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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mechanical shutter, s shutter speed from 1/4000 second to 60 seconds. Exposure 1/160 second sync. Exposure by hand up to 4 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There is lots of small and nice features.
Below the camera is shown with a lens YONGNUO YN42.5mm F1.7M II.
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.
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
- 8mm f / 3.5 Fisheye
- 9mm f / 1.7 LEICA
- 12mm f / 1.4 LEICA
- 12.5 f / 12 G 3D
- 14mm f / 2.5
- 14mm f / 2.5 II
- 15mm f / 1.7 LEICA
- 20mm f / 1.7
- 20mm f / 1.7 II
- 25mm f / 1.4 LEICA
- 25mm f / 1.4 LEICA II
- 25mm f / 1.7
- 30mm f / 2.8 MACRO OIS
- 42.5mm f / 1.2 LEICA OIS
- 42.5mm f / 1.7 OIS
- 45mm f / 2.8 LEICA MACRO OIS
- 200mm f / 2.8 LEICA OIS
- 7-14mm f / 4
- 8-18mm f / 2.8-4 LEICA
- 10-25mm f / 1.7 LEICA
- 12-32mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
- 12-35mm f / 2.8 OIS
- 12-35mm f / 2.8 OIS II
- 12-35mm f / 2.8 OIS LEICA 
- 12-60mm f / 2.8-4 LEICA OIS
- 12-60mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
- 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
- 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS II
- 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS PZ
- 14-45mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
- 14-140mm f / 4-5.8 OIS
- 14-140mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS
- 14-140mm f / 3.5-5.6 OIS II
- 25-50mm f / 1.7 LEICA
- 35-100mm f / 2.8 OIS
- 35-100mm f / 2.8 OIS II
- 35-100mm f / 2.8 OIS LEICA
- 35-100mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
- 45-150mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
- 45-175mm f / 4-5.6 OIS PZ
- 45-200mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
- 45-200mm f / 4-5.6 OIS II
- 50-200mm f / 2.8-4 LEICA OIS
- 100-300mm f / 4-5.6 OIS
- 100-300mm f / 4-5.6 OIS II
- 100-400mm f / 4-6.3 LEICA OIS
- 100-400mm f / 4-6.3 LEICA OIS II
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