Panasonic Claims World’s Smallest Camera
- World’s smallest Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
- Pop flash has been redesigned
- Compatible with 3D lens
Panasonic’s the new LUMIX DMC-GF2 is said to have a down-sized body, easy control over creative features, and good imaging that have become hallmarks of the Lumix G Micro System range.
The pop-up flash has been redesigned, and engineered to reduce the ‘vignetting’ that can occur when there is a short distance between the flash and lens.
Operating the camera is simple and intuitive, claims Panasonic, due to the use of touch control and a new GUI designed for the DMC-GF2. The focus is set to the subject by touching it on the 460,000-dot LCD, shutter release is also controlled by touch; and there are dedicated buttons for Intelligent Auto (iA) and movie recording.
The camera has a 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle, for vivid, detailed images both when shooting and when viewing the results. The unit is also compatible with an optional Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), which provides a full-time live view function.
For professional image performance, the DMC-GF2 has a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor and Panasonic’s Venus Engine Full HD. Movie recording is now available in Full HD 1920 x 1080 in 50i.
The new camera is also compatible with Panasonic’s new interchangeable 3D lens, allowing users to shoot their own 3D still images and enjoy watching them on their 3DTV at home.
The DMC-GF2’s reduction in size has been achieved by the downsizing of the mount unit and a reduced number of internal parts due to the integration of electrical circuits.
The camera offers touch-control features via the LCD for easy operation, and the ‘Touch Q-menu’ is designed to allow users to customise their menu with the most commonly-used features.
Touch autofocus/AF tracking, shutter and zooming all allow the novice to quickly get their shot accurately focused and framed.
The defocus control function allows the range of defocus to be adjusted simply by flicking the control bar from side to side – making it very easy to get great portraits with a soft background. This feature is available in both iA and My Colour modes.
Both still images and AVCHD movies recorded on SD Memory Cards can be viewed on a compatible Panasonic Viera TV, Blu-ray Disc Player or Recorder simply by inserting the card into the SDHC/SD card slot. Alternatively, an optional mini HDMI cable can be used to output still images and movies recorded with the LUMIX DMC-GF2 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation using the TV remote control.