Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Review

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Overview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Camera

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF2 is currently the smallest Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) camera on the market. It’s a combination of a compact camera and a DSLR which is fast and has a lot of functions, providing good quality images with interchangeable lens in a small-size and easy-to-use camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GF2 Review Buy

Panasonic Lumix DMC GF2 Review Buy

The Lumix DMC-GF2 may not be interesting with professional photographers. However, if you’re trading up from a compact snapper, or seeking a capable back-up camera for your DSLR, the DMC-GF2 will prove well worth a look.

At a price of $700, you will get a Lumix DMC-GF2 camera with a 14mm f/2.5 lens. Available in four different body colors, this camera is not only an advanced model, but it also has stylish and modern fashion.

Summary of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Camera

Pros

  • Small, compact body and lens.
  • Simple to use.
  • Fast and sharp autofocus.
  • Well-displayed LCD screen
  • Responsive touch screen.
  • Fashionable design, 4 body color options

Cons

  • Lack of viewfinder
  • Touch to hold camera when built-in flash is in used.
  • LCD screen may be too bright in sunlight.
  • Camera functions couldn’t meet the need of professional photographers.

Description

  • Resolution: 12.1 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • LCD: 3.0-inch touch screen, 460,000 pixels
  • Maximum image size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion
  • Dimensions: 2.67 x 4.44 x 1.29 inches
  • Weight: 16.75 ounces (with lens, battery, and memory card)
  • Image sensor: 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS
  • Movie modes: Full HD, 1080/60i

Detail Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Camera

Image Quality

In DIL camera range, your lens quality will decide your image quality. In a hand-on experience, we equipped the Lumix DMC-GF2 with a small, fixed 14mm lens. This Panasonic camera provides good sharp and vibrant images in result. Autofocus and exposure are accurate most of the time. Besides, you will be noticed by a flashing light on the screen in case the camera can not focus the object.

Whether shooting in fully automatic mode or in manual-control mode, the DMC GF2 can also produces great image quality.

There are four aspect ratios that you can choose before shooting – 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, or even 16:9. However, at the 4:3 ratio, DMC-GF2 only support the maximum resolution of 12MP.

Performance

 The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 offers an surprising speed of responding. It takes only about 0.9 second to power on, focus, and shoot. You typically can shoot two sequential shots in no-time delay, with an accurate autofocus most of the time.

If you are new on the road to professional photography, the DMC-GF2 is a good choice to start with. It not only provides an effective automatic mode but also has a variety of advance manual modes that you can experience yourself – Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.

Don’t worry if you are totally new with photography. With dedicated “iA” (intelligent auto) button, you can easily switch from any manual mode into fully automatic mode. If you’re ever confused or lost in the menus, just tap it and you can start shooting images in auto mode. By supporting 17 scene modes, the DMC-GF2 makes shooting an easy process in every conditions of lighting.

Design

The Panasonic GF2 – just like other DIL camera – has a fashionable design with 4 color options for the body: black, silver, red, or white.

The Lumix DMC-GF2 provides a solid touch-screen experience .It’s fairly large, measuring 3 inches diagonally, and it has a respectable 460,000-pixel resolution, ensuring clarity even on dull days. However, although you can set up the LCD’s brightness level, the screen seems not to display well in direct sunlight.

There’s a dedicated shutter release button, like on a traditional camera, but you can also tap the screen to focus or snap a picture. LCD screen helps you see objects clearer, so you can focus and shoot extremely sharp images.

A small issue with the GF2’s screen is it may collect fingerprints of the user. Therefore, microfiber cloth is recommended when using this screen.

With no electronic viewfinder included in the basic kit (it will be available as an optional extra), user is reliant on the touch screen for almost every aspect of the camera’s operation. The top of the camera has a hot shoe for flash attachments, which user can buy from Panasonic. On the back, above the LCD is a port for other accessories.

Compare to its predecessor, Lumix DMC-GF1, the Lumix GF2 has a smaller and slighter body in design. User can easily hold and shoot even with only one hand. However, built-in flash may cause inconvenience while operation. To be designed in the popup style, user may feel uncomfortable to hold the camera while the flash is in used.

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