Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 review

January 8, 2011

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The GF2 is Panasonic’s smallest and lightest compact system camera, yet it has some of the most advanced features on the market. Mat Gallagher discovers just what the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has to offer

The competition

Sony NEX-5

The compact system camera market now has an assortment of cameras that fit a more compact shape, from the Olympus Pen series to the Sony NEX models.

Two of the GF2’s main competitors are the Sony NEX-5 and the Samsung NX100, although both of these feature larger and higher-resolution sensors.

Perhaps a closer competitor is the Olympus Pen EP-2, a camera that shares the same lens mount and a similar, if slightly higher resolution, 12.3-million-pixel sensor.

Samsung NX100At around £600 for the basic single-lens kit, the GF2 is around £150 more expensive than the NEX-5 and the NX100, but at least £100 cheaper than the EP-2.

The advantage the GF2 has over its competition is its touchscreen LCD, its overall size and the addition of a built-in flash. Also, once the camera has been on sale for a few months, the price gap between it and its competitors will reduce.

  • Tested as: Compact system camera

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