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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 12 MP Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless 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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||300 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Type||Built In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI TypeC|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.68 x 1.3 x 4.45 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.68 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,010 Milliamp Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||30 Days and Manufacturer|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||2.5 inches|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine FHD|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Supersonic wave filter|
|Shipping Weight||2.25 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||AVCHD, Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.3 x 4.45 x 2.68 in||2.67 x 1.29 x 4.44 in||4.41 x 1.29 x 2.67 in||2.6 x 1.3 x 4.2 in||1.26 x 4.25 x 2.64 in||1.38 x 4.25 x 2.62 in|
|Item Weight||0.68 lb||1.05 lbs||1 lb||7.84 ounces||0.58 lb||0.58 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||18 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)||—||micro_four_thirds||micro_four_thirds||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)||APS-C CMOS (22.3 x 14.9mm)|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1280 x 720||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 Full HD|
|Viewfinder||None||electronic viewfinder||Optical||LCD||None||Flexible LCD|
Shipping Depth: 7.7 Shipping Height: 4.4 Shipping Width: 5.5 Master Pack Qty: 1 General Information Manufacturer: Panasonic Manufacturer Part Number: DMC-GF2CK Brand Name: Panasonic Product Line: Lumix Product Series: G Product Model: DMC-GF2 Product Name: Lumix DMC-GF2 Mirrorless Camera Marketing Information: The LUMIX GF2 is Panasonics signature DSL Micro Compact system camera in its mirrorless line-up, as it it's the smallest and lightest model offered by Panasonic, while still offering the superb image quality expected from LUMIX. Comparing to the GF1, its predecessor, the GF2 has been reduced approximately 19% in size and approximately 7% in weight yet is still retains its signature built-in flash and all metal body. Product Type: Mirrorless Camera Display & Graphics Screen Size: 3 Display Screen Type: LCD Touchscreen: Yes Display Resolution: 460000 Pixel Effective Camera Resolution: 12.1 Megapixel Total Camera Resolution: 13.1 Megapixel Image Sensor Type: Live MOS Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Image Formats: JPEG Image Formats: RAW Maximum Image Resolution: 4000 x 3000 Video Video Formats: QuickTime Motion JPEG Maximum Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Maximum Frame Rate: 60 fps Lens Wide Angle: Yes Autofocus Points: 23 Focus Modes: Auto Focus Modes: Manual Minimum Focus Distance: 0.01 Flash Flash Modes: Rear Curtain Sync Flash Modes: Auto Flash Flash Modes: Flash OFF Flash Modes: Flash ON Flash Modes: Red-eye Reduction Viewfinder Viewfinder Type: No Memory Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital (SD) Card Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Interfaces/Ports USB: Yes HDMI: Yes PictBridge: Yes Battery Information Number of Batteries Supported: 1 Battery Size Supported: Proprietary Battery Size Battery Built-in: No Battery Included: Yes Battery Rechargeable: Yes Physical Characteristics Color: Black Camera Assembly: Body with Lens Kit Height: 2.7 Width: 4.4 Depth: 1.
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.
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If you already have a smartphone with a decent camera for those random "OMG!" moments, and perhaps even a bigger SLR setup from Nikon or Canon that can handle your once-in-a-lifetime shots (top of Mt. Fuji, daughter's wedding, anything where delay is critical) the GF2+14mm is a great, low-cost kit. It's small enough to keep in your laptop bag or purse most of the time, which leads to some wonderful moments where you can snag a near-pro-quality image at the intersection, restaurant, or living room where interesting things tend to happen.
I still miss having a "real" viewfinder and the dedicated physical controls for ISO, aperture, and shutter speed that I had on my Nikon bodies, but none of that matters much when I'm able to capture an image that simply *would not exist* if I had left my camera at home (as I tended to do with a bulkier SLR kit). The near-silent operation (compared to any body with a heavy glass mirror to throw around) is nice, too.
For those moving up from a compact camera and less concerned with lens availability, the Sony or Samsung equivalents offer slightly more features, and the Olympus "digital PEN" bodies have slightly better manual control and in-body stabilization. In terms of bang-for-buck, though, it's tough to beat this kit or the GF2 + 14-42mm zoom lens version.
In short, it's definitely a worthwhile companion to a larger SLR setup for folks concerned with weight and size but spoiled by prosumer-level features like high-ISO shooting, RAW capture, and fast manual exposure control.
What I love about this camera is that it feels and looks amazing. Compared to other compact DSLRs, this one has a much better feel to it. 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 lens on the Panasonic GF2 is extremely fast.
What I think can be improved is the battery life; it only lasts 300-320 shots depending on the lens. The LCD screen also isn't the best of its kind. Another thing that can be improved is low light condition shots and high ISO. Although the GF2 has the option to go to ISO 6200, it is virtually useless because of the amount of noise it creates. Even at ISO 800 there is considerable amount of noise. But it can be fixed with Adobe Lightroom or slower shutter speed. Also, when you shoot in low light conditions, the intelligent auto feature is somewhat lacking as it can't compensate for the hand shaking, which results in very blurry images. If image stabilization was built into the camera it would have been perfect.
Overall the pros outweigh the cons. The things that needs to be improved with the camera is easily fixable (except the LCD screen). This camera is best for anyone that wants amazing images without having to carry around a giant DSLR.
GF2 seems like the fit. The size and specs fit between the 2 cameras I have, especially its HD video recording feature. However, after a few days of use, I found that AF feature has more problem during low light indoor environment. It would not auto focus well,it was so blur.
The low light environment wasn't even that dark. There was a case taking video during sunset hour inside the house, with regular 60W light bulb. The focus went outside the center, so the focus went to "outer ring". I tried using photo mode. It is better.
Nonetheless, generally day time photo speed is faster than G12, but not as fast as DSLR yet. However, video recording is better. That's the compromise I can take.
The video function is dead simple with a dedicated video 'shutter' and autofocus works reasonably well. (Very little focus hunting)
The growing arsenal of available Panasonic lenses shows the m4/3 is a viable format and will provide shooters with a full array of tools