8mm
Depth (Millimeter) 67.8mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 265g body onlykg