The Panasonic is the smallest and lightest model offered by Panasonic, while still offering the superb image quality expected from LUMIX. Comparing to the GF1, its predecessor, the GF2 has been reduced approximately 19% in size and approximately 7% in weight yet is still retains its signature built-in flash and all metal body.
3D shooting can now be easily accomplished with the addition of Panasonic's new 3D interchangeable lens (LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12). Images can be printed in 2D or 3D and can be easily displayed on Viera 3D TVs for in home enjoyment. (MPO 3D file format can be displayed on most 3D compatible TV brands)
Intuitively Easy with a Touch Controlled LCD
The LUMIX GF2 is extremely easy to operate for consumers at any level, thanks to a newly- designed user interface, which allows for the focus to be set, or shutter released, by simply touching the large 3-inch touch-screen LCD. The touch-screen LCD with a 460,000-dot-resolution makes taking great photos intuitive. Once a user locks on a subject by touch, the LUMIX GF2 tracks the subject with the AF tracking function, even if the subject moves making it easy to take photos of moving subjects, like children playing. The contrast AF system adopted by the LUMIX DMC-GF2 is not only accurate and easy to use, but also very fast. Users can choose from a wide range of AF (Auto Focus) modes, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking.
Q-Menu for Quick Menu Navigation
The touch operation also dramatically shortens the time spent navigating the menus. With the LUMIX GF2's newly-designed Touch Q-menu, the user can customize the camera's shortcuts with the most commonly used settings. Together with the simple button components, including the dedicated buttons for movie recording and iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which lights in-use, users can operate the camera intuitively with ease.
Intelligent Auto Quick Access Button
With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched. For example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background or scenery to the scenery mode, while a touch on the subject close to the camera to the close-up mode. With the MF assist mode for manual focusing, users can enlarge the subject by just a touch to select 1x, 5x or 10x and smoothly move the subject by dragging it on the screen. In iA mode and the Peripheral Defocus mode, the range of defocus can be adjusted by just moving the slider by a finger, something not possible with larger more complicated DSLR cameras that don't feature touch control.
Venus Engine FHD image Processing
While achieving breakthroughs in compactness of design and outstanding photo and video quality, the Panasonic LUMIX GF2 can contribute its professional-level imaging performance to well-balanced engine and sensor technologies. For the image processor, the Venus Engine FHD is incorporated, featuring exceptionally high performance signal processing capabilities in both photo and movie recording. With the advanced noise reduction system employing the 3D NR and CNR (Chromatic Noise Reduction), users can capture clear, naturally-balanced images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels to help prevent the color bleeding.
Panasonic's Venus Engine FHD also allows for the Intelligent Resolution technology, which means that three areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation – are automatically detected. Then, the outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, noise reduction system is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel, resulting in images that are naturally clear and crisp in both video and photos. The 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor featured in the LUMIX GF2 offers the best of both worlds – the superb image quality of a CCD sensor, plus the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor.
HD Movies in Stereo at the Touch of a Button
The familiar red button next to the shutter button allows for quickly switching between still and video shooting. The LUMIX GF2 shoots professional-quality full High Definition (HD) videos as well as handling still photography. The LUMIX GF2 can record 1920 x 1080 videos at 60i or smooth HD 1280 x 720 movies at 60p in AVCHD. For those looking for better compatibility with computers, the LUMIX GF2 can also record HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 and QVGA, VGA and WVGA. A dedicated video record button makes it easy to start shooting videos and a high quality sound is recorded with the stereo microphone for Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Panasonic's iA mode extends to vide recording, with the following features: Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent D-range Control and Intelligent Scene Selector.
Creativity Controls bring out your Creative Side
The Panasonic LUMIX GF2 is artistic not only in form, but also in function, as it provides an array of features that lets users capture true-to-life images while also creating their own expressive, beautiful images. The LUMIX GF2 features My Color mode which is integrated with the conventional Film mode. My Color mode offers a total of eight preset effects — Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Cinema, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette, plus Custom mode, which lets users manually set the color, brightness, saturation and contrast levels. Also, with the Full-time Live View function, users can see how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, which makes it easier to capture the exact effect desired. The LUMIX GF2 has 17 Scene modes, most which can be used during video shooting, too. The exposure meter can be displayed in the P/A/S/M shooting modes for entry-level users to learn the correlation between shutter speed and aperture visually to enhance their photography skills.
The World's First 3D Shooting Camcorder
Now it's your turn!
