Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 at a glance

According provided by Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 camera many thanks the store ProFotoSale, where you can find many new and used ones. cameras, including cameras of Micro 4/3 system.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. increase.

The GF2 was introduced on November 4, 2010 and replaced the previous model. GF1... The GF line includes compact cameras of the Micro 4/3 system.

For its time, the camera had several very interesting and useful features: a touchscreen display that allows you to select focus areas with a tap and take a picture, FULL HD 60i video with tracking focus, many autofocus settings and many small useful features.

The camera was produced in the following colors: black, silver, white, red (shown in this review) and pink.

Main

  1. GF2 uses CMOS sensor 12 MPwhich creates images with a maximum size of 4000 x 3000 pixels. Many cameras are based on modifications of this sensor: Panasonic G1, G2, GF1, GF2 (from this review), GF3, GF5 и G10as well as cameras Olympus PEN E-P1, PEN E-P2, PEN E-P3, PEN E-PL1, PEN E-PL1s, PEN E-PL2, PEN E-PL3, PEN E-PM1... This is a fairly old sensor, for the first time it could be seen back in August 2008 for the model Panasonic G1... In terms of image quality capabilities, it is similar to the similar 12MP sensor used in 4/3 SLR cameras: Olympus E-5, E-30, E-600, E-620.
  2. The ISO range is 100-6400 in 1/3 or 1-stop increments. There is auto-ISO with the ability to select the upper limit of ISO in the range from 200 to 1600 units (in 1 stop increments). The noise level at high ISO is quite high and it is best to use the noise reduction functions after ISO 400.
  3. Mechanical shutter, s shutter speed from 1/4000 second to 60 seconds. Exposure 1/160 second sync. Exposure by hand up to 4 minutes.
  4. Contrast-only focusing, no hybrid AF using phase sensors. Focusing is fast, there are many settings and operating modes. Focus stability is highly dependent on the lens used and the shooting conditions. With lens 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS the camera behaves very well.
  5. FULL HD 60i / 50i AVCHD, maximum 17 Mbps, however, the sensor itself only gives the original 30 / 25p. There is a built-in stereo microphone. There is HDMI as well as USB 2.0.
  6. Display 3 inches and 460.000 dots, not rotatable, sensory, 60 fps. Mediocre enough. The GF2 is one of the first touch-sensitive cameras of its kind. Using the sensor, you can select the focus point, take a picture and adjust the camera. There is a port for connecting an external EVI.
  7. Maximum burst speed with support for autofocus and metering exposure is about 2.6 frames per second... With autofocus and exposure locked and Live View off - 3.2 frames per second.
  8. With a fast JPEG memory card, continuous shooting doesn't slow down at all. In RAW + JPEG format, the buffer fits only 3-4 shots, after which the burst speed drops significantly. In RAW format, 6-8 images can be buffered.
  9. The camera can use one SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card without high-speed bus support. Memory cards are inserted into the compartment near the battery.
  10. There is lots of small and nice features.

Appearance

Below the camera is shown with a lens YONGNUO YN42.5mm F1.7M II.

Sample Photos

The photos in the gallery below were taken with a PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GF2, JPEG straight from the camera. Lens used YONGNUO YN42.5mm F1.7M II.

Original JPEG '.JPG' photos can be download from this link (52 photos, 244 MB). Original RAW '.RW2' photos can be download from this link (23 photos, 300 MB). A few examples in processing can be found at the links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

My experience

GF2 fell into my hands by accident, I did not plan to review this camera. I took GF2 from ProFotoSale to drive the newcomer YONGNUO YN42.5mm F1.7M IIsince the latter didn't start on my Panasonic G2 (which is very strange).

The GF2 is a nice little camera with a lot of potential. In 2011, I saw GF2 many times in photography magazines. Many users and article writers have praised her touchscreen display and video recording.

The GF2 was the second Micro 4/3 camera that could shoot FULL HD video (the first was the GH2). Panasonic has established itself very well in video shooting capabilities, and still many users value Panasonic precisely because of its wide video capabilities.

GF2 will be in my arms for a while. There will be specific questions about this model - ask in the comments, I will be happy to answer.

