Panasonic has revealed its smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens compact system camera with the LUMIX G Micro system, the DMC-GF2.
It has been reduced by about 19pc in size and 7pc in weight compared to the DMC-GF1 and has a built-in flash with a pop-up mechanism to prevent a vignetting effect due to the short distance between the flash unit to the lens.
It has a 12.1-megapixel high-speed Live MOS sensor, a 460,000-dot LCD touchscreen display and can film full HD videos (1,080p.)
A new interface has been especially designed for the DMC-GF2. The focus is set immediately to a subject by just touching it.
Once they have been locked on, the camera uses its AF tracking function to follow it. You can also select a part or the size of the AF. The AF can let users set finer details to focus on in its facial detection technology.
The touchscreen menu can be customised by the user to implement features that they use most often.
The image processor is the Venus Engine FHD, which runs noise reduction technology such as the 3D NR and CNR (Chromatic Noise Reduction) for clear, balanced images regardless of the ISO level.
Its Intelligent Resolution detects outlines, detailed texture areas and soft graduation areas for smoothness and clarity.
Images can also be taken on the interchangeable 3D lens – LUMIX G 12.5mm/F12 which can be viewed in 3D on the 3D Image Viewer.
Available in black, silver and red, the Panasonic DMC GF2 offers either a Single Focal Length Lens, LUMIX G 14mm or a 14-42mm LUMIX G Vario or with both in a twin lens kit. It starts from €699.99 and is priced up to €859.99 and is available January 2011.