Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Specification,Preview And Price


Price • US: TBA
• UK: £599.99 (14-42mm zoom lens)
• UK: £629.99 (with 14mm lens)
• UK: £729.99 (14-42mm + 14mm zoom lens)
• LVF1 viewfinder: $229.95 (US) / £186 (UK)
Body material Metal
Sensor • 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.06 million total pixels
• 12.10 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
Image sizes* • 4000 x 3000 (4:3)
• 2816 x 2112 (4:3)
• 2048 x 1536 (4:3)
• 1600 x 1200 (4:3 when 3D lens is attached)*
• 4000 x 2672 (3:2)
• 2816 x 1880 (3:2
• 2048 x 1360 (3:2)
• 1600 x 1064 (3:2 when 3D lens is attached)*
• 4000 x 2248 (16:9)
• 2816 x 1584 (16:9)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
• 1600 x 904 (16:9 when 3D lens is attached)*
• 2992 x 2992 (1:1)
• 2112 x 2112 (1:1)
• 1504 x 1504 (1:1)
• 1440 x 1440 (1:1 when 3D lens is attached)*
Aspect ratios 4:3
• 1:1
File formats* • RAW
• RAW + JPEG Standard
• RAW + JPEG Fine
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2) - Standard
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2) - Fine
• MPO+Fine (with 3D lens)*
• MPO+Standard (with 3D lens)*
Movie mode  AVCHD*
Full HD: 1920 x 1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p), 17Mbps or 13Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) 17Mbps or 13Mbps

• PAL:
Full HD: 1920 x 1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) 17Mbps or13Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p) 17Mbps or 13Mbps

 Motion JPEG
• HD: 1280 x 720, 30fps
• 16:9: WVGA : 848 x 480, 30fps
• 4:3: QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps
Lenses • Micro Four Thirds mount lenses
• Four Thirds mount lenses via adapter (DMW-MA1PP)
Focus modes • Contrast AF system
• Manual focus
• Face Detection
• AF Tracking
• 23-Area-Focusing/1 Area Focusing
• Single or Continuous AF
• Touch AF (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing)
AF assist lamp Yes, dedicated lamp
Image stabilization None (lens only)
Digital zoom • Up to 4x
Exposure modes • Program AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
• iAuto
• Movie
• Custom (3 memories)
Scene modes • Portrait
• Soft Skin
• Architecture
• Sports
• Peripheral Defocus
• Flower
• Food
• Objects
• Night Portrait
• Night Scenery
• Illuminations
• Baby 1,2
• Pet
• Party
• Sunset
Sensitivity* • Auto
• Intelligent ISO
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
• ISO 6400*
Metering 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Metering range 0 to 18 EV
Metering modes • Multiple-Weighted
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
AE Lock • Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock*
AE Bracketing* • 3 or 5 frames
• 1/3 or 2/3 steps to ±2.0 EV
Exposure steps 1/3 or 1.0 EV
Exposure compensation • -3.0 to +3.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed • 60 -1/4000 sec
• Bulb (up to 4 mins)
• Flash X-sync 1/160 sec
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Halogen
• Flash
• Custom 1
• Custom 2
• Kelvin temp (2500 - 10000 K, 100K steps)
WB fine tuning Yes (blue/amber bias, magenta/green bias)
WB Bracketing • 3 shots
•+/-1 to +/-3 in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Image parameters* • My Color mode (Expressive/Retro/Pure/Elegant/Monochrome/Dynamic Art/Silhouette/Custom)
• Saturation
• Contrast
• Sharpness
Drive modes * • Single
• Continuous H (3.2 fps)
• Continuous M (2.6 fps)
• Continuous L (2 fps)
Continuous buffer • 7 RAW images
• Unlimited JPEG images with a fast card
Self-timer • 2 sec
• 10 sec
• 10 sec, 3 images
Flash • Manual pop-up
• TTL auto / manual
• Guide no. 6.0 (ISO 100, m)
• Sync modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro
Flash X-sync speed 1/160 sec
External flash • Hot shoe
• TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500 (Optional)
Viewfinder • Optional Electronic Viewfinder
Orientation sensor Yes, via OIS lenses only
LCD monitor • 3.0" Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD
• 3:2 aspect ratio
• Wide viewing angle
• 460,000 dots
• 60 fps
• Approx 100% frame coverage
• Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)
Playback functions Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/AVCHD/Motion JPEG/3D Play/Category/Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
Microphone* • Stereo (with Wind Cut: Off/Low/Standard/High)
• Microphone level adjustable: Lv1/Lv2/Lv3/Lv4
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (High Speed)
• Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
Print compliance • PictBridge
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
Power* • ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1010mAh)
• Supplied charger / AC adapter
Dimensions* 113 x 68 x 33 mm / 4.44 x 2.67 x 1.29 in
Weight (camera body)* Approx. 265 g (9.35 oz)
Weight (inc H-FS014042 lens, card and battery)*