All Panasonic Lenses for Micro 4/3

  1. 8mm f / 3.5 Fisheye
  2. 9mm f / 1.7 LEICA
  3. 12mm f / 1.4 LEICA
  4. 12.5 f / 12 G 3D
  5. 14mm f / 2.5
  6. 14mm f / 2.5 II
  7. 15mm f / 1.7 LEICA
  8. 20mm f / 1.7
  9. 20mm f / 1.7 II
  10. 25mm f / 1.4 LEICA
  11. 25mm f / 1.4 LEICA II
  12. 25mm f / 1.7
  13. 30mm f / 2.8 MACRO OIS
  14. 42.5mm f / 1.2 LEICA OIS
  15. 42.5mm f / 1.7 OIS
  16. 45mm f / 2.8 LEICA MACRO OIS
  17. 200mm f / 2.8 LEICA OIS
  18. 7-14mm f / 4
  19. 8-18mm f / 2.8-4 LEICA
  20. 10-25mm f / 1.7 LEICA
  21. 12-32mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
  22. 12-35mm f / 2.8 OIS
  23. 12-35mm f / 2.8 OIS II
  24. 12-60mm f / 2.8-4 LEICA OIS
  25. 12-60mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
  26. 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
  27. 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS II
  28. 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS PZ
  29. 14-45mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
  30. 14-140mm f / 4-5.8 OIS
  31. 14-140mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
  32. 14-140mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS II
  33. 25-50mm f / 1.7 LEICA
  34. 35-100mm f / 2.8 OIS
  35. 35-100mm f / 2.8 OIS II
  36. 35-100mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
  37. 45-150mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
  38. 45-175mm f / 4-5.6 OIS PZ
  39. 45-200mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
  40. 45-200mm f / 4-5.6 OIS II
  41. 50-200mm f / 2.8-4 LEICA OIS
  42. 100-300mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
  43. 100-300mm f / 4-5.6 OIS II
  44. 100-400mm f / 4-6.3 LEICA OIS

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Comments: 22, on the topic: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Brief Review

  • Igor

    The point is in such a chamber, only in conjunction with a pancake, to always be carried in your pocket.

    • Andrei

      Well, yes, you need a camera to carry it in your pocket.

    • Michael

      This is generally the meaning of the micro

      • Igor

        Look at the lens in the photo….

        • Victor

          Well, this is a portraitist.

          Portraits that fold into a compact pancake for carrying in a pocket have not yet been invented :)

          • Igor

            Invented. OLYMPUS.
            But the very idea of ​​sculpting large and inconvenient lenses on compact bodies is absurd, and portrait photographers are much more convenient to use with ordinary, standard, grasping carcasses ...

            • Victor

              > Invented. OLYMPUS.

              Maybe I don’t know something. Remind, please, what kind of lens from Olympus we are talking about: "a portrait lens that folds into a compact pancake for carrying in your pocket"

              • vashucashu

                it is large, relative to the carcass, and relative to any other with a similar ether, it is much smaller and lighter

              • Igor

                Yes, even a whale with omd 10 14-42

            • Rodion

              Folding Industar-22)))

            • Victor

              Kit 14-42 is not equal to "portrait".

              • Oleg

                + + +

      • Michael

        Look at Olympus 25) And Eng is still not a native solution

  • koba

    it remains to add that, for example, in China, they are lying in all stores on the secondary market and cost about $ 50-70. And a lot can be squeezed out of it, and at such a price, it's not a pity at all ...

  • Vashucashu

    I used a similar gf5 around the year for testing any necro-lenses. The video is really nice, and at a price of 60 bucks with a whale, it's a nice enough device that you can carry in any pocket) a wonderful camera that you always have with you)

  • Denis

    This is lying on the shelf, to be honest, this is my strangest camera experience)) I used it for m42 lenses, as a principle for an amateur business, it will do. For something more, I would not count :)

  • Alexander

    Arkady, tell us, a girl with garlands and a girl with a Christmas tree - what did they highlight? What was the scheme? Exif says the flash didn't fire.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      studio constant light, one source, strip in - orientation

  • shlomo

    7 years ago I bought in November, along with a standard lens, four Twitch batteries of argyrs, 3 chargers and a bag for $ 40. you don't even need to think for that kind of money, it's true that one charger died, but still. the camera is absolutely excellent even today although I have five others of this format but nevertheless it was with me on several continents everything is very good. If you still put on it, but super whiskey sharp Olympus 14-42 pz is generally lovely.https://gurushots.com/photo/b9e1aa91ccc7d31748cc78a4d2634e3a nothing to even discuss. the only thing we can say is that there are two flaws. to 1, as always at Panasonic, Japanese crooks wind up with batteries almost all batteries have different cameras and are expensive sometimes you can buy Chinese 2 or even three Canon 5D batteries for the price of 1 battery for Panasonic. second problem I can't say for sure that this is Panasonic, but many Olympus lenses do not work very well on Panasonic (at all). Although the autofocus should be fully combined, the autofocus is not so fast and in general the shooting becomes somewhat brooding. But again, to put a camera in your jacket pocket, which today probably costs $ 20, you don't even need to take it. do not forget to stick the protective glass on it helped me a couple of times
    https://www.viewbug.com/photo/67766804

    • shlomo

      I apologize, the voice keyboard instructed unnecessary words I do not know how to edit So grammar-nazi please do not worry claims all Google

  • Igor

    I took it relatively recently, about 2 years ago, added a 12-32 pancake and it turned out to be the most demanded camera, because it is always with me, the design is pleasant and the color has not yet deteriorated, so I think the matrix is ​​still from mirror brothers!

  • Alexey

    In general, all 12 megapixel sensors from Panasonic and even 16 megapixel ones from gx1 were very noisy. In micro format 43 normal matrices come with gx7 or olympus omd5.

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