Panasonic LUMIX GF2 Features Touch-Screen Operation, Full HD Video Recording Capability

Written By Sam on 7 November 2010
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Talk about the latest ‘smallest and lightest’ interchangeable lens system camera – complete with a built-in flash. And you will find yourself looking into Panasonic’s new LUMIX DMC-GF2 model of DSL Micro (DSLM) compact mirrorless camera. This one flaunts lenses from the Micro Four Thirds standard and is compatible with Panasonic’s 3D interchangeable lens, the LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12, so you can now take 3D photos as well. The camera comes with 17 scene modes, most which can be used during full HD video shooting as well. 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 camera comes packed in a solid aluminum body, and will be available in black, silver, white, and red models with the following kit options:

  • DMC-GF2C – 14mm F2.5 Lens Kit
  • DMC-GF2K – 14-42mm Zoom Lens Kit.

Here’s are a few facts and features you may want to consider about LUMIX GF2:

  • Newly-designed user interface allows for the focus to be set, or shutter released, by touching the 3-inch touch-screen LCD
  • Touch-screen LCD has a 460,000-dot-resolution
  • AF (Auto Focus) tracking function, making it easy to take photos of moving subjects, like kids playing
  • A range of AF modes, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking.
  • Touch Q-menu, allowing users to customize the camera’s shortcuts
  • Dedicated buttons for video recording and iA (Intelligent Auto) mode with Intelligent Scene Selector. iA mode extends to video recording, with the following features:
    • Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Face Detection
    • Intelligent D-range Control
    • Intelligent Scene Selector.
  • MF assist mode for manual focusing
  • Incorporates the Venus Engine FHD image processor
  • Advanced noise reduction system employing the 3D NR and CNR (Chromatic Noise Reduction)
  • 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Dust Reduction System places 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
  • Can record 1920 x 1080 videos at 60i or smooth HD 1280 x 720 movies at 60p in AVCHD. LUMIX GF2 can also record HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 and QVGA, VGA and WVGA
  • Stereo microphone for Dolby Digital Stereo Creator facilitates better sound while recording
  • 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
    • Custom mode

The LUMIX GF2 will be available in January 2011 and pricing will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipment.

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