Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Review

 
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Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Panasonic DMC-GF1
DMC-GF1 vs DMC-GF2
Successor: Panasonic GF3
DMC-GF2 vs GF3
General
Model Number: DMC-GF2
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured:
Retail Price: $699.95
Street Price: $616.68
Date Available: 2011-01-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 12.9 oz (367 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.3 in.
(113 x 68 x 33 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Effective Megapixels: 12.1
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.33 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4000 x 3000 (12.0 MP, 4:3),
4000 x 2672 (10.7 MP, 3:2),
4000 x 2248 (9.0 MP, 16:9),
2816 x 2112 (5.9 MP, 4:3),
2816 x 1880 (5.3 MP, 3:2),
2816 x 1584 (4.5 MP, 16:9),
2992 x 2992 (9.0 MP, 1:1),
2112 x 2112 (4.5 MP, 1:1),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1360 (2.8 MP, Other),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1504 x 1504 (2.3 MP, 1:1),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1064 (1.7 MP, 3:2),
1600 x 904 (1.4 MP, Other),
1440 x 1440 (2.1 MP, 1:1)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF v2.3), MPO, RAW, RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 2.6
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60i/50i)
1280x720 (60p/60p)
848x480 (30)
640x480 (30)
320x240 (30)
Movie File Format: AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Lens: Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 ASPH LUMIX G, 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 mm
Zoom Ratio: 1.00x
Aperture Range: f/2.5 - f/22
Normal Focus Range: 18 cm to Infinity
7.1 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 46.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast detection with Face detect, AF tracking, 23-area, 1 area, Touch
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder:  
Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF mounted in flash hotshoe
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen:
Selfie Screen:
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native):  
Minimum ISO (native):  
ISO Settings: Auto, 100-6400; Intelligent ISO
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Flash, White Set 1, White Set 2, Color Temperature Setting
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 144-zone Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects,,Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illiminatioms, Baby 1, 2, Pet, Party, Sunset
Self Timer: 2, 10, 10 (3) seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Guide Number: 6.0 m / 19.7 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exposure Compensation:  
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
Uncompressed Format: RAW, RAW+JPEG
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Movie File Format: AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): Mini HDMI (Type C)
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.72
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.71
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 7
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 2.6
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): Unlimited
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.34
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.089
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.69
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.074
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF lag, 23-area AF: 0.348s
Startup Time: 1.0
Play -> Record Time: 0.7
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 5.6
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary 7.2v 1010mAh
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 320
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: PhotofunStudio 6.0 HD, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, Super LoiloScope (trial), USB Driver
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Most compact CSC from Panasonic yet; 460K-dot touch-screen LCD, 1920x1080@60i and 1280x720@60p HD movies. Available in black, silver, white, and red models with the following kit options: DMC-GF2C 14mm F2.5 Lens Kit and DMC-GF2K 14-42mm Zoom Lens Kit.

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