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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 12 MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical Lens (Black)


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  • 12.1-megapixel multi-aspect Live MOS Sensor; Micro Four Thirds format camera
  • Kit includes 14mm lens; capture high-quality photos in 3D with optional lens
  • Full HD video capability; Venus Engine FHD enables Intelligent Resolution technology
  • 3-inch free-angle touch-screen LCD; newly-designed Touch Q-menu allows focus to be set, or shutter released, with just a touch
  • Built-in flash; compact, lightweight design for ease of use and portability
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  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • HD Compatible
  • Touch Sensitive Screen
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2: In-depth review by dpreview.com

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Although resembling the GF1 with its compact, flat-body design, the GF2 has been re-targeted at point-and-shoot upgraders through the addition of a simplified touch-screen interface. It is built around a 12MP CMOS sensor but with a more powerful processor than its predecessor, allowing AVCHD video recording of 1080i movies from 1080p capture. Are these features enough to make it stand out in this competitive market? Read our full review to find out.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 2.7 x 4.4 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004A8ZQIO
  • Item model number: DMC-GF2CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 3, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Lumix DMC-GF2, the latest of Panasonic's DSL Micro (DSLM) compact mirrorless cameras, is Panasonic's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera--complete with a built-in flash. The Lumix GF2 is compatible with lenses from the Micro Four Thirds standard, meaning the system is small and compact, while not compromising ease of operation or image quality. Even more, the Lumix GF2 is compatible with Panasonic's new 3D interchangeable lens, the Lumix G 12.5mm / F12, so users can take 3D photos.

The Lumix GF2 is extremely easy to operate for photographers at any level, thanks to a newly-designed user interface, which allows for the focus to be set, or shutter released, by simply touching the large 3-inch touch-screen LCD. The touch-screen LCD with a 460,000-dot-resolution makes taking great photos intuitive. Once a user locks on a subject by touch, the Lumix GF2 tracks the subject with the AF tracking function, even if the subject moves--making it easy to take photos of moving subjects, like children playing. The contrast AF system adopted by the Lumix DMC-GF2 is not only accurate and easy to use, but also very fast. Users can choose from a wide range of AF (Auto Focus) modes, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking.

The touch operation also dramatically shortens the time spent navigating the menus. With the Lumix GF2's newly-designed Touch Q-menu, the user can customize the camera's shortcuts with the most commonly used settings. Together with the simple button components, including dedicated buttons for video recording and iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which lights in-use, users can operate the camera intuitively with ease.

With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched. For example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background or scenery switches to the scenery mode, while a touch on the subject close to the camera switches to the close-up mode. With the MF assist mode for manual focusing, users can enlarge the subject by just a touch to select 1x, 5x or 10x and smoothly move the subject by dragging it on the screen. In iA mode and the Peripheral Defocus mode, the range of defocus can be adjusted by just moving the slider with a finger, something not possible with larger more complicated DSLR cameras that don't feature touch control.

While achieving breakthroughs in compactness of design and outstanding photo and video quality, the Panasonic Lumix GF2 can contribute its professional-level imaging performance to well-balanced engine and sensor technologies. For the image processor, the Venus Engine FHD is incorporated, featuring exceptionally high performance signal processing capabilities in both photo and movie recording. With the advanced noise reduction system employing the 3D NR and CNR (Chromatic Noise Reduction), users can capture clear, naturally-balanced images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels to help prevent the color bleeding.

Panasonic's Venus Engine FHD enables Intelligent Resolution technology, which means that three areas--outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation--are automatically detected. Then, the outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, noise reduction system is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel, resulting in images that are naturally clear and crisp in both video and photos. The 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor featured in the Lumix GF2 offers the best of both worlds--the superb image quality of a CCD sensor, plus the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor.

All of Panasonic's Lumix G-Series DSLM cameras are equipped with the highly-efficient Dust Reduction System. If dust gets inside the camera when the user changes lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in photos. The Dust Reduction System helps to reduce this risk by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles.

