- 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 6400
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 310g - 113 x 68 x 33mm
- Released February 2011
- Superseded the Panasonic GF1
- New Model is Panasonic GF3
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #101 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all around #462 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your personal factors.
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.
GF2 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
GF2 vs GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
GF2 vs GX85016MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
GF2 vs GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
GF2 vs GF816MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
GF2 vs GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
GF2 vs GF716MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
GF2 vs GM516MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
GF2 vs GM116MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GF2 vs GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GF2 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
GF2 vs GF616MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
GF2 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
GF2 vs GF512MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
GF2 vs GX116MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
GF2 vs GF312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GF2 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
GF2 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GF2 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GF2 vs GF112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
GF2 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic GF2 Gallery
You can view the GF2 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
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 327g so the Panasonic GF2 is on par as compared to its rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Underneath is a image of the Panasonic GF2 besides a softdrink to help you get a sense of its size.
The top view under will show the button arrangement on the GF2.
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.
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.
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.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
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.
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.
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 339. Samsung NX mini has got the highest possible (650) battery life in this range of cameras.
Underneath is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
GF2 vs NX mini650 yesnono
GF2 vs K-01540 yesnono
GF2 vs NEX-3N480 yesnono
GF2 vs NEX-F3470 yesnono
GF2 vs A3000470 yesnono
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.