New York - Panasonic unveiled today its Lumix DMX-GF2 Micro Four Thirds camera featuring 12.1-megapixel resolution, FullHD 1080/60i video recording and a 3-inch LCD touchscreen.
The camera will be offered in a choice of black, silver, red or white body colors, starting in January 2011 at pricing to be announced later. The camera offers a performance boost in noise reduction and ISO over the previous GF1, through the power of Panasonic's Venus Engine FHD image processor. The GF2's ISO range is listed at 200 to 12,800.
In addition the camera features a spring-load pop flash that can be pulled back with a finger during shooting for creative bounce-lighting techniques.
Video performance was boosted to a maximum 1080/60i resolution in AVCHD compression with stereo sound from compared to 720p/mono sound in the previous iteration.
The camera is also Panasonic's second "compact system camera" (a term Best Buy is giving to mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras) to accept its recently announced 3D system lens (model H-FT012) that was unveiled several weeks ago along with the Lumix DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds model.
The company believes the time is right for an explosion in popularity of compact interchangeable-lens cameras, such as those made possible by Micro Four Thirds sensor technology.
"If consumers could make their SLRs operate like a point-and-shoot we'd have a whole new market," said Darin Pepple, Panasonic DSL Micro Four Thirds cameras senior product manager. "In fact, we estimate there are approximately 23 million users in the point-and-shoot world want to move into the SLR sector."
Other features in the GF2 include an aluminum body construction, wave style dust-reduction technology and Panasonic's Intelligent D-range control, as well as a 460,000-dot, 3-inch, 3:2 LCD touchpanel monitor.
The touch controls in the monitor enable focusing and setting optimal exposure on subjects by tapping on them in the screen. A tap on the screen will also activate the shutter to take a picture.
Panasonic will sell the DMC-GF2 in three kit options: body only, DMC-GF2C including the body and a 14mm F2.5 pancake lens, and the DMC-GF2K featuring the body and a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 APH/Mega optical image stabilization zoom.