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Panasonic GF1 vs. GF2 – Original Sound Comparison

Share just posted this very unusual but interesting GF1 vs GF2 sound comparison. The GH2 sound quality is actually better than the current GF1 recording. Franz also posted a few image samples on his blog (reminder he is testing a preproduction camera)

BHphoto confirmed that the GF2 approximal arrival is January (no price indication yet). Also on Amazon you can sign up to be notified when this item becomes available.

  • The difference is soundicoules!
    i wonder if its better then GH1, and is there a difference between GH1/GH2?

  • Such a simple idea. Very cool, and a shocking amount of difference. Worth sacrificing a mode dial some might say.

  • Michael

    so at least you can use your gf2 for sound recording : )

  • Lushlife_

    If only there was an external mic solution for the gf1…

  • Honestly, I’d rather have three dials than one stereo mic. I take pictures. If I ever want to do movies with decent sound, I promise I will spend the 100 bucks to get a decent stereo mic.

    • Four by Six

      I thought there is no external mic jack, so how are you going to hook up your 100 buck stereo mic?

      • Tom

        I’m pretty sure he means a stand-alone audio recorder, like a Zoom H1, where you replace the camera’s audio in post.

        I’m also pretty sure he would find plenty to complain about and criticize with that too, based on every comment he’s ever posted. ;)

  • Luke

    The cameras are not in the same spot. If you have ever moved around a room you know how different sound can be relative to your position in the room. I don’t doubt that the newer camera might have better sound, but the test is not accurate.

    • Mike

      The cameras are likely placed right next to each other in that test. There is no way that a few inches will make up the difference between the complete lack of bass in the GF1 vs the GF2.

  • Dex4

    I am curious how a hacked GF1 would sound to the GF2.

  • Unfortunately the sound quality of the GF1 is appalling, I was disappointed in that from the start. So cheap of Panasonic to only have mono low bandwidth audio with a terrible mic – not much better than telephone quality. The GF2 is much better, stereo with two mics at much higher bandwidth. The disappointment with the GF2 though is the removal of the manual dial for me, the ugly grip and the fact that the tough screen makes it very akward to use an electronic viewfinder. The audio may be good but I am definitely not going to buy the GF2.

    • Lushlife_

      So am I. :)

  • Jerry_R

    Questions is – will GF2 be useful with 20mm and 45mm lenses or not?

    • safaridon

      Very interesting post as it appears that Pany is using the top mounted sterio mics found on the GH2 in the new GF2 body so they should sound very similar with the same lenses.

  • Jerry_R
  • Jerry_R
  • paroj

    seems like he messed up in the processing. the GF1 sound has absolutely no LFE channel here. But my self-made videos definately have LFE.

  • Hi-pass filter on GF1. It usually helps against windy conditions and handling noise captured by in-body mics. Thought this can be turned off..

  • gf1

    It’s not correct test. Because “wind cut” turn on in the gf1 in this test. And you can hear that. Wind cut = HPF.

    Turn “wind cut” off function and you can hear the bass and more naturallity sound.

    But the gf2 sound really good.

    Btw, you can change bandwitch of gf1 with gf13 hack for better results.

  • MikeMill

    The reason why there is no bass with GF1 is that Windcut option is on in the GF1.

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