The Good Smaller, faster and easier-to-use than its predecessor; can shoot 3D videos and stills.
The Bad No in-body anti-shake; touchscreen won't be to everyone's taste.
The Bottom Line The touchscreen Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 subtly refines its predecessor, the GF1. It's well worth a look if you're after a compact camera with swappable lenses.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Panasonic's 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-GF2 is a Micro Four Thirds camera, which means it's smaller than a digital SLR but still lets you swap lenses. The successor to the well-received Lumix DMC-GF1, the GF2 is touted as the world's smallest and lightest hybrid camera with a built-in flash. It also offers a touchscreen, 1080i video recording and the ability to shoot 3D photos and video, via a special lens.
The GF2 will be available in January 2011. You can currently pre-order the camera as part of three kits. You can buy the camera with a 14-42mm zoom lens (equivalent to 28-84mm in 35mm film terms) or a 14mm (28mm equivalent) pancake lens for around £650. Alternatively, you can grab the camera with both lenses for around £730. The zoom lens will prove the best option for anyone new to the GF series.
The GF2 will be available in black, red or silver in the UK. Panasonic says it's about 19 per cent smaller than its predecessor and 7 per cent lighter. It retains most of the GF1's blocky, almost retro, styling. The GF2 is made mainly of metal, so it feels pleasingly solid.
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