Testing The Panasonic GF2 at Ocean City Dim Sum

I recently received a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 to play with. This is an update to the very popular Lumix GF1. Improvements include a smaller size, ISO to 6,400 and full AVCHD videos. The GF2 is a 12 Megapixel Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera. It’s basically a DSLR in a compact sized camera. With its fast 14mm F2.5 Prime lens, it’s also the ideal food review camera and there’s no better way to test that out than by having dim sum at Ocean City Restaurant.

Located in the heart of Chinatown (International District) in Seattle, Ocean City is really two restaurants in one. The door to the left opens to a Hong Kong style noodle house. The door to the right opens to a dim sum restaurant by day and Chinese seafood restaurant by night.

Dim sum is a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. Going for dim sum is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea” (yum cha, 飲茶). Dim sum has its roots in travellers on the ancient Silk Road needing a place to rest. Teahouses were established along the roadside. Rural farmers, exhausted after working hard in the fields, would go to teahouses for a relaxing afternoon of tea.

Ocean City dim sum includes various types of steamed buns such as cha siu baau, dumplings and rice noodle rolls call cheong fun, which contain a range of ingredients, including beef, chicken, pork, prawns and vegetarian options. Also available are plates of steamed green vegetables, roasted meats, congee porridge and other soups.

Most people do dim sum for the meeting with friends and family than for the food. Don’t get me wrong, the dim sum at Ocean City is first class and as close to Hong Kong as you’ll find. However, dim sum requires a minimum of two people to do. The more people you have, the better it is because you’ll get to sample many tasty dishes. And believe me, you’ll want to try as many dishes as possible at Ocean City.

Below are some dim sum photos I took with the Panasonic GF2 (full size images here). This is my new blogging camera and will replace both the Canon SD980 and HF S100. Look for a complete review soon.

Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

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Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

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71 thoughts on “Testing The Panasonic GF2 at Ocean City Dim Sum”

  1. Michael Kwan says:

    Welcome to the micro four-thirds family! Now it’s time to invest in a bunch of other lenses that cost much more than the camera itself. πŸ˜‰

    1. John Chow says:

      I’m thinking of adding the 20mm F1.7 Prime lens next.

      1. Michael certainly have good knowledge about the gadgets.

        But recently I am surprised to see that you (Michael) told about Nokia C6, which is quite old model (may be 6 – 8 months old)

        1. Hey Michael,

          Having to buy extra lenses that are costlier than the camera itself is the case with some cameras. While having big quality lenses is great for professional photographers, I personally find them unnecessary for everyday shooting.

          1. But those big lenses always look so cool and professional lol

  2. Yes that camera takes very high quality pics.Is it the Nikon D300?That is the camera I have.Very very awesome.

    Thanks For Sharing,
    Bradley Nordstrom

    1. John Chow says:

      No it’s a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 micro four-third camera. Your D300 is a full sized DSLR. The GF2 is the size of a compact digital camera.

      1. Boy you mentioned in the title and even than he is confused about the model.

        Surprised.

        1. don’t be making fun of Bradley. He is only 11 and one of the youngest blogger. Proud of you Bradley…

          1. I am not making any fun my friend.

            But when its mentioed in the title and he is asking than I am simply saying.

            Do not take it otherwise.

        2. ZK,

          Don’t be surprised, this kind of thing happens quite often. Sometimes it is because people don’t read very carefully and sometimes it’s out of focusing on an exciting point and forgetting the rest.

          I think most of us have done this at least once.

  3. Fazal Mayar says:

    wow thats really high quality pics but the thing that i hate with digital cameras is that they pics that are huge in size. If you want to reduce them in size, they wont look good at all.

    1. John Chow says:

      Well, as you can see, the above pics has been reduced in size and they still look damn good.

      1. Fazal Mayar says:

        yeah thats not bad, its common sense, since they are in better resolution, they will look decent even smaller. It’s the same thing with dvd quality and reduction of size of the vid. Thanks john.

        1. But I think I like the photo quality of your earlier camera (I think that is of Canon)

      2. Yes the resolution is still good!

        1. Hey John,

          I hope that you’ll bring this camera to the next Pho in Vancouver. I look forward to seeing it up close.

    2. Many good photographers will tell you to take the picture in the bigger size and then reduce it – you don’t lose any of the quality and the details prove to be a lot crisper – a bit like some of the food above, lol

  4. Joe

    says:

    Nice camera John, but you should have gotten something that screams “internet millionaire,” like a Leica M9.

    1. John believe in quality and above all he wants to share those cameras which everybody can have.

      Along with that he is also providing some tips. (For camera tips you should go to Darren’s blog)

      1. Yeah, apart from that, it’s better and more profitable to make a review of a camera that everybody can afford instead of something very expensive that nobody will buy… Great job John! Nice pictures.

        1. If you know anything about John, you will know that he’s not a show off. He is actually quite frugal. He likes quality things and gets the ones he needs and wsants. Buying something just to show off is not what John is about at all.

