Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera W/14-42mm Lens (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera W/14-42mm Lens (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera W/14-42mm Lens (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera W/14-42mm Lens (Black)


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Product Highlights

  • 12.1MP Resolution Live MOS Sensor
  • 3" LCD Display W/460,000-Dot Resolution
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (28-84mm Equivalent)
  • Accepts Micro Four Thirds Lenses
  • Small, Light Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • Accepts 3D Interchangeable Lens
  • Built-In Flash
  • Use Touch-Screen for Fast Operation
  • HD Video at 1920x1080
  • Easy to Use With iA Function
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Panasonic DMC-GF2 overview

  • 1Description

If you wanna shrink a full featured camera system with interchangeable lenses down to a manageable size (without losing any functions), try Prof. Marvell's Patented Shrink-o-Matic Ray--or, you can check out the Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera W/14-42mm Lens (Black) from Panasonic, the smallest and lightest (at the time of release) interchangeable lens camera available.

This Micro Four Thirds contender is 19% smaller and 7% lighter than its immediate predecessor, but still has a 12.1MP Live MOS sensor, a lightweight 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (equivalent to 28-84mm) 3x zoom lens, dazzling 1920 x 1080 HD video, and is compatible with the full range of Micro Four Thirds lenses (including Panasonic's 3D 12.5mm f/12 lens)--in short, the speed and customization of an SLR camera in highly portable form.

A bright 3" 460,000-dot LCD display for composition and review can also be used as a touch-screen for making and changing settings like focus and exposure--a touch on a human face, for instance, 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.

Despite its tiny size, the GF2 is packed with photo and video goodies. The My Color mode offers 7 preset imaging effects (such as Retro, Elegant, Cinema, Monochrome, Silhouette, etc.), and also allows users to customize color, brightness, and saturation on the fly. 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. The body supports autofocus during video recording and Movie Program Mode allows for selective depth-of-field control.

Additional features of the DMC-GF2 include a built-in pop-up flash, contrast detection autofocus, integrated dust reduction technology, and high ISO 6400 sensitivity. 

Smallest, Lightest System Camera
Smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera.
12.1MP Resolution
12.1MP Live MOS sensor has the superb image quality of a CCD sensor, plus the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor.
14-42mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
The Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. wide-angle lens is equivalent to a 28-84mm zoom lens in 35mm format.
Compatible With Micro Four Thirds Lenses
Compatible with lenses from the Micro Four Thirds standard, including Panasonic's new 3D interchangeable lens
Easy Operation
Extremely easy to operate, with a redesigned user interface, which allows for the focus to be set, or shutter released, by simply touching the large 3" touch-screen LCD, which has brilliant 460,000-dot resolution.
Simple Touch-Screen Operation
The touch-screen operation dramatically shortens the time spent navigating the menus. With the 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.
iA Mode for Automatic Settings
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.
AF Tracking System
The fast contrast AF focus system has an AF tracking function that makes it easy to take photos of moving subjects by automatically keeping the focus on your subject.
Venus Engine FHD Image Processor
The Venus Engine FHD image processor features 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.
Intelligent Resolution Technology
The Venus Engine FHD enables Intelligent Resolution technology, in which 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 is applied to make it smoother. In addition to the uniform enhancement of sharpness, Intelligent Resolution performs signal processing pixel by pixel, resulting in images that are naturally clear and crisp in both video and photos.
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 highly efficient 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.
1920x1080 HD Video
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 a high quality sound is recorded with the stereo microphone for Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. Panasonic's iA mode extends to video recording, featuring AF Tracking that lets you select the subject by simply touching it on the screen, and track the subject if it moves. 5 detection and correction functions including the AF tracking are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you can get stunning HD movies every time. iA Movie functions also includes Face Detection, Shake Detection - Mega O.I.S., and advanced light detection Intelligent D-range Control.
My Color 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.
Scene Modes
There are 17 Scene modes, most of which can be used during video shooting, too.
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera W/14-42mm Lens (Black)
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • Body Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Shoulder Strap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Stylus Pen
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic DMC-GF2 specs

    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD
    Memory Card Type SD
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 75 Min
    Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100-6400
    Shutter 60 - 1/4000  
    Metering Method Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Kelvin, Shade, Preset Manual
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 Second
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
    Connectivity AV Output
    HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Battery 1Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.3" / 11.2 x 6.9 x 3.3 cm
    Weight 9.35 oz / 265.07 g Body only
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 14 - 42mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22
    Angle of View 75° - 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.0' / 30.48 cm
    Magnification 0.16x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Image Stabilization No
    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.39 x 2.5" / 6.07 x 6.35 cm
    Weight 5.82 oz / 165 g

