Monday, February 7, 2011

Panasonic Lumix GF2, the micro four-thirds of Panasonic is strong

In addition to the Lumix FT3 SUV during the last event we had the opportunity to test Panasonic Panasonic GF2, new head of the Japanese poster on the popular Micro Four Thirds segment. Even before hoped to put their hands on a version of the Lumix GF1 makeup, the GF2 goes well beyond a mere reprint. In addition to compressed size of the camera about 19%, Panasonic has added a bunch of benefits among which include touch screen and 1080p HD video recording.

Improvements in hardware and software and the very wide range of goals put the Panasonic Lumix GF2 in an excellent position within its segment. Let's look at this great little camera in more detail. The first thing you notice when holding the GF2 is the reduction of the body of the machine.

Despite being a Micro Four Thirds camera almost like a compact and, in fact, the seam of the lens protrudes slightly from the top. In figures, the aluminum body measures 112.8 × GF2 67.8 × 32.8 mm and weighs 265 grams. The design also has slightly improved ergonomics with a ledge on the right side for easy grip.

Like other Lumix cameras, the video shot now has a dedicated button next to the trigger that prevents us from handling cumbersome to switch from one mode to another. Besides these two buttons you can find a third button that activates retroiluinado Intelligent Auto mode, a function that selects the most appropriate shooting parameters in each situation.

The operation of this mode superautomatic is pretty good, and will delight those who just want to point and shoot. The second major external incorporate capacitive touch screen is 3 inches. With it you can perform functions such as blur manual control, manual or assisted autofocus and shooting touch.

The more experienced photographers will find the sensitivity of the touchscreen a bit disconcerting, but in the long term are as fun as a useful option. Developments are completed externally with retractable flash, the smallest and that is now unfolding projecting a few millimeters forward to avoid vignetting.

The hinge that holds it can move a finger, which even allows us to improvise a rebound effect throwing it back a little, yes, the software compensates for exposure when we do this. It's just a (very welcome, of course) to improvise in portraits. The Lumix GF2 now integrates a new triple-core processor, Venus Engine coupled with a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor.

CPU power translates into greater flexibility in the conduct of the GF2, which boots faster and focuses on a very satisfactory rate. In shooting, for example, the GF2 is capable of recording up to 7 RAW files at a rate of 3.2 per second. If we throw in JPG, the total number of shots depends only on the card capacity.

If the GF2 highlighted in the hardware section, even more emphasized in the software that integrates. One of the options that we liked is the ability to customize the menus on the camera and save our own settings to access them quickly. Intelligent Auto mode is even capable of selective masking approach for further fine-tune the sharpness of the image focusing elements.

As in the FT3, the image editing options are wide and not unduly distort the resulting picture. In video recording, the GF2 now has support Dolby stereo microphone. The resolution is full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second or 720p if we expand the FPS to 60. Smart mode we saw in audio is also present in video, with five shooting modes depending on what you're shooting and lighting conditions and movement Another strong points is its Lumix GF2 wide range of accessories and lenses.

The camera comes with a lens equivalent to 35 millimeters, weighs 55 grams. Their worst record, probably, is the lack of optical image stabilizer. However, the GF2 has many other quality objectives developed by Leica including a 3D object is able to take pictures in three dimensions. Panasonic has not reinvented anything with all the GF2 and GF1 accessories, like the optical viewfinder or the objectives are compatible with this new version.

The Panasonic GF2 costs 649 euros, an average price of Micro Four Thirds segment. Without having thoroughly tested, the camera has brought us very good impression and we can not recommend it as a candidate, along with the Sony or Samsung, who are looking for new camera in this increasingly popular segment.

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