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Panasonic Announces the Lumix GF2

Panasonic Announces the Lumix GF2

A year after releasing the hugely popular GF1, Panasonic officially announces its successor, a lighter, smaller but more feature-packed GF2.

Panasonic's calling it the "world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera (with a built-in flash)" and while that may be a mouth-full, it may not be too far off from the truth. When compared to the GF1, the size of the GF2 has been reduced by an impressive 19%, and the weight by approx. 7%.

That's not been done by shaving off features, in fact the GF2 packs more features than the GF1. It now includes a touch-screen for touch controls including Touch AF, Touch Shutter, Touch peripheral de-focusing control, a Touch Quick Menu and My Color mode.

Simply put, you can control the amount of background blur - or bokeh - in your image via a touch slide control, get the AF position by touching your target on the screen and release the shutter with the touch of a finger. It all points to making the entry-level GF series even more user-friendly to its owners.

And where the GF1 only recorded 720p video to AVCHD Lite, the GF2 now lets you record full 1080i HD video to AVCHD, with focus touch control available during recording.

Other new features include a Venus Engine FHD promises faster performance with 3 CPUs, Intelligent D-Range Control which optimizes the dynamic range in an image so that both light and dark areas are captured, Intelligent Resolution Technology with better-balanced sharpness.

It looks like the GF2 will be available in five colors: red, pink, white, silver and black. Official prices and a release date hasn't been revealed yet.

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