Quesabesde about the GF2 “will we soon have to reduce the size of our fingers?”

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 [shoplink 14828]Panasonic GF1[/shoplink].

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 [shoplink 17230]Sony NEX (Click here to see these cameras)[/shoplink] 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

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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)

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Amazon to ship the Panasonic GH2 starting from November 22. Olympus E-5 manual download available.


First short film made with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 on youtube

Finally Amazon sent the expected delivery date to all customers that preordered the new Panasonic GH2. Shipment starts on November 22. This is much further than the expected delivery date from Adorama. Also in Europe Amazon is epxected to start shipment on November 22. Check AmazonUK and AmazonFrance.
I still have no news about the Body Only GH2 availability. I guess this is the kit many current GH1 owners are looking for. Amazon has the Black Body Only GH2 and the Silver Body Only GH2 in their product database but you can’t preorder it. I hope we have not to wait until next year to get it!

Some Olympus E-5 news:
ThePhoBlographer posted a E-5 hands-on.
Download the manual: http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/esystem/man_e5_e.pdf
Download the system chart: http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/esystem/e5_systemchart_e.pdf

P.S.: One more news for french readers: Olympus offers a refund on the Paris picture show! Read more about it at ForumOlympusFrance!

Panasonic GH2 in Stock in Japan! (+new russian review)

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Good news! Today (As Panasonic has “promised”) the GH2 is in Stock in Japan (at Amazon.jp)! We also know that Panasonic is shipping the first GH2 stocks in Europe and US and first lucky buyer will receive the camera by mid November. Also the new lenses should be in Stock soon! One more news: The russian website rwpbb.ru tested the 3D quality of the new [shoplink 16254]Panasonic GH2[/shoplink] + [shoplink 16264]12.5mm 3D[/shoplink] lens.

Panasonic GH2 preorder:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Japan

Panasonic 12.5 f/12 preorder:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon France, Amazon Japan

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preorder:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphotoAmazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan< Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 O.I.S preorder: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan

Olympus interview at photokina (Metapixel)

Dominic Papenheim and Claudia Baehr from Olympus talking to Megapixel.co.il in Photokina.co.il.

1) Starting from 00:41 they talk about the [shoplink 17163]Olympus E-5[/shoplink].

2) At 04:00 the Interviewer ask if the E-5 can compete with Full Frame camera. The answer is that Full Frame and E-5 are on the same level.

3) At 05:00 the Interviewer ask about the auto-focus speed which is slow on the [shoplink 14832]Olympus E-PL1 + 14-42mm[/shoplink] kit compared to the [shoplink 14828]Panasonic GF1[/shoplink]. Olympus answer was that new lenses like the 9-18mm do have faster auto-focus than the kit-lens.

4) At 07:00 the Interviewer ask how the compact (not mirrorless) market will change in the next year. Olympus will introduce many new technologies (3D, WiFi, GPs and more).

5) At 09:35 Olympus says that especially female do like mirrorless cameras because they don’t want big cameras.

6) At 12:05 they talk about the lens road-map. Olympus doesn’t give any answer about possible future 3D lenses.

7) At 12:40 In Japan the mirrorless market share is 40%, in Europe 9% and in US 7-8%.

One more news: Olympus just updated the Olympus Viewer 2 to version 1.1 (Source: Olympus Japan)