Panasonic China leaks the GF2!

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The chinese text at Panasonic.cn says:

As a replacement model for the hotselling GF1, the GF2 has reduced approx 19% of its volume and reduced approx 7% of its weight, becoming the world’s lightest interchangeable lens body. Additionally with this size advantage, the GF2 uses a 12MP Live MOS Sensor, allowing for a 1920×1080 at 60i(NTSC) or 50i(PAL) video using AVCHD codec. With the use of a new bounce flash system, it prevents vignetting from the photos taken with flash at a close distance. Panasonic’s “My Colours and 460K 3” LCD, allows for better photography simulation/ideas, bringing a better user viewing experience.

In summary:
– 19% less volume and 7% less weight
– 12 Megapixel
– 1080i (60i/50i)
– Built-in flash
– LCD has 460.00 dot resolution

P.S.: Thanks “FF” for the translation!

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  • Larry

    At 46 million pixels, the LCD display would be worth it alone. Of course, it’s probably 460,000 pixels.

    • Xin

      Just bad translation from google…

  • Jayayess1190

    I need this. Please be cheap.

  • FF

    Bounce institutions while the new built-in flash, but also to avoid the flash and interchangeable lenses for short distance between the vignetting effect caused.

    from the translation of the original site.

    it is supposed to be a new bounce flash system, which prevents vignetting when used at a close distance.

  • Paulo

    It has to be cheap!!!

  • Otis

    Release date? Please be before x-mas.

  • FF

    Translation? here it is.

    作为热卖机型GF1的后续产品,GF2缩小了大约19%的体积并减轻了大约7%的重量,成为世界上最轻巧的可更换镜头机身。

    As a replacement model for the hotselling GF1, the GF2 has reduced approx 19% of its volume and reduced approx 7% of its weight, becoming the world’s lightest interchangeable lens body

    在拥有小巧便携优势的同时,GF2也拥有1200万像素的Live MOS感光元件,并且支持提全高清1920 x 1080的分辨率,拍摄60i(NTSC)或50i(PAL)的AVCHD格式影像。

    Additionally with this size advantage, the GF2 uses a 12MP Live MOS Sensor, allowing for a 1920×1080 at 60i(NTSC) or 50i(PAL) video using AVCHD codec.

    同时新弹跳机构的内置闪光灯,也避免了因闪光灯与可换镜头之间距离短而导致的渐晕效应。

    With the use of a new bounce flash system, it prevents vignetting from the photos taken with flash at a close distance.

    松下特色的”我的色彩模式”以及46万像素3英寸LCD,可以更好的激发拍摄者的创作灵感,并带来极其出色的取景及回放观看体验。

    Panasonic’s “My Colours and 460K 3” LCD, allows for better photography simulation/ideas, bringing a better user viewing experience.

    • admin

      Thanks FF!

  • shutterwill

    your translation is mostly correct,

    – 460k 3 inch LCD
    – built in flash with new popup mechanism

  • Ming

    Here’s the better translation :P
    (I’m from Macau, Sorry for poor English)
    —————————————————
    As the successor of GF1, the GF2 have a 19% reduce of Body Size and 7% reduce of Weight. It becomes the most compact interchangeable lens body. At the same time, GF2 have 12 Mega-Pixel Live MOS sensor.

    GF2 supports 1920×1080 resolution , 60i(NTSC) or 50i(PAL) AVCHD format video recording.

    GF2 has a new design built-in flash, which can avoid the shadow caused by interchangeable lens.

    GF2 has the Panasonic “My Color Mode” and a 46 Mega-Pixel 3-inch LCD. It brings excellent photography experience to user.

    • admin

      Thanks Ming!

    • Ming

      sorry :P
      should be 460k 3-inch LCD

  • Yawn..

    • WT21

      Ditto

  • wish it was a tilt lcd. (I would buy the nex but i dont trust sony after there lens road map was shown.)
    19% of volume still makes the camera lager than the nex3/5, the spec could be – 117 x 65 x 33 mm

  • Lucas

    I was about to post my version of translation but then saw the two versions above. They were already almost accurate.