    Panasonic DMC-GF2 reviews

    Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Micro Four Thirds Camera W/14-42mm Lens (Black) is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 53.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best camera i've ever owned i love this camera. i've had a variety of digital camera's over the years and i really wanted to step up my game. i am not a professional by any means but the photos i have been able to take with this camera are nothing less than stunning. i put a 32GB chip in it and can shoot photos faster than i need to .. the HD video is incredible. i haven't had the camera for more than a couple of weeks and i am still finding features i haven't uncovered. it's an easy piece of equipment for anyone from a consumer to professional to navigate and the interchangeable lens system is an absolute plus. love the lumix gf2!
    Date published: 2011-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Camera I used to have a Canon G9 which I loved. I broke and I decided to get a camera on the next level. Mirrorless Camera to me provide the best of the DSLR world and of the compacts. It is a small camera that I can carry in my pocketbook but functions like a DSLR. I originally got the Olympus EPL2 but did not like it much. The Panosonic touch screen to me in more intuitive and is seemed to me to have less noise in my photos. The GF2 is a easy to use camera but has lots of great functionality. Its special automatic button lets the camera auto set it to whatever mode it thinks will work best and is usually quite good. The GF2 is quick and can really take some beautiful pictures.
    Date published: 2011-04-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lumix GF-2 is a good camera I had bought this camera to replace my GF-1 that someone had broken. At first i didn't like it, but I got use to it. The first thing I noticed was the remote shutter option was messing from the GF-1. I like to take timelapse photo shoots and I can no longer do this. However the picture quality does seem to come out nicer. The stereo microphones on the video is a nice new feature. Also the upgrade to 1080p is a nice video option. The 3D option I feel is a gimmick and not worth very much. All in all this camera is very worth the price and the photos are great. It has some advantages over the GF-1, but also some disadvantages. Check it out for yourself.
    Date published: 2011-07-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touch screen more useful than i thought I had originally purchased the Olympus E-PL2 and exchanged it for the GF2 because of the red dot issue. It's picture quality is not as good as the EPL2 but it is good enough for those printing regular size prints. I do wish it had in body image stabilization though. The touch screen proved to be more useful than I thought due to the fact that you can use it as a shutter button and the pinpoint focus points. It is slower to focus that way but not by that much. The battery life is as stated, I got about 310 shots with a charge without using flash much and lots of continuous autofocus use which is pretty good.
    Date published: 2011-06-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from When size really does matter As a food and travel journalist, the lightest possible kit that gets great photos is key to be able to do my job (and make $$ selling photos). Stepping down from a standard DSLR means that I actually carry the gear rather than leaving it in the room. Small size of GF-2, even with the bigger zooms, means it fits in a small kit. It is the perfect complement to the LX-3, with its great handling of low-light food shots without flash. Live viewfinder extends usability in bright light.
    Date published: 2011-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect compromise I've owned DSLRs as well as compacts over 15 years but sell them because it's too big to carry around (DSLR) or not high enough quality (compacts). m4/3 cameras were theoretically the perfect compromise but the models were still a bit too large to easily take with me (recently sold EP1 but kept lenses). The GF2 finally delivers on the promise of m4/3: ultra small, almost compact size, but versatility via interchangeable lenses. You also get image quality somewhere in between a compact and DSLR.
    Date published: 2011-02-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good walk around with DSLR capable range I wanted a walk around light and have some DSLR capability of range with different lens. Pretty good for that replacement, however a bit disappointed in the IQ aspects. IQ a bit grainy at all ISO ranges. Tried many settings to no avail. Finally settled with the fact that the IQ cant match those of the higher Prosumer bodies. Of cos with the price thats what is expected. Nevertheless, the best camera is the one you have with you when you need to take a shot. An the GF2 is probably the most portable DSLR
    Date published: 2011-06-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice fusion of point-and-shoot and SRL We replaced a point-and-shoot camera, but were not willing to go to a full SRL. Our main objective is to document our growing family (i.e. small kids) and our whereabouts (vacations, birthdays). The GF2 is really nice for this purpose. It takes better images than our old camera, with richer colors, better autofocus and exposure control. We use the GF2 primarerly with the 20mm/1.7 which allows us to take images indoor using only natural light.
    Date published: 2011-03-01
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