Recording 3D images is now as easy as attaching the 3D conversion lens that comes with the worlds first consumer-level 3D camcorder, the HDC-SDT750. Powerful, true-to-life 3D images can now be easily recorded and viewed at home on your 3D-capable television using 3D Eyewear.
Unattach the 3D conversion lens and use the SDT750 as a normal High Definition camcorder. It's equipped with a wide range of functions, including the 3MOS System, which features improved noise reduction (NR) technologies, 1080/60p recording, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode in the new HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), and a wealth of manual controls.
How Does It Work?
Our left and right eyes naturally view an object slightly differently, a phenomenon called 'visual disparity'. The human brain interprets this disparity to perceive spatial depth and solidity of an object and it's background.
Panasonic's new 3D conversion lens works with the same principles as human vision to create 3D images by shooting the equivalent of what the left and right-eye would naturally see. The SDT750 creates 3D images by reproducing visual disparity artificially so that the brain will interpret it as depth and solid-appearing objects. The SDT750 comes with a special 3D conversion lens that records right-eye and left-eye images simultaneously through its two lenses. The right and left images that enter through the lenses are recorded using the side-by-side method. By attaching the 3D conversion lens to the SDT750 3MOS System camcorder and connecting the SDT750 to a TV that is capable of side-by-side method 3D playback, vividly colourful 3D images can be viewed at home, using 3D Eyewear.
Advanced 3MOS System
The highly sensitive advanced 3MOS image sensor separates the light that comes through the lens(es) into the three primary colours - red, green and blue - and then processes each colour independently, resulting in better colour, detail and gradation in images. By combining the 3MOS sensor system with the large-diameter F1.5 Leica Dicomar lens and Crystal Engine PRO, Panasonic delivers better and more efficient light gathering and sensitivity, reducing noise in recordings, even in dim lighting.
High-density, ultra-smooth images
The HDC-SDT750 uses the progressive method to record twice as much image data as the interlace method. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. Plus, the HDC-SDT750 produces 60 images per second creating intricate detail and silky smooth motion, even when subjects move quickly. The progressive method is most effective when shooting detailed designs where moir patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are intensely moving around. Also, the recorded images are displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos.
A Bright, High-Performance Lens
A bright new F1.5-F2.8 lens with a 46mm filter diameter has been created for the HDC-SDT750. Efficient light collection allows the new lens to capture bright, clear images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. This high-end lens brings out all the beauty of Full-HD images - perfect for 3D.
The SDT750 features a touch-screen that allows the camera's user to easily operate icons displayed on the LCD by touching them with a fingertip and operate a variety of functions intuitively without taking their eyes off of the subject on the LCD. The SDT750 is equipped with a large, 3.0-inch LCD that offers easier viewing and improved touch operation.
On the LCD, recorded 3D images are displayed only as the 2D images that were recorded with the left lens.
Share your movies over the web
Upload your favorite movies. It's a snap! Upload your movies onto YouTube™, Facebook or anywhere else with the embedded HD Writer PE 1.0 application - It launches automatically right when you plug the HM-TA1 into a PC terminal.
Just press the Rec button to record. Then press the Play button to see what you've got. Operation is easy because each button has a single function. So you can enjoy shooting as soon as you pick up your new camera.
Ideal for Mac and PC Users
The TA1 lets you record movies with iFrame. When using iMovie, the iFrame video data in your camera is the same format as the one you'll be using to edit, so importing is fast and file sizes are small. You'll be able to edit and upload movies to the internet and portable devices right away. Iframe is based on standards, so it works with compatible PC andMac applications, such as Apple iMovie and PC applications.
The TA1's built-in USB terminal means that there's no need to carry around a cord and an adaptor. And you can charge the battery by simply plugging the USB terminal into a PC.
Connect the TA1 to a PC and...It's a web camera!
The TA1 is compatible with Skype, the video call program. Talk face to face with faraway family and friends. Go ahead, try some visual communication with the TA1.
Compact Camera with High Quality Video and Still Images
Even with its compact size and super mobility, the TA1 lets you shoot full-HD movies and photos. Record high-quality full-HD (1920 x 1080/30p) movies with this handy little compact. The E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization) system helps to correct the kind of hand-shake blurring that often happens with compact cameras - record all the images you want, whether you're shooting while walking, or taking self portraits, without having to worry about blurring. Give the image some warmth with Sepia mode, make it extra cool with Monochrome mode, or capture beautiful skin tones with Soft Skin mode. Match your shooting to your mood and subject.
The built-in LED lets you capture bright, crisp images even in dark situations, like indoors or during nighttime events.*
*The LED light does not go on when operating in Web cam mode.