Panasonic has revealed the Lumix DMC-GF2, its latest micro-four-thirds camera – and Which? got an exclusive hands-on first look video preview.
The GF2 is an update to Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1, and will take up its mantle as the company’s smallest MFT camera when it’s released in January 2011.
Watch our hands-on First Look video of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs the GF1
Panasonic hasn’t increased the megapixel count on the GF2, which shares the 12.1Mp resolution of its predecessor.
However, the image sensor has been redesigned, and Panasonic claims the GF2 will achieve superior low-light shots to the GF1.
Read our full Which? review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Slimmer body on the Panasonic GF2
With the new GF2 camera, Panasonic has stripped back the design from its predecessor to make an already compact camera even smaller.
Panasonic claims that the new GF2 is 18% slimmer and 7% lighter than the earlier GF1 – and the GF2 is barely larger than Panasonic’s compact bridge camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.
Touchscreen controls on the Panasonic GF2
Panasonic has added a 3-inch touchscreen to the GF2’s design, a feature you won’t find on the earlier GF1 model.
With the function dial now missing, the touchscreen becomes essential for selecting the shooting modes and picture settings.
1080i HD video on the Panasonic GF2
The Panasonic GF2 outguns its predecessor’s video credentials by capturing 1080i HD video – higher resolution than the 720p HD video on the GF1.
One advantage of removing the function dial from the top of the camera has been to make room for a built-in stereo microphone, something missing from the GF1.
Full Which? First Look preview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
For more of our first impressions on this new model, read our full Which? First Look preview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2.
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