Panasonic has announced the successor to one of the highly sought after Micro Four Thirds shooter to date known as the Lumix DMC-GF1, which is the logically named Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. This compact mirrorless camera is also Panasonic’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera, where it will feature a built-in flash to boot.
The Lumix GF2 will play nice with lenses from the Micro Four Thirds standard, which means the system is not only small but compact, and yet will not compromise ease of operation or image quality. Not only that, the Lumix GF2 will also be able to work with Panasonic’s new 3D interchangeable lens, which is the LUMIX G 12.5mm/F12, letting you snap 3D photos without missing a beat.
Just how much more compact do you think GF2 has become? Well, its size was reduced by approximately 19% in size and approximately 7% in weight, and managed to do so while retaining its signature built-in flash. Seems to be a future-proof camera of sorts to us, considering it is able to handle 3D lens. Thanks to a newly-designed user interface, the Lumix GF2 is a snap to use, and will make room for anyone and everyone to set the focus or shutter release with but a touch of the fairly generous 3-inch LCD display.
Whenever you lock on to a subject by touch, the Lumix GF2 will go on and track the subject with the AF tracking function, never mind if the subject starts to move around, making life a whole lot easier. Of course, this doesn’t work if you’re trying to shoot a Formula 1 car in full glory, but it works great with little children running around at a party. Not only that, you can choose from a wide range of AF (Auto Focus) modes such as multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking.
All of Panasonic’s Lumix G-Series DSLM cameras will be equipped with the highly-efficient Dust Reduction System, and the GF2 is no exception either. Should dust get inside the camera when you change lenses, a supersonic wave filter is located in front of the Live MOS sensor to repel dust and other particles by vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second.
Boasting a quality and solid aluminum body, the Lumix GF2 will come in black, silver, white, and red shades alongside the following kit options: DMC-GF2C – 14mm F2.5 Lens Kit and DMC-GF2K – 14-42mm Zoom Lens Kit. No word on pricing just yet, but expect to see the LUMIX GF2 hit the market sometime next January.