|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2K Digital Camera - Black Kit w/ ASPH 14-42mm Lens|
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|The DMC-GF2 is a small and light digital interchangeable lens camera with built-in flash, featuring a touch-screen operation. While shooting, you can operate the auto focus and shutter release at the same time with just a touch. While playing back, you can quickly select an image to view by scrolling images. In the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, 7 detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimize your settings, making it easier than ever to take beautiful images every time.The 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor offers the best of both worlds - the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. The Venus engine FHD features advanced signal processing capabilities in both photo and movie recording. With the advanced noise reduction system, you can capture beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. The DMC-GF2 also features accurate, fast contrast AF system.The DMC-GF2 can record full-HD 1920 x 1080 movies in AVCHD format with high sound quality of Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. A dedicated button on the top lets you instantly start recording movies without any having to make any extra settings. The touch AF in movie recording lets you enjoy professional-like rack focusing. The DMC-GF2 can save a frame of movie as photo during playback. With the video divide function, you can divide a single video into two parts using only the camera.The DMC-GF2 features the My Color mode with a total of 8 preset modes, including the cinema mode which gives the movie cinema-like gradation. In iA mode and the My Color mode, the range of defocus can be adjusted by just moving the slider with your finger. The DMC-GF2 provides a total of 17 scene modes, and most of these modes can be used when shooting movies too. With the full-time live view function, you can see how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, which makes it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired.|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens|
|Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS|
|Lens For SD||ASPH 14-42mm|
|Focal Length Range||14mm - 42mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 6400, ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||6400|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||Interchangeable Lenses, USB 2.0|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 delivers excellent performance for its class, in a relatively compact, comfortable design with a streamlined, usable touch-screen interface implementation."
"Panasonic's JPEG processing remains subpar for this class of camera, and the GF2's inability to lock the focus area from accidental screen presses--a flaw of all the company's touch-screen ILCs--remains a huge point of frustration. It also has a disappointingly banal feature set, including a lack of manual controls during video capture. Also, an EVF costs extra, and the battery doesn't last very long."
"Though we still really like Panasonic's GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may get frustrated by image artifacts. And while lots of photographers will appreciate its relatively compact but functional design and zippy performance--though still not for action shooting--there's nothing special about its feature set, including underpowered video capture."
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When someone ends up with a product, particularly if they like to do extensive research, the reasons that started the search are extremely important. I'm a longtime photographer since very young, learning with my uncle's post-War Voigtlander (which he eventually sold to me in 1973), then a big Olympus OM-series user, from the OM-1 to OM4-T (loved those cameras). Anyway, my last digital camera was the Olympus C5050z, a highly regarded 5MP camera circa 2001/2. It has seen it's day (though it still can produce beautiful pictures). What I really wanted was a camera with interchangeable lenses, that wasn't too expensive, and that was not a single system (i.e. you can only use the brandflash, brandwideangle, brandtele...) but that was also of high quality.
I started by exploring the most highly reviewed cameras (Nikons, Canons--pro-level), but due to the cost not so much of the camera itself but of getting the appropriate lenses, it was far too expensive. Then remembered reading good things about the 4/3 system--I knew Leica, Olympus, Voigtlander, Sigma and others had this system. Again, the full 4/3 system left me feeling like it was still too bulky a camera with too few exciting features.
Looking at my long time favorite photography brand, I started exploring the Pen series. I read many reviews and all basically loved the Pen E-P3, so I started pricing out the cost of my basic system. I would get a kit zoom, tele zoom and one wide/fast prime and a flash unit. While much cheaper and smaller than the regular 4/3, some of the things about the new P3 just didn't quite add up: it was the third and latest in the line by Olympus yet its features were only marginally better than the P1, plus the same old 12MP sensor. Why should I spend a $1000 on this when the Pro or next version would probably be more similar to the Panasonic GX1 with its 16MP sensor?
So then I looked at the GX1, but cost to start was still too high. What I realized was that I can get a used P series, or used Panasonic GF series for a lot less but retain at least 85% of functionality and then started to whittle the options down to the features I cared about most. So I selected the GF2. Why:
1. price--$280 got me a lightly used camera with the kit zoom lens.
2. touchscreen doesn't bother me after I've gotten used to using an iPhone all these years (although 5 years ago, I wouldn't have even considered it)
3. low cost allowed me to buy another used tele zoom (Panasonic 45-200mm) for $200
4. I could use my OM lenses with an adapter (this works GREAT!) I would use them all the time if they didn't stick out so far, but as is, use them fairly frequently
5. Metz makes a great flash for Panny/Oly cameras ($140)
6. Raw capability--I ONLY shoot raw, so the supposed jpeg issues don't bother me.
What I've learned in the month or so I've been using it now:
1. Battery lasts forever
2. image quality is outstanding
3. my OM 50mm/1.4 lens kicks butt for quality portraits and family shots!
4. I've never been able to take good photos of the moon until now--super HQ
5. The portability is great--when I wear cargo pants, i can comfortably (and not dorkily either) put the camera and the lenses in the pockets :)
6. With a pancake (which I haven't yet purchased), it will fit in a jacket pocket
This camera has basically taken me to my first camera love: my old Voigtlander Vito B--nearly the same size, but add a quality zoom lens and the ability to change lenses. Amazing!
I really enjoy this camera. I've found it to be easy to use, and it's got a lot of nice upgrades from the point and shoot cameras that I have traditionally used. I'm hoping to be able to use more of those features as I learn the camera, and the software that's included is well regarded as far as I can tell for processing / editing raw files. Overall, I'm very happy with this camera, and expect to use it for many years to come.
I did a lot of research before buying this camera. My primary need was for a very compact camera to primarily use it for video. I primarily shoot automotive videos at car shows and gathering where my full size video is just too bulky. I used the GF2 this weekend playing tourist in Atlanta and today at a car gathering and I am very pleased with the results. The selling points besides the compact size is the interchangeable lenses. I own many of the finest Prime Lenses ever made and the ability to use those and have complete control of all parameters of the Camera and lenses, will allow me to experiment to create some unique images. I Can completely recommend this camera and the stock 14-42mm zoom lens.
excellent deal with a great price.also purchased a 20mm 1.7 lens and a adapter to use my Nikon lenses (manual). I think its like the perfect set up. DSLR quality and point and shoot size.
The perfect balance between heavy reflex and compact -too compact- cameras.
The easy way to adapt old/manual lenses to this camera is a real pleasure for photographs who comes from films or still wants to use their manual lenses.
It's my third Lumix so i can tell that to photographs who use the MANUAL SETTINGS :
•photographs who wants an ever ready notepad must take from the LX serie from Lumix
•photographs who wants a better grip and a built-in viewfinder must take from GH serie
•photographs who wants a very portable solution with lens flexibility needs GF.
Anyway, a perfect camera.