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Testing The Panasonic GF2 at Ocean City Dim Sum

written by John Chow on March 21, 2011

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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

Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

Ocean City Restaurant

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{ 71 comments }

Michael Kwan March 21, 2011 at 11:39 am

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. ;)

John Chow March 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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)

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

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.

Peter Get My Ex Back Asap March 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

But those big lenses always look so cool and professional lol

Bradley Nordstrom March 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

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

John Chow March 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

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.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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

Surprised.

internetsalsa March 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 22, 2011 at 3:04 am

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.

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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.

Fazal Mayar March 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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.

John Chow March 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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

Fazal Mayar March 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

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

semmy @ Make Money Online March 22, 2011 at 6:39 am

Yes the resolution is still good!

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Hey John,

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

Peter Get My Ex Back Asap March 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

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

Joe March 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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)

make money blogging March 22, 2011 at 5:55 am

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.

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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.

Penny Bid Auction Sites March 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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

Penny Bid Auction Sites March 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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

Kate Kutny March 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

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 :-)

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I think John will recommend Canon to you.

He is die hard fan of Canon.

Penny Bid Auction Sites March 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I’m a Nikon fan myself.

Email List Building March 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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.

John Chow March 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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

PPC Ian March 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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

make money blogging March 22, 2011 at 5:56 am

Haha yeah, it’s impossible to follow a diet and be a daily reader of John’s blog :P

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

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.

Penny Bid Auction Sites March 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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

Email List Building March 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

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

Ari March 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Pictures is good and the foods look damn good :)

PPC Ian March 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

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!

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

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.

Justin March 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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.

Penny Bid Auction Sites March 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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.

semmy @ Make Money Online March 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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.

PPC Ian March 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 22, 2011 at 2:34 am

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

Can’t tell more than that.

semmy @ Make Money Online March 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

Yep that’s right. gadgets and foods.

Tilen March 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Great shots!

Papa Bear March 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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.

anitha March 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

i have not tried panasonic products use to prefer sony

PPC Ian March 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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. :-)

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 22, 2011 at 12:47 am

Nikon and Canon these two are best ones.

You simply pick the model according to your requirements.

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 22, 2011 at 12:48 am

both are Japanese company.

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

semmy @ Make Money Online March 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

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

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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.

fas March 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

any pictures of the camera and the price?

John Chow March 22, 2011 at 11:58 am
Sathish @ TechieMania March 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

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?

John Chow March 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

I would give it a solid 9.

Email List Building March 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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

Khan March 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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

Penny Bid Auction Sites March 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Nice food pics, they’re making me hungry.

jasmine March 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

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

Radman March 23, 2011 at 6:36 am

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

entertainment news April 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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

singer divya April 2, 2011 at 5:11 am

yummy dishes. i want to eat.

guru April 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

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.

Price Comparison April 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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

latest technology updates April 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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