11 Dec 2010

Looking For A New Camera

The Commercial
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
The world’s smallest and lightest Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera.
The new LUMIX G Micro System camera features ease of operation and high picture quality for both still images and Full HD Movie Recording.

Key Features of the GF2
The DMC-GF2’s dramatic 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 3 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.

Other touch control features include:
1-area AF in Face Detection

This mode lets you focus on the subject in any part of the LCD while still detecting faces in the image – just touch the screen to direct the focus point. It lets you capture creative shots, for example, focusing on a flower in front of a person, or directing the focus to a person’s eyes.

Multi-area AF
The camera divides the 23 AF areas into nine groups. Just touch one of the groups and the camera automatically selects the optimal area from within that group. The cursor lets you display only the part that is within the selected range.

Touch Operation in iA Mode
In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, simply touch the subject on the LCD and the camera automatically selects the optimal scene mode.

Moveable MF Assist
When you’re in manual focus mode, touch a section of an image on the LCD and the camera shows you a zoomed view of that area – 1x, 5x or 10x -- instantly. This makes it easier to check that focus is sharp.

Touch-Operated Playback
A variety of touch-control operations make playback quick, easy and more fun. For example, you simply slide your finger across the LCD to scroll through images, or touch a part of the image to enlarge it to as much as 16x.

High-quality movie recording in Full HD AVCHD
The DMC-GF2 can record high-resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 movies at 50i, or smooth HD 1280 x 720 movies at 50p in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format. HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 can also be selected as an alternative movie recording format in addition to QVGA, VGA and WVGA.

Touch AF is available in movie recording, allowing users to create the look of professional moviemakers’ rack focusing. A dedicated movie recording button lets the user instantly start recording, and high quality sound can be achieved with the stereo microphone and Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind.

Popular Intelligent Auto (iA) features include the new Intelligent D-range control, which offers even more natural looking images by optimising the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully, such as the blue colour of the sky. Other iA features available when moviemaking include Mega Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS), Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector.

The GF2 Leica special edition kit will be available soon in a range of colours - pink, red, blue, green.
Which colour should I pick? I vote for PINK.

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