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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:02 am 
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Hello everyone, today Panasonic announced the Lumix GF2, the successor to the best-selling Lumix GF1. Headline features include 1080i video, a touchscreen and a smaller, lighter body. It'll be available in January 2011 at a price to be confirmed.

Check out our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 review!

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PANASONIC INTRODUCES COMPANY’S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST DIGITAL INTERCHANGEABLE LENS SYSTEM CAMERA WITH FLASH

New Panasonic LUMIX GF2 Features Touch-Screen Operation, Full HD Video Recording Capability and Compatible with Panasonic’s Interchangeable 3D Lens

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.”



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 LUMIX 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.


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As bodies get smaller, I have to wonder if touch screens are the way forward in interface, if done well of course. A nice update as long as the price is right.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:02 pm 
I think perhaps that this camera will have the effect of raising the game with compacts, or wiping them out altogether. As an alternative or second cam to an APS-C DSLR, I cannot see that the compact 1/1.6 sensored cam will survive in the "enthusiast" segment when almost for the same money the GF2 will wipe the floor with them.
Would I be right to think that the G12, LX5 and Ex1's of the world have just about gone to the limit with what they can do?
Also, they are no longer cheap.
The only thing not quite in the ball-park for the GF2 might be a genuine wide and bright lens, like an 23-24mm (equiv) F1.8.
As is, I think it has a really great future with all other micro four-thirds checking their use-by dates.


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looks interesting and cant wait to see the review with low light and fast moving objects


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after watching several videos about gf2 on youtube. I noticed that its shutter sound is as quiet as the leica m9, or at least close to it. This might be a good camera for street shooting.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:29 am 
Im the happy new owner of a GF2! I have a GH1 and a zs3. I was looking for a better PAS, tried the zs10 and was pretty disappointed with IQ. Performance was great, pictures blotchy at all ISO.. SO I looked high and low, almost got the lx-5, but mono sound was deal killer. So finally started looking at GF2 since I already have a plethora of m43 lenses. Its not super compact, but it fits in my camel back better than my GH1. It does everything I want it to do, EXCEPT time lapse. Pany dropped the ball big time on that one, no shutter release, no IR, no internal interval timer.. (I am working on a solution to that though ;) ..

Picture quality is great. Not as good as GH1, but way better than zs3, zs7. Nice and compact with 14mm. I like the autobracket better than the GH1 (faster shot to shot).. Burst is a little slow, hopefully they will make improvements with the GF3..

Lots of people bitch about the touch screen. I never minded it, its pretty intuitive. FYI, if you want AElock you need to Program the Fn button to make it work.

In your hand it feels more awkaward than the GH1, especially with bigger lenses, but its not bad..

All in all, im pretty happy so far..

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Congrats on your purchase Jon! Keep us updated on how you're finding the camera, plus of course your remote solution!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:39 pm 
Will Do Gordon. I have the mechanism built and it seems to work (1 shot every 10 seconds for now). Just need something to time lapse now, cloudy rainy day is not helping..


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:57 pm 
So I finally tested the interval timer. It works at 10 sec or 25 sec intervals. Just a simple mechanism, made it with ebay parts $30 or so..


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Test Video - about 400 pictures



http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/107778391

Liking this camera alot. It has some quirks, but overall, a Great camera. For some reason I cant get the adobe raw to work with it. I have the latest update and everything, it just doesnt work. But to be honest, with my GH1, the JPG's are BETTER than the raw files. So Im not sure what is up.


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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 1:13 pm 
If you got tired of the block of wood on top of your camera I'm sure it might be possible to buy a remote shutter release with timer for around $70. I nearly bought one but opted for a simple $9.99 cable release with hold button for bulb setting cause I did not need intervals.

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I won't put the ebay link cause it will just become dead soon enough but easy to search.
Search : Pixel TC-252 Timer Shutter Remote Panasonic Leica

· Support Single, continuous, B gate, 4sec delay shooting & timer planning
· Timer/Exposore/Interval set between 0s to 99h59m59s
Number
· Different cable available for different brand camera (available in our store)
· Cable : Coiled style - length 28cm - 120cm
· Powered by 2x AAA, Standby 3Yrs
· Size : 149x49.5x24mm
· Weight 42g
Compatible with Canon model (RS-80N3):
· Panasonic (DMW-RSL1)
DMC-L1 / LC1 / L10 / G1
DMC-FZ15 / FX20 / FZ25 / FZ30 / FZ50 Series
Leica
Digilux V-Lux 1 / 2 / 3

Package Includes (with original box packaging):
· TC-252 Timer Remote x1
· Connect cable x1 (for N3-Canon)
· AAA Battery x2
· Operation Manual (English) x1


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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 6:51 pm 
That timer would be great, but its not compatable with GF2. There is NO port to plug it into!!


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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 1:33 pm 
Oh you gotta be spewing about that! :( Does it not have a 'bulb' setting' either? I imagine a bulb setting would be little redundant without the remote.


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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 5:25 pm 
Well, it is what it is.. Major blunder on pany. I have a GH1 with remote timer like you posted so no biggie. Just wanted to see if my idea of a mechanical INterval timer would work, it does, but probably wont use it too much..


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I don't feel bulb omission on the consumer models is a great loss. How often do people use bulb anyway? Outside of astrophotography I can't think of a time I've needed to go beyond the built in shutter priority limits, and even there you can use stacking.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 6:29 am 
bikerag,
I came across this little gadget when I was searching for something else and thought you might find interesting. Perhaps something you could incorporate into V2 of your design.


They even have a clockwork 10 second delay timer. I know it's only a one shot thing but maybe you can modify it if you're still keen on that idea you were working on.

It actually makes me wonder how they did this sort of thing in days gone by with film cameras and cable releases. Perhaps there's already a multiple exposure timer out there for cable releases that can be incorporated into the bracket - below.

Shutter release bracket
http://www.srb-griturn.com/cable-release-bracket-for-compact-cameras-1965-p.asp

clockwork timer
http://www.srb-griturn.com/clockwork-shutter-release-856-p.asp


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