Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
A powerful camera from Panasonic
Panasonic’s GF series is well-loved by many people. However, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 comes with some minuses, including an inability to take great-looking photos like other cameras do and an inability to prevent the focus area from being accidentally pressed. But the device offers superb performance for its price. Find out more from our review.
The Panasonic DMC-GF2 comes with a compact and solid body; it measures 113mm x 68mm x 33 mm and weighs 265g. it felt very comfortable to hold and use. The 3.0″ LCD display sports a good-looking touchscreen interface. This one successfully combined virtual and direct-access keys which we could use where appropriate. Everything worked even better when we used both hands. The only problem was the AF area: as mentioned in the beginning of our review, the camera doesn’t offer the possibility to lock it and thus prevent users from accidentally touching it. We had to constantly readjust it between every shot. The screen was bright, quite responsive and we had no problem looking at it in direct sunlight.
Easy to access menu
When we performed the test for the Lumix DMC-GF2 we very much liked the fact that the Q.Menu/Fn button was fully customizable; we were also pleased with the built-in direct-access controls on the touchscreen. This meant that the most important settings such as white balance, ISO sensitivity, drive mode and focus area mode could be easily opened by simply touching some buttons. What is more, we didn’t have to scroll all the way through the menus via the touchscreen. The video recording and quick-access keys and the stereo mic sit on the top of the gadget; the video recording button was somewhat difficult to locate by feel.
When talking about features, the Panasonic Lumix GF2 doesn’t sport anything that impressive in our test time. There are automatic, manual and semi-manual shooting options, 3 custom setting slots, My Color mode, touch shutter, six-face recognition system, five-shot bracketing and Travel Date range. The 3 custom setting slots were very easy to access, but hard to define; the Travel Date range proved really useful and the My Color mode performed well with video capture. The Lumix GF2 wasn’t able to do full stops.
Good image quality
Whenever we snapped RAW pictures, their quality was very good. On the downside, the poor JPEG processing engine is still present with this model. Photos at ISO 800 were superb and those taken at ISO 1600 were perfectly usable. ISO higher than 100 won’t deliver quality in poor lighting; in bright light they will have artifacts. The Lumix DMC-GF2 uses the Venus FHD processing engine which offers good images, although oversharp and blotchy. Noise up to ISO 800 is not as impressive as the one on the camera’s predecessor. What the gadget does best are zoomed-in close-ups and macro stills. Colors, general consistency, sharpness and exposure are all good. As for video quality, the device gives impressive exposures, moderate sharpness and very little rolling-shutter jerkiness. The adjustment controls are all, except the Defocus one, automatic.
Very fast loading speed
When it comes to speed, the camera performed very well. Only 0.4 seconds were necessary for focusing and shooting in good light and 0.7 seconds in poor lighting conditions; the time elapsed between powering the device on, focusing it and pressing the shoot button was 0.9 seconds. Continuous shooting took 0.7 seconds (0.9 seconds for raw photos). The burst rate was 2.8fps. We were able to take photos of predictably moving subjects thanks to the fact focus, but snapping a picture of very fast moving people or animals required an optical viewfinder.
In conclusion, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a good option for people who enjoy taking raw photos and are OK with the minuses we mentioned in our test performed for this review.
|Sensor Type||Live MOS|
|Resolution Width in Pixel||4000|
|Resolution Height in Pixel||3000|
|Memory Type||External Only|
|Viewfinder Type||LCD only|
|Depth in mm||32.8|
|Height in mm||67.8|
|Video Capture||Video + Sound|
|Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro||Not|
|Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo||Not|
|Internal Memory size in MB||0|
|Lowest Focal Length in mm||0|
|Focal Length in mm||0|
|LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel||460000|
|Max Resolution Mode Video Width||1920|
|Max Resolution Mode Video Height||1080|
|Ability to save files in RAW||Yes|
|Maximum Aperture Tele||0|
|Maximum Aperture Wide||0|
|Shutter Speed fastest in Second||1 / 4000|
|Shutter Speed slowest in Second||60|
|Sensor Size||17.3 x 13.0 mm|
|Number of frames per second in video mode||30|