    • FF

      the irony is Chinese is not my 1st language. :P

      anyway, this camera doesnt stir any interest from me.
      the ‘new’ features are not significant enough.. and whats with the 5 different colours ? :S

      • Lucas

        I think they had those colors for GF1 as well. However, some (most?) of them are only available in Asia.

        • FF

          yes all 5 colours are available in the GF1 too.
          the pink (or cherry blossom as they call it) is supposed to be an exclusive colour in Japan, Hong King, Singapore, France and some Nordic countries.

          not sure when the white started to appear as i remember the black, silver and red are the original colours announced.

  • deepkid

    nice. my credit card is likely to get a workout sometime soon. :)

  • Zaph

    Bounce flash is a nice basic feature though, which more cameras should have as standard.

  • I just sold my EP1 and was looking to get the GH2, but if the price is right for the GF2 kit with new pancake lens it may be worth it to buy the GF2 and wait for the pro level (Oly or Pana) when funds are higher. Sell the GF2 body only and use the lens on the pro. I am not all that fond of the faux DSLR look anyway.

    I hope that 720p 60fps is also available in addition to 1080i. I guess I’ll have to deinterlace everything otherwise. Manual video control also a must for me. If the price is right, this will be a very good option for not only “women and kids” as this forum suggests, but enthusiasts like me.

  • marcam buy a “pro finger tip” shutter release with recognition chip, saves on buying camera

    • Imants?

      I’m excited to see full specs and features tomorrow.

  • Bounce flash is actually VERY exciting for me lol! I’m serious, more cameras need this. To go even further though I’d like to see some sort of wireless system integrated with future pany bodies… this is a huge omission.

  • James

    And 1080p24?

  • bob

    Ooooohhh, hot pink….. how exciting……

  • Jason

    If the popup flash really has some feature that allows it to be aimed away from the lens, then I will be seriously mad that I recently paid full price for another Panasonic product (not the GF1 though). And then I might actually buy this camera…. but I doubt it will offer anything that compelling and I have a feeling the bounce flash can only be bounced directly upwards.

    Flashes are great, only when you can aim them….

  • deepkid

    even the ability to bounce the flash upwards is a huge improvement over typical small-bodied, on camera flashes. can’t expect ridiculous things on a tiny body, now can we?

  • Chris

    I’m sorry, but that extra circle around the lens mount is hideous.

    • Brosef

      I’m sorry, but you must be smoking crack. This is one of the nicer looking cameras out there. Sure, it’s no X100, but comparing it to almost any other camera in this range it’s not bad looking at all.

      EPL1 which looks like a toy, the slew of outdated and ugly SLRs. The only cameras that looks even remotely as good is the G12, EP2, NEX5 and LX5.

      • HIM

        i dont think it look that good compare to GF1

      • Chris

        I agree about the E-PL1, but Panasonic’s styling of the LX5 was spot-on. Now they’ve gone from a sleek, linear style to a curvaceous mess that doesn’t look functional nor does it look appealing.

        I mean, sure, it looks decent compared to cameras in its class, but then again a Toyota Prius looks like an icon of style compared to the other electric cars currently on the market. That’s still not a good indicator of aesthetics, IMHO.

    • deepkid

      it does look sorta nipply.

  • deepkid

    photo rader has uk pricing of £599, jan 2011 release date. u.s. pricing?
    http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/panasonic-gf2-release-date-and-price-confirmed

    • deepkid

      “The Panasonic GF2 release date is scheduled for January 2011. The Panasonic GF2 price begins at £599.99 for the Panasonic GF2-KEB body + 14-42mm zoom lens kit. The Panasonic GF2-CEB body + 14mm pancake lens kit is priced £629.99, and the Panasonic GF2-WEB body + 14-42mm & 14mm twin lens kit is priced £729.99.”

  • deepkid
  • Matt

    Chris,

    I agree. Why the extra ring? Not only is it likely useless, it makes the whole camera look strange.

    I wish someone would just make a large sensor compact camera with a built in versatile zoom lens, and then that market would be well taken care of and then there would be less need for these teeny tiny (NEX, GF2) interchangable lens cameras. GF1 was fine. The PENs are great. The GF2 however, looks like it’s sacrifing in 1) Usability, and 2) Practicality of using anything bigger than small pancake lenses

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