The user reaction after the Panasonic GF2 anouncement is quite mixed. Some peope likes the new even slimmer Micro Four Thirds camera and some others do miss the manual controls of the Panasonic GF1.
Now let’s bring some fire into that discussion! We want to report the negative GF2 critics written by Quesabesde. Not because we do agree or don’t agree with Quesabesde but because our readers want to read your opinion about the three main critics “against” the GF2:
1) The timing of the announcement is somewhat disconcerting: Few weeks before the holiday shopping season Panasonic reveals a GF1 successor that will be ready after the holiday season! And therefore it virtually buries the GF1 and GF2 sales.
2) Japancentrism: It looks like Panasonic main concern was to release a Sony NEX (Click here to see these cameras) competitor. Nex cameras have been prooven to be really popular in Japan. Panasonic (but in general all japanese companies) seem to lose perspective and believe that global tastes match those of its market.
3) Miniaturims trend: The GF2 sacrifcies usability to go against the NEX. It’s as if none of the current or future players in this market was aware that the most “popular” camera at Photokina has been the Fuji X100 (Click here to see the camera). Fuji used a photographic common sense to create the camera (good usability and size proportion). Steve Jobs recently said that 7-inch tablets were ridiculous. He asked, ironically, if those tablets will come with an included sandpaper so that users could reduce the size of their fingers.
Now, what do you think? Keep in mind that:
1) You have touch the camera for yourself to see if the touchscreen really works fine for you
2) There is still a chance that we will see a pro-GF model sooner or later