Panasonic GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 front

Panasonic GF2 overview

Panasonic GF2 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally introduced on February of 2011. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Panasonic brought out this model in an effort to improve the previous Panasonic GF1 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently introduced the newer Panasonic GF3 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this model.

The GF2 is scored #102 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all around #467 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic GF2 history

The Panasonic GF2 is part of a family of products. You can view the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GF2 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GF2 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GF2 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GF2 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GF2 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GF2 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GF2 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GF2 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GF2 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GF2 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GF2 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GF2 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GF2 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GF2 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GF2 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GF2 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GF2 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GF2 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GF2 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GF2 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GF2 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GF2 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of pros and cons of the Panasonic GF2 based on aspects which are usually viewed as essential in a digital camera.

built-in flash
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good min ISO (100)
has HDMI support
has manual focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes face detection focus
includes tracking autofocus
saves RAW files
screen size is good (3 inch)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
lack of external microphone jack
lack of headphone jack
lack of image stabilization
lack of Timelapse recording
lacks phase detect auto focus
low battery (300 CIPA)
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Panasonic GF2 Sensor features

The Panasonic GF2 features the Venus Engine FHD chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Panasonic GF2 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the GF2's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The GF2 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GF2 dimensions

Panasonic GF2 weighs 0.68 lb (310g or 10.93 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 113mm x 68mm x 33mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g so the Panasonic GF2 is on par as compared to its rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Panasonic GF2 besides a softdrink to help you get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button arrangement on the GF2.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GF2 Lens features

The GF2 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses that you can buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the GF2.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-7.5mm-F3.5-UMC-Fisheye-MFT-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT8mmf/3.5 197g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-42mm-F3.5-5.6-II-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 110g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12-200mm-F3.5-6.3 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.312-200mmf/3.5-6.3 455g
Panasonic-Leica-D-Vario-Elmarit-14-50mm-F2.8-3.5-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm F2.8-3.5 ASPH Mega OIS14-50mmf/2.8-3.5 490g
Tamron-14-150mm-F3.5-5.8-Di-III-Micro-Four-Thirds lensTamron 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III14-150mmf/3.5-5.8 285g
Sigma-10-20mm-F4-5.6-EX-DC-HSM-Four-Thirds lensSigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM10-20mmf/4.0-5.6 470g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-45mm-F1.2-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro45mmf/1.2410g
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Panasonic GF2 Connectivity

The GF2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and sometimes change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Panasonic GF2 Video features

The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic GF2 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in AVCHD and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance in video quality and file size but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have zero control over the audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at another model in case you need good audio for your videos.

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Panasonic GF2 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Panasonic GF2 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Panasonic GF2 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GF2 comes with a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 460k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can change focus points and change settings by using your fingertips.

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The View Finder specs for Panasonic GF2 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Panasonic GF2 Shutter features

Panasonic GF2 has the ability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Panasonic GF2 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic GF2 comes with both inbuilt flash as well as external flash ability. The max flash sync is 1/160 seconds.

Panasonic GF2 Autofocusing features

Panasonic GF2 comes with only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detection which is useful for taking portraits of people.

It comes with 23 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Panasonic GF2 boasts manual focus when needed in low light or you want more accurate control on focus.

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Panasonic GF2 Battery life

The battery for the Panasonic GF2 is made to last for 300 images based on the CIPA benchmarks making it lower than it's rivals. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has got the highest possible (750) battery life in this range of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Panasonic GF2 for varying forms of photography

The following illustration presents a overview of the Panasonic GF2 for varying forms of photography. To see more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic GF2 Portrait photography info

The Panasonic GF2 receives a points total of 60 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat appropriate to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files and option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
MP count low (12MP)

Panasonic GF2 Street photography factors

Getting a very good points total of 65, the Panasonic GF2 is a respectable pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Panasonic GF2 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography rating of 38 indicates the Panasonic GF2 is just not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera really should have good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (300 per charge)
does not have phase detect AF

Panasonic GF2 Travel photography features

Size is very crucial when buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic GF2 gets a modest 52 as a travelling camera which is reasonably acceptable to take with you on your vacations.

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flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery (300 CIPA)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly

Panasonic GF2 Landscape photography advice

For anybody who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic GF2 and it's reasonable score of 55 for a landscape camera is reasonably suitable within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
not so great battery pack (300 CIPA)
no Time Lapse recording

Panasonic GF2 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic GF2 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 32.

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touch screen
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have external mic support

Panasonic GF2 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the GF2, below is a range of the top placed cameras that fall within the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The diagram down below gives you an overview of the GF2 versus it's top ranked rivals suggested above.

Following are several cameras you may regard as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Resolution of screen
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
6.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/160 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
310g (0.68 lb)
113 x 68 x 33mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.3")
Battery life
300 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Cost at launch