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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2


Panasonic GF2 Four Thirds Micro interchangeable lens system camera

Nov 4th, 2010

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GF2, a model that has been reduced by 19% in size and approx. 7% in weight compared to its predecessor the Lumix DMC-GF1, making it as of today the world's smallest and lightest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera.

The DMC-GF2 features a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor for capturing stills, and offers improved video capabilities with the ability to record full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution movies at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in the AVCHD format.

A 3.0-inch 460,000 dot LCD monitor provides touch screen operation, and offers a user friendly interface for adjusting camera settings.

 


With the Full-time Live View function, users can see on the LCD monitor how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, which makes it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired. The DMC-GF2 also provides a total of 17 Scene modes, such as Portrait, Landscape and Close-Up, simplifying camera operation for first time users.

For those that want to take creative control the DMC-GF2 offers (P) Program, (A) Aperture Priority, (S) Shutter Priority and (M) Manual exposure options, combined with the ability to customize a wide range of camera settings.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 back view



SECAUCUS, NJ (November 4, 2010)
– Panasonic today announced the LUMIX DMC-GF2, the latest of the company’s DSL Micro (DSLM) compact mirrorless cameras, which is Panasonic’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera – complete with a built-in flash. The LUMIX GF2 is compatible with lenses from the Micro Four Thirds standard, meaning the system is small and compact, while not compromising ease of operation or image quality. Even more, the LUMIX GF2 is compatible with Panasonic’s new 3D interchangeable lens, the LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12, so users can take 3D photos.

“The LUMIX GF2 is key in the Panasonic DSL Micro line-up, as it’s the smallest and lightest model we offer, while still offering superb image quality, which our consumers have come to expect from LUMIX. Compared to the GF1, its predecessor, the GF2 has been reduced approximately 19% in size and approximately 7% in weight yet is still retains its signature built-in flash,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “We expect the LUMIX GF2 to be an attractive model for consumers who want to step up to a more powerful camera that is easy to use, and a camera that is ‘future-proof’ with its 3D capabilities.”

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 in hand  

The LUMIX GF2 is extremely easy to operate for consumers at any level, thanks to a newly- designed user interface, which allows for the focus to be set, or shutter released, by simply touching the large 3-inch touch-screen LCD. The touch-screen LCD with a 460,000-dot-resolution makes taking great photos intuitive. Once a user locks on a subject by touch, the LUMIX GF2 tracks the subject with the AF tracking function, even if the subject moves – making it easy to take photos of moving subjects, like children playing.

The contrast AF system adopted by the LUMIX DMC-GF2 is not only accurate and easy to use, but also very fast. Users can choose from a wide range of AF (Auto Focus) modes, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking.

The touch operation also dramatically shortens the time spent navigating the menus. With the LUMIX GF2’s newly-designed Touch Q-menu, the user can customize the camera’s shortcuts with the most commonly used settings. Together with the simple button components, including dedicated buttons for video recording and iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which lights in-use, users can operate the camera intuitively with ease.

With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched.

For example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background or scenery switches to the scenery mode, while a touch on the subject close to the camera switches to the close-up mode.

With the MF assist mode for manual focusing, users can enlarge the subject by just a touch to select 1x, 5x or 10x and smoothly move the subject by dragging it on the screen.

In iA mode and the Peripheral Defocus mode, the range of defocus can be adjusted by just moving the slider with a finger, something not possible with larger more complicated DSLR cameras that don’t feature touch control.

While achieving breakthroughs in compactness of design and outstanding photo and video quality, the Panasonic LUMIX GF2 can contribute its professional-level imaging performance to well-balanced engine and sensor technologies. For the image processor, the Venus Engine FHD is incorporated, featuring exceptionally high performance signal processing capabilities in both photo and movie recording.

With the advanced noise reduction system employing the 3D NR and CNR (Chromatic Noise Reduction), users can capture clear, naturally-balanced images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels to help prevent the color bleeding.

Panasonic’s Venus Engine FHD enables Intelligent Resolution technology, which means that three areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation – are automatically detected. Then, the outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, noise reduction system is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel, resulting in images that are naturally clear and crisp in both video and photos.

The 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor featured in the LUMIX GF2 offers the best of both worlds – the superb image quality of a CCD sensor, plus the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor.