Approx. 475 g (16.75oz)
The DMC-GF2 is essentially a smaller, externally-simpler version of the GF1 that's acquired many of the feature upgrades we first saw on the G2 (most notably the touch-sensitive screen) plus Full HD video. Its body is smaller in every dimension than its predecessor's, making it very nearly as petite as the Sony NEX-5. In the process, though, it's shed a significant number of those external controls that until now have been the hallmark of the G series - most obviously the exposure mode dial, but also the drive-mode lever that sat beneath it, along with several of the buttons on the back. This places rather greater reliance on the touchscreen for quick operation compared to the G2, and Panasonic has redesigned the interface (and the Quick Menu in particular) to facilitate this.
These changes all signal a clear repositioning of the GF series in the market. Whereas the GF1 was unashamedly a camera for enthusiast photographers, the GF2 is now aimed much more at compact camera owners looking for an upgrade. According to Panasonic the design emphasis has been on offering creative controls as opposed to just providing a simple, unintimidating camera which happens to contain a larger sensor.
Despite this, there's still a smattering of clear updates and improvements over the previous model, and while they're generally more evolutionary than revolutionary, this mainly reflects the maturity of the GF1 design. Most notably, the GF2 gains Full HD movie recording capability (1080i at 60fps from 30p capture) that is supported by a stereo microphone on the top plate. In spec terms, at least, this makes for the most capable interchangeable lens camera movie capability aside from the GH2 (which offers 1080i at 60fps from 60p capture). On the photographic side it inherits the G2's ability to shoot at 2.6 fps while maintaining live view, along with its ISO 6400 maximum sensitivity, improved Auto ISO program and a dedicated iAuto button on the top plate. Meanwhile 3D fans will undoubtedly be delighted by its support for the new H-FT012 lens.
Much of the key spec, though, remains unchanged, including the stalwart (i.e. ageing) 12Mp Four Thirds sensor and the 460k dot 3" 3:2 aspect ratio LCD. The hot shoe and associated EVF port is still present and correct, alongside the little pop-up flash, and thankfully Panasonic hasn't been tempted to discard the clickable thumbwheel that operates the primary exposure controls. However the pared-down body design inevitably means the camera is powered by a new, slightly smaller battery.
One slightly unexpected marketing change is that the GF2 will not be bundled with the 20mm F1.7 pancake lens, but instead come with a choice of either the latest 14-42mm zoom, the diminutive 14mm F2.5 pancake, or in a twin lens kit with both. We're a bit mystified by this decision, to be honest - yes the 14mm gives the smallest possible package, but as far as we're concerned the stop-faster 20mm is a much more useful all-rounder. The GF2 will be available in a choice of colors depending on market (out of black, red, silver, white and pink), and for buyers of the red and black versions the 14mm lens will come with a black (as opposed to steel grey) barrel.

