Panasonic GF2 Compact 4/3 Camera

I've been shopping for a smaller point and shoot type camera and was really leaning towards Fuji's sexy new rangefinder like X100. The disaster in Japan delayed inventory on the Fuji, and to my benefit has given me more time to think about this next camera. I've come to realize that the Fuji X100 is just too high priced and comes with a fixed lens that I might outgrow quickly. Instead, I went for Panasonic's latest GF2 Micro Four Thirds camera. Sure it's technically NOT a point and shoot, but i'll be working mainly with a Lumix 14mm f/2.5 Lens, the LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 or if I could ever afford the Voigtlander 25mm F/0.95.

GF2 EVF
Shown with optional EVF - Electronic View Finder

The GF2 is a replacement for the popular GF1, and carries the label as the smallest interchangeable lens camera with a built in flash. Even with the built in flash, there's a hot shoe to support an optional EVF, or if I wanted to mount a bracket to support a Zoom H1 and Rode VideoMic. The GF2 comes in with quite a few new specs over the GF1 including full 1080p Video and touchscreen controls. (The video above should give you an idea of it's capabilities)

As soon as it comes in, i'll give it a good run through. After many weeks of research and checking out all the reviews and samples, i'm pretty happy with my decision. Especially because it comes in at half the price of the Fuji X100, and I still have the ability to interchange and adapt just about any lens on the market.

Panasonic GF2 Micro Four Thirds
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15 thoughts on “Panasonic GF2 Compact 4/3 Camera

  1. pat

    Interesting.

    I was thinking about picking up one of these and fly it with the 14mm...but it looks like it can only shoot wide open? Lighting aside...that just might be too shallow for flying on a glidecam and moving around so much. Might have to wait til there's a hack for this GF2...otherwise...hard to see a use for it.

  2. Emm

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    @pat - Not as much as I thought I would. Mainly because I have several Canon EF lenses, and it's just easier to get what I want from the Canon bodies. I'm not totally invested in MFT lenses. To get a different aperture value, you can always adapt manual aperture lenses like Nikon, CCTV, or old FD lenses to the GF2. If things get too bright from the wide aperture bring an ND filter with you.

  3. pat

    hey emm...hope to get your input. did you end up using your GF2 a lot?

    i'm trying to find more info on this, but i can't seem to find much. it seems there's no manual control in video mode...so you can't set aperture. is this true? has there been any firmware fix for this? this seems to be a pretty serious limitation for video. what do you think?

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  5. Matt

    @apostolos:

    No kidding. I have a client that wants 60i, does the damn thing do it or not?

  6. Now, the specs on this camera read as 1080i, at 60i. DPreview says sensor output is 30p. So, what the hell does that mean? Do you get 60i or 30p out of it?

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  9. I own the Panasonic GF1 which is basically the same body just not touchscreen and I have to say I love using the GF1 because it is so company and has amazing video and crisp photographs. I own both a 5D MKII and 7D and the GF1 is a great alternative to carry around and not get hassled for have a prosumer camera.

  10. what is the crop ration of a 4/3 camera?
    I was going to wait till the Canon "G" point and shoot series made a decent 1080p hd camera but this looks promising.

  11. vladbox

    Sometime ago I bought the Olympus EPL-1, which i use with some Canon lenses and even Nikon. Great little camera except that the low light performance is just horrible. I believe what kept me from getting this camera was the price point, but I can see this one is just as expensive as the epl1.

  12. Thanks for this post. Just like you, I'm looking for a smaller body camera to use where the 5d is too big and heavy. Like when on holiday.

    Looking forward to your review!

    //Robin

  13. Diesel

    Emm,

    It's a hell of a coincidence you posted this camera. I was looking at it for use in an aerial scenario where the 7D and possibly the T2i may have been too large. Thanks!

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