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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

A qualified thumbs up for a camera that produces truly beautiful photographs

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Image: Hugh Threlfall

June 06 2011
Jonathan Margolis

This terrific-looking camera is currently the numero uno pinup of those who love small, interchangeable-lens cameras for their knack of doing most of what a gigantic DSLR does in a device that is almost pocketable.

As I discovered on a trip to central Africa recently, the GF2 feels superb and the photos it produces are astonishingly sharp and luminous – in a special league. But despite the GF2 being wonderful in most ways, I can only give it a qualified recommendation as the functionality and ergonomics bugged me. The LCD is, uniquely, a touch screen, which I kept touching accidentally with my sausage fingers, messing things up. A couple of the manual controls I also found tricky, and the reaction time to changing light and focus a touch slow. But my photos are so beautiful it was almost worth the hassle. Try it: you might get on better.

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