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
In this scene you can see how noise levels increase over the ISO range. Although it starts to become visible at ISO 1600, by ISO 6400 it really starts to degrade the image
Using its 144-zone multi-pattern metering, the GF2 keeps images well exposed.
The shadow detail seems to be most carefully maintained while giving an often darker midtone, which helps give the images their richness. In maintaining the blacks, highlights are occasionally lost in high-contrast scenes.
Thanks to the on-screen histogram, however, this is possible to plan for and leaves users with the choice of dialling in negative exposure compensation, switching to more selective metering or using graduated filters.
The smaller sensor size and lens diameter of Micro Four Thirds cameras makes them perfect for filters, as you can use the smaller and more affordable versions to make up for a more limited dynamic range.
The camera also offers intelligent dynamic range control in low, standard and high settings to provide greater control over the shadow and highlight detail, should you wish to do this in-camera.