November 9, 2010: Panasonic has released details of a new interchangeable lens system camera, the DMC-GF2.
Scheduled for local release early in 2011, the new camera has a 12.1-megapixel high speed Live MOS sensor and high performance Venus Engine FHD image processor. At just 265 grams, this new camera is 19 percent slimmer and 7 percent lighter than the DMC-GF1, which it replaces.
It features a similar, rangefinder-style aluminium body with a 3-inch, 460,000-dot LCD touch screen. The DMC-GF2 can also accept an optional Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), which provides full-time live view functionality. A new GUI (Graphic User Interface) makes the camera easy for photographers at all levels to operate. The ‘Touch-Q-menu’ is customisable by touch, enabling users to drag and drop icons and personalise their DMC-GF2 with the features that are most important to them. The screen supports touch focusing with focus tracking and users can set the size of AF area. The Multi-area AF with 23 AF areas lets users select a group of AF point to suit the shot composition. With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the camera automatically matches the shooting mode to the subject touched.
In manual focus mode, the camera provides touch-based 1x, 5x or 10x magnification for focus checking. A variety of touch-control operations make playback quick and easy. Movie capture has been upgraded to Full HD 1920 x 1080 using the AVCHD file format. HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 can also be selected as an alternative movie recording format in addition to QVGA, VGA and WVGA. Touch AF is also available in movie recording.
The My Colour mode is integrated with the conventional Film mode and offers eight preset effects: Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Cinema, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette, plus a Custom mode that lets users manually set the colour, brightness, saturation and contrast levels. The GF2 also provides 17 Scene mode pre-sets, most of which can be used for recording movies as well as stills.
The exposure meter can be displayed in the Program/Aperture Priority/Shutter Priority/Manual shooting modes, with shutter speed and aperture correlation and a colour-coded warning that alerts users when the settings are not within the suitable range. Both still images and AVCHD movies recorded on SD cards can be displayed on a compatible Panasonic VIERA TV, Blu-ray Disc Player or Recorder by inserting the card into the SDHC/SD card slot. An optional mini HDMI cable can be used to output still images and movies directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation using the TV remote control.
The DMC-GF2 will be available with the choice of either a black or a white body. Overseas reports indicate pricing will be announced in December in some markets, with the camera available in January, 2011.