Mister Vlad Savov of Engadget got the chance to wrap his fingers around Panasonic’s newest and smallest Micro Four Thirds and take a bunch of photos and video with it. It’s full HD. It’s very much excellence it does seem. This camera is reportedly 19% smaller than the Lumix GF1, and that’s saying something. It’s also 7% lighter, functions with a lovely touchscreen user interface, and takes video in 720/60p or 1080/60i recording in AVCHD format. Behold this cool maybe-bulky, maybe-tiny enough for a pocket large-sensor shooter.
Savoy judges the UI to be a bit difficult to master, but that the user manual that comes with relieves the load considerably. Moving away from a physical dial and to a touchscreen may not have been the best idea, but only to some. The camera itself is lovely to look at and all components seem to be very light, but pro. A more than substantially nice flash for non-pro users, bulk reduced from the previous model, and the inclusion of HD video 60fps (which is super hot, if you did not know), make this a camera that should definitely be out today rather than January. I want one too, Savov! Lemme just borrow that one!
A note from Savov:
Please note: Panasonic has not yet finalized the GF2’s firmware, meaning that the sample images … below may not necessarily be indicative of the quality you’ll get from the final product.
To see examples of video playback and sample images, head over to Engadget.