As Panasonic introduced the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, it was considered by many enthusiasts as the best rangefinder-like micro four thirds camera on the market; however, one year after the release of the GF1, the market of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras has been filled with a lot of innovative products from other major camera manufacturers, including Sony with its extremely compact NEX series cameras. Under this market condition, Panasonic has no choice than to offer a slimmed-down micro four thirds camera to replace the highly-regarded GF1, namely the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. The sleeker-looking GF2 has been reduced approximately 19% in size and 7% in weight compared to the previous GF1, making it the smallest and lightest micro four thirds camera that Panasonic currently has to offer.
Although slimmer and lighter, with almost the same size as the Sony Alpha NEX-5, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 still retains the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1’s high-end specifications, such as the 12.1-megapixel four thirds MOS sensor, the 3-inch 460,000 dot resolution low temperature polycrystalline TFT LCD screen, the clickable thumbwheel that operates the primary exposure controls, the built-in pop-up flash, and the integrated hot shoe with associated EVF port. The GF2 also still supports micro four thirds mount lenses as well as four thirds mount lenses via the DMW-MA1PP adapter. It comes with a choice of a 14mm (28mm equivalent) f2.5 pancake lens, a 14-42mm (28-84mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens, or a twin lens kit featuring both.
Despite retaining the best features of its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 also offers some improved features, which include an upgraded Venus Engine FHD processor that will improve the noise performance across the camera’s sensitivity range, an improved Auto ISO program, 1080i High Definition video recording capability at 60 frames per second in AVCHD compression with stereo sound, and a touch-sensitive LCD screen. Moreover, the GF2 is also future-proof, because it is compatible with Panasonic’s new 3D interchangeable lens, the 68mm equivalent Lumix G 12.5mm / F12.