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November 5, 2010
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Salon de la photo in Paris: GF2 video test + GH2 +Voigtländer lens video!

Seb Farges shot this video at le Salon de la photo in Paris where the Panasonic GF2 has been presented. He also interviewed Luc Saint-Elie from Panasonic (a very nice person!).

Panasonic GF2 + 20mm f/1.7 lens NTSC 29,97 fps 1080i (NTSC caused problems with the french light)
GH2+ 14-140mm PAL 25 fps 1080i
GH1+ C-mount Fujian 35mm 1.7 + Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 NTSC 60 fps 720P
Canon 7D + 50mm 1.4 PAL 23,976 fps 1080i
No CC
Edited on Adobe Premiere CS5

P.S.: Click here to order theVoigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay!

Via Elementsdeclencheurs

Thanks Seb Farges!

November 4, 2010
Posted in news, reviews

Panasonic GF2 officially announced! (Continually updated)

Reminder: The article will be continually updated. So reload this page after some time. Latest entries are posted on top of each category.

PREORDERS

Amazon (not yet available)

PREVIEWS

CNET Asia: “One advantage the Lumix has over competitors is its touchscreen, and this will attract current shutterbugs with a touch-sensitive compact to upgrade to something similar. At the same time, enthusiasts might feel left out, since using a touch-sensitive panel is not something everyone is accustomed to.”
Whatdigitalcamera: “The Lumix GF2 feels like more than just an updated GF1 thanks to the redesigned body. The tweaks to the user interface make the touchscreen even more accessible although, it has to be said, this format of control may not be to everyone’s preference if it’s not always going to be employed.
DPreview: “Whereas the GF1 was unashamedly a camera for enthusiast photographers, the GF2 is now aimed much more at compact camera owners looking for an upgrade.“…”In truth there’s not a lot about the GF2 to tempt GF1 owners to upgrade, but it’s still a hugely capable camera that, as long as you can accept the touchscreen, looks like it should work pretty well. We suspect that when it starts getting into the hands of users a lot of the inevitable initial scepticism will disappear; on the other hand we do still hope the Panasonic finds a way to produce a more GF1-like design in future too.
Imaging Resource: “Overall, we had a great time with the little Panasonic GF2. It’s extremely nimble and compact; still a little too large to slip into a pair of slacks without looking like you have a camera in your pocket (I did get looks), but the design has never been more sportcoat or jacket-friendly.
Photoradar: “Images taken at ISO 400 look comparable with those I have taken at ISO 200 on the G1“…”However, my enthusiasm was somewhat tempered when I saw that the Panasonic GF2 has fewer button and dial controls than the GF1, and the user has to use the touchscreen to select settings such as the shooting mode. It may be the result of the downsizing of the camera (the GF2 is 19% smaller and 7% lighter than the GF1), but I am disappointed that there’s no main mode dial on the top-plate.
Photographyblog (mirrorless size comparison)
Cameralabs
Omuser (Hands-on pictures)

INTERESTING NOTES

- Available in January 2011
- UK price 599 GBP for GF2 w/14-42mm
- it is very nearly as petite as the Sony NEX-5
- One slightly unexpected marketing change is that the GF2 will not be bundled with the 20mm F1.7 pancake lens
- Editor’s note: Because of the recent Daylight saving time change most websites did publish their articles one hour earlier than expected.

GF1 vs GF2 differences

- Smaller and lighter body
- GF2 has Full HD movie recording capability (1080i at 60fps from 30p capture)
- Continuous shooting at 2.6fps with Live View
- ISO 6400
- Touchscreen
- GF2 has less buttons (no exposure mode dial)
- Stereo microphone on the top plate
- supports 3D

PRESS RELEASES

Forum Olympus France
Focus Numerique
Photographyblog
Quesabesde
iFranznation
Photoscala
PCworld

IMAGE SAMPLES

Flickr
Panasonic.net
Imaging Resource (Scroll until you reach the bottom of the page to see the images)

VIDEO

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Will you buy the new GF2?

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November 4, 2010
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Review at Photoradar!!!

UPDATE: Because of the recent Daylight saving time change most websites did publish their articles one hour earlier than expected.

http://www.photoradar.com/reviews/product/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gf2-review?t=1288805788

It has Touch AF system, and image quality is impressive: “Images taken at ISO 400 look comparable with those I have taken at ISO 200 on the G1“…”However, my enthusiasm was somewhat tempered when I saw that the Panasonic GF2 has fewer button and dial controls than the GF1, and the user has to use the touchscreen to select settings such as the shooting mode. It may be the result of the downsizing of the camera (the GF2 is 19% smaller and 7% lighter than the GF1), but I am disappointed that there’s no main mode dial on the top-plate.

Price:
GF2-KEB = £599.99 (14-42mm zoom lens kit)
GF2-CEB = £629.99 (14mm pancake lens kit)
GF2-WEB = £729.99 (14-42mm & 14mm twin lens kit)

November 3, 2010
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New Panasonic GH2 (with 1.0 firmware), 14mm lens and Voigtländer image samples.

Let’s start with a bad news. Not only the Panasonic GH2 Body Only is impossible to find also the SIlver GH2 kit has been removed from many online stores. Neither AmazonUS, neither AmazonUK, AmazonFR lists it anymore! You can still preorder it on Adorama and BHphoto (Approximal arrival December).

The popular Hong Kong forum OMuser (Click here) just posted the first image samples of the Panasonic GH2 with firmware 1.0 (those are the very first image samples we found that are taken with the final firmware). They posted samples from ISO 200 until ISO 12.800.  Images are pretty clean up to ISO 800!

A set of image samples taken with on the GF1 with the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens lens has been posted on Flickr.

Again on Flickr you can find image smaples of the new Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 lens. There is also a first hour report on dpreview written by a new lens owner. You can get the Voigtländer lens on eBay (Click here).

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preorders:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan.

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