All of Panasonic’s LUMIX G-Series DSLM cameras are equipped with the highly-efficient Dust Reduction System. If dust gets inside the camera when the user changes lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in photos. The Dust Reduction System helps to reduce this risk by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles.

The LUMIX GF2 shoots professional-quality full High Definition (HD) videos as well as handling still photography. The Panasonic DMC-GF2 can record 1920 x 1080 videos at 60i or smooth HD 1280 x 720 movies at 60p in AVCHD. For those looking for better compatibility with computers, the LUMIX GF2 can also record HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 and QVGA, VGA and WVGA.

A dedicated video record button makes it easy to start shooting videos, and high quality sound is recorded with the stereo microphone for Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Panasonic’s iA mode extends to video recording, with the following features: Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent D-range Control and Intelligent Scene Selector.

The Panasonic LUMIX GF2 is artistic not only in form, but also in function, as it provides an array of features that lets users capture true-to-life images while also creating their own expressive, beautiful images. The LUMIX GF2 features My Color mode which is integrated with the conventional Film mode. My Color mode offers a total of eight preset effects — Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Cinema, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette, plus Custom mode, which lets users manually set the color, brightness, saturation and contrast levels. Also, with the Full-time Live View function, users can see how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, which makes it easier to capture the exact effect desired.

The LUMIX GF2 has 17 Scene modes, most which can be used during video shooting, too. The exposure meter can be displayed in the P/A/S/M shooting modes for entry-level users to visually learn the correlation between shutter speed and aperture to enhance their photography skills.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2, with a quality and solid aluminum body, will be available in black, silver, white, and red models with the following kit options: DMC-GF2C – 14mm F2.5 Lens Kit and DMC-GF2K – 14-42mm Zoom Lens Kit. The LUMIX GF2 will be available in January 2011 and pricing will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipment.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 with 14-42mm zoom lens


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2: Specifications
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 13.06 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 12.10 Megapixels
Colour filter Primary colour filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
My Color Mode (Still image & Movie) Expressive/Retro/Pure/Elegant/Cinema/Monochrome/Dynamic Art/Silhouette/Custom (Color/Brightness/Saturation/ Contrast adjustable)
Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible / MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Motion Image (AVCHD : NTSC) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps, FH:13Mbps) *2. / [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p)(SH:17Mbps, H:13Mbps) *2.
Motion Image (AVCHD : PAL) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH:17Mbps, FH:13Mbps) *2. / [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p)(SH:17Mbps, H:13Mbps) *2.
Still Image [4:3] 4000x3000(L) / 2816x2112(M) / 2048x1536(S) / 1600x1200(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [3:2] 4000x2672(L) / 2816x1880(M) / 2048x1360(S) / 1600x1064(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [16:9] 4000x2248(L) / 2816x1584(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1600x904(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [1:1] 2992 x 2992 (L) / 2112 x 2112 (M) / 1504 x 1504 (S) / 1440x1440(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
Motion Image (Motion JPEG) [4:3] QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps *1. / [16:9] WVGA : 848 x 480, 30fps *1. / [HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps *1.
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 130 min with H-H014 / Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 140 min with H-H014
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 60 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 70 min with H-H014 / Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 65 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 75 min with H-H014
Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS/ AFC/ MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing)
AF detective range EV 0 - 18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock
Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist,
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100/200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual,
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±3EV
AE lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock
AE bracket 3,5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV
White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60
Type Focal-plane shutter
Self timer 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec
Still Image SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / /Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Movie SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low-light / Party / Sunset / (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)
Burst speed H: 3.2 frames/sec, M: 2.6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6 equivalent (ISO 100 ·m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, / Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)
Type TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) / Motion image: 3.1x (SH/H in AVCHD and HD/WVGA in Motion JPEG), 4.2x (VGA/QVGA in Motion JPEG)
Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra optical zoom Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram
Playback mode 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, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High / Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) / Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Audio video output Stereo Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America / *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Speaker Monaural
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 300 images with H-FS014042 / Approx. 320 images with H-H014
Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1010mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger
Dimensions (W x H x D) 112.8 x 67.8 x 32.8 mm / 4.44 x 2.67 x 1..29 in (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx.475g / 16.75 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS014042 lens included) / Approx. 365g / 12.87 oz (SD card, Battery, H-H014 lens included) / Approx. 265g / 9.35 oz (Body only)
Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Edition / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE / Super LoiloScope (trial version) / USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battey Case, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover / AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Stylus pen, CD-ROM

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