The Lumix GF2 shoots professional-quality full High Definition (HD) videos as well as handling still photography. The Lumix GF2 can record 1920 x 1080 videos at 60i or smooth HD 1280 x 720 movies at 60p in AVCHD. For those looking for better compatibility with computers, the Lumix GF2 can also record HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 and QVGA, VGA and WVGA. A dedicated video record button makes it easy to start shooting videos, and high quality sound is recorded with the stereo microphone for Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. Panasonic's iA mode extends to video recording, with the following features: Face Detection, Intelligent D-range Control and Intelligent Scene Selector.

The Panasonic Lumix GF2 is artistic not only in form, but also in function, as it provides an array of features that lets users capture true-to-life images while also creating their own expressive, beautiful images. The Lumix GF2 features My Color mode which is integrated with the conventional Film mode. My Color mode offers a total of eight preset effects--Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Cinema, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette, plus Custom mode, which lets users manually set the color, brightness, saturation and contrast levels. Also, with the Full-time Live View function, users can see how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, which makes it easier to capture the exact effect desired. The Lumix GF2 has 17 Scene modes, most which can be used during video shooting, too. The exposure meter can be displayed in the P/A/S/M shooting modes for entry-level users to visually learn the correlation between shutter speed and aperture to enhance their photography skills.

Product Description

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 12.1 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera (Body with Lens Kit) - Black DMC-GF2CK Digital Cameras

