I just picked up this camera from Panasonic Singapore this afternoon. This unit is milk white in color..... it looks like a beefier LX5 after a gym workout....except that this one's got an interchangeable lens mount.
The GF2 will be released early 2011 and this should be one of the first user reviews on the Net
I will be leaving Singapore tomorrow morning for HK, GuangZhou and the scenic Yangshuo (Guilin) area near Guilin for the next 11 days.
Will bring along the laptop (aaaarrrggghhh HATE THAT !!!)
So this will be a running review of the GF2. Will bring along the Panasonic 7-14super wide zoom as well as the Panny Fisheye and the 20mm pancake.
EVERYTHING fitted into a Thinktank Skin Chimp Cage with loads of room to spare.
Will load the pics of the camera this evening BUT the first impressions are:
1. This camera body is TINY !! It is smaller than the little Samsung NX100 and SLIGHTLY thicker than the super slim Sony NEX3 and 5 body
2. Back and top is VERY uncluttered with only
a. a shutter button, a video on/off button and a iA button for the technically impared...... and a on/off switch
b. back of the camera sports a large 3in LCD touch-screen where MOST of the camera's functions are accessed
c. back of the camera has a dial to do ev+/- compensation, a playback button, a quickmenu/trashbin button , a pop-up flash release button and the usual North/South/East/West/Center navigation buttons
3. Feel in the hand is VERY VERY nice. Build quality is sturdy and love the 'claw-out' posture of the pop up flash unit
4. There is a electronic slot below the hotshoe where you can slot in an electronic viewfinder
This camera is VERY Touch-Screen oriented ........ they do not have any dedicated AE Lock function (I am guessing Panasonic wants us to use the EV+/- compensation dial instead)
The only shortcut buttons are on the North/South/East/West buttons
- Metering Mode
- WB adjustments
- Single/Burst shooting mode
- Self-timer mode
Gulp !!! It takes some getting used to doing without the 'traditional' quick-access dials and buttons .... something you PSP, Nintendo DS kids will love
The camera, according to Panasonic is meant for the masses and as such that is why the touch-screen is used (in iA mode, there is a peripheral defocus mode)
• 4/3 type MOS ('Live MOS sensor')
• 13.06 million total pixels
• 12.1 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array
ISO 100-6400 in 1 or 1/3EV steps
• 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) mics (there are TWO located on the topside)
• 3.0" TFT LCD monitor
• Touch sensitive
• 460,000 dots
• Approx 100% frame coverage
113 x 68 x 33 mm
(4.4 x 2.7 x 1.3 in)
265 g w/o battery and w/o card
(sorry Panasonic.... but....WHY WHY WHY ......ANOTHER (4th or 5th Lumix G) DIFFERENT Battery ???)
Panasonic Lumix G Micro System - apparently their batteries aren't part of this Micro System....
.... this is a marketing strategy mistake..... and more importantly, this is a Green Earth mistake....
Did I say this cam was lighter 265 vs 285g and smaller 113 x 68 x 33 mm
vs 119 x 71 x 36 mm than its predecessor the GF1 ?
Side by side a Panasonic LX5 ...... the GF2 is only a tad bigger (but this is a m4/3 sized sensor with an interchangeable lens mount)
Be patient..........more this evening and over the next 11 days