Compared to the competition

The trimming-down exercise Panasonic has applied to the GF2 means that it's now one of the smallest cameras in its class. Here it is with the 14mm F2.5 lens sitting between two of its direct competitors each kitted out with their respective wideangle pancakes, the Sony NEX-5 + 16mm F2.8 and Samsung NX100 + 20mm F2.8 (the latter is much the same size as the GF1 and the Olympus E-PL1).
The GF2 is now one of the smallest cameras of its type, although it's still not as tiny as the NEX-5 despite having a smaller sensor than the Sony's APS-C chip. The key difference is in the body height, though, which reflects the GF2's hot shoe and built-in flash: features which are missing on the NEX.
Viewed from the top, the GF2 / 14mm F2.5 combo becomes, by a whisker, the slimmest of the three.

Compared to DMC-GF1

The GF2 is, unusually for Panasonic's recent releases, substantially different in design from its predecessor. Here it is sporting the 14mm F2.5 pancake alongside the GF1 wearing the 20mm F1.7. The sleeker, simplified design is immediately apparent.
From the front, what's most obvious is the reduced size of the GF2 - indeed it's not so much bigger than the LX5 (click here for a comparison). The loss of the mode dial (replaced by a stereo microphone on the top plate),the remolded grip and the closer integration of the hot shoe into the overall design all adds up to a cleaner, less boxy look.
Top-down, we can see that the GF2 is also somewhat slimmer the the GF1; Panasonic has succeeded in trimming about 4mm from the body depth.
It's at the rear, though, that the biggest changes lie. The wealth of buttons that adorned the GF1's back has been simplified right down, and the restyled four-way controller gives a more 'compact-like' appearance. The blue tinge to the GF2's LCD screen signifies a small, but potentially welcome change - the addition of an anti-reflective coating that should aid shooting in bright sunlight.

GF2 vs GF1 - major changes

Here's a brief summary of the major changes between the GF2 and GF1:
  • Smaller and lighter body
  • LCD screen now touch-sensitive, with added anti-reflective coating
  • Fewer external controls (mode dial, drive mode lever, AEL and DOF preview buttons removed)
  • Completely revamped, fully-customizable Quick Menu designed for touchscreen operation
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • 1080i 60fps full HD video (from 25p sensor output)
  • Continuous shooting at 2.6fps with Live View
  • Increased maximum sensitivity (ISO 6400)
  • iAuto button on top plate
  • Variable 'Peripheral Defocus' control in iAuto mode, with live preview
  • Full support for F-FT012 3D lens
  • No remote release socket
  • 2nd curtain sync and flash exposure compensation no longer available
  • New smaller DMW-BLD10 battery with slightly lower capacity (7.3Wh vs 9 Wh)

Specifications compared

Panasonic GF2

Panasonic GF1
Sensor • 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.06 million total pixels
• 12.1 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
• 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.06 million total pixels
• 12.1 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
Sensitivity ISO 100-6400 in 1/3EV steps ISO 100-3200 in 1/3 EV steps
Movie mode • AVCHD :
1920 x 1080i 60fps (Approx 17 or 13 Mbps)
1280 x 720p 60fps (Approx 17 or 13 Mbps)

• Motion JPEG:
1280 x 720, 30fps
848 x 480, 30fps
640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps

• Stereo sound (with adjustable rec volume)
• AVCHD Lite:
1280 x 720p 60 fps
(Approx 17 or 9 Mbps)

• Motion JPEG:
1280 x 720, 30fps
848 x 480, 30fps
640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps

• Mono sound
LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT LCD monitor
• Touch sensitive
• 460,000 dots
• Approx 100% frame coverage
• 3.0" TFT LCD monitor
• 460,000 dots
• Approx 100% frame coverage
Microphone • Built-in stereo • Built-in mono
Remote release • none • Wired remote control DMW-RSL1 (optional)
Dimensions 113 x 68 x 33 mm
(4.4 x 2.7 x 1.3 in)
119 x 71 x 36 mm
(4.7 x 2.8 x 1.4 in)
(body only, no card/battery)
265 g (9.4 oz.) 285 g (10 oz.)

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