Panasonic GF2

An update to the pocket line of Panasonic m4/3 cameras, many were disappointed with what seemed to be a move away from an enthusiast-centric design of the GF1 to a more consumer design. 

  • Sensor: 12mp Panasonic CMOS sensor, 17.3 x 13mm (2x crop)
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 (m4/3)
  • Images: 4000 x 3000 JPEG or 12-bit raw maximum, 3.2 fps max 
  • Video:  1080i/60, 720P/60/30, 480P/30 (wide and normal), 240P/30, AVCHD video files with stereo PCM audio
  • Shutter: mechanical 60 sec to 1/4,000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: multi, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 5 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-6400, AUTO ISO
  • Focus: 23 point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3" 460k dot fixed LCD, optional EVF
  • Flash: pop-up flash included (6m ISO 100 GN), hot shoe, 1/160 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync
  • Remote: none
  • Other Notable Features: powered accessory slot
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery: DMW-BLD10
  • Size: 4.5 x 2.7 x 1.3" (113 x 68 x 33mm) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 11 ounces (310g)
  • Colors: Silver, Black
  • Price: no longer available
  • Current Firmware: version 1.1 (October 2011)
  • Announced: Nov 2010 (discontinued)


Thom's Mini Review: As much as some complained about the dumming down of the GF1, I still like this camera, though it does take a bit of getting used to with the removal of a number of buttons and the Mode dial. It's a bit smaller than the GF1, and it has better video capabilities, but we did lose some things, like the remote release and second curtain flash. The battery capacity is lower, too, which means fewer shots per charge. All in all, the GF1 is still the best of the pocket bunch from Panasonic, but pocket cams should be simple, no? It still takes the same shots the GF1 did, you just don't have as much control. If you can pick one up cheap as they slowly go out of stock, it's not a bad choice for a m4/3 body. But with Olympus' aggressive discounting of discontinued models, you'd have to consider them first, I think.


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