    2. Those Leica’s are not cheap. What does the M9 go for?

      1. Oh, I just checked, wow, they’re $7,000. That’s a lot even for a nice camera.

  5. Kate Kutny says:

    Wow that food looks so good John :) You have a really nice camera! I need to get myself a new camera. I should buy a Panasonic too. I agree they do look damn good :-)

    1. I think John will recommend Canon to you.

      He is die hard fan of Canon.

      1. I’m a Nikon fan myself.

        1. I’ve had a better quality experience with Nikon as opposed to Canon.

          I think that John will abandon Canon now in favor of Panasonic.

    2. John Chow says:

      You should for sure get the Panasonic GF2. it rocks!

    3. PPC Ian says:

      I agree the food looks awesome! :-) John’s blog always makes me hungry. The camera takes excellent pictures too!

      1. Haha yeah, it’s impossible to follow a diet and be a daily reader of John’s blog πŸ˜›

        1. Hey Ian,

          I agree with you. The pictures of the food look awesome. I’m more interested in the camera than the food right now.

        2. I’m surprised John isn’t overweight by about 100 pounds.

          1. I don’t think that he overeats on a regular basis if ever. High metabolism helps burn any extras calories too.

  6. Ari says:

    Pictures is good and the foods look damn good :)

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, that dim sum looks so good. I really enjoy dim sum! I can always rely on John’s blog to make me hungry with these food related posts!

      1. It’s a good idea to read these posts after you have eaten. That way you’ll be less tempted to look for food right after seeing the pictures.

  7. Justin says:

    I stopped reading and started drooling over the dim sum. How about a food blog in the future? Great Photos by the way.

    1. We all tell John to start a Food blog … but may be he wants to provide great tips along with great food here :)

      1. This blog is miscellaneous ramblings for a reason. John has a wide range of interests and doesn’t want to limit himself to just one subject or niche.

      2. I wonder how much you could make on just doing a food blog. That would probably be in the low end spectrum of Adsense money.

  8. Hmmmm… Yummy. Testing the Panasonic GF2 and enjoying dim sum.. what a life. Really internet life style. Great photo John!!

    1. Yes you can not ask for more …

      For a guy like us … Gadget is our first love and if we got delicious food than we wont ask anything for that moment at least.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That is for sure ZK! It’s all about having the right gadgets and the best food!

        1. Yeah Ian … Gadgets, Women and good food is the weakness of ours.

          Can’t tell more than that.

      2. Yep that’s right. gadgets and foods.

  9. Tilen says:

    Great shots!

  10. Papa Bear says:

    nice shots and great looking food. We love dim sum too and looking at that make me want to get some for lunch today!

  11. I do not know about the camera but yes food is really looking delicious and mouth watering.

    1. It’s nice to see pictures of the food that are of high quality. My mouth doesn’t start to water just at seeing pictures of food unless I’m already very hungry. It’s more the smell of the food that would make my mouth water.

  12. anitha says:

    i have not tried panasonic products use to prefer sony

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I personally use a Nikon camera. I’m not much of a camera guy, but definitely happy with my Nikon for the photos and videos that I take for my blog. :-)

      1. Nikon and Canon these two are best ones.

        You simply pick the model according to your requirements.

        1. I have used Nikon for a long time and was happy with it. As for Canon, it worked well for a while but it quit working for no reason. I don’t trust it anymore.

    2. both are Japanese company.

      But when it comes to camera go for either Nikon or canon. No third choice.

      1. I agree with you ZK. but I prefer Nikon. I’m a big fan of Nikon

        1. I don’t believe in limiting oneself to only two companies. I go by what product is best suiting my needs and the company name is very secondary to that. Nikon has served me better than Canon.

  13. fas says:

    any pictures of the camera and the price?

  14. I am not an avid photographer but still I loves to use different kinda camera’s. Is this one from Panasonic, really good? Whats will give out of 10 for this camera?

    1. John Chow says:

      I would give it a solid 9.

      1. That is a high mark John. I can’t wait to check this casmera out.

  15. Khan

    says:

    John get a Leica M9. If you like this , the you’ll love the M9!

  16. Nice food pics, they’re making me hungry.

  17. jasmine says:

    well, i m using samsung products now, so i have not tried using panasonic.

  18. Radman says:

    Wow – now that got me thinking (& wanting!) Dim-Sum from some of my favorite digs back in Hong Kong.

  19. i have not used panasonic product because the available product in my city is sony only

  20. singer divya says:

    yummy dishes. i want to eat.

  21. guru says:

    I use a panasonic FH20, its a basic point and shoot whose HD movie actually matched a HD camcorder on outdoor shots. The GF2 must be a scale above that.

  22. I’ve been looking for a product review about Panasonic GF2 and good thing I found this blog post. Thanks John!

  23. delicious food with cool pix and you are always making good sense mate.

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