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It looks more vintage than newer edition. The pictures quality is great. I think it adjusts people's skin tone and let your face looks better in pictures. Read more ›
Nonetheless, generally day time photo speed is faster than G12, but not as fast as DSLR yet. However, video recording is better. Read more ›
I bought this for traveling when I dont feel like taken my DSLR with me. Its small and great for street photography. Read more ›
First, the good. Both are light weight and take marvelous pictures ,though both suffer in comparison to a Canon Eos in low light ,fast moving situations. Advantages of… Read more ›
Amazing image quality, I can take this every I go without having to carry my heavy and bulky dslr. This camera takes DSLR quality pictures! Read more ›
For example, if you have the camera on sleep mode, and if the touch screen has made contact with your shirt or vest, it activates and goes to the touch-focus mode where you… Read more ›
-Works well outside -14mm 2.5f lens works well for capturing portraits! -Small enough to fit in my "The Don" Camelbak hydration pack that I use when I go mountain biking. Read more ›
The reason I am so disappointed with the GF2 is because after purchasing it I had plans to save money and buy a decent lens every 6 months or so. But now I am reconsidering… Read more ›
It also means any of their lenses, like…The GF2 is the smallest of the lot, has a built in flash (some of the Olympus lineup don't), and has probably the best kit lens. W… Read more ›
The performance is…The Panasonic 14mm is 28mm equivalent in 35mm film terms, so it's a nice wide angle lens but not so wide you can't use it for normal street photography. Read more ›
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 - we are now firmly out of the intro…But if you do a lot of macro photography or portraits this is a beautiful lens and you do get what you pay for. Read more ›
4. I like the touchscreen, some will hate it, but I don't think it's too bad. 5. Great selection of lens 6. Sharp Read more ›
The size of it is amazingly small (body and lens), yet it delivers such a powerful, high resolution image. The video recording is excellent as well. Focusing with the 14mm… Read more ›
6. The camera sports the Lumix iA and creative scene modes, which are just as fine here…7. The video is outstanding although I did not purchase the camera for this purpose. Read more ›
Not as good as a Hollywood HD movies, but better than most camcorders I have had. Warning, even though it uses AVCDH compression, the video files are still huge. Plan on… Read more ›
After 2 months of searching for a small DSLR quality camera I finally…The GF2 meets my expectations for a small, simple, high quality camera with great still and video. I… Read more ›
Almost all of the different choices of video quality yielded great to reasonable video quality except the lowest quality choice of all, the QVGA setting from the motion… Read more ›
Panasonic 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 - If you do casual video like recording your daughters choir performance any of the normal photo lenses are fine and you will get beautiful hd… Read more ›
Really enjoy using this lens. Auto iA function works extremely well. Despite owning a high end Canon DSLR, I find I take this camera more often for family trips etc. Read more ›
The touch screen is handy, especially for picking a auto-focus region, and the whole menu system is pretty decent, although far short of iPhone standard. Read more ›
Overall, I really like the camera so far. The controls are simple. Picture quality is reasonable. Read more ›
They still have some nice physical controls on the back and 3 buttons on the top and I've never once thought to myself "I wish there was a button or wheel for that" when… Read more ›
However, at 14mm it isn't as sharp as the 14mm prime and doesn't have as large of an…It's also just a little less sharp at every setting than the older 14-45mm it replaced. Read more ›
- Wide array of available lenses (including a number…- Included 14mm pancake lens is a solid performer (and is encased in a solid black housing unlike the standalone model) Read more ›
It is fairly intuitive, with an…With the pancake focus is fast, as long as you're not pointing it at low-contrast areas, but you always have a manual focus option. The… Read more ›
The video function is dead simple with a dedicated video 'shutter' and autofocus works reasonably well. (Very little focus hunting) Read more ›
Olympus 17mm f/2.8 - Olympus usually makes fine lenses but this is one exception. The 14mm and 20mm Panasonic are sharper, faster focusing, and have wider apertures. The… Read more ›
6. Sharp 7. Fast focus 8. Menu is fairly customizable Read more ›
It's built like a tank, captures fantastic images (provided you have reasonable expectations for low-light performance) and is sized perfectly for street photography or… Read more ›
It's not quite a compact camera and some people may decide it's too big to carry in their pockets,…The performance is quite good too, crisp sharp images across the range. Read more ›
The Sony and…That large image sensor means they will have great low light performance, but each of those two systems have a single manufacturer and a limited set of lenses. Read more ›
If you are looking for a more traditional dslr like performance and shape the Panasonic G3 is a good intro level camera with quite impressive performance in a relatively… Read more ›
Compared to other compact DSLRs, this one has a much better feel…The size of it is amazingly small (body and lens), yet it delivers such a powerful, high resolution image. Read more ›
The body feels really solid and well built (less so the plastic-feeling lens housing), the ergonomics make it great to hold, and the compact body and slim lens are barely… Read more ›
My impressions: 1. Very nice camera body/handsome and solid/ I was really impressed. 2. The touch screen set-up is fun to work with and I do not find it cheap on any level 3. Read more ›
update: 2/26/2011, CHANGE MY RATING TO 4 STARS, took some pictures outside at bright sunlight, clear sky with iso 200 with the 14mm pancake at around 10am in the morning. Th… Read more ›
I took some high iso images. It seems like the iso800 is my breaking point for images with acceptable noise. At 1600, you can see prominent noise, and softness probably… Read more ›
It was not in this location on the GF1. My ZS7 and FZ35 have very nice controls and Q.Menu button works well in those cameras. The control pad buttons also seems to stick… Read more ›
They still have some nice physical controls on the back and 3 buttons on the top and I've never once thought to myself "I wish there was a…It's a well though out interface. Read more ›
Some GF1 users have complained about the…I was a little nervous about that too, but after having used the camera for a few months I can say the touch screen is brilliant. Read more ›
I am not sure if that will affect it at all. The screen protector works quite well. It is very easy to apply. Read more ›
By no means is this the best micro four thirds body on the…However, if you're looking for a great value in a second body, the GF2 is a solidly built little performer. A… Read more ›
A seriously good camera; functionality a huge step above a digital compact, with portability a huge step above a DSLR, and well priced. Read more ›
Compared to other compact DSLRs, this one has a much better feel…The size of it is amazingly small (body and lens), yet it delivers such a powerful, high resolution image. Read more ›
update: 2/26/2011, CHANGE MY RATING TO 4 STARS, took some pictures outside at bright sunlight, clear sky with iso 200 with the 14mm…The pictures have great resolution. H… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Joel Schopp VINE VOICE on May 13, 2011
Traditonal DSLR or Mirrorless?
Let me start by saying I think traditional Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) will be in serious decline over the next few years. With an electronic viewfinder and high speed contrast autofocus mirrorless cameras will match the performance of their traditional dslr counterparts at the same format size. They will also offer benefits that can't be matched in a traditional dslr in terms of size, weight, and lens cost. The lens cost advantage comes from not being constrained to have light hit the sensor without distortion, as the distortion can be corrected digitally without any loss. The 14mm lens here is a perfect example. It is very small, light, and relatively cheap. With this lens if you took a picture of a rectangular grid and looked at the unprocessed raw file you'd see the grid lines bend in an arc, but you'll never see that lens distortion because the processed raw files, in camera jpegs, and view screen automatically adjust and bring the distortion back to imperceptible. If size and weight of camera and lenses aren't a factor for you then a traditional dslr from Canon or Nikon or one of the others may be a better choice for you. I've always thought the best camera is the one you have with you, and you are more likely to have the mirrorless camera with you because it is smaller and lighter.

Which Mirrorless System?
So if you want to get into Mirroless which system should you go with? Currently there are three choices. Sony's NEX system, Samsung NX system, or Olympus & Panasonic's micro 4/3 systems. The Sony and Samsung systems use the aps-c image sensor size that traditional dslrs use but use incompatible mounts.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Z. Cheng on February 23, 2011
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I just got my GF2 today. This is going to be a preliminary review after a few poking around. I still need more time to play with it a bit more to get the best out of it. However, I just want to give some information to people who want to get this camera. Some information is better than no information at all, right? So please don't throw bricks on me for reviewing an item I just have for a few hours.

Before I get this camera, I did quite some extensive research on it. Let's talk about the cons people concern about. The major complaints for this camera are that:

1. The mode dial on top has been removed compared to the GF1.

I think I don't miss the mode dial for one. I own another DSLR camera with all the mode dials and bottons here and there. Yes, it gives you the convenience. However, my purpose of getting this camera is because of its small size so that I can bring it out more often than the big DSLR, not to mention all the attention the big DSLR draws. I want to practice photography, not mode dialing! By the way, the mode dial is replaced by a big icon, be it "M" "S" "A", etc. on the upper left corner of the screen. One touch of that icon lets you choose any mode you want. So all you miss is a tweak of the dial from a touch of the screen.

2. The touch screen is not so sensitive
Yes, and no. First of all, I put a screen protector Lexerd - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 TrueVue Anti-glare Digital Camera Screen Protector (Dual Pack Bundle)on it. I am not sure if that will affect it at all. The screen protector works quite well. It is very easy to apply.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lee on March 6, 2011
So I have been waiting for this camera for a very long time since it was announced. It seemed like it took forever to get to the US market. I was in the market for a better 'carry around' camera since our P&S was lost. I didn't want to buy another P&S and wanted something better to more photos that were 'keepers'. I was tired of the P&S cameras taking forever to focus, lack of manual settings, and the slow shutters. I read into the 4/3s format and was sold. I went with the GF2 because of the reviews and I got a deal on it. I came from a Canon SD990 which I loves but is now lost and have a Canon 7D. Carrying around a SLR body just wasn't going to happen either. Instead of writing a whole summary, I'll just list out the good and bad about this camera.

Pros:
1. Small enough to carry around
2. All the manual features you need
3. Has pop up flash unlike the EPL-2 and Nex5
4. I like the touchscreen, some will hate it, but I don't think it's too bad.
5. Great selection of lens
6. Sharp
7. Fast focus
8. Menu is fairly customizable

Cons
1. Not small enough to be pocketable
2. Flash not useful most of the time. Can hold down to use as popup flash, but have found that depending on room, it produces a odd washed out brown hue
3. Not the best in low light conditions. This needs about 2 stops up to keep up with the same SLR shutter in the same shot
4. No real exposure compensation using dial. It just bumps up/down the shutter/aperature
5. Some washed out colors/shots. Many of the shots lacked contrast
6. Flash take a few seconds to recycle. Don't expect to take 2 pics back to back using flash within a second or so of each other
7. Battery